Thursday, March 22, 2018

Simple Ways To Add More Calm To Your Day

"At any given moment, you have the power to say: This is not how the story is going to end. " ~ Christine Mason Miller.

This amazing quote works as a motivator to remind me that, "I can control my life, and therefore must decide what I should accept and what I must let go- each day." With so many choices and opportunities, it is so likely to feel restless. We are always in a race to achieve and obtain more than others. And we spend all of our time and energy focusing on what we don't have rather than appreciating what we have. We are so occupied focusing on things we don't have- that we our self make our life miserable and  ignore everything that's happening right now! And we forget the true definition of happiness in our life- "that is; inner peace, acceptance, and mindfulness." In short, " happiness is not chasing success or working towards building a perfect life; rather happiness comes with accepting the truth of abundance of where we are at present."

When we are at terms with our mind and thoughts in a way that they align with our belief that- "appreciate life as it happens," we reduce our pain, and we stop agonizing over what we could have been! We feel aware of our present.

Building our inner-peace is a pretty much important task.

And it is not always possible to sit down to meditate or do yoga to stop those ripples of our wandering thoughts and worries. Whenever you feel you're losing your focus and wondering how and where you can be happy, just do this: "bring yourself back to the present, and look around- how life is unfolding itself to you. Look at what you already have, accept the joys and worries that's happening right now. Accept everything and make peace with them. I'm sure you'll be much calmer than you were before this thought hit you.

However if you still find it difficult to focus on being calm at a chaotic situation, just try doing these things:

1. Disconnect yourself from everyone and connect with yourself, your emotions.

 In a stressful situation, we try to escape into a fight or flight mode. We try to escape from a difficult situation or from an unpleasant emotion; but that's momentarily. Fleeing from difficult moments of your life won't get you inner peace. Life is full of uncomfortable moments, and there's no way we can avoid them. Therefore take moments off from everything and notice your breaths. Accept your emotions- good or bad. Feel the aliveness that's trying to show- how beautiful things are around you - even in the midst of chaos and worries.

2. Let it go, and respond calmly or not at all. The choice is yours.

Choose how you want to react to any kind of uncomfortable moments!

3. Remember, you CAN control the way you accept peace and joy in your life.

No matter where you are, how you are- creating joy and peace within yourself is possible. Just shift your worries and fill the space with gratitude and your blessings. An immediate realization of how best your present life is in many other ways can kick out your underlying pain, sorrow, and complaints.

4. Be patient and persistent.

Inner calmness is a state of our mind that we can learn to nurture through consistent practice. Be patient to validate your present self and remember that, "this too shall pass soon."

5. Stop agonizing over the little things.
Just know that, "you're not alone." Everyone is fighting some kind of battle you know nothing about.
Stop complaining, less comparing, and make a difference inside and outside of you.

As I write this, I feel excited for my life ahead- ready to accept everything that will come my way- every highs and lows. I want to clear the fog of self-doubt and hopelessness from my heart and reach for those unattainable quests- my heart desires to achieve. I have so much to learn and share with the world. I'm preparing myself to open my heart to the world.

Wishing you all A Wonderful Weekend.

Do share your thoughts about this post with me!

Friday, March 16, 2018

How to Keep Going When Continuing Your Dream Seems Difficult

The process of pursuing what we want may feel discouraging at times, but we shouldn't stop! We have immense power in doing the "idea" we have visualized. All it takes is a commitment and self-trust, that; "no matter how unattainable it may seem to you, you will work towards it."

You stop growing when you stop trying. But just trying is not the key to your success; also believe and trust your instinct. "The more you do, the more opportunities open to you." We will be constantly knocked down by the fear of failure and rejections; but get up and reach for another attempt.

I was feeling down few days back by realizing that, "I'm not working hard (really hard) enough towards doing my dream, and time is running out of my hands. I have so much to learn, improve, and achieve; but there's hardly much time left! Achieving my dream seems far off at times. My determination and energy level keeps pausing; and ask me to feed them some more doses of confidence, self-trust, and hope -that it will definitely happen!! I understand that, to get on to the path we want, we must consistently take actions. So I like these clues when the universe comes together to send you such reminders that, "you're doing just great, do not give up now! Follow your heart, not your fears your doubts."

When we choose a path that seems uncommon, we allow ourselves to be in a constant threat of validations and approvals; and therefore we must find some motivations to keep us going.

Have you ever looked back on your life and felt wonderful by how much it has changed?

Here are few of the ways I try to keep going pursuing my dream:

1. Stop all kinds of self-doubts that distract you from doing what you are doing.

It is easy to get caught up in those self-doubt traps. Don't pay any attention to them. You have already outperformed by shifting yourself from where you used to be. You are much more better than you were yesterday.

2. Believe In Yourself. Believe in what you are doing. It always seems impossible and meaningless until it is done.

3. Do not believe what others tell you about your performance- judge yourself. Be the editor of your "work".

4. Never shy away from learning or improving.

5. Stop looking at how far your friends have gone in their life. Sometimes best things are experienced when you have the courage and patience to go slowly- different from the crowd. Follow your journey, and listen to your call!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Freshen Up Your Home With Simple and Stylish Decor This Spring

It's March people! I'm already feeling so refreshed and motivated just to know that spring is almost here. I was feeling so amazing that I picked my camera (after a long break), and clicked many blog photos and my kids' pictures yesterday!

