Tuesday, April 17, 2018

What Does A True Friendship Look Like?

I'm going to be very honest here.
This is not my very favorite topic that I chose to write about today. I have had always trouble fostering a true friendship. And I still fear making new friends. Not because I'm weak or I lack something; but I fear my trust getting shattered again.

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But by some stroke of luck and blessings, I have few wonderful friends in my life, whom I can reach out anytime. Life is "fun" and interesting when you have a bunch of "good" friends: to laugh with you, to motivate you, to believe in you, and to help you become better each day.

This practical real world doesn't understand deep connections. We are busy picking people who share same mind as us, and there's just no time for the real heart talk. But I believe in "true" connection, doesn't matter if I made that contact in the real world or in the virtual world! I want it to be true. To be authentic.

I remember when I was in my teenage years- when I ached more for company, the more isolated I felt; because I had to always depend upon people's approval to include me in their life, to make me feel I matter too! Growing up I realized a "strong" friendship requires a lot of investment: of time, attention, trust, hand-on-heart sincerity, and patience to make it grow deeper over time. It's never too late to learn to be an amazing friend.

So how do you know if you have built a deep-rooted friendship or connection? Look for  these signs that will tell you, that you have all the necessary elements of building an amazing meaningful connection. 

1. You and your friends stick together through your highs and lows.
2. You and your friends equally initiate and reciprocate your value of friendship.
3. You and your friends support, encourage, and motivate each other as an when required.
4. You keep your ego our of the boundary while sharing your experiences or opinions.
5. You forgive each other quite often and reconnect.
6. Your connection is never influenced or affected by either of your success, present status, or the kind of people you both hang out with, or due to any other kind of personal or social "elements".
7. You are closely connected because you like each other's company, and want to be together, you want to stay connected to one another.
8. You often encourage each other to continue doing your dream, and to become what you have always looked forward to.
9. You react calmly and more patiently when you differ on something.
10. More than anything you respect each other by keeping the secrets to yourself.
11. You're genuinely happy for each other's success without letting jealousy come your friendship way.
12. You feel safe and comfortable to bare all your emotions in front of them.
13. You accept each other just the way you are- no matter what different cultures or background you belong to.

Having supportive, honest friends can make a huge difference in our overall happiness. Do you agree? How deep and real are your friendship/connections? How do you evaluate them? Do leave me your thoughts in the comments below.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Reflections on My Journey So Far: Self Worth

The end of the month/or the beginning of a month is the perfect time for doing a little self-reflection. Therefore I have decided to do one post featuring, 'reflections on my journey' every first week of the month. I want to take a moment here and share few insights and wisdom of how accepting and loving myself have transformed my life. How I have painted my life inside and out with authenticity, courage, and with gratitude- from ever since I started valuing myself?

I was excited (and little sad too) to retrace my steps and find a little more about myself, and my journey so far!

It was hard for me to accept that, "people surrounding my life didn't find me worthy, did not see me being blessed with some wonderful skills, and never noticed my talents." We all long for appraisals. Don't we? We share equal desires to we loved, to be noticed, to belong. I look back and realize that in my younger years I suffered from low self-worth. I always looked to others to make me feel worthy and loved, rather than finding myself enough.

Wanting to feel loved and liked is not an uncommon desire. We just need to recognize that we must accept and love ourselves first- rather than looking for it anywhere else!





Slowly but surely, I began to find the best in me. I silenced the voice in my head that told me I wasn't good enough.

For many years I thought I wasn't good enough and nobody supported me or believed in me.Through this journey of self-love I have realized - there's so much goodness in it. The world will accept you and treat you when you show up authentically- with flaws and failures. When you show them how genuinely you have evolved through hate and criticisms, and how deep is the connection you hold with your dreams and desires.

Keep yourself in high regards. You are no less than anybody, and you are never powerless either. If you show the universe- you're worthy of love, the universe will send you people who will love you and respect you as you so desire. When we tell ourselves who we are - is the kind of energy we put out to the world too!


When you truly love yourself, own your emotions, grow through failures and live a purpose-driven, passionate, beautiful life you are anchored towards self-love- you create a deep bond with your soul self. You start valuing your existence, no matter where you are in life! You no more 
feel paralyzed by the fear of not being accepted. 

Self worth is that illuminating reason in our life that helps us to understand- that we are all born with different qualities that fill us up, and make us feel alive and well inside. 




These are the positive affirmations that I have been saying to myself ever since my acceptance (of myself) aligned with my purpose to believe in my path. I hope you find them helpful too to recognize your own worth.


