Tuesday, January 10, 2017

How to love your mornings

They say that, "every morning is a chance to start over."

I was never a morning person; until I started loving my mornings again, as much as I loved staying up late in the night. As far as my childhood memories tell me; I used to hate waking up early for my studies! I was more comfortable in doing late night studies. But now ever since I have realized the importance of morning,  I try my best to love my mornings, because our morning prepare us to follow the rest of the day as it unfolds.

We sometimes find it really challenging to push ourselves throughout the day; and force ourselves to act like everything is moving in the right direction, but from within we don't feel that motivation. Therefore I have learned from my experiences that, "you must feel awesome every morning as you wake up, to make your whole day fun-tastic, productive, and successful. I like to wake up feeling more productive and happy every day. "

Open your eyes each morning saying this to yourself, " today is going to be my best-day ever!"

I never did any experiments to start falling in love with my mornings; but just few realizations that helped me to comprehend the "morning love" practice. When I made the shift, I found that I had more time for myself, to do all my stuffs- important and not-so-important. I became a happier person than I was before.

Some days were effortlessly inspiring as soon I woke up; while other days I looked around really hard to find some things-to-do that can keep me motivated all-day-long. But something I quickly recognized,"if I look forward to doing my "exciting things," I would jump out of bed within no time." So I decided to feed my mind each night (before falling asleep) about the excitement of doing the "task" next day, and I loved falling asleep quickly to wake up next morning- feeling fresh and enthusiastic, to take on my day and the tasks- happily.

All I did was: "started responding to my "creative restlessness, and learned to focus on things that truly matters to me-first thing in the morning, while trying to follow the pattern rest of the day."

So these are few of the things I try doing after I wake up each morning. Hope you find them helpful too. Feel free to just pick the ones you think you can, and leave the rest:

  • Wake up feeling determined each morning like; "you are capable of moving a mountain, or you can bring a change in the world, or you can make your life an inspiration for others." Whatever the thought is, it should be mighty big enough to wake you up each morning; even before the world wakes up.
  • Do one task each morning (after you wake up) that truly excites you.
  • Learn to love what you do.
  • Each night update your next day's passion-list or creativity-list. But please be sure to know the things beforehand, that excites you, or you are passionate about doing it.
  • Try doing something new each day; or do the things that you have a desire (deep down inside you) to do.In this process of trying new things, you may find that you have a flair or a talent that you never knew about before; and you can always add new abilities to your talent list. And those tasks that make you.
  • Read few pages from your favorite book, or browse through your favorite blogs- first thing in the morning; while sipping your favorite caffeinated drink.

Creating a routine where you can bring more energy and happiness into your life while preparing yourself up for the success is what we need for creating a "new us." Let's start now, and make this year a 'year of better changes, a year of healthy choices, a year of beautiful functional mind, and a year of kindness and gratitude.
Hope you all are having a great start of the year. Just Be You. Do More. Learn More. And Be An Inspiration for others This Year.
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Looking forward to an amazing year 2017 for all of you and also for me- in every aspect.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

5 Reasons Why To Live Your Passion and Love What You Do

First of all, Wishing You All A Very Happy New Year 2017. I am so excited about starting my first story/first day in a complete "New Year". I hope you had a blast welcoming another year to your life. I am looking forward to some more wonderful magics to happen in my life this year- with new changes and challenges. Hope you like today's post!

This post is also inspired by a book called, "Clear Seeing Place" by Author Brian Rutenberg. My love for "good" books is just increasing day by day. I have started finding peace and true joy by reading; and therefore I am all set to create a mini library for my reads and references. Anytime I feel I must bury myself within a book and stay there for some inspiration and motivation, I can do that now! I will soon share a picture of my tiny library with you all!

Therefore I believe another awesome book chose me to introduce it to my readers, ( As I was lucky to be contacted for doing a review of the *book).

