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I’m revitalizing. Review: 1

4 Dec

It’s been almost a week and probably the perfect time to evaluate my progress. Starting with what I did this week. As per plan I first cleaned my wardrobe (trust me, it was a big mess). Then I collected my textbooks from around the house. Yeah! That’s the way I study. I don’t just stick to my desk. I’m found on couch, bed, dining table, in guest room, lobby and pretty much everywhere with my books. Kudos to my family for bearing this much! I could never do it. So, I collected all my books, sorted them and arranged them in my room. It took me one whole day. What? I count it an accomplishment!

Anyways next in line was starting Jillian Michaels 30-Day shred. And yes, I did start it. I had been wanting to do it since a long time. And it’s safe to say that my desperation was worth. Although I’m quite far from results (it’s only day 5 today) but I feel good doing it. It’s adequately tough and reasonably easy. I’m still following the beginner version, but I’m working my way into it.
Along with that I decided to follow a healthy diet. So, some cooking came along! That’s my next feel good point. I have always wanted to cook a lot. So, I’m stepping up to that.

Along with that, one thing I loved doing this week was helping out my mother in daily chores. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing your mother relaxing when she knows somebody’s there to handle! She has been allowing me all the time of the world taking care of everything by herself. And now is the time for her to read books and kind.

Not to forget, I did follow the “Don’t sit idle mantra!” and I think it paid me a lot.

For the next week, I’m hoping to continue working out and stepping up cooking. Plus I hope to start reading again. I have two really inviting books lying in my shelf. And they need attention.

All in all, I think I did good. Hoping to be more fruitful next week. Happy blogging!

Addendum: I forgot to mention, I watched two movies this week too. 🙂

Don’t sit idle

30 Nov

 

girl-sitting-on-a-bench

I’m lazy. Yes I am. I have loads of dreams and aspirations and wishes and all, but I don’t usually get to do all of it. That must mean I’m lazy. As I mentioned before I’m relaxing and rejuvenating, so I was thinking how to make the most out of this little time I’ve got. I recollected all the articles I’ve read now and then and the speeches my mother and grandmother have given me over the years. But it’s all very confusing. They ask you to make a list of what you want to do, then a list of what you rather do. Then a list of what eats up your time. Then a list of motivational factors to be on your schedule. And lists and lists. I mean, if I could do all this why would I be calling myself lazy. I wanted something simple like a key rule or like a mantra or something. And then I got it.

                                                                 “DON’T SIT IDLE!”

Yes, it’s as simple as that. Just don’t sit idle doing nothing. Do you know how much time we kill just by being idle. Scrolling through channels on television, stuck in traffic jam, waiting for your turn in a salon. Sometimes even none of these, we just don’t feel like doing anything. So, take a week out and don’t do this. Don’t be idle for anytime in your day. Be physically or mentally active. If you continue doing something the whole time you do a lot more. It’s not a very new idea or a discovery but it’s just a simple rule (not difficult to remember and follow) that can increase output a lot many times. I am trying this, and will keep you updated on results.

Try it. It might help.

🙂

 

Big Lessons in tiny pleasures: Part 3

8 Sep

You are still alive in our hearts baby!

Foreword: I am a huge dog person. So, in the post ahead if I narrow down my opinion to the best creatures of this world, which would be dogs, then I expect a lenience in your criticism. Also, this post is dedicated to my beloved pet dog Sheru. Darling, may you rest in peace.

I do not recall a child who hasn’t wanted or had a pet. A pet is like the best better half you can have. A pet is like a kid that can be trained. A pet is a living soft toy (pardon my metaphorisation of pet with a dog).

These are the lessons that I’ve learnt from all my pets I’ve ever had which include Michael, Lucy, Suzy, Tiger and Sheru. You sweethearts have had a big impact on my life!

  1. Loyalty: The first and most important lesson I believe every pet teaches is being faithful. Dogs are renowned for it, but I’ve had a heart-warming experience with my Granpa’s  parrot, dad’s pigeon and cousin’s monkey. The monkey’s name was donut and it died within 3 days of my cousin’s fatal accident.
  2. Concentration: It’s a small observation that every animal has an extreme level of concentration. This may be a result of the fact that they do not have to worry about their looks or career or crush. Whatever be the reason but it’s worth learning that everypet has a hell lot of concentration and learns extremely fast.
  3. Aggression: Have you ever had an encounter with an angry bird? Do you believe teasing a monkey is harmless? It’s in your benefit that you reply to both the questions as a big NO!
    You annoy an animal in the matters that are important to it and beware it can do anything!
    So, if it’s important to you, fight for it.
  4. Simplicity: My favourite quote of all times is “HANDLE STRESS LIKE A DOG. IF YOU CAN’T EAT IT OR PLAY WITH IT, PEE ON IT AND WALK AWAY.” Similarly, if you can do something about a problem then do it. Otherwise bury it.
  5. Stand for your fellows: My granny used to say, “A pig when in trouble, finds other pigs around for help which makes us believe humans are even worse!”
    Isn’t that true? Why is standing up for others so much insignificant to us?

Pets are a blessing from the heaven above. If you’ve never had one, go for it! Even if it’s as small as a goldfish. You’ll learn a lot and definitely evolve!

