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Tough & Easy Squeezed Into A Month – Gratitude Circle July,2018

posted by Anupriya August 7, 2018 1 Comment

After the challenging and  fast paced June, I made sure that July turned out to be a leisurely month. Except for the first week when I was juggling between a blogging challenge and preparing for my exam, the rest of the month went by like a dream. Here’s how…

Blogging

I published a total of 10 blog posts last month. This is the lowest I have worked in the last six months. Though I am happy with the quality of my blogs, it took it easy on writing. My ranks and stats have obviously taken a dip, but I was so overwhelmed  with two consecutive challenges with Write-Tribe and Blog-A-Rhythm and I imposed this curfew on myself. It is only now that I feel rejuvenated enough to get back to writing. Continue Reading

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No Time to Breathe – #GratitudeCircle June’18

posted by Anupriya July 18, 2018 1 Comment

The month of June’18 was one of the most hectic months in a long time. I faced several personal challenges in the face of a minor surgery, kids’ summer vacations, time running short for preparing for an important exam I took in the first week of July and much more on the relationships front.  I have been scathed, yet come out whole but transformed. And I am grateful to the almighty for the same, because I in my heart I believe that whatever happened was for good.

With kids at home for the entire month, I faced the challenge of keeping them entertained round the clock. I did a fairly good job of engaging them in a variety of activities without too much preparation. The activities that I chose for the kids to keep themselves busy, were more like life skills that will go a long way in making them independent. Read about 50 Ways To Keep Kids Busy During Vacation to know more. Continue Reading

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The Abundance Mantra – Have So Much,Let More Coming – #GratitudeCircle May’18

posted by Anupriya May 31, 2018 4 Comments

How wrong could I be, when I thought that life would be smoother once the AtoZ Challenge was over. It got anything but smooth.  But Am I complaining? Not At All! You would think I must be crazy for whining but not complaining at the same time. Well! Here’s a peek into what all happened during the month. You would understand better!

My First e-Book

I was still recuperating from the frenzy of AtoZ Challenge when I realized I had no time to relax. My posts needed some serious editing,before they could be submitted for the EBook Carnival with Blogchatter. So whoosh went the first week of May and I was having sleepless nights over my blog posts and their editing.

Book writing is a complex process. More complex than anyone can ever fathom from the outside. It’s like unraveling the layers of a cabbage (Yes! A Cabbage) . You wouldn’t know when it’s ok to stop. Because the more layers you pull out, the shinier is the skin revealed. But how shiny is perfect shiny when you are editing your manuscript? I have learnt some of my lessons.

But yay! I am a published author now. As a young 20 something old, when I read my M&Bs I often wondered if I could ever write a love story and felt very strongly that someday I should be able to write something worth reading. (well then, things weren’t this simple, but I wanted to get published in a newspaper weekend magazine. The one where my dad worked!)

You may download my book here –

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And today I have done it. My second manuscript is already in the pipeline, but will have to wait until end of this year to see the day of light (The reason? Read on to know more)

Until then, its gratitude for such joys of life.

Examination Fever

No! It’s not my kids who have their exams! There’s still a couple of years for that. Its me who is trying to study for a qualifying exam to pursue my professional goals. (The profession that I practiced before I became a stay at home mom and an aspiring blogger). While preparing for this exam, I realized that I have lost all capability to learn by heart and realized that if I stood any chance of clearing the exam, I have to practice. Life just isn’t all that supportive this month and not going to get better in another 20 days. Why? Becasue the kids have their summer vacations from the 12th of this month through 20th of the next month. Only when the kids’ school re-opens my life will have some chances of getting back in a routine. Right now I live in a crazy house. Ooops that’s the next part of this post.

Right here…. I am thankful that I still have it in me to be able to study for an exam.

Summer Vacations

My mother was often thankful for the vacations, because it gave her a chance to catch up on her sleep a little longer. But I have just not taken after her in this regard. I have dreaded the vacations all season, and felt that I am going to be a part of a nightmare. But it’s already been three weeks into the vacations and life hasn’t been all that difficult. It’s been hectic for sure, but manageable. I have been able to study for atleast 1.5hours everyday, spend upto 3 hours for my blog and spare an hour for my spiritual healing (through Meditation and practicing Forgiveness) Also, we (as in the kids and me) have been spending some quality time doing fun stuff such as creating a sand pit for play in our porch, setting up a tent in our balcony, learning to play board games etc. Its vacation time and I have hardly been having 6 hours of sleep daily. It really is crazy.

I really want to thank god for giving me the perseverance to work hard towards achieving my goals that I have set for myself this year. Despite a lot of physical discomfort and tiredness, I have been able to keep up with my schedule.

Oh! I forgot to mention about another first for my blog. This World Menstrual Hygiene Day, I hosted my first ever Blog Train with 12 other fellow bloggers. It was also my first ever attempt at a giveaway and a contest. It was one helluva learning experience. I am many times wiser now, on how to run a campaign.

Despite all the above mentioned challenges and the hangover from AtoZ Challenge I was able to put up 11 posts in the month of May’18. Life of ‘Me, the almost blogger’ is getting better at it. Gratitude to the blogger communities to help me keep going.

