Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Awakening to Your Inner Awareness

Why are we doing what we are doing? Does that make you happy?
Are you living up to your true self?
Are you leading an authentic happy life?
These are few such questions that I like to ponder on every once in a while. I had never paid attention or felt it was necessary to ask such questions to myself- to find out who I'm or what I want to be? But gradually as I felt the need to know the answers to these questions, I walked backwards to query about my journey so far? I was curious to know if I had really made any changes to myself; or to my life?
A quest to know yourself, to find who you are is the journey of "The Shift." This book came to me as a reference read to match my answers (to above questions) to my real life. This wonderful book, The Shift by author Mo Issa is a must-read to know thyself; to find your inner awareness, and to see yourself rise while connecting to the spiritual being.

When I received this book for a review post*I was way too excited to find the wisdom and all the hidden gems in the pages. I am lucky to have read such a great book.

By being able to develop inner awareness, you will become much more involved with your life because you will begin to accept and love reality exactly as it is. With awareness you gain a sense of spiritual power. You become an observer of yourself; and when you become a witness of your thoughts, feeling, and emotions; you'll understand what it is trying to say, and see how your thoughts cause you to react and also act in certain ways.

I will share few of my favorite lines from the book:

"There was another stronger version of me out there in the universe; I needed to walk toward it and claim it. I was waking up to my authenticity. I began to recognize that I was multifaceted and wore many masks that hid my true self."

"This new me picked up all the guiding signs the universe was throwing my way. We can't hear the music if we don't allow ourselves to listen."

"I had an extra responsibility to delve deeper into myself. My insatiable urge to learn was my driving force. I was hungry to know everything about myself, dedicated to knowing myself in every way. I did every self-analysis test available and reflected on my purpose, vision, and aspirations. I had one ultimate goal: to continue going inward and maintain that feeling of aliveness all the time, not just fleetingly."

Amazing motivating lines. Isn't it? I totally adore the way author Issa has described his thoughts and observations which can be easily related. This is one of those books you'll want to read again and again. I couldn't stop myself from highlighting the passages as I kept reading, and kind of ended drawing lines in the paragraphs of the whole book!

My favorite part of the book also includes the tone author uses- is so raw, authentic and vulnerably pure. I would recommend this book to anyone who is trying to find more to their life; who is on a quest to discover their true self, and to almost everyone- who want some motivation and inspiration to look at their life in a different way.

I love how Mo Issa is asking us to develop authenticity. He shares his personal stories to motivate us to be daring in a world that revolves around ego, power, and money. He also explains in this book the concept of being who you are even if it is against the rules and how good it feels to be at peace with yourself.

By reading this far if you have felt even a pinch of inspiration, then I would ask you to pick this book and read- and I'm sure you won't stop until you complete the book!

If you really want to rethink your life, and or are ready for a change, read this book and learn how.
Do leave me your thoughts in the comments below, and don't forget to share your views and opinion about the book- if you have already 'The Shift'!

*P.S: This is a sponsored post. The book was sent to me for doing a review/feature post. But all the views, opinions, or thoughts expressed here are completely mine.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Vulnerability-The Need For An Authentic Life

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Why do you think being vulnerable is so powerful?
I feel because, "it sets me free to be just me! I can just be myself without having to wear too many masks for everyone around me."
As Dr. Brene` Brown says, "Vulnerability is our most accurate measure of courage...When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives and our work."

Embracing vulnerability is the first step on the journey to a wholehearted life. Vulnerability is a sign of strength, and not weakness. Being vulnerable may put us on a risk of being hurt, being judged, and being rejected; but it will also help us in opening all the doors of insecurities we have had been hiding behind- and stepping out (of our comfort zone) to be more strong and fearless.

In personal relationships, we are more attracted towards words like: trust, honesty, authenticity, and transparency. People feel more secure to connect with us from that open honest space. They start to see the trust and equally engage to open their heart. Being vulnerable give us that powerful space to make the kind of connections we need to grow and feel better about our own self.

