Why I Have Two E-mails, I Was Hacked

Okay, I have more than two e-mails, but that’s beside the point right now.

I consider myself a very secure person until I was hacked this year. I have 2-step authentications and SMS-authentications for most of my accounts which have the feature. However, I am guilty of something a lot of people take for granted, not only do I have a relatively easy password; I use the same password for all my online accounts.

Gmail is awesome

I have a Gmail e-mail that I have been using since 2005 which was consistently hacked/leaked in multiple hacking incidents involving big tech companies, and I never paid attention. I only found out about it through this site, after I was hacked. This prompted me to immediately change all my passwords, for all my accounts (it wasn’t easy) and delete my bank details online, wherever possible, hoping the websites don’t have my data archived. As a second security step, I replaced all my bank cards. Yes, I have a different password for every single account I have now. How do I remember them? I switched from password to passphrases, and I use 1Password.

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Hello, World!

I started blogging and teaching myself to code (mostly design web pages) almost twenty years ago. I’ve thought over and over of quitting blogging, and for some reason, I cannot seem to do it.

Turning thirty (one and a half year ago) was a very pivotal moment in my life. I would like to think I had my “Aha!” moment then. No, I didn’t suddenly know everything nor did I figured things out, but I became better at giving priorities and letting things go and valuing time more. Since then, I’ve been trying to take over my life and actual steer it myself instead of letting everything and everyone else do it for me.

I am back blogging

I’m looking forward into this new chapter in my life, and I would like to announce that… I am back blogging (I didn’t quit writing, a select few receive newsletters from me, and I also write sometimes at Medium) and documenting my new found love of making the most my “nothing minutes” so let’s see how it goes.

What to expect?

Most of my “nothing minutes” are currently dedicated to two important things. First, passing my PMP certification this third quarter. Second, getting the score I want in all areas of IELTS in early 2018. As I study, more than documenting my progress, I would like to write about my personal and professional experiences. Experiences related to my full-time job as a Project Manager and everything else with regards to the Telecommunications industry. I’ve been working in Telecommunications more than a decade now (w00t!).

Also, I am currently working on quite a few e-mail marketing projects. I would love to share my insights and learnings on e-mail marketing here too. My e-mail marketing projects usually consume at least a quarter or my day, sometimes more. But, it’s something I’m passionate about. Of course, I cannot forget about reading and books, because it is after all my one true love, I started lib a while back, and you can expect great things on there too. Sounds fun?

P.S. I think this is a great read, Millennials are obsessed with side hustles because they’re all we’ve got.

Best Things 2016

Try, fail, repeat. 

It’s December, my favorite month! 2016 has been interesting and weird. And as the year closes it’s time to look back and see how far we’ve come and realize, Trump may be the U.S President-elect, but 2016 wasn’t so bad (if you look at history and you’re optimistic about the future). Here are the best things this 2016!

January  In my quest to lose unwanted pounds last year, I started running again, and I started this year with a 10KM run and dedicated it to Salam ya Seghar. I’ve raised 3,361.96 AED through my 30K campaign.

I promise I wasn’t trying to spam you. If you did open the two (2) test e-mails I’ve recently sent to you by mistake, you must be wondering why I’m e-mailing you Veterinary news. I decided to be serious about freelancing this year. I’m currently focusing on online e-mail marketing, and I’ve sent you my latest work by mistake. Again, sorry.

February I did my first Spartan Race and managed to get out of it alive. #AhooAhooAhoo. Tried yoga at The Burj Club for the first time!

March I quit my 6-year job at Du. Phew. Stayed overnight in the desert and managed not to kill the loud ducks and snorers.

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Turning 30

I’m turning thirty in two days and here are some of the things I learned or realised last year.

  1. You have to try to listen to your body more and give it a break.
  2. When people leave, let them go.
  3. Don’t forget to listen to your gut-feeling.
  4. No one should ever have to wonder or need to be reminded that they are loved and/or missed.
  5. It’s not too bad to read Facebook comments. Don’t take them seriously though.

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15 Best Things 2015

2015 was hard but fun. It was a year of a lot of “firsts”. I’d like to believe I’ve become more mature this year. I’m turning thirty this year after all. In 24 Powerful Ways To Finish The Year Off Right, one of them is, “make a list of the fifteen best things you did this year”, so here it goes.

Best Things of 2015

  1. I used to think life is unfair, but I realized it isn’t.
  2. Won and enjoyed a scenic tour of Dubai through a seaplane.
  3. Saw giraffes and other wildlife at Sir Baniyas Island. Had the most amazing time!
  4. Lost more than 10kgs of weight and worked out more! Run my first 10Km.
  5. Worked on a number of creative projects. I got paid in some, but I also did online volunteering which is awesome!

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Why I Run

Running is my go-to form of exercise.

I run because it helps me think more, clearer and better. I run because it takes my mind off things, things I will be fixated on if I wasn’t keeping myself busy. I run because I feel free and relaxed whenever I do. I run because it makes me feel alone yet not lonely, and it’s one of the best feelings in the world.

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