Do I put myself first or my kids?


Ok I’m literally counting down the days till school is back on.  One part of me can’t wait for the routine to kick in, another part of me is totally paniciking.  For me the school holiday is the chance to get on top of anything that slowly slipped past my radar.

Today I sat down with my son and we set out a schedule for the week.  We put his activities first, as he is now 10 years old I feel the need to commit to him some time for his social activities that prepare him for this wicked world.

By the time i’d done my son’s time, my daughters time, work and housework there was little time for me.  Now learning from past mistakes this term i’ve made a commitment to give a little more to me.  A mom who makes a little time for herself has to be better than a mom who gives everything, and as a result hasn’t seen a hair or beauty salon in almost a decade.

‘It has to be done’, I told myself whilst I lay on a salon bed getting a facial.  I mean being successful is a life lesson for children in itself isn’t it?

How I secretly wonder how other mothers manage to look fabulous with their hair done, make-up on and ironed clothes lol.  In order to achieve this level of success I have made some serious changes, and the most important one was time for myself. 



About iamshalina Shalina Litt was in the music business from the age of 15 years old and it wasn't until around 2006 that life took a big turn for her. She graduated with a BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies eager to do right by my son. Around 2006 she embraced Islam and took on a calmer lifestyle getting married and focusing on being a mother alongside a business woman. Her marriage dissolved due to domestic Violence in 2009 and she retook a different path learning how to rebuild my self esteem and confidence. This journey allowed Shalina to share her growth via blogs and vlogs building a large following around the topic of abuse. Around 2011 her career as a Radio Presenter at Unity FM began. As her confidence grew, she decided to speak out in international media defending the rights of Women and Hijab. This lead her to successfully be present in Media covering newspaper, TV, Radio and Magazines in addition to have been in a successful documentary done about 6 Muslim women from around the world by a TV Production Team (NRL) from the Netherlands. This public platform allowed her to be vocal about various heart felt topics through Social media and other broadcasting opportunities. As a result Shalina now coaches women around the topic of Abuse Resolution. She continues to appear in mainstream media discussing various topics around Islam and women. She also runs her own business providing Inclusive Islamic Education for SEND Children. She is currently recording an album and writing a book, both due to be released in 2017 God Willing. For more details or to contact Shalina Litt email

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