If you are an artist by heart, or want to find your lost love for art or any kind of activities that you have always loved doing the most- then this book is for you. This book isn't about your hobbies, but about your passions- that you want to LIVE your entire life with! Passions that make you, "you", and for something that you want to wake up and be excited. Something that makes you the happiest, and you are unfraid of going after what you want.
I'm still reading the book, and it feels like I shouldn't put it down. Love the inspiration that I'm able to pick from the words, and experiences in all the pages. It's like, "learning from people who are doing work that they love." What can be more inspiring than real-life examples. I'm sure you will love the quotes that is shared in between the stories.

Whether you want to make a career, or live with your passion work each day takes us closer to ourselves; and help us feel the joy and freedom that we desire to make our life meaningful.

 So here are the reasons why I think you should live your passion:

1. You follow your joy.

You meet your fears and decide to go after the task you love doing the most; and you do it anyways. So the feeling of joy is definitely intense and permanent in the kind of tasks we consistently do.

2. You connect with your inspiration.

You bring those inspirations from all-around-you and create something new at your "workplace." And you wish for more learning and improving. You challenge every part of your self- to create the inspiration that's within you. And that's when magic happens!

3. You create your own world that you love.

When you live your passion, you feel more fulfilled and productive. Your work doesn't feel like a burden, or any heavy duty that you must do to receive your salary every month!

4. You live your beliefs.

You try doing things that you never knew thought you can do! You push yourself to succeed even more. You write your own story with courage and confidence.

5. Everything starts with passion.

Whether you decide upon living a healthy lifestyle, or making a career of your choice; passion drives your purpose.

If you think you must read the book, then quickly grab one today and create a place in your library. The book is worth reading. Do leave me your thoughts in the comments below. Waiting to hear from you all.

*This is a sponsored post.
Photography- Epsita
Opinions- All opinions expressed here are my own.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

10 Reasons How a Hobby Can Change Your Life.

"Life is more than what we do at work for running our lives on pay-checks"- Read somewhere! And this was the best thought ever read. I did not grow up thinking this way; but just the opposite way. I always believed that money is very important in life, and if you have enough money to keep you happy and to meet all your needs- your life is rocking! But coming this far in life and living all "types of me," [as a wife, mom, daughter-in-law, and many more relations] I don't see "too much" money was more important than my self-respect, my peace of mind, and my self-worth; my mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. I closely learned about all the essential parts of me whom I was neglecting, or was avoiding. 

Many felt I was not efficient enough to earn a living, or to work in a "good" company. Many left my hand, left me feeling sorry for myself, and to live a guilt-ridden life. I had nobody to trust, and to rise up again and to drag myself and my life out of hopelessness; but my hobbies, my dreams, my faith in myself never left my hand. They were always with me guiding me through all ups and downs; and motivating me to take charge of my life.

I remember being asked in all my job interviews, "What are your hobbies?" I never took that question seriously because it was not making any sense to reply the interviewer saying, "singing, dancing, and cooking," while I was applying for a support job in a IT Company. Writing, Reading, and Photography was way away from my love-to-do list. Ever since I realized 'I can write,' and do well in writing, I created a new me. I no more feel shy to say my hobbies to anyone. In fact I proudly explain them; how my hobbies have turned into my passion- and how I'm going to make a career in that. 

Few lines in this amazing book called, "Steal Like An Artist" by Author Austin Kleon totally took me into another world. The way  he has focused upon living with your hobbies just stole my heart. I have become such a huge fan of his books and thoughts now. His book made me feel good knowing that, "being creative is good after all."

 I will share those beautiful lines with you:

"Creative people need time to just sit around and do nothing. I get some of my best ideas when I'm bored, which is why I never take my shirts to the cleaners. I love ironing my shirts- it's so boring, I almost always get good ideas. If you're out of ideas, wash the dishes. Take a really long walk. Stare at a spot on the wall for as along as you can.

Take time to mess around. Get lost. Wander. You never know where it's going to lead you."

I have grown doing all these tasks; and I still love doing them. As because I love spending some time in solitude. That makes me more creative and I come up with some very good ideas. 

Sometimes I believe God speaks to us through different ways: and books are one of those sources. How amazing and miraculous it is to pick a book that totally speaks your heart. That says, "there's still hope and you can do it. Don't give up!" 

