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Building a Meaningful Life, Inspired by Bill Holland

I love to write essays, short stories, and fiction. And I am glad to share them here.

I make my bed and say my morning prayers. Have breakfast. Check my emails but hardly read the news. I think in silence and grope for short story ideas based on personal experience. Recently I take two weeks to publish a new story. In one week, I post a new story, but in the second week, I modify and improve a previously published article.

Do my laundry and have lunch cooked by my Mom. On some Sundays we have pizza. I treat my family to pizza sometimes on these days.

Say my afternoon prayers. I have started praying all five times. Sometimes to de-stress, I also recite the Quran. That way, I make my life more meaningful.

After I mentally decide on a story, I keep separate times for writing drafts and selecting images to go with my tale. My recent articles have two to four pictures, and a poll is optional. I love getting comments on my articles and replying to them back in the HP community. I also love reading and commenting on others’ articles in the HP environment.

Proofread story drafts twice and finally check with Grammarly to give a final touch to my articles. Then proofread again and eventually post my articles on HP.

I have dreams to publish short stories eBooks on Amazon, but first, I have to settle a few things with my bank here. I have been corresponding with a lady at the bank about this, but she got transferred. So, I have to restart the discussion with another bank officer.

Then I can get started on the baby steps to publishing my book(s). So far, my work online has been free. I give and love to give. But I have worked as a faculty member of a private university for years and saved from my salary. From those savings, I made money out of money. I am doing pretty good now, not working.

My work online is something I enjoy and love. It is more like a passionate hobby. I know I can monetize my hobby but have not yet.

My field of expertise is originally Computer Science and Engineering. I have acquired BSc and MSc degrees in it. Now I aim for a Ph.D.

I have earned my BSc degree at home and MSc degree from abroad. I would very much like to acquire a Ph.D. degree from abroad. Then I would like to work in the academic area there. It would be like a dream come true. And that is how I yearn to build a meaningful life.

I have reached my forties but have not married. I didn't find my perfect soulmate so far. But if I happen to find him while abroad or while here, I am all for it. I think a person needs to be educated not only academically but also matrimonially, which I didn't think in my late 20s and 30s.

While I stay here in my country, I will keep writing probably for HubPages. I know to enhance my writing, I need to read books- books of all categories for growth and further development.

That way I make my life, while I stay here, more meaningful. Getting lost in a sea of books certainly gives me a wonderful feeling.

Pic: Enjoying in a Sea of Books

Pic: Enjoying in a Sea of Books

Another area I would improve is health-wise. I am a little overweight. I would like to cut off my intake of carbs and sugar to smaller portions and eat my meals and snacks in less proportion and exercise by walking around my block. I know, within a month, I would see a noticeable change.

I could improve my mental health by keeping my thoughts positive, filtering out the negative ones. Anyone is apt to have both positive and negative thoughts. But I would like to work on thinking positively most of the time. This is where self-help books come in. They usually have plenty of tips on how to help yourself to work towards your goals, how to keep your thoughts positive, and how to improve your wellbeing.

Pic: A Stack of Self-Help Books

Pic: A Stack of Self-Help Books

With all the above pointers set and reset and set again, I am sure I will be well on my way to building a meaningful life.

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© 2021 Rosina S Khan


Rosina S Khan (author) on August 17, 2021:

Read my upbeat "Buiding a Meaningful Life" article; the title is inspired by Bill Holland. Leave your comments below.

Rosina S Khan (author) on August 12, 2021:

I am very happy, Ankita, my article could inspire you. Thank you for reading and for your warm words. I really appreciate it.

Ankita B on August 12, 2021:

I loved reading this article about your personal life and the things you aspire for. I am really inspired from your way of viewing things to build a meaningful life. Thank you for sharing.

Rosina S Khan (author) on August 11, 2021:

Yes, I have heard about your pathetic story at age 19, and my sympathies for you. Yes, I am keeping positive about meeting my soul mate. Well, I don't know if it is a case of intelligence. What happened in my life for real is those I was interested in didn't show interest in me, and I wasn't interested in those who were interested in me. Like that time passed away. But still, I am holding positive thoughts I will come across the one.

Thank you, Denise, for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on August 11, 2021:

I think you are keeping positive and that is an important key to well-being. I married when I was 19 and I was not ready. I was a poor judge of character back then and married a horrible man who beat me for 4 years till I ran away. I'm so glad you did not fall into that trap. You are very intelligent. I admire you.



Rosina S Khan (author) on August 11, 2021:

I am pleased, Brenda, you loved my article. It's true I have achieved a lot already and have a strong desire to achieve more. Yes, I would like to meet you in person when I arrive in the US. I am sure that would be loads of fun.

Thanks for mentioning the free program on Amazon. I will try to get more details. But for now, I just have to start out with baby steps on those walks as you rightly understand.

My best wishes and blessings to you.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 11, 2021:


I'm so happy you took Bill's title and wrote us a story about your life.

I love learning about those moments innlife that motivate you and keep you moving forward toward your goals.

