Saturday, April 30, 2016

April is for 'Awesomeness': 10 Ways To Make Your Life Awesome

Before I say goodbye to April, I wanted to write two more posts; but unfortunately I'll have to let go:( But still I've too many awesome things to share that happened this month. If you have read my posts in March, you know that March was the 'month of motivation' for me. And April is for Awesomeness. I know I should have written this post at the beginning of April; but if you are okay with me to read this now and feel awesome about your life; then come along:)
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So far; April has been my favorite month of this year, especially because I hate winter days except for the fact that I get to photograph snow and ice around and I love layers. But spring gifted me some quality outdoor days, opportunity to capture bright and colorful spring blooms, and beautiful rainy days. I have had the chance to spend some good time with my camera this month. More than doing any exercise I always prefer playing sports and walking outdoor. So this was definitely a short month for me. I wanted to do more and feel more of "April."

Isn't it true that when you keep yourself busy doing something you like, you don't keep a track of time. I was feeling overwhelmed at times just by thinking that, "there are so many things I am going to do this month, and I din't know how to complete everything." But somehow I managed to do few things:)

I was so inspired by the above pic that I had to take one for myself with myself:) Umbrellas make such a great prop in photography. April was a sprintastic month for everyone; as life was waking up from dull and not-so-active life. To view more of my spring clicks you can always visit my Facebook page here-

You know it's never too late to build an awesome life for yourself. It's never too late to change your life. All we need to do is take the charge and start. Life is hard at times; but as we continue to face and overcome more challenges, we become stronger stronger. So embrace everything you can and build a stronger foundation for your "awesome life."

  So here I share few of the simple ways to make your life more awesome:

1. Say yes to new opportunities.

Undertaking new opportunities gives you more choices and improves your decision making habit- all by yourself for yourself. So you become more confident to take risks. New opportunities open the doors to possibilities. Every experience contributes to your skills and learning. So, do not worry if you chose something that's not up to your expectation levels. You can always learn, grow and move on to your "dream project" in life or in career.

2. Be receptive in accepting all kinds of feedback

Nobody likes negative remarks and statements. I'm sure you wouldn't like anyone telling you, "you are fat, or you're inefficient for this job, or your English is very poor, or your writing doesn't match our standards, or you are not beautiful and or talented as your brother and sister, you're not smart and presentable for the kind of job, you' re very weak academically,  and so many such remarks. Do I sound familiar? We all must have had faced such criticisms once in our lifetime. I'm not asking you to take in all of these negative feedbacks and see them as something "positive; but I want you to be bold enough to face them yet still remain unaffected. Don't try to align  or compare them with your efficiency! You can be much better than you're today.

I know criticism hurts, make us freeze and stagnant. But if you can see the positive message within it whilst believing in your abilities; you can grow and become unstoppable.

3. Move out of your comfort zone

I know sometimes we all want things to happen automatically for us; even without giving much efforts.But only when you put your required amount of  efforts- you can yield results. Things can never happen overnight. Every dream, expectations and wishes require focus, perseverance, understanding and consistent hard work; and that can happen once you leave your comfort zone and face the reality- the real world. Don't settle and or get comfortable. Strive for more while being "true" and honest in your approach

4. Learn from everyone but do what you think would be right and best for you.

5. Fly high but always remember the ground that helped you to take off.

6. Learn to give before your expect.

Be it love, any help or just a smile! Practice giving it first before you expect to receive.

7. "Stay simple and kind even when in your heels."

It means, "even if you are the wealthiest or the richest person in the world, stay simple and kind at heart. Nobody can take away these powerful traits from you- even if life happens to betray you sometimes. Simplicity is the "best language" you can use to teach someone a lesson or to make a difference. Own and include in your lifestyle. 

Kindness can even make a wicked heart melt. Try it sometimes and see the results!

8. Make peace with yourself

Let go any kind of guilt, regret, perfectionism, grudge, anger or revenge. Practice being "you" and embrace peace. When things, relationships or any kind of expectations seem chaotic- just move yourself away fro it for sometime and rebuild your lost faith and hope. Remember the worst days are not going to last forever, and your best days are yet to come. Believe in the miracles that often happens in our life- all of a sudden!

9. Find your passion

Life gets passionate when we find the cause that drives us forward. Look for your long lost hobby, interest or talents. Instill the quality of passion driven life in your kids too! A life that is pulled by any kind of purpose is far more satisfying and happy than any ordinary life. Find your purpose today and start working towards it.

10. Be your own competition

Always compete with your yourself and find your limits rather than competing with anybody else.