Displaying vulnerability will help people to connect with us on honest terms, without being afraid of sharing their limitations. When you understand why vulnerability is so important in the first place, you'll be more motivated to embrace it.

I remember why I started blogging in the first place! I kept doing it because I liked writing, it helped me vent, and led me to more opportunities. Even though just the thought of baring my failures, hurtful past, and my weaknesses in front of an unknown world of internet  gave me shivers, but I had to do it anyways! I wanted to share the possibilities of becoming a new better person- even after too many failures. And there was no better way than writing, to connect with like-minded friends and groups- who are waiting to see that spark in their life or career again!

Deep and genuine connection with oneself or with another human is what we all genuinely want! But that connection is only possible when we become strong enough to completely reveal layers of ourselves. Vulnerability is a journey of powerful transformation of our lives. And that transformation becomes authentic when we develop the courage to show up being real- just the way we are- good and bad, beautiful and ugly, successful after failing infinite number of times.

Cultivating authenticity and vulnerability in our daily life means showing up, saying no to all of the things you feel is wrong, speaking what is true in our hearts, and creating the courage to share our deepest emotions.

I'm currently reading two of such amazing books that talks about, "vulnerability being our strength, and not a weakness." Stay with me to read more about this wonderful book called, "The Shift"- that will take you to a new journey of self-discovery and inner awakening.

I hope the year 2018 bring the best in you and me and for all of us. Wishing you all A Very Happy and Successful Year 2018.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Living For Your Passion and Never Giving Up

Hello! December. Welcome to our life. And help us end this year with great spirit. It is hard to believe that 2017 is going to end in few more days! This year has been a wonderful year to me- in terms of success, learning, inspiring and touching  some lives, and definitely improving myself.

"I want to start today's post with the wish that- may the year 2018 bring more success and happiness to all our lives. May there be more kindness, peace, and understanding all around us. May we succeed in achieving our dream, and in completing our journey of "self-discovery!"

"Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm."- Winston Churchill

There's a reason I chose to write on this topic again today- 'passion.'
If you have been reading my blog; you will know that I always mention about passion and purpose in my posts. I believe anybody's life can be interesting and/or inspiring (to love and live) by these two driving forces- to live the "best" version of this life. And these wonderful books taught me exactly the same thing about 'living for your passion and never giving up!'

In all these years while pursuing my passion, I have learnt that, "one of the best ways to stay "hungry" and focused in your life is by focusing on your purpose; by creating a vision and working towards it till you reach your finish line. I was just living- aimlessly- until one day I discovered my passion of writing and photography- accidentally!" 

I embarked on this journey of writing and blogging by accident, or I was born with these qualities; I don't know? But I know this for sure that these skills are gifted to me, and I feel a sense of purpose as I work to develop these qualities. I'm walking that vision with a mission to become an inspiration to many, some day! 

I discovered few things about having a passion(s) in your life. Some are through my personal experience, some are suggestions from these wonderful books, and some are from the blogs and stories I read on social media ! I hope you find them helpful.

  • If you're a student, first focus on your studies and alongside spend time honing your passion. If you happen to be in the middle of your career hunt- then first of all find a job for yourself. Be independent, and capable of earning for your expenses- then focus on your passion. If you want to turn your passion into your profession- work hard, give more efforts to your skills, and get on top of it - do it any ways! Create your own opportunities to reach out to the crowd outside your comfort zone and; be heard and be seen.
  • Got lots of passions but no idea which one to focus on? Then try to pick the one that's your most favorite, and/or the one you are best at! Whenever I face this challenge, I try to categorize them into hobby's, interests, and a serious passion- that I would like to take it forward and make it my career
  • Enjoy your passion when you decide to work towards it. Be serious about it and stop focusing on status and approvals.

"If your number one goal is to make sure that everyone likes and approves of you, then you risk sacrificing your uniqueness, and, therefore, your excellence." - Unknown

While you decide to believe in your skills, and work towards creating something amazing out of it; you don't have to look outside of yourself! We only need to appreciate the energy that we get from what we do, and stop looking outside of ourselves for seeking approval of our uniqueness and worth.

