By now you must have understood that I was on a break from blogging in April. I wanted to post my gratitude list for March before taking the break, but then I got caught up in this idea of merging my two blogs into one. It started as an exciting thought, soon turned into a tiresome one. And I had to break away from all this to give my head some space and clarity.
It all began with a strong desire to change the name of this blog. In fact, when I created this blog, I went with this name, Reflections, thinking that it would be a temporary thing and that I would change it soon. The idea at that time was to create the blog and start blogging while the enthusiasm lasted. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time finding the perfect name only to end up with a blog with a great name and no content.
As I was ransacking my brain to find the perfect name for the blog again, this idea of merging the blogs popped in, which sounded smart at first. One whole week went when I was “pro merge”. The next week rolled in with the question, “why, what’s wrong with the current setup?”. So after a lot of daunting thinking process and pro-con lists, I decided to keep the blogs as such for now.
Honestly, I am grateful for getting a clarity after all the brainstorming. It wasn’t easy. But for now, I decided I am too nostalgic too part with either of my custom domains. Since the decision is made, I feel much lighter. 🙂
So this post is going to be a combined gratitude post for March and April.
In no particular order here’s what I was grateful for the last couple of months:
Connections with fellow bloggers– I had a lot of chatting with my blogger friends the last two months. They are my go to candidates when I get stuck like the above decision making process. It’s nice to have someone listen to your thoughts and give their feedback, without insisting on their advise be followed. Right? I got featured in a couple of blogger’s post in March. I was honored when a prolific blogger and a dear friend Naba asked to write a few lines about my motherhood sacrifices. Lack of me time and mom guilt remain the prominent features in moms be it a working mom or a stay at home parent. Here’s the link to the post if you would like to read.
When Monika Suri asked to give my thoughts on what feminism meant to me on the occassion of Women’s Day I was pleased to do so. We need more talks on feminism. It felt great to be featured on Monika’s blog.
Travel, break and relaxation– In March, we made a small trip to Sandiego. Traveling with kids isn’t something which I enjoy. But still a trip has its own benefits. both the kids enjoyed the day spent at the beach than at Legoland. It was a welcoming break from the normal household chores and routines. Of course, I was glad to get back on the routine as soon as we got back home. 🙂
Taking a break from blogging in April, really helped me. I wasn’t being a regular at blogging now, but honestly I needed this official break. I only understood that after I went on the break. Gratitude for trusting my intuition always.
Health, Fitness and Lifestyle– So, I am equally proud and disappointed in this area. You might know that I was working out in the gym three times a week from the third of week of January. That’s still going on and I am super proud of me for doing that. I have never made an excuse to not to go to the gym, unless I was genuinely not well or the little one was not well and stayed home.
From the third week of March, I started to wake up at 5 o’clock in the morning to practice yoga for 30 minutes and study for the next 30 minutes. I was able to do that really well for a week. Then my little one and I fell sick. After that, whenever I wake up early the little guy is getting up with me bringing a complete disruption to the quietness and my process. I am still waking up at 5 but it isn’t exactly productive as earlier. Despite that, I am proud of myself. There is only a little we can do to change our circumstances. I am making the best use of mine and doing my best, too. I have noticed that my energy levels, both physical and emotional, has been up since waking up at 5. Being productive has a positive effect on me, huh?
Grateful for the beautiful weather – We enjoyed nice weather till the end of April (so unlike Arizona!) and that means more visits to the park and staying active.
Self care practice – Every day I am doing at least one thing just for me. I need that, I deserve that.
Reading – Finished three books in the last couple of months and
reading listening to audiobooks at the moment. Currently listening to Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and loving it. I was skeptical about audiobooks, but after giving it a try I am loving the experience. I get my audiobooks from our public library’s ebook section. Everything is online but there is a wait time for popular books. I am extremely grateful that I get to read and listen to books at no cost. 🙂
New hobbies – Watching Youtube videos and listening to podcasts. Loving them!
Morning Pages – That should be in my new hobbies list, but morning pages deserve a special mention. I started it only recently after reading The Artist’s way by Julia Cameron. Absolutely enjoying the experience of writing morning pages. Some days my morning pages happen only by mid-morning, but hey, that’s life. 🙂
I am determined to focus on all things happy, though, there were moments of despair and uncertainty. There still is such moments of haziness. But what better way to thank our lives than focusing on the little joys of life and appreciating them heartily. Right? <3
Joining Vidya’s Gratitude Circle this month.