Do leave me your thoughts in the comments below:)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Tips For Creating An Extraordinary Life With What You Have

"Life is a sum of what we expect and what we get." 
Once in our lifetime; we all develop that thought of living a grand 'perfect' life- with no worries and absolutely where there is no run for living. But I have realized from my experience that; "life is making the BEST of what you are offered; while aiming to reach for the stars- someday ."
For many people; the definition of a happy life is, "possessing every single thing that others' have, and not what they have been gifted with!" But do you think we feel satisfied and happy even after that? No? Yes, a big NO! Because we feel that there are still many things that are missing in our life in order to make us happy and fulfilling! Such expectations lead us to the "no satisfaction zone"where we end up being confined to our own assumptions and having endless negative thoughts.

For me, an extraordinary life is about doing my "favorite" things that brings me peace, joy, and happiness. A feeling of content and satisfaction with what I have yet striving for more. Instead of struggling to believe that all our problems should disappear; why don't we create a life just the way we want our life to be? A purposeful life that can bring meaning to our lives and that could encompass career, relationships, spirituality, finances, health, physical environment, or any kind of circumstances (you may think) that may appear.

We are all responsible for the kind of life we choose to create. You may disagree with me by saying that; "it's also the circumstances that often interfere in our decisions and choices." True, but we can still use an extra effort and perseverance to create a "happy life" for ourselves. Rather than feeling hateful about what we did not get in life, we should be thankful for everything that we could achieve and possess. The attitude of gratitude is the secret key to a happier life.
" The more we can savor the good things that life has to offer, the more peaceful we can feel within. The more we feel satisfied, the happier we can become."

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To be more satisfied with our life and to make it extraordinary purposeful and meaningful, we need to focus on few areas of our living needs. To sum up; if we can concentrate on these essential parts of our life, we can be better aware of the things that are missing; and the tasks (equally important) we have had been putting off to do it later or may be never!

1. Making Better/Essential Career Choices

2. Improving Relationships That Matter
3. Having Regular Small-Term Goals
4. Continuing To Learn and Grow
5. Designing/Deciding Life's Purpose
6. Having Some Good Trustworthy Friends/People In Your Life
7. Creating A Healthy Routine

Still I would say that above all of these requirement; there is one factor that help us in pushing forward our life and makes it extraordinary, and that is: "A Purpose In Life." Doesn't matter if that "purpose" is earning livelihood for your dear ones or working hard to make your dream come true! But a purpose driven life is always exciting and equally satisfying and fulfilling- because you align your life with a purpose that fuels your energy to live with possibilities, with hope and with dreams.

Would you agree with me on this? What do you think what makes your life extraordinary? Leave me your thoughts in the comments below.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

How To Stay Focused and Happy At The Same Time

When the life around you seem ruthlessly busy and you lose focus, you're more likely to lose every drop of interest levels left within you. As too much of your involvement (social and personal) is definitely going to take away all your energy. This post is for those days when; "life demands too much from you, and you find it hard to juggle between everything, while trying to keep a balance between work, life, family, passion, self-care, and personal demands and ambitions." Let's escape from anything that seems challenging for a moment, and be present. Now, let's just listen to our heart and ignore the rest.

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We all want to stay focused in our life and work. Don't we? We want to do everything just perfectly perfect; but with lots of tasks to juggle between, we can only pick those that are extremely urgent and or are more important. 

On days when you have too much do, and too many things to remember; it's normal to feel like you're battling stress and discouragement. We feel overwhelmed and too exhausted to take care of too many things. I was feeling that lately, and was having trouble to focus on my priorities. I have had to do everything; because every-single-task in my life was important and equally dear to me. But it's often hard (and impossible) to multi-task all-the-time. We need to untag ourselves from those responsibilities, once in a while. It's hard to stay happy and feel satisfied when we have to pick just few out of many!

You know that sinking feeling that I'm talking about- when you've too many things to worry about; and everything seems important in life! Here's how you can focus when everything seems equally important:

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1. Decide Your Priorities

Look at your list of to-do things that can be postponed, assigned and shared. Just do the task that cannot wait, and take time to do the rest. Minimize multi-tasking.

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2. Meditate

Meditation is a great way to practise focus, that can also enhance concentration, and calm your mind. Still your mind and have no distractions (any kind of), that may prevent you from being focused in life, or at work. Every day matters can easily be resolved when we try to solve them one-at-a-time.

3. Have A Clear Understanding of Your Goals.

First, we need to understand what matters the most in our life. If you can simplify and eliminate the unnecessary from the life; you'll have more to focus on what seems important. You'll have better understanding of the "priorities in your life." 