P.S. I know metaphorisation is not a word!
😉

The power of colours

29 Aug

Before I start this post I want to make it really clear that it’s not about some kind of colour therapy (if such a thing exists). Nor is it the conclusion of any scientific or educational research. This post is only a simple exercise and observation I applied to myself.

I did this some two and a half years ago. My then boyfriend and I had been fighting a lot. And most of my time was usually consumed in either fighting or fixing those fights. Plus I had some exams drawing closer. In total I was so stressed and occupied all the time that I was turning monotonous, rather more monotonous. But one morning I had this awful realisation that I’m turning old without traversing through my youth! So, I purposefully decided to start some changes. The simplest, easiest and most effective of those was picking up a different colour to wear every day of the week. I made it a point to not repeat the same colour in my dress within a span of seven days. I would wear scarlet reds and dusty browns. While some days I will looked as oddly bright as a parakeet, on others I was as invisible in the crowd as air. I remember wearing a turmeric t-shirt, rusty grey trousers and an algae green kurti in that duration (Of course not all at the same time!). Colours, I would have never worn otherwise. Clothes, that slept in my wardrobe since almost ages. Badly shopped ones, disgusting gifted ones, picked by mother kind of dresses. I wore all of it.

The result of my exercise was unexpected everyday. One morning I would be hoarding compliments, the next they will all be criticisms. “Where did you get that?” This was said both with awe and repulsion. Some just mentioned, “What has been going on with you lately?” The responses were flocking in also because I was normally dressed in almost the same colour spectrum. I was more into whites and creams and pale peach.

The point of the whole story is that that week was surprising. I felt a difference in the energies of universe everyday. Those colours brought a simple change in perspective because wearing the same colours somehow makes you dull, dreary and lifeless or may be vice versa. I don’t know how. But wearing grassy green made me feel not the same as wearing carroty orange. That change was a therapy in itself. It took me to the faith that pinks actually make world romantic and yellow really brings happiness. Purple can make you feel glamourous and red seductive. Colours really have that power. Just give them a chance.

Wear different colours this week! May be you get to notice a happy change!
🙂

Big lessons in tiny pleasures: Part 2

8 Aug

The image is from google. But i promise, I’ll start clicking soon.

What is your favourite corner in your home? Kitchen? Your own room? Shower? I may believe that until you don’t have a front porch! What could supersede a front porch! And that is not a question. It is an exclamation. Everything about a porch is to love. The breeze, the semi natural furniture, the vibes of serenity, the view and the exquisite attraction. As I sat in a cane wood chair in our patio basking in the last rays of a very twilight evening, I couldn’t help learn a few things from it.
1. The view: When you’re sitting in a front porch viewing everything from a distance, things appear simple. Similarly, when you broaden your perspective, issues appear trivial. So, when you’re stuck in a situation just step back to stretch your outlook.
2. The watch: For my great granny, the porch was not only her own corner but also a window to watch over the entire household. She would sit their keeping a keen watch on everyone who walks in or out of her house. So sit in the front porch of life once in a while and watch over who is walking in or out.
3. The slowdown: Whenever there’re a lot of chores to be done, I take a front porch slowdown. I make myself a tea and I just sit there thinking nothing. Just exactly, reduce your life’s pace once in a while and enjoy what it has to offer.
4. Family time: There’s something in patios and porches that make families sit together. I don’t know what it is. But most of my family traditions are somehow associated with it. Play the front porch of your family once in a while and bring it closer.
5. Nurture yourself: Porches are sites of hobby development, whether it is kids painting or it is mama’s gardening. Take some time to locate yours and let it grow.
6. The Kiss: If you’ve a front porch, it is most likely the place you will kiss your date for the first time. (Dreamy? Well, I am a girl and I am allowed to be hopelessly romantic once in a while. ;).) Therefore, let your life belong to your special someone once in a while just like your front porch.

I hope you have some special memories related to a front porch too. If yes, relish. If no, make some.

🙂

Be A Toad!

14 Jul

 

Common Toad
(I don’t own the image. Its from internet.)

 

Its still dark when i reach my running track in the morning. And there are lots of toads hopping around. For the obvious reason i have to keep my eyes where my feet go until sun comes up. It was annoying till a day before when i took some time out to observe these classified-hideous beings. But after my serious observation i will highly recommend you to be a toad. Why? Keep reading.

  1. ACCEPT WHAT YOU ARE. The world says they are ugly. Well, So what!! They are what they are.
  2. IF YOU HAVE LESS, USE IT MORE. If God has given you less abilities use them more effectively and ardently. As for a toad, what if it can not sing it croaks without hesitation.
  3. BE UNPREDICTABLE. It is my personal observation that a toad doesn’t walk in a straight line. Well so shouldn’t you! Be unpredictable and surprise the world.
  4. DEFENCE MORE IMPORTANT THAN ATTACK. Toad has strong but short hind legs, making it a less of a predator and more of a safe player. When it hops it knows it is strong enough to bear that fall. So before attacking have a safety measure.
  5. SPECIAL TIP JUST FOR GUYS. Guys, carry your girls on your back. They love it. 😉
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