  • "Passion is for the things that make you LIVE"- Read it on a blog.

  • Passion is something that keeps your HOPE alive even on your tough days.
  • Be unique in your approach. Choose your own path than following what others did, or made it to the top. "There's plenty of room for everyone; you just have to find your own unique way to get there. We're all unique people with unique skills, interests, and hopes, so it makes perfect sense that our paths would be unique, too. Don't be discouraged if your path is windy and full of roadblocks while your peers seem to be gliding along smoothly. As long as you keep working to move forward, you'll get to where you need to be, no matter what. You need to slow down, take a step back and keep to your own path." - Excerpt from book 'The Sweet Life.'
  • Focus on your progress, not perfection. Keep moving forward and figure out the details later- The Sweet Life.
  • Don't be afraid of failure. 
 I hope you don't give up on your journey or your "mission"!
Fail, make mistakes; but don't stop. 
Do leave me your thoughts in the comment section. And before you leave, let me tell you that I have received two more wonderful books for doing a review post. So come back soon!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

How To Go Easy On Yourself While Creating Joy

Life often takes u-turn and dumps you back there- from where you had started to embark on a new journey for yourself- to find peace, joy, and pure happiness; where you never wanted to stay and wished not to come back there again! So what do you do in that situation? Start all over? This happens countless number of times. Isn't it?

Just when we feel everything has finally fallen in place, things start to fall apart. And we get busy putting the (scattered) puzzle pieces together, and this goes on and on. But this is how life is- uncertain, unpredictable, and harsh most of the times- but still beautiful.

Yet despite my best efforts, I find negative situation interfering frequently in my life, but I try to be kind to myself. You can be your best self when you know how to empathize with your self -being. There are certain things that's completely beyond our control; so just be easy with yourself. 
You're super fantastic.
Just Be You!

Our heart and mind can only take "little" stress a day. In order to deal with all kinds of emotionally debilitating struggle, be it marriage, parenting, job, career decisions, weight loss, health issues, or any other kind of trials of everyday living, we must first completely give up self-criticism, and replace them with the wings of self-encouragement.

Reach out and show more care and sympathy to yourself when it seems really hard to accept that, "life is a beautiful journey." Certain unexpected unpleasant interruptions (in life) will try to challenge our courage to stay calm and hopeful during those bad days; but you don't give up! Try to stay calm and reflect upon yourself. Stop judging and evaluating life as "good" or "bad" and simply accept things that come your way.

Life seems fair to them who can believe that there's more good than bad in each of our lives. 

Yes, there's a way to work through any conflicts that occur in your life- through mindful living every single day. Pay attention to what is working in life and what is not? What you can do to make that not- a yes-working journey? Identify the important "factors" that can make your life a wholesome satisfying awesome journey. Be more present by meditating. Be more focused by praying hard. Be more happy by counting your blessings. Be more fulfilling by finding your purpose to strive and grow. Be More and Do More- that should be our goal in life to create pure joy and inner peace.

Start today! And create a better version of yourself than you were yesterday.
Sometimes our absolute worst time of our life can get us to the "best" of what we have been waiting for! Nurture your mind or your creative spirit by feeding it right; by seeing the best things that life has to offer you; and by caring for how you want to see yourself in another year or two.

I have completely stopped blaming myself, my life, or my choices especially during the days when things get really ugly or unpleasant. I want to love everything about my life -good or bad.

Do you have more things to add on how can we be self-compassionate, and be more kind to ourselves in the worst days of our life? Then please leave me your suggestions in the comments below.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Decor Inspiration & Ideas-1

With the arrival of winter, I have started spending more time inside the house than being outdoor. I have always been really curious about finding decorations to add to all the rooms; not just to decorate, but also to keep myself motivated and happy all throughout the winter. So in today's post I will share some home/office/work space inspirations you can add to your rooms or "working spaces." How to create some inspiration in every corner of your house- that can speak to you, and that can fill your days and nights with joy and motivation?

Sometimes we don't need expensive items to decorate our house, or make it a 'happy place' to live in. I think decorations that are motivating, inspiring, or colorful can make beautiful decors'.  I also believe if we can hang more positive affirmations; and word reminders that can show the positive beautiful-side-of-life; are more precious than having expensive things.

