2014/10/09

Thinking minimal






Do you want so many dresses in your closet to feel good? Do you love to have so many shades of lipstick? You want too many pairs of shoes or too many best friends to brag about or too many things to do you in a day, too many events to attend, too many thoughts and plans to handle?? What if you don't have those? You will buy them or try to get them or collect them (whatever applies in the case). Then what? Obviously, We won't be satisfied (because we are in the culture where the adage is go big or go home). Going big, thinking more, doing more, wanting to do more..where will this end?

Few years down the line, we will end up with lot if clutter in closets, clutter in brain and avoidable clutter in life. I have been through few years of those and I am not much comfortable with that idea.

Thanks to my recent exposure to blogs and books which are advising to try my chances in minimalism, I have thought deeply about it and made a decision to give it a chance in my life. I am taking baby steps in this direction and I would to have you to be part of this journey of mine. 

I can't wait to share my beginnings of minimalist life here but currently I am a little busy with my other project. I will share the next part of my story in the upcoming post.

Till then, stay simple, stay happy.

Love,
J

P.S. : These are the pictures I have taken in my trip to Goa last October and I so miss it now. Isn't it cool. In case you love reading this post, please like my blog on bloglovin and we can hangout together for long.

2014/09/21

Little future

Hello Lovelies,


I hope you are all having a killer weekend with your loved ones. It should be that way. I was busy planning updates for my new home, catching up with my kid, cooking for my family and loving every moment of the day. 

I think I am going through a great transition phase of my life. My mind is bubbling with new ideas and I am planning to don a new role, be more and do more. You will get to know eventually.

Stay tuned. Catch you next week.



Love,
J

PS: These are the pictures taken while I was on a holiday this summer in NY. I so love that day and that feel. :) In case you love this blog, you can like this blog on bloglovin here and get all the updates in your inbox. See you.

2014/09/14

Happy Week


Hello Dear,





Thinking is beautiful. 
Thoughts are powerful. 
Action makes thoughts meaningful.

We all dream, think and plan all the time. Well, mostly. This week let us concentrate to give our thoughts a little push, put them to action and keep the ball rolling. 

And remember, less is more.
What say??!!

Love,
J

2014/09/07

Story time

Hello Dear,

Let me tell you a story.


Stories are part of life. We make stories all the time. We create them, dump them, start them fresh, revive them on a daily basis. It is exciting to be part of them. It is even more exciting to create them. 

Coming to my story (in this part of my life), my son keeps on forcing me to come up with new stories all the time. Mostly during meal time and sleep time. He selects the characters that need to be part of it. They can be animals, things, locations, people or even few characters from TV (like..whatever he remembers at that moment).  I have to include all the selected cast in that story religiously and then the theme, storyline and ending are my choice (what a bliss!!!). 

These stories are easy to create, far from reality, highly amazing (to my kid, at least) and gets the job done. I am totally in love with them. These are the little moments that make life so meaningful to me.

How about you? When did you come up with a crazy story last time?


Love,
J

2014/09/05

For better things in life



Am I kidding that I am not checking my facebook feed at least every other day. No. I am checking it now at frequency of may be once in a week and I still didn't miss much. No FOMO at all.

I understand that being a blogger, you need to be a social media expert, post frequently, post quality content, be engaged with people, be online, be everything everywhere. Such a tedious job. I even read one blogger saying that if she spends one hour creating a post, she is spending almost another hour in promoting that post on social networks. Huh. Can we think different?

Actually, ever since I was inspired by the concept of minimalism and was trying to make it my destination, I am in my way trying to find ways and means to pursue it in ways that suit my lifestyle. I was checking earlier my twitter, whatsapp, Instagram, Facebook feed almost every day and that used to eat up all my commute time everyday. I never observed the sky from the window, had trouble catching up with friends on phone  (because I am too busy, I can't take time to call my friends at home or office in my hectic schedule), almost never smiled at strangers and boom....one day even one of the regular drivers asked me where is my phone when he saw my hands are free (read: phone not seen in my hands). Don't you see that this is the heights of being connected??! We'll, I felt so. Earlier I used to think this is the best way to use my commute time but I no longer feel so. If you are an aspiring minimalist like me and are struggling to manage your time with too many things to do in a day, here are a few things that I would suggest you to try.

1. Little cut back: If you can try, tone down the usage of at least one social networking site. If you are blogger and feel the need to be connected, identify and choose the feed that you feel is least connecting with your readers or least contributing to promote your traffic and reduce its usage by 50 percent. If you are checking it daily twice, make it once. If you are checking it at the blink if every notification, reduce it to once for every 3 hours. As it is already your chosen least connecting media, you're not likely to miss much. Try this for at least one month and see if it helps to relax or sleep for few more minutes. Besides friends, followers and feed, good sleep and free time too are important in life.

2. Set timer: Set time limit on the duration of the time you are going to spend on the  most engaging social networks. Even if is more engaging, I think a time limit if 15 minutes is sufficient to drop your feed or check the important feed unless you started chat with one or two of your friends or followers. After 15 minutes, better close the site and close your eyes for few seconds to relax and refocus. You will not loose much by cutting back your browsing time but get sense of accomplishment by controlling the time you spend on one of the compelling reason. Is the effort not worth it? I say, yes. 

3. Scheduled Creativity: Instead of scheduling time for social media, schedule it for creative activities. Just like kids have scheduled play time and art projects time, make time for writing, painting, doodling (this applies to me) or anything that let your right brain juices flowing. Create routine in your everyday life, be it morning, evening or whatever time applies to you. Make it relaxing, rejuvenating and let it reconnect you to your better self. 

Let us welcome better things and better changes in life. 

How are you dealing with your time everyday and what part of day are you planning to let your mind create and rejuvenate?


Love,
J

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