It sounds like you have achieved alot already and you are strong headed enough to follow through with the rest of your desires.

Maybe one day we can meet in person when you come to study abroad.

For now...enjoy the time you have with your family & start out with baby steps on those walks.

As for the books, we have a program through Amazon that is free if you post your book yourself.

I personally have not tried this one yet, but I know Bill has mentioned it before in his weekly article.

Goodluck with everything you want in life.

Rosina S Khan (author) on August 11, 2021:

Thank you, Peggy, for your good wishes for me. Yes, we should enjoy and be happy while we journey. That's a true sentiment.

I appreciate your reading and your encouraging comments.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 11, 2021:

Hi Rosina,

Thanks for sharing your goals with us, plus what inspires you. May each day bring you closer to those goals, and may your journey be filled with happiness along the way.

Rosina S Khan (author) on August 11, 2021:

Thank you, Misbah, for your delightful comments. I am happy that you enjoyed my article. May Allah bless you also.

Lots of blessings and love for you.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on August 11, 2021:

Rosina, Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece about your personal life. This article provides a fascinating look at your lifestyle, work, and goals. Mr. Bill is a great inspiration to a lot of people on HubPages. I enjoyed reading it. I especially like you saying that you start your day with morning prayers. May Allah continue to bless you

Love and blessings

Rosina S Khan (author) on August 11, 2021:

Thank you, Pamela, for your very encouraging comments. Yes, I agree with you that much can be achieved when we have our spiritual side in a good place. Above all, it's good to have a plan.

I appreciate your reading and commenting. Blessings to you too.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 11, 2021:

This is a very interesting article about you, Rosina. You have worked hard towards your very achievable goals. I

think you will meet them with some hard work. It is good to have a plan. I loved reading about your life,

I think much can be achieved when we have our spiritual side in a good place, and you have done that.

Blessings for you, Rosina.

Rosina S Khan (author) on August 11, 2021:

Yes, Bill is an inspiration to a lot of us. It was he who suggested the article title and I wrote my thoughts on it. I am glad, Chitrangada, you liked my article.

You are right- everything doesn't happen as we plan. We should have the ability to accept as it happens and bounce even higher.

Thank you for encouraging me on my journey. Blessings to you.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 11, 2021:

Hello Rosina!

Thank you for sharing this well written piece about your personal life.

I loved your honesty and clarity of thoughts. You have done very well in your life, and my best wishes to you to achieve, whatever you wish for, in future as well.

In the journey of our life, everything doesn’t happen, as we plan. But, we should have the ability to accept, as it happens.

Good to know, that Bill inspired you. He is definitely an inspiration to many of us.

Thank you for sharing and all the best.

Rosina S Khan (author) on August 11, 2021:

Thank you, Manatita. Approval from you means a lot to me. Yes, I intend to go for my dreams with Allah's will and grace.

Yes, sometimes I go for walks. Nutrition would be good but cutting it off a little won't hurt.

Thank you for reading and for the encouraging comment. I really appreciate it.

manatita44 from london on August 11, 2021:

Well Rosina,

I really loved this piece. The outpour of sincerity and the theme to go with it, seems to have helped. Beautifully candid and excellently expressed, like Bill did so many years ago. Much discipline in leading this meaningful life. Go for your dreams with Allah's Grace.

Do you go for walks? I tend to do two miles most days. Naturally nutrition will also help you. Don't forget the omegas. Much Love.

Rosina S Khan (author) on August 11, 2021:

Thank you for your good wishes, Bill. Yes, I actually found inspiration in your prompt, and I am glad you liked it. I really appreciate it.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 11, 2021:

I'm glad you found inspiration in my prompt, and you did very well with it. It was nice to find out new things about you. Best wishes as you pursue that meaningful life of yours.

Rosina S Khan (author) on August 11, 2021:

I am glad you think so, John. Thank you for your encouraging comment. Yes, Bill suggested the title and I wrote my thoughts on it. Sure, he is an inspiration and encourager of many people here and elsewhere. Reading his mailbags, I have come to know a lot of good things about him.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 11, 2021:

Rosina, it is wonderful to read the positive direction you have planned for your life going forward. With you attitude and drive I know will will succeed at everything you strive for. I am glad to read that Bill was your inspiration for righting this. He is an inspiration to and encourager of many people here at HubPages and elsewhere.

Rosina S Khan (author) on August 11, 2021:

Thank you, Dora, for your valuable advice. I will keep it close to my heart. I am glad you liked the article.

Rosina S Khan (author) on August 11, 2021:

I am delighted you enjoyed this article, Liz. So happy that you like the mention of Bill in the title. He surely is a great asset on HubPages.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 11, 2021:

Rosina, I admire your clarity about what you desire for a meaningful life. Stay disciplined and keep on track. Keep asking and you'll receive.

Liz Westwood from UK on August 11, 2021:

This article gives an interesting insight into your life, career and aspirations. I like the mention of Bill in the title. He is a great asset on HubPages.

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