This Time Next Year

Be still blogging
I’d love to still keep up my blogging on a regular basis as I’m really enjoying it, and hopefully I will have done some exciting things to blog about! And attend more blogger meet up, that’d be fab.

Be further on in my books…
I started writing books.  I mean, I used to write all the time but I haven’t properly written in years, I’d love to see if I can actually keep this up.
I want to have more confidence and care less about what other people think about me.
I think I can achieve this by continuing blogging, thinking about the people around me whose opinions I care about and starting to accept myself for who I am. When I can accomplish that I think I would care less about what other people think about me.
I may be married or Should I say I want to get married
Marriage is one of the most memorable day of everyone’s life. I want to be blessed by god and see myself being married by Next year same time. Wish me luck

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Rafflesia-Banished-Princess

Blurb: The curtains draw up. Lights are dimmed. The musical is about to begin. As the beautiful princess descends on stage, the mythical creatures from her kingdom come alive. Flickers of brilliant colours blaze across as mesmerizing music pulsates from one corner of the theatre to the other. A fairy tale is about to unfold…As young children, we often come across things that stay in our hearts forever. For Appu, it is a fairy tale about a beautiful princess. He lives with her in a world filled with the magical creatures from her kingdom until the real world beckons. A reluctant Appu steps into it as a striking young man and struggles to find his place. What follows is an evocative tale of love and loss, friendship and betrayal, as the story travels through the snow-peaked mountains of Arunachal to the golden deserts of Jaisalmer, the tulip gardens of Holland to the lush greens of Kerala. Does Appu find what he had set out for? The answer lies in Rafflesia — The Banished Princess because in her story, lay his!”

About the author: A B-School graduate, Gautam is a business analyst by profession. Considers the laptop as among his best friends and nurses a secret desire to turn an entrepreneur someday.

Review:  Some stories are so interesting and some on the other hand are boring to death. They sound as if they are preaching philosophies and verses from the texts, despite having a movie type writing approach Rafflesia – The Banished Princess by author Gautam did not appeal to my reading style. The main protagonist of the novel is Appu who has a complete psychic outlook in life. The cover was not much interesting or the blurb but as I had to write this review, I forced myself to read it to complete. It is all about Appu whose is an introvert by his life situations. His friend Rahul is opposite to him who enjoys his life to the fullest. The story is about Appu who is on the way to divorce his wife Jharna. The mental torture and disturbances he goes through is what the rest of the story talks about including giving us the reason why his wife Jharna separated from him within 2 days of the wedding. The book has many characters apart from Appu, Jharna and Rahul, such as Sunaina– the lawyer, Trina – Appu’s mother, Aabir – Appu’s father, Sujata – the linking character to the metaphor and few here and there situated in India and Holland and also Bunty. The plot and theme of the story is so known that there is no scope for suspense or chilling element, this is what made this book a disappointment for me. I did not find anything wonderful in the story though sometimes the writing went complicated. The author stretched the story to a long way making it really bore reading for me as sometimes it turned very slow adding more hours to read it.  If you are someone who wants to test their reading patience, I highly recommend you to pick the book – The Banished Princess. I tested my patience, though not happy with the content/story writing, I passed out successfully reading the length bore book. If this book doesn’t get into your genre, you can skip it.

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Why you need to unplug?

It’s been a pretty quiet week on the blog. Honestly, I’ve been feeling drained mentally, physically, and creatively. You know that feeling when nothing brings you joy anymore, even the things you love, and you can’t seem to shake off that feeling of complete exhaustion. It sucks, but we all go through it.

If you think about it, we spend most of our day being glued to our phones and computers. Being connected to the world 24/7 can really take a toll on our well being. In the same way that we need a vacation away from our jobs, it’s equally as important to take a vacation away from our computers and phones. Here’s a few reasons why you need to unplug:

1. It allows you to have some “me time”
I can’t stress the importance of having a little me time. Having some time alone allows you to clear your mind and recharge. Take some time to take care of yourself. This can be taking a nap, working out, or doing one of your hobbies.

2. It allows you to spend more time with friends and family
I’ll admit that I’m tempted to scroll through my Instagram feed during a family dinner. However, when our attention is split, it doesn’t allow us to fully enjoy living in the moment. Cherish the time you have with your friends and family. At the end of the day, your loved ones are what is important, not how many social media followers you have.

3. Less Stress 
One time at work our internet connection went out and we couldn’t get any work done for the whole day. It made me realize how dependent we are on computers and technology. Many of us are spending a majority of our work day on a computer and the rest of our night on our phones. When your not giving your mind some time to rest, this can easily lead to stress.

4. Give your eyes a break
Most of us spend a majority of the day staring at a computer screen. I know I always have trouble taking a break when I’m working on something or want to binge watch a TV show. However, it’s important to walk away from our screens every now and then to keep our eyes healthy. Every 20 mins try to look away from your screen and stare at a distant object to reduce fatigue.

5. You won’t compare yourself to others
When you are focusing on what every one else is doing on social media, you can easily fall victim to comparison. It’s easy to feel like your life is boring and isn’t as interesting as everyone else.  It’s important to unplug so that we can fully live our lives and appreciate all the wonderful things we have.

Do you guys ever have a hard time unplugging? What are some of the things you do? 

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Sunday Featured Blogger #4

With the start of this month May, I am starting a new, weekly series, on my blog.  In it I am featuring 20 bloggers for 20 Sundays starting from today till September 2017. 

The Blogger to be featured today is Vasantha Vivek

Can you tell me a little about yourself and your blog – mentioning something known and unknown to the readers?

