I am so happy at the moment. Because last week my first ever book went on live in Amazon. This was a forever dream to become an author and honestly, I have no idea why I didn’t do it already. The poems in the book were all written before 2015 March except for the last one. So content was created and waiting to be published. The dream of publishing a book was born well before the content was created. And I was also there. But I was skeptical and terrified of the idea.
After writing a lot more poems in the last four years, I realized that nothing I ever write will be “good enough” to be published. Because these self-doubts keep crawling back in my mind which was only forcing me to continue dreaming instead of taking action. So I gave myself a deadline and worked to publish the book the way I planned 4 years ago.
Now, the book is out there. I am still doubtful and terrified. But I am happy. It’s a dream come true. I am overjoyed.
Ideally, this should appear in July’s gratitude post, but hey, I am so thankful that I took that leap.
June was a good month, a busy one. We had a blog-hop organized by Write Tribe which was the last post here where I shared the lessons I learned from the first six months of 2019. It was a nice experience to join in a blog-hop after a while.
On the 1st of June, I wake up to the news that this blog has made into the list of Best Indian Blogs in 2019. This was the first time I nominated my blog to be featured in this list and I was not at all sure that my blog would make it to the list what with a surge of blogs and brilliant content out there. So it was a happy moment to find my name on the list.
Kanna’s holidays started by the end of May. Having him in the house full-time has its upside and downside. He doesn’t trouble me much and helps me out with simple chores. But he is a talker and he talks my ears off about his minecraft games and stuff. Plus he doesn’t care if I am working or reading and goes on with interrupting numerous times a day. So, I am Xboxing, playing board games and other video games these days. It’s fun too, you know. 🙂
I was sick on and off last month which forced me to stop from working out and doing my work. But I took it as a sign to slow down and not be in a hurry. The good thing is when I take note of the signs from the Universe, I experience benefits – as in slowing down usually would have driven me crazy as my to-do list was growing taller than me. But, I was able to finish the important tasks by taking it slow. I feel like I am achieving a sort of zen-ly aura within me. If you see a hallow shining around me, don’t worry that’s just me being all zen and calm. 🙂
I am grateful for yoga and morning pages for keeping me grounded and sorting my health and worries. Journaling is my go-to activity when my mind feels cluttered. That feeling that there is a long way to go but deciding to slow down and enjoy the views without hurrying, that’s how I feel. More than the destination this journey with so many different routes excites me and I have decided to explore each and every path leisurely.
So don’t be surprised if you see me in different avatars, making a fool of myself sometimes, because life is too short to say no to those stray dreams. It’s okay not to be successful, but it’s not okay to keep wondering what-would-happen-if-I.
My reading journey wasn’t so lively this month, but I finished the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert which I picked up to read at the beginning of this year. I took a long time to complete this book as I kept borrowing books from the library and Eat, Pray, Love was a little dragging for my taste after the first 100 pages or so. Still, I loved the book and I would like to read it once more because I couldn’t note down some interesting and thought-provoking quotes from the book.
I am just grateful how June turned out to be. June gave me faith that even if I didn’t do a lot of work I can still have a fulfilling month by staying focussed on my goals.
Joining #MondayMusings at Everyday Gyaan by Corinne, #GratitudeCircle at VidyaSury & #MicroblogMondays at Stirrup Queens.
21 thoughts on “At last an Author of my book | June Gratitude #GratitudeCircle”
congratulations on the book vini… So happy for you. You have a lovely routine set despite the two little ones around. Yoga is something I have started passionately and it helps me immensely. Elizabet gilbert does get slow… Try out a thriller or mystery to keep up the pace in reading maybe :))
Thank you, Ramya. I am trying to stay on this routine. But some days it’s a mess. 🙂 I am reading a crime thriller now and already loaned another book, Murder on the Orient express from our public library. 🙂
Many many congratulations, dear Vinitha! I am so happy that you realised your dream and the book finally came out. No dream is ever small or insignificant and I’d say, go ahead and make all those other dreams also come true!! You do sound upbeat about things, and I’m hoping July gives you even more reasons to be happy about. After what you’ve mentioned, I’m now looking forward to seeing you in your other avatars in the coming days. 🙂
Good Luck with July <3
Thanks a lot, Esha. You know those sudden spikes in the enthusiasm which only happens once in a blue moon? I am counting on those and trying to get everything done when those spikes appear. Otherwise, I will just get back in the shell and get cozy. 🙂 Coming to sounding upbeat – not everyday I feel this way, some days I feel more not okay than okay, but I realized that by having something to fall back on I can find that ray of hope which makes me feel positive. For me journaling is that fall back guy. 🙂 I am glad that the system is working. Because all of you are saying the same thing – that I sound positive. 🙂
You will see the new avatars soon, Esha. 🙂 <3
Keep at it, Vinitha. Not all days are the same and I couldn’t agree more on that! I’ve taken inspiration from you and started my morning pages but I write only one page and it works! It is such a smart idea to tap into those highly productive days and create work on those days. Certainly, inspires us to do the same too. Cheers to the yet-to-unfold new avatars!!!
Congrats for the book, Vini! I am so glad you worked at it. Your poetry is beautiful and deserved to be showcased through a book.
Keep looking at the positive side of it all and you will be happy always!
God bless you, dear friend!
Thank you, dear! It took so much debating and coaxing with me to get this done. I read the book after publishing and was embarrassed. It’s a good thing that I published it when I was in a “publishy” mood. At least I feel happy that I did this. 🙂
Thank you for standing by me, Shilpa. 🙂 <3
I am glad you published it when you were in your publishy mood ????
I have to tell you this space looks completely revamped in terms of the colour, the logo and especially the spirit. “I am content. I am happy. I am positive.” This is the calm announcement your words are making out to your readers and the universe as a whole.
Congratulations for making your dream come true. You may not know but by accomplishing what you have done, you might have given insipiration to some of the people here 🙂
Have a satisfying July 🙂
I am so happy to read that you feel positivity in this space, Anamika. I feel positive, but not always. I think my self care strategies are helping to not stay in despair for too long, journaling being my go-to friend. The lessons that were learned these past months are helping me I believe. I have become protective of me and I think that was reflected in my posts perhaps.
Thank you, Anamika. I truly hope so, Anamaika, that at least a few would be inspired to fulfill their dreams after seeing mine come true. Because if I can then anyone can, and should. 🙂
Many congratulations on your book, Vinitha and also for figuring in India’s Top Blogs. Your June seemed pretty good.
Thanks a lot, Rachna! Wish you a great month ahead! 🙂
Yaayyy congratulations on the book. I am so glad you took the plunge and published it. Congrats on being listed in the directory too. Journaling is a wonderful hobby. Enjoy writing. And Good luck with yoga.
Thank you, Raj. <3 🙂
First of all, congratulations on the book! That must be one of your proudest moments! xx I loved Eat Pray Love, it was such a wonderful book. I think she really shone as an author with this book, and with Big Magic.
Congratulations, Vinitha! Look forward to reading it 🙂
Congrats Vinitha! Wishing to read many such books from you!
Congrats for publishing a book 🙂 My sons are also enjoying summer holidays and yes Iam struggling sometimes to engage them. Sigh!
i loved the vibe of this post. So positive, happy and hopeful. I am happy about all the experiences you are getting and the fact that you are noticing them. Happiness is all around us and I can see June was one such month for you. Hope July turns out to be happier 🙂
Congratulations again on the book! It’s an amazing achievement. Might need to pick your brain a bit on that front. Your morning pages and yoga sound great too and I’m glad to see you are doing well in general. Hope July has also been good and the next month is great too