June is going to be equally crazy, with vacations till 20th of the month, several blogging engagements that I have committed myself to and the ongoing exam preparation. With just a month left for the exam, I am very nervous right now.

I think I must thank the almighty in advance for the strength and persistence that will help me sail through.

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This post is participating in April 2018 Gratitude Circle blog hop at Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles

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Menstrual Cups – A Boon to Menstrual Hygiene

posted by Anupriya May 27, 2018 32 Comments

Every month ‘during that time’ I often deviate from my otherwise ‘I am proud to be born a woman’ stance. No, it’s not just the PMS that turns me into a touch-me-not live wire, or the cramps that make me want to cut-off my stomach and keep it aside on the shelf for a couple of days. As odd as it may sound, I started feeling extremely guilty of being a woman, after my realization of the fact that in my menstruating lifetime, in order to maintain Menstrual Hygiene, I am going to add atleast 35-40 kgs of personal non-biodegradable waste. But menstrual hygiene can’t be compromised on! After all, gone are the days when the women of previous generation had to rely on primitive ways to manage ‘Those Days’.

But then what is the alternative! In the recent years one particular alternative to the traditional sanitary napkins has gained a lot of popularity. All these years, I have had my reservations about this new-thing-in-the-market. But lately, overcome by my guilt of already having creating almost 15-20 kgs of non-biodegradable waste I resolved to try out the alternative. Continue Reading

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The Child Is The Father Of Man – Kadam Chhota, Change Bada

posted by Anupriya May 22, 2018 11 Comments

I was about 8 years old, when I observed that our toothpaste was now coming in a user friendly plastic tube, instead of metal tube. I loved the new toothpaste packaging as it was convenient and retained its original shape throughout. It was quite a draw compared to the old metal tube that lost all its original glory with usage.

At that age, I believed that plastic ought to be the discovery of the century. With time, everything that came packaged, came in plastic. The colorful and light weight packages were the in thing. Even my parents stopped carrying ‘jhola/ thaila’ (a cloth carrybag) for grocery shopping.

‘They give everything in plastic bags these days.” was their excuse. Plastic bags became a way of life.

As I grew up, campaigns around hazards of plastic picked up momentum. A general environment against usage of plastic was created and emphasize was laid on recycling of plastic. But how did it affect me? Not in a way that I can be proud of. Same was the case with everyone around me including my family (pre and post marriage). I could say that my routine life continued in oblivion. Continue Reading

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Managing Diabetes in Summer_ How To Beat the Heat

posted by Anupriya May 21, 2018 7 Comments

Weather and Diabetes- The connection

Weather on a holiday or simply spending some outdoor time in the sun, heat and humidity have an influence on people with long term illnesses such as diabetes. This is partly because of an increase in bodily activity during hot weather.

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HealthBites – Is Type 2 Diabetes Reversible?

posted by Anupriya May 20, 2018 0 comments

A brief about type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a condition where the pancreas does not produce sufficient insulin.

Type 2 diabetes is said to be a chronic disease with an inevitable worsening of health leading to conditions like heart disease, damage to kidney, vision loss or nerve damage and in a few complicated cases amputation. Continue Reading

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HealthBites – Guidelines For Managing Diabetes During Illness or Injury

posted by Anupriya May 19, 2018 2 Comments

Diabetes management and sugar level checks during injury

Dealing with a seasonal flu or recovering from a medical condition is no fun for anyone. This becomes an extra concern for people who have diabetes. The stress related to injury or illness can lead to high level of blood sugar. This condition in extreme cases can turn into diabetic coma. Hence diabetes management when illness strikes becomes even more important. Continue Reading

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April 2018 – The Month Of Impact #GratitudeCircle

posted by Anupriya May 1, 2018 2 Comments

The blogger in me waited for April, 2018 with abated breath ever since I decided to participate in the A-to-Z Challenge.  Things became more unnerving when I planned my long due visit to my parents in the last week of March and planned the holiday to go upto almost one third of April. I was almost on the verge of dropping the idea of blogging everyday, when the adventurer in me accepted the challenge and I set out with a strategy. With little planning and additional time investment in writing I completed the drafts of the first 15 posts for the A-to-Z Challenge before I set foot in April. This gave me ample time to get back home and get into the groove to hit the writing board for rest of the posts. While the writer in me is really thankful for the blessings and guidance for being able to complete the challenge, I am a little disappointed with myself for not being able to read as much as I would have wanted to. With the travel, new school session and my own lethargy I just did not meet the mark. Nevertheless it has been a learning experience for which I am thankful to the universe. Continue Reading

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A Zen Life – #AtoZChallenge 2018

posted by Anupriya April 30, 2018 0 comments

Mr. Gunjal was busy getting the house in place. He also made his wife chalk out the food menu for whole of next week, and stocked up the kitchen with every single item that would make his grandchildren happy. Candies, lollipops, all kinds of berries available in the local market and kids favorite fruits – he had it all sorted. Mrs. Gunjal though, was more excited to have her girls to herself for an entire week. Their husbands were to join only a week later for the celebrations. Continue Reading