I am Vasantha Vivek. I am a happy woman, daughter, sister, wife, mother, teacher, friend, mentor, seeker, lover. I am a teacher by profession. I was a professor at an Engineering College for nearly 15 years. Teaching is my passion. Reading is my love. Cooking is my heart. I enjoy reading and writing very much. Now I’m blogging about relationship, love, family, parenting and social issues at My Sweet Nothings.  I feel proud and happy to feature many of my fellow mommy bloggers in “This Mom’s Life” – guest post series. Also I write articles for Indian Moms Connect, Monsoon Breeze, Parentous, Women’s Web, mycity4kids and World Of Moms. Also I have coauthored a book titled “100 Moms One Journey” and an e-magazine titled “Raising World children”.

Tell me about some of the people you’ve met while working on your blog or through blogging communities?

I love to meet people both at real and virtual. I feel bloggers’ meet is fantastic. I was blessed to meet one of my blogger friends for the first time during February of this year. I would cherish this first blogger meet for my lifetime. I was really thrilled and excited to meet Kala of relax-N-rave. She made our day with her pleasant smile, unconditional love and lot of affection. I would add meeting of two friends paved the path for the friendship of two families.

What do you do when you aren’t working on your blog? You can tell me about your usual day routine.

I will be reading books, magazines or blogs. Also I may cook something special for my family. I will be doing my yoga and meditation practices. Also I will be happy on doing some random acts of kindness.

Everyone has a favourite/least favourite post. Tell me about your best and worst post and why?

Always I would prefer my “This Mom’s Life” – guest post series as my best post. Since I started this series to feature my mommy blogger friends even before I came to know the significance and importance of guest posts. By this series, I have featured nearly 26 mom bloggers on my blog. Feeling proud about that. And I never consider any of my posts as a worst post. Since they are born out of my feelings as words. I treat every post of mine as my child. So naturally no mom would consider their kids as worst.

Name some of the bloggers – at least 3 of your favourites, whom you look up to and why?

Anamika of thebespectacledmother for she’s my other part. We do have many resemblances both on life and writing. She’s my best firend on this blogosphere and I love to meet her in person very soon. Shailaja of Diary Of Doting Mom. Her writings are powerful and abundant of life values. Yet she writes very friendly and simple. She’s my inspiration on blogging. Romila of Novemberschild. We both are November’s children. I love her for her friendliness and boldness. Her blog speaks her heart. She’s very helping for newbie bloggers.

Tell me about your proudest achievement(s)? (Related to Blogging)

 I just started my blog as a hobby during 2014. Now my blog has a wider reach of 480 followers after getting self hosted during last November. I feel proud on posting nearly 500 posts so far. I aspire to be a published author this year.

If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?

Write your heart out. Keep quality of your posts at higher priority than the quantity of posts. Also be firm in writing your unique content. Be patient. Happily connect with more people. Read many blogs.

I am sure you know me as a blogger or your friend on social media or may be even as a person in real so how would you rate my writings and tell me your honest opinion on me – this would serve as a testimonial (A new section on my blog where I would put these good words…or maybe the bad ones too)

Romila, really feeling blessed to find you on this blogosphere. You are my best friend to be counted for all my needs. I adore your writings. You inspire every blogger through your posts. Keep this spirit and courage always. You are an awesome blogger with participation on A to Z challenge for two consecutive years. I enjoyed your micro poems and felt proud on reviewing your second e=book on micro poems. Keep growing and Keep spreading love.

Vasantha Vivek–  Twitter | Blog | Facebook | Instagram

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How to Be Resilient

What do we really need in life? Good friends, family, the right motivation, the right values? What is it really? Lots of people tell us that when hard time comes we should just stick to our family and friends. They would tell us that the right people will give us more confidence and motivation to walk through life.

There are also times when people would tell us that even though we have our friend and family by our side we should still count on our self for motivation. They would tell us that we are just like a glass of water. Whenever our motivation or confidence is running out, we just have to refill it.

That may be effective in most situations, but there will come a time when this won’t be as effective anymore. We can’t always just refill the glass. What if there is no more water to fill the glass with? Well, we can always buy more water, but I’m afraid that won’t be the case with motivation. Nobody can buy motivation. When we run out of then how can you ever get more of it?

The trick is in being resilient, but what is being resilient anyway?

Being resilient is just like being a rubber band. You can stretch the rubber band as long as you want, but as soon as you let it go it will go back in its place. That is exactly how we should be. No matter how much the world pulls and pushes us around, we should still have the ability to get back on our feet. That is something that is easier said than done. I mean, being resilient is more than just telling yourself that “I am resilient from now on”. No, I am afraid that there is more to it than that. Well, here are some tips on being resilient.

Accept your emotions

We think that we accept our emotions all of the time, but what we really do is we resist them. The thing is when we try to resist our emotions, side effects occur. Accepting our emotions is a bit different. Accepting your emotions means that you accept the fact that you failed at some point. It means that you accept your weak point without feeling bad about yourself.

The thing is the more we try to resist our negative emotions the more difficult it is for us to move forward.

Keep yourself busy

The thing is most people would rather live in the fantasy that they have already reached their goals when they haven’t evens started accomplishing. When they actually started to do something about their goals they would fail. That is not because they are worthless. Rather, it is because they lacked preparation and planning.

Since they spent so much tie fantasising about their success, they can’t accept their failure. As a result, they get all broken inside.

About the guest blogger: Kelly E. Walsh lives in South Carolina. She is a graduate of BS in Computer Science but preferred pursuing her writing career instead. Mostly because she loves telling stories and sharing her knowledge through writing. She is currently writing for essaychip.com on a regular basis and do ghost writing for some companies as well.

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