With spring coming our way, the very first thought that comes to our mind now is - spring- decorating the house, and or spring cleaning.

Home décor is something I love, love, love doing! I have always believed that your home is a clear reflection of who you are. I'm not a professional in doing the interior/decoration; but I love collecting ideas, tips, and doing certain experiments to make my home look fresh and inspiring.
I absolutely love the idea of redoing the spaces just by adding simple decors'. This not only brings refreshing vibes of comfort and relaxation, but equal level of thoughtfulness too!

"Our home should be our favorite place to be."

Lately, I have picked few of my favorite "accessories" to decorate my 'happy place.' I'm so excited to share with you through this post.

With spring coming our way, there's so much to do( in my list). The only thought that's coming to my mind right now is investing in some good indoor as well as outdoor plants, creating my garden with some seasonal flowers and veggies. I'm also excited to go out and find some bright color décor items, some inspirational posters,  more books to read and decorate, some inspirational stationery, and lot more things; that I will share in my upcoming posts. So stay with me!

Here's a quick cheat sheet of décor items you can plan to buy this spring:

1. Plants

Bringing the green indoor -to your house or to your office can add an extra edge to your room. I love the way they dramatically transform any space into a healthy motivating and welcoming room! Having plants in and around the house also help us to ease on the dull and bitter winter days.

The beginning of spring is the best time invest in some beautiful flower plans, in perennials, and in some indoor decorative plants too. In my next post I will share the kind of indoor plants you can look for!

2. Decorative Pillows

An easy and affordable piece of accessory to bring some statement to your home. Go for some soft patterns, or for some dark colors. Pick the ones that will match your furniture's design/style.

3. Books/Bookshelves

Books make a great decorating item in the house or in the office. If arranged in a creative way, they can also become an artistic statement too. Bring them to your coffee table or shelve them on a bookshelf, they will always make the statement piece in that room. Books also reflect your personality and define your uniqueness. This is also an easy way to add some flavors to your attitude. Be a book person and they will never disappoint you!

4. Coffee Tables

Invest in some great trendy coffee tables- that don't occupy too much of your living area or the space accessible to higher traffic in the house. Try going for some metallic styles, that should be equally pretty looking and multi-functional too!

. A beautiful painting or photograph or an artwork.

Adding pictures, frames, artworks, or any kind of word arts are a great way to create some inspiration or fun focal point in your 'happy' place.

6. Decorative accents

Look for some spring inspired patterns first, and then go find some unique pieces of accessories to make your rooms look unique and beautiful.

7. Accent chair

Invest in a modern-looking accent chair, or in an entryway storage bench. 

8. And lots of vibrant "colors" that can echo your sentiments and emotions.

Introduce spring to the home by adding some colors to every room. This is also an easy way to lit up your spaces, and to feel refreshed and alive again! Spring doesn't just indicate that winter is going away, or our days will be longer now; but it is also the best time to start something new. So let your home reflect your aspirations too!

Seasons are a great way to spruce up the interior designs. So add new colors, patterns, and experiment by adding new things to your home decoration.

Along with spring fresh interior styles, try rearranging the furniture quiet often. A new layout will make you fall for your cozy space again and again.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Stop Holding Yourself Back And Start Doing What (All) You Can Do

Growing up being a "zero" in almost everything had shattered not just my confidence level, but my internal belief system too! I was afraid of stepping out of my comfort zone, leaving my parents and family behind - and to sustain in a job. The flat out discouragement by everyone saying, "You're not good at this or that," made me assume that, I wasn't any good. And, that I can never do good in my career. I can never be an outstanding performer. I can never do my dream. Or, I can never rise above the level of my belief -system about my self-worth!" But today when I sat down to write this post, I had a lot of different emotions floating around me.

The journey from "I can't, " to "I can do everything I want to" hasn't been an easy journey. I had to always rely upon others' approval and appreciation. Bouncing back from rejections was very hard to start all over again- with new hopes and courage. I still fear rejections, but don't get saddened by disapprovals anymore. I have practiced getting up and trying again- until I do it!  I still battle insecurity and doubt my capabilities, but I don't stop trying hard. I don't stop learning and improving every single day!

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." ~Walt Disney

"Right from this month, I have decided to take that leap and reinvent myself, my self-worth, and to be who I want to be."

"The more we see ourselves as a vibrant, successful, inspiring person, who boldly declares and manifests her vision, the more we become just that. " ~ Kristi Bowman

I'm learning to trust my "power"within, listening to my calling and going towards it. The moment is right now, right here. So jump! 

Waiting for the right moment, right age, or right opportunity will steal your time that's left with you to shine out. Therefore create opportunity for yourself, reach out to the sources who can help you, or guide you in your journey. Understand. Improve. Learn. and Grow.

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!

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