Some more gorgeous lines from the book that speaks," how having a hobby (s) is important":

"It's so important to have a hobby. A hobby is something creative that's just for you.You don't try to make money or get famous out off it, you just do it because it makes you happy. A hobby is something that gives but doesn't take.

Don't throw any of yourself away.  Don't worry about a grand scheme or unified vision for your work. One day, you'll look back and it will all make sense."

Exactly, isn't it? Therefore, I feel we all must grow spending time with our hobbies. You never know where they will take you; because you just love doing it. Don't you?
I want to have the same vision while working my dream at present. I don't know what's the future, and why should I do it? But I feel a great deal of satisfaction and joy while doing my hobbies, focusing on my passions at present.

These are reasons how my hobbies changed my world for ever:

  1. Hobbies show you that you are more than you know about yourself.
  2. Hobbies make you efficient and purposeful without having you compete or compare with anyone. 
  3. Hobbies can be your best friend/partner all-the-time; in all your ups and downs (trust me!).
  4. Hobbies helps in building your self-esteem.
  5. If you are busy with your hobby, you will no longer feel bored or dejected.
  6. Hobbies challenge you in a good way.
  7. You can easily calm down as you move your focus from your worries to doing something wonderful. So hobbies are a great way to feel more of life and "be present," without much worrying about what will happen tomorrow!
  8. Engaging your mind (and your complete self) in hobbies, invokes positive feelings.
  9. Hobbies are a great way to acknowledge and showcase your talents.
  10. "Creative hobbies" make you a happier person.
So what do you think? Are hobbies really important to shape ourselves and  to create a better us, better life, and better thinking for our own self? Does any of these relate to you? Please do leave me your thoughts below. And if you liked the article please do share with everyone you know - who's got a hobby and are extremely happy and proud about that?


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

How To Live Your Best Day

No matter how our lives are, we need reasons to be alive, to wake up each morning, and to roll along with the day as it unfolds. Some start their day with yoga, exercise, or with a morning cup of tea or coffee; whilst many start by writing down their "dreams;" their to-do list- their motivations that keeps them on their toes to go for work, or to create something each single day! A day well spent adds power to our nights, and to the next mornings.

I don't see  my life as a big picture like; " how it will be in 2016 or in 2017; but I see it as living each new day in my life with passion, purpose, peace, progress, possibilities, and by making some  positive changes.

Living your best life every day doesn't require much, but some small efforts to make your day beautiful and meaningful.
Lately I came across many articles and some books; where I read about living with your hobbies. Like, "how a hobby can boost your motivation and can change your life," Which is my next post. And I believe it too! Keeping your mind engaged in doing something that excites you, that challenges you, and that inspires you to "create"something new each time- can have immeasurable impact on our whole self. When you are busy doing too many different things; you will never get bored of your life; and tired by your problems.
Being happy doesn't mean everything is fine and perfect in your life; but it means you have chosen to be happy and stay happy beyond all your problems.

Here are few of the ways I try to make my day- a happy and satisfying day. I hope you can find them inspiring too.

1. I chose to simply smile every day no matter what.

2. I definitely do one or more than one things that excites me, and brings me joy.

3. Start your day with this thought: " Every single day is a new opportunity for you to start afresh, and do those things that couldn't do yesterday."

4. If you feel too much is already on your shoulders; don't take on more, or at least go slow to complete the assigned/planned task effectively and successfully.

5. Do something that can give some rest to mind, and you can feel relaxed and rested. Tasks that can help you calmly do the work without much focus like; ironing, gardening, folding your laundry, washing the dishes etc. Such activities always help me in 'being present' and feeling the moment.

6. Find Inspiration daily.

7. Be Silly. Be Kind. Be More Patient. Be Grateful. Stop Comparison. Believe. Breathe. Wish.  And Repeat.

8. Forgive quickly.

9. Be Yourself.

10. Fail. Rise. And Grow.

11. To get into a positive frame of mind try to appreciate someone (known or can be a stranger) in a friendly tone; or say Thank You to them who did something good, or said something good to you.