Decide upon your "joy diet" you would like to include- whether you want to feel restful, cheerful, calm, creative, or chic. Design your room/space for bringing back your focus- that matters to you. We have often seen that what we see is how we feel! So include colors, inspiring words, and lots of greenery to your spaces.

Quite often our days are led by our thoughts. So bring in some inspiration that can provoke your thought process to do something productive and something really creative (if you're a creative person). "I remember how I like picking up my camera whenever my days feel gloomy and not-exciting. I am in a process where I am training my mind to see possibilities- in the dark hours of my every day life- when fear, anger, frustration, or guilt tries to keep me occupied. I am practicing to see the best in those hours- until I find back my happiness and smile."

                                   My Working Space ~My Desk

I have been willing to do more posts this month, as there's not much time left before I say goodbye to this year. I want to write more, and read more this year. So hopefully I will keep up with my words, and you will be able to see more posts this November. So please stay with me!

So what are your favorite decoration items in your house? How do you like to decorate your "work space"? Share your ideas with me in the comments below.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Reasons Why Failing Makes You More Confident

"I’ve seen that failing has got me new wings of confidence and a great deal of learning, I’ll never get any other way. So I don’t fear failing anymore. " 

The fears of failure sabotage our confidence levels, and we start moving away from our goals. But what if I tell you that; “failing no way makes you a failure, but definitely a confident person!" This came from my experience. I was once nowhere, and by failing again and again in too many phases of my life; I accepted that- "I'm no good." More often than not it still tries to pop its head up to remind me- how many times I have failed in everything in my past? Failure is a very tough word; mighty enough to smack your confidence, and to bring down your faith on yourself. 

But don't stop just because you failed to do something once! Keep trying. Keep dreaming.

But you must be still wondering; why did I even say that, "failing makes you more confident?"
Yes, I'm coming to that!
Read on to know why?
First of all failing in something doesn’t tell you that you are not good at it, or you’ll never succeed? Failing is not a sign of weakness!
A very well-known actor and a comedian, Bill Cosby once said in his statement, “the desire to succeed must be greater than the fear of failure.”
But one of my favorite quotes is also the one said by Albert Einstein, “if you have never failed, you’ve never tried anything new.”
I believe our success completely depends upon realizing what we want to do, and why? If we are clear about the answers to these two vital questions, we will embrace failure without any fear.

When we are in our twenties, it can be hard to understand why are we failing? But fast forwarding my life in my thirties I understood that, “sometimes it’s good not to get everything that you ask for!” God had some beautiful plans for me, and (I know) I took this long to understand! If you don’t take a chance, don’t take a leap to get yourself out of your comfort zone and try different things; you’ll never know what you are good at?

When I failed in many attempts I decided, I will work hard. And I took a step back to understand where I was lacking? And how I can improve? I’m still working on my efforts to do much better, improve each passing day- I still fail, but I don’t give up!

Ever since I met my new-self; I decided that I must keep moving forward and release all my regrets and doubts, and must leave them behind me. I understood that there’s no use dwelling on them- I must explore every opportunity that is coming my way, and must try to shape my future. I can never go back and change my past, but I can definitely write my future; and I’m hundred percent confident about it.

  •    Even if you fail again and again- just don’t stop.
     Not trying at all is easier than failing. Isn’t it? But instead of living in guilt, throughout your life that you did not try doing something just because you did not want to fail- it is better to try and fail. And even if you fail, don’t let that stop you from trying! In the process of trying to achieve our goals, we will meet innumerable victories or defeats; but if we can overcome these hurdles to reach our “destination,” we’ll surely achieve success someday.   

         Don’t attach failure to your identity.

     Don’t think “failing” again and again makes you a failure person. Don’t attach your identity to being a failure in life! Just because you haven’t been successful yet, doesn’t mean you will never achieve success. Don’t personalize failure.

                 Failure drives us to change.