  1. I will not let any status, look, degree, relationship, approval and validation, behavior; or anything else dictate my worth. I'm equally worthy of love and respect than anybody else in the world.
  2. I will continue to learn and grow.
  3. I will make mistakes. I will fail often. And I will use them all to create a path to tread on to achieve my dreams.
  4. I will do the things I can.
  5. I will do the things I enjoy.
  6. I don't and will never compare myself to others.
  7. I am growing and changing for the better.
  8. I love the person I'm becoming.
  9. I have great ideas.
  10. I believe in my skills and abilities.
  11. I am an inspiration. I make useful contributions to the society.
  12. I radiate love, kindness, and authenticity.
  13. I'm committed to my journey- no matter what comes my way. I will never quit.
  14. Life is fun and rewarding when I'm patient. 
  15. I appreciate everything I have. I live in joy.
  16. I trust myself. I'm confident of my skills and abilities.
  17. I am passionate. I'm enthusiastic and inspire others.
  18. I am focused and persistent.
  19. I am OK as I am. I accept and love myself.
  20. I am always growing and developing.
  21. I have the power to change myself- every following day.
  22. I surround myself with people who bring out the best in me.
  23. I have become an avid reader and a purposeful writer. I love who I have become.
  24. I strongly believe: It's never too late to become who you want to be.
  25. Each day I notice I am becoming better than I was yesterday.
  26. I know I can achieve my dream.
Life isn't a competition (I always believe that). We need not have to be at the same "level" as others. So learn to trust your path and keep going. There's no rule-book or deadline to achieve everything we want in life. Some go fast, really really fast and some go slow while enjoying their journey- stumbling, falling, getting up again, or by stopping in between to breathe and feel alive; leaning into the moment and showing trust in their journey- and that is me! I have complete faith in my journey.

Do you trust your journey too? Please do leave me your thoughts about this post in the comment below. 


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

3 Things I am Most Grateful for Every Single Day

How often did you feel like, "only if you could pursue something bigger and extraordinary, you'll be the happiest person on earth?"
Simply feeling enough; or blessed is a wonderful gift we can all give to ourselves.

We may not have everything, or the same things other people have, but we (each one of us) have countless number of other things to appreciate and enjoy. I was not at all surprised to witness something lately, "How "some" people have it all- yet they are unhappy to see others' growing and getting success?" Why do we find it so hard to accept that there's enough room for everyone in this world? We can grow, and let others succeed too! Why there is so much of competition, a mad race - to be and have it all?

Life is a gift.

We're all really fortunate in our own way. All we must do is, "recognize and value our "gifts"."

'Being grateful' is an observation, a deep realization, that we have many things to focus on in our life than announcing our complains. We must embrace life's abundance, and enjoy it's simple pleasures available to us- at no cost.

There will always be something missing from our life; but only if we can see what all we possess? Our actions will never align with our thoughts, if we let our thoughts wander with our past guilt and regrets, or with future uncertainties and fears. Anytime I am propelled by those stubborn thoughts, I try to bring myself back to where I'm standing right now. Remember, that things aren't as bad as they seem. It's critical to get going when we go with a wrong perspective.

We're all the same. The raging fires that take our attention away from looking at things in a better way- is all so natural. Each of us feel angry, jealous, insecure, inadequate, and not-belonged, not-loved, sometimes or to say many times. And there's nothing to feel ashamed about it. We all dwell in those emotions; but stewing in them can make us feel resentful.

Accept that is right here, right now.

We can find reasons to be happy and grateful every day- just look for those "happy" dandelions. Catch them and blow your worries away - by making a wish to them.

How do I feel grateful every day?  Rather than focusing on what I don't have, I focus on what I do. I say thank you for being alive, for having a family, for being loved by my kids, for having a roof under my head, for getting opportunities, for the love and support people have been showing me on my journey, and for being my best-self.
Here's few simple things I try to do to feel a little more blissful on a regular basis:

1. Breathing in gratitude.

More often than not, I try to focus on my breathing. And when I breathe in fresh warm feelings of satisfaction, I feel some magic of peace spreading across my chest, I feel the space created automatically within me- to accommodate more joy and positive emotions. I feel a sense of abundance, love, and I, being "important" in the universe too! There has never been the way I felt this time.

2. Thinking beyond myself.

Every time your mind tries to connect with the agony of (not having) everything you wish to have in future, involve your mind to think of other people who are less fortunate than you. And you will start feeling a deeper appreciation of what you do have. Replace complains with gratitude. Any time you find yourself getting caught in the thoughts that tell you, "you're lacking"- replace it with thoughts of what you are thankful for like: "Being able to eat, drink, read, write, sleep peacefully at night, being safe in your house, able to meet your necessities, capable of paying for your kid's education, and so many more in the gratitude list. Don't you think so?

3. We are all walking our own path- that's chosen for us.

We are all different in the way we use our skills, talents, money, interests, and priorities. After reading in many books and articles on gratitude, I have realized that, "Grateful people realize that life isn't a competition." And this is what make them become"happy" people. I have and always will avoid being in the race to be more than anybody. Yes, I do love honing and working on my natural talents and skills, without looking at what my friends, family, and or any other person I know have been doing. And then later feel "bitter" that they are ahead of me in their career or in their life. I go completely ignorant about what others' have been up to!

There's no such thing as "being late", or "being behind" in life. Life happens to us when we start doing. Doesn't really matter if you got here much later than others.

Do as you please with a complete focus on your inner peace and improvement. We are all fortunate in our own way- for many different reasons. So embrace and cultivate that uniqueness.

Being grateful gives you a purpose, a meaning; because it allows you to capture the full essence of every moment. It allows you to find contentment even in the moment of crisis.

I read these beautiful lines on the web somewhere, "I believe it is possible to feel Life itself sending back on the return breathe its gratitude."

How do you express your gratitude? I do it sometimes by vocalizing it to another person or by penning those thoughts down on my blog and social media platforms. Most often I say it to my kids aloud. But I would like to know what do you feel about your gratitude list? How often you infuse the  'feeling of gratefulness' into your daily life? Please leave me your comments and thoughts below. I would love to read your thoughts.


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!


5
. 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.

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