Gratitude for the year gone by- Goodbye 2017

Rewind 2017 for blogging

As I look back, I realize 2017 has been a fruitful blogging journey! 2017 saw a lot of new beginnings for me and I am really happy the way things have shaped up. As I take stock and #Rewind2017 I know I have a lot to be thankful about.

Blogging opened a window of opportunities and I met a lot of interesting new people.

Took blogging seriously

I knew blogging and was doing it for clients for a really long time! This is my second attempt at having a personal blog! My first attempt died a natural death when I just did not invest time in it and kept coming with excuses for not being regular.

During the second attempt, when I started off, it was more like a place to vent it out or just write fiction without the fear of being judged! Yeah, I know this is like going in the opposite direction of being an author or a writer. Sometime during the start of 2017, I decided to take blogging seriously, like a project I am managing and promised myself to be regular. That was one of the best decisions I took in life, as it opened a window of opportunities and I met a lot of interesting new people.

Made new friends        

I made a lot of online friends, who are fellow bloggers and writers. I always loved observing people and understanding how a situation is seen by different people. Blogging and online interaction helped me realize I could do it online too! I saw people coming together for a cause, helping each other and sharing advice. I understood a lot about others professions and the way people have managed to keep blogging alive. It motivated me to keep going and that is a big reason why my blogging euphoria, did not crumble this time.

Campaigns

With various blogging platforms like Blogchatter and Indiblogger, I participated in a few contests and campaigns. These campaigns helped me read more; explore more and set mini-goals that I could achieve. It was another big factor that was a motivator for me. I even won a small blog award and that was another ego-booster for me and my blogging journey.

Practicing Gratitude

This is something that was taught to me right from childhood, but in the daily grind of things, I somehow seemed to have stopped doing it or wasn’t mindful enough about it. But then I came across a few bloggers who practiced gratitude and talked about it on their blog. This made me reflect and realize that it’s a wonderful thing to do! Thankful Thursdays was a linky party that helped me do it and I have been participating in it as and when I can. I do urge you all to participate too!

These are like the highlights of my 2017 blogging journey! I have a few things planned out for 2018 and I wish to make it a success. I will continue with my series #FridayFreelancer and #LearnNotEducate which saw some momentum in 2017. Stay tuned on my blogging journey in the coming year and lets all help each other achieve our goals for the next year!

Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous 2018!

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How I am helping my children be Thankful for Food #ThankyouNote

Being Thankful for Food- A thought that nobody thinks about

In my growing up years, one thing that my mom practiced and still continues to do so is be grateful for the food you eat by saying a small prayer at the end of the meal “Anna Daata Sukhi Bhava” meaning the one who gave me food be blessed and content!

Being Thankful for Food

As I grew up I started understanding the complete meaning of this simple sentence and realized the importance of it.When I end my meal with a thought of gratitude, I can never waste it. I will always be mindful of the effort that goes into bringing it on my plate. I am blessing so many people with that single sentence! Right from the farmers, to the person cooking the meal for me. When you realize the big chain of people and the effort that goes into making a single meal, will you ever be able to call names to it or waste it?

Don’t Waste

Right from my childhood, my mom made sure that we knew the importance of food. There was no wasting food and there was no ‘I hate this food’ Her logic was simple – You need food to live! Without food, you are nothing, so you cannot hate it or waste it. I follow the same principal at my home. My children need to try everything that is served. They could take a teaspoon full of it and if they don’t like it, need not take the next helping of it, but out rightly rejecting something based on its looks or taking heaps of food just to throw it in the dustbin is not allowed.

Thankful for food that we eat
Simple ideas to help children respect and be thankful for food

1. Start by saying this prayer at the end of the meal “Anna Daata Sukhi Bhava”. Explain the meaