3 Things I’m Grateful for in January

Simply Humaira contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.

Please read my full Disclaimer for more info.

3 Things I’m Grateful for in January

Fozia aka Muslim Mummy and the founder of Muslimah Bloggers decided to start a monthly thread to share what we’re grateful for as part of the Muslimah Bloggers group.

I think we’re all pretty ungrateful for the things that we take for granted anyway, so I was super keen to take part in a monthly Gratefulness blog hop.

I’ve tried writing things I’m grateful for down, making Dua (prayer) for things I’m grateful for and generally trying to calm myself down in moments of panic and anxiety when nothing else seems to work.

Being grateful to me means not just saying you feel grateful for something, but taking the time to acknowledge and appreciate the unique gift you’ve been given because it can be so easily taken away.

So, without further ado, here are 3 things I’m grateful for in January:

My Health

My health has improved massively Alhamdulillah since my Stroke in 2016, and whilst I may never be the same Humaira pre-Stroke I’m incredibly grateful for the capacity my body has to function and to be able to take care of myself and my family without asking for help.

Shukar Alhamdulillah I was one of the few patients in the hospital who didn’t need help going to the toilet or washing and dressing.

Even a year a half on, I am able to cook, clean and look after myself.

I still get tired and need to take long breaks in between, but I am truly grateful for my health and am really trying to help myself by taking small steps towards fitness.

My Work

I work for the Stroke Association and it has been the biggest blessing of my life Alhamdulillah.

After I came out of the hospital, they were the first people to come out and help me make sense of my Stroke, offered me support and advice and eventually got me back on my feet.

I volunteered as a Peer Mentor for a while and was able to help people looking to get back to work or make the leap towards going back to work after a Stroke. It was one of the most rewarding things I have done.

During this time, I applied for and was successful for a job in the Stroke Association and I am now the first point of contact for Stroke Survivors and their families trying to make sense of Stroke.

My Family

Through the good times and bad, my family has always been there for me Alhamdulillah.

My mum used to bring me food to the hospital because I just could not eat the bland food they offered and the Halal options were just not palatable.

I know I’m not always the best daughter or even the best wife but Alhamdulillah my parents, sister and my husband were there during the worst moments of my illness and still managed to talk me off a ledge when I was incredibly frustrated at not getting a diagnosis.

Now I try my best to be there for them and to be grateful for all the family members in my life who made Dua then and continue to make Dua now for me Alhamdulillah.


I hope this post inspires you to be grateful for the small and big things in your life.

Do check out all the other ladies in the Blog Hop and leave me a comment as to what you’re grateful for this month.


I’m Humaira, a 30-something adopted Londoner.

Simply Humaira is a lifestyle blog chronicling my adventures in Beauty, Fashion, Travel and more.

A recovering hoarder and aspiring minimalist, I blog about Cruelty Free Beauty, Luxe Organic Skincare, Mental Health and more.

Find out more about me here.

Find me on: Web | Twitter | Facebook

Share this post


  1. January 31, 2018 / 1:02 pm

    Oh SubhanAllah having a stroke must have been so frightening at the time but alhamdulillah that your health has improved and you are able to take care of yourself. In sha Allah you continue to get stronger.

    Family are indeed something to be grateful for!

    • Humaira
      January 31, 2018 / 7:37 pm

      Ameen Sum Ameen!

  2. Salma Mehajabeen Shajahan mommy
    February 2, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    Stroke is really hard scenario. Al hamdulilah you are better now. In shaa allah will get better and more stronger

    • Humaira
      February 3, 2018 / 9:57 am

      Ameen Sum Ameen

  3. February 2, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    I’m so glad to hear that you are doing well health wise! I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to get back on your feet from a psychological perspective. It requires self-dedication and faith MashaAllah. Helping others who have been in your same situation sounds amazing too! Family connections are blessing. Many prayers to you and your family!

    • Humaira
      February 3, 2018 / 9:57 am

      Jazakallah khair for your Duas! Yes it was tough in the beginning, but my dad reassured me during the worst of it that this too shall pass and it will be like a bad memory, and so it is Alhamdulillah.

  4. February 4, 2018 / 9:44 am

    So glad to hear you’re doing well after a stroke, and that you’ve been getting all that support! Truly something to be grateful for, I know how much toll this can take on some families (one of my uncles is a stroke survivor)

    • Humaira
      February 4, 2018 / 10:18 am

      Thanks Joanna. Hope your uncle is doing well now In Shaa Allah x

Leave a Reply

Your e-mail address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Simply Humaira uses affiliate links. Affiliate links mean that sometimes if you click through to a website and register or purchase something, I get a commission from that sale at no extra cost to you. All opinions and reviews are my own.

To find out my full Disclaimer policy click here.

Shop My Instagram