These are few of the ways how you can live your day in the best possible way. Do everything but don't forget to smile and have fun every day. What do you think about this post. Do leave me your thoughts.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

5 Steps To Design The Life You Want

Lately I have been busy reading a book, "Design The Life You Love" that totally touched my soul. While I was hunting for some interesting self-help and personal development books in the library, I stumbled upon this book. The title of the book looked so very attractive and interesting that I had to bring it home with me. I have just read few pages, and I'm already loving the ideas written by author Ayse Birsel that explains step-by step process of designing your life that you love.

Today's post is inspired by the book.

I really paused for a moment to think answers to these questions like; "how can I design the life I want? Am I doing everything that can lead me to the life I always wanted to live? I know we all have desires to live a large-size life- where we have everything, and just 'perfect.' But do you think we can have it all? And will that make us a happier person as a whole? If you're with me, "I would say 'no'." There's no such thing that's called a 'perfect life.'  Even if we get everything, we'll still have complains and comparisons. The day we learn to enjoy every small bit of life in happiness and inner joy (definitely), leaving behind all sort of loathed arguments about your inefficiently functioning life- we will begin to live the life we wanted.

Ever since I began this journey of change, I included two major components that I thought was important for constructing a good life: optimism and creativity. I decided that I will try to have more positive outlook towards my life, my problems, people in my life, and towards opportunities; that I never got or I had to miss many due to circumstances. And I took complete ownership of my life- good or bad! And creativity is my strength. I have always wanted to make my passion my profession. I started late, but I will not stop until I do it. I took my journey as; "creating something I love, and care for, making it happen that seemed impossible before!"

We all aspire to become famous, rich, successful, and wealthy. And everything begins by," seeing that it can be possible." When you believe in yourself, and believe in doing things that you want to do- that brings you maximum joy; you get everything in life.

I found these five steps helpful, to design the life I wanted. And I hope you find them useful too.
  1. Optimism.
  2. Don't waste time blaming and complaining.
  3. Pursue your purpose with passion and enthusiasm.
  4. Break your IDEAS into: how will you attract people, find resources, and create opportunities for yourself to make your idea go live.
  5. Time, money, and effort decides your success. See if you can start without any one of these?

I do little different things each day: productive as well as unproductive. I am not earning money to run the house; but I'm doing everything else that's required for a balanced purposeful life like; creating a beautiful peaceful living, a happy home, and helping myself and family to make the desired dreams come true. I know I'm far far away from where I want to be; but nobody said it can't be done! I completely believe in my dreams, and want to work really hard to make it happen.

"It's never too late to be what you might have been."
~George Eliot
Yes! remember these wise words every time you get distracted from your purpose and dreams. Do leave me your thoughts about this post in the comments below.

Monday, November 28, 2016

How To "Style" Your Mind Positive

I don't know how but styling my own way has always got me some good positive feelings. Creating signature personal style and following fashion (the way I like) has always brought me fresh positive feelings- about myself, my life, and everything in between. I don't even remember how it all started; and I became so aware of creating my style (s), and looking fashionable all the time!

"Fashion isn't always about showing; rather more about feeling good from inside." We are all different, and we can never fit into somebody else's body. All we need is to create styles for our own body. That's when we can feel "really" good about our own self-image. And such good feelings make your life, your thinking process more positive. We start accepting our flaws, and do everything we can, to bring that change in our look and feel.

I've always been a huge fan of fashion; and personal styles. There's a lot out there to learn from and to get all kinds of inspirations from every single person. I like pulling out best pairs of clothes for myself, my kids, and sometimes even for my husband. I like to wear styles, and look my best. I have been following thousands of fashionistas, bloggers, artists, celebrities, friends, and every single person whose style inspires me. I like following them and adopting few tips from their style statements; but I also like to transform all those into 'my way of styling.' I love to experiment with patterns and colors, and sometimes two different genre of styles together. And I can guarantee you that; doing all this gives me immense positive feelings- a sense of acceptance and peace within myself.