   Make peace with failure by accepting it. Readjust your focus and try to revisit your approach. Take ideas from the lessons and work hard to try it in a different way this time.
  I believe success must come with lots of learning and experience. Therefore it’s good if we don’t succeed in our first few attempts. The more we try, the more we become fearless and confident.

             Stop seeking others’ approval.

       Often our fear of failure is deeply connected to our fear of being judged and criticized. We worry more about what people will think about us, what will they say if we fail? I used to be like that! But if you give more power to others’ opinions and approvals, you will ultimately lose confidence in your ability to succeed. We will never be able to see how efficient and capable we are in achieving success in life! All we need to do is to drift away from such people and circumstances. Work in silent. Believe in yourself. And make it happen.

      Come, let’s break this stigma together that, “a failure in the past is always a failure!” I will try every possible way to make my dream happen, to be successful one day, and to be equally respected by them- who said, “I cannot achieve my dreams, my goals!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Tips To Look Your Best In Wide-Leg Pants

Today I'm going to share few tips on how to style wide-leg pants or palazzos'. Some of these types are also known as flare pants, which were otherwise called as bell-bottoms. These pants are a go-to-style for almost every season.

"Wide-leg pants are my most favorite wears for every day style."
 I'm no more slender to don this style with anything; but definitely my long legs help me in styling this piece of fashion, even today-with short tops, long tops, with button-down, or with a over-sized top.

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After reading too many styling tips and fashion tricks on, "how to style a wide-leg pant," I came to a conclusion that these pants can be a style statement for most of the body shapes, and for any height.

Classic and simple trend of styling these wide pants may have gone into hibernation; as we started falling for skinny jeans and slim pixie pants. But, all style icons and models have begun creating 'special' space in their wardrobe for this versatile piece of clothing.
I see no strict rules to follow when you choose to wear a wide leg trouser. Whether high-waisted or slung-slow, whether you opt to wear these pants to office or to a casual evening party, they can turn heads! However, there's a lot to keep in mind when you decide to give these pants a try- for the first time. 
Read further to know the tips for wearing wide legged pants, and how to style them with different tops, accessories, and shoes.

1. Balance Proportions

The trouser being sloppy and too baggy, needs to be worn with a "perfect" top. Try to tuck in your top, or the blouse. For creating more refined look, wear a belt or a cardigan. It is important to balance the proportions of this oversize trouser when reaching for any designs to pair with it.

2. Create a Monochromatic Look

I love this idea of creating a beautiful silhouette by wearing the same colors; especially when it's all black or all-white :)
Whatever outfit you choose to wear, a monochromatic look always looks elegant and stylish. Try this look!

3. Go for Prints or Bright Colors

Do not feel nervous bout trying the printed trousers. When paired with a printed silk or satin blouse ; the outcome looks fabulous. You can also turn heads by wearing a color blocked trouser and a top. Explore color blocking outfits- especially when you are going for wide legged palazzo or trousers. Balance the vibe with bold colors, to look more fashionable and unique in style.

4. Opt for Over sized Tops

Styling voluminous tops with wide-leg pants may sound scary, but I love tucking-in my tops. Therefore, sometimes donning this style is my favorite way to pull the look together-whether with a wide leg trouser, or with a jeans.

5. Create new silhouette with fur vests, long jackets, classic wool coats, trench coats, or cardigans.

Make your style extraordinary by wearing a fur vest over the trouser, or a long coat. I love the winter look with wide leg trousers worn with an outwear and the ankle boot.

And most importantly, don't forget to accessorize. Add some personality to your wide legged trouser by adding statement necklaces and eye-catching shoes. "I believe, "a beautiful necklace and trendy, stylish shoes can instantly amp up your total outfit.

These are just few of the chic ways (I feel ) we can style wide leg pants- whether formal or casual. And I believe we must own at least one of these pants to create different signature styles. If you have more style ideas on how to look fashionable in a wide leg trouser, please do share with us here in the comments below.

I would love to hear from you. Hope you all are having a wonderful year so far and have already started preparing for the holidays. Stay Beautiful. Stay True. And Stay Purposeful Every day.

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