Sometimes it may seem hard to let go of certain things that matters so much to you; but still if you think- you'll have to let it go for the betterment of yourself and your family; then take that bold step. But always keep trying to begin where you left. After settling everything else and clearing all the clutters- try and focus backwards; to what you had to let go! I had to make some tough decisions of my life lately; but I'm sure I will go back to where I've left.

4. Spend Time Learning and Growing Each Day

I've practically seen myself that; when I'm looking forward to learning something new to grow and develop my skills, I feel my life is exciting and kicking every day. It makes me feel proud of myself- when I do everything I can to enhance my knowledge and skills. If we continue to add new learning, and knowledge to our self-being; we can keep that focus in place and the willingness to do more (yes, a lot more) remains alive within us. When we develop the urge within us to learn and grow; we can always encourage others to do so too!

If you've got a great tip (s) to stay focused when life seems hectic and you feel pressed by your responsibilities; then definitely share it with me in the comments below. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

What's In The SPRING!

"How does your morning feel these days: exciting, energetic, filled with positive energy?" Do you spring out of bed quickly these days to look outside? 
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Now that we have started waking up to bright, wet, and warmer mornings, it is likely to feel great from the inside out too! The dawn of spring has taken away all our sluggish, dull feelings of indoor life.

I was waiting to do a post something like to- welcome spring,  but now that we have already settled to this "beautiful weather" of the year, I want to share few motivations that drives me towards positive and happy feelings- this time around. Spring is a beautiful season, and an ideal time to start moving and doing outdoor activities. Now that it's time to start something new and fresh; with more sunshine, longer days, and beautiful view of landscapes; life seems to have woken up from deep sleep! 
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No wonder I have started clicking more pictures these days. There's so much to capture around me! "So let's put our life into action; and create a beautiful story."

But, after a long winter, it's sometimes difficult to find motivation and or to push yourself for getting active once again, or for making any healthy choices. Even though the weather seems to be warmer and more friendly these days; but switching over to new routines looks like a thing that's meant to go nowhere, but to the to-do-list. 

With increased energy levels and more life these days; you must be feeling like doing too many things; so this post is to help you give a lift, and get started.

Spring welcomes new beginnings. So let's begin by starting all over again. Forget about the resolutions and promises you made at the beginning of this year! Start fresh and in a new way! Here's some of the ways I would keep myself motivated and continue doing what I have had started- this spring:

1. Stay Persistent Develop the ability to be determined to do or achieve something regardless of any setbacks. Stick to your goals and continue doing everything that are required to do to accomplish your goals. Majority stop in the middle or don't even start with the fear of meeting uncertainty, discomfort, failures, and rejections. But successful are those who work hard and stay persistent until they accomplish, and make their dreams come true.

2. Proactively putting your thoughts into action Instead of just thinking and wishing, we must act towards putting our thoughts and ideas into action- practically. Don't let fear sabotage your interest levels- be it in making some "new" healthy choices, or putting new ideas in your approach towards life, work, career, personal style, goals, personal development, relationships or family's well-being. Get-up get started and do it!

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3. Trust your journey It's so natural to feel unmotivated and uninterested or bored in your endeavor; especially during this time of the year- when you see your friends, colleagues, co-workers, and neighbors starting something new or moving to new changes in their life! Trust your instinct; and in your journey that helped you come this far in life and career. Understand that everything happens for a reason that's good enough for us.

4. Don't stay confined If you're anything like me; who likes staying glued to her laptop, books, and confined inside the house- specially during cold, freezing winter; then it's time to come out of your abode and enjoy a "free" refreshing life once again. I  usually find it hard to quickly leave my comfort zone and be an outdoor person. I am more comfortable doing all the chores inside the house, than managing my life and time outside. So I start slow before I re-create my every day routine after winter.

5. Take every challenge as an opportunity to be great and to become better Have more positivity around you. Surround yourself with people who bring out the BEST in you, who believes that your dreams will come true, and who respects your time and effort. We all need that pinch of motivation sometimes to continue doing our tasks. So don't hesitate to find your dose of motivation this spring! Use your life's challenges as stepping stones to reach there- where nobody believed you can ever reach!

So create your spring motivation list and get started. Be it about making healthy choices, fitness routines, taking up a new job or hobby, or just making few lifestyle changes; this is the time. Clear all the blocked confusing thoughts in your head, and feel  confident, energetic, and YOUR BEST all day- every day.

What are your motivation tips/tricks to kick start this spring? Also if you liked the post, do share your thoughts with me in the comments below.

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