There are several paths to self-love. And there's no better way to transform your whole self than by adopting fashion, new styles as well as considering your personal style.

When we see certain possibilities in life, that's when we find joy in creating, and creating more. We all like to depend upon certain purposes to move ahead in life- doesn't matter if creating a positive body image is the purpose! But something that can pull this life forward, that can help us belong in the crowd, and that can push us to go for our dreams. All we need is that 'kick' in our life to make it happen. And self-love is that one big reason for living a positive life.

When people talk about fashion, they share love. They share the warmth of good feeling from inside, and the confidence that's more than enough to spark that positive feeling within us. When you are too busy 'creating' something for yourself, you will not have enough time to see what others are creating. Rather you will go into the mode where you will feel like inspiring others by sharing your work, your story, and your fashion. And that's what exactly we bloggers or writers do. Don't we?

So these are the reasons how a mind can be turned into the positive mode through fashion.

1. Dressing in nicer clothes make you feel better.

We often choose clothes according to our emotions. Like: a happy mood will always pick the best or favorite clothes from the closet whilst a sad and frustrated mind will pick anything, or the worst choice of dresses. So when you can create that eagerness to look your best - you will always pick the best suitable styles for yourselves. This whole thing impacts our day, work, emotions, and productivity.

2. People who love to style are more positive and interactive in life.

Yes! You may not agree with me; but that's so true. I have seen people who like to style and look good all the time; are always on a hunt for something beautiful and attractive. Such people are usually happy and happening; because they always have a job to do- collect and share their 'best' dresses, bags, shoes, or jewelry. They always have something to talk about, and something to feel good about- they like to feel good about themselves!

3. The power of making a choice.

You are in total charge of your choices- what and how you like to dress. You have the power and the freedom to create something new and better for yourself- that in a way also influences positive energy in the society. You become the inspiration to others-  to take charge of their likes and dislikes too, to control their life, their way! You're the designer of your uniqueness. And doing so, definitely makes you confident and unique.

4. Self-care broadcasts self-love and respect.

When you put effort in your appearance, you make is possible to care, how you want to present yourself to the world. You create that power within yourself; by taking care of your physical and mental health requirements. Caring about how you present your physical beauty to the world also keeps you engaged to your-self, to your body.

Self-love is the first step towards a better positive life. When you very well understand your needs, you tend to prepare yourself to accept others with flaws too! You create a happy atmosphere in the family.  You become a loving person. You smile often. You stay busy. You become more productive, and more purposeful.

By bringing a positive change in your life, you also bring a change in other people's lives- who are directly or indirectly connected to you. You create a positive atmosphere in the society. You influence dreams, careers, passions, and possibilities.

There are many such 'passions' I have inculcated in my life- that has helped me to become more and more positive each coming day- and fashion/style is one of them. Stay with me to know more ways how you can create a POSITIVE LIFE.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Continue: Tips To Be Busy and Happy At The Same Time

Every time I experience too much of negativity around me; I don't forget to thank myself! I thank because I have chosen to keep myself busy doing something good for myself and for my family. I'm a kind of a woman who likes doing too many things. As long as I don't over exhaust myself, I am a happy busy mom.

We are almost half way through November, and I'm doing my first post of the month. I never wanted to take this long for doing my second and the last part of the post; but as I had mentioned in my previous post, "I have been very busy lately. Busy doing everything I must, I should, and I can."

Life is all about balancing your tasks and happiness. Now it's up to you; how you're going to label them: as happy tasks and unhappy tasks. Write down your day's to-do list, by separating your tasks under two categories. See how many activities you are doing actually makes you happy!

"I'm busy may seem like a overstatement at times." But it is not an overreaction-rather a natural response, when you know exactly what you are busy for! But also sometimes get busy doing nothing. When you want to disconnect from everything; like willing to take a break from real life for a bit; so that you can recharge and refresh yourself, is the best way to "be busy" doing nothing.

Don't let your busyness compromise your happiness. When you're aware of your journey- whether forced, or with interest; being busy in life can be acceptable. Sometimes it is worth it, if you can make some minor changes to your routine.

If you have read my last post, you will remember that I shared four essential questions that can make you think about- how you can be happy while being busy?

Remember these five essential questions you must ask yourself every time you feel overwhelmed or feel like your "busyness" isn't doing any good for you, for your growth, or for your life.

1. What are you busy for

Are you busy creating your career, or shaping your family? Do you really need to keep yourself busy doing what you are doing right now? These are the kinds of questions that can help you find the reasons- whether you can be happy while being busy; or you must eliminate those things from your work-life or busy-life that is not making you happy! 

Many people have their own ways of achieving everything they need to do, while still having time for everything they want to do in life. Such people are our great inspirations, real heroes.

 We are busy doing doing too many things- sometimes for own self, and most of the times for others.  But what makes you feel alive? Are you an inspiration for someone who is struggling to do everything? So remember what you are doing, is for a reason. Reason, that is creating a better future for yourself.

2. Whom are you busy for?

For yourself or for your family? So instead of feeling like you are stuck in a rut, feel good that you are busy doing something. whether working for family or for yourself, having plenty of 'me time' is quiet very essential. 

Doesn't matter how your day has gone, keeping a check on your emotions, health, and mind  will help you stay focused, and positive all-day-long. Making time for yourself, whilst meeting you basic needs can help you bring more satisfaction and happiness, even while you are working hard day and night!

3. Is your busyness helping you in your overall growth?

We work hard to earn money, to see ourselves successful, to be capable of fulfilling our demands, and to make our dream come true. Sometimes we even work harder to provide good care to our kids, to keep the family happy and healthy by being there 24/7 for them, and to create a clean, organized, healthy, and a happy home. 

So whether you are a working parent, or a stay-at-home parent- you will always feel the load of work on your shoulders; but those tasks should ensure a secured future for yourself. We can never stay happy by remaining there where we were yesterday. We all look forward to our personal growth. To have a better future, and a good life. We must see our life changing in some better ways.

We all want more out of life. After all that's why we are working so hard, right? So empower yourself while being busy- so that you can meet your needs.

4. What's your top priority- mindfulness & a stress free life, or in being a perfectionist?

More often than not, perfectionism dominates our life, our way of being us. We get easily caught up in the thought that, "if we do everything  and perfectly, we will be better than the others, or we will be the best." But that doesn't happen to everybody!

Do you remember your boss telling you that, "I know you have worked hard for this project, and you also extended your working hours to do it perfectly and in time; but from next time onward try working smarter and learn the tricks to delegate your work and get it done.Don't over-stress yourself." Do I sound familiar?

Yes, we overdo things sometimes in a quest to be called a 'perfect' example; but doing so we also exhaust ourselves, we neglect family moments, and end up feeling restless and tired. I have always felt that finding peace in life is my top priority. A balanced happy life needs many sacrifices, but do not compromise on being peaceful and living mindfully everyday. When we have the right set of mind and emotions in control and well-balanced, we can do hundreds of things even without feeling exhausted or hateful. Don't take more than you can handle.

5. Have you been getting time for your self-care rituals?

No matter what you day everyday, or how much you do- just make time for yourself. Listen to your basic needs, and groom yourself. We are all hungry for that warm care and love. But we can't always wait for someone to tell us, "stop being busy, and take plenty of rest now!" We must understand our mind and body needs. Make time for everything you are doing at present, but take frequent breaks, go on a vacation, do some of mind calming exercises or activities, groom yourself, look attractive and beautiful, and most importantly- feel good about yourself- just that way you are. When we feel satisfied with ourselves, with our own life, we can feel happy for others too! Get plenty of sleep and plan for more personal time with yourself.

Be more available in your life. Living a balanced and happy life while being busy is not that impossible. A little adjustment and some tweaks in your demanding routine life can bring you those happy moments.

I hope you find some solutions to your hectic work-life balance by reading this post. I hope through this post, I can motivate you enough to stay happy and cheerful while being really busy; and doing hundreds of tasks at hand. Do leave me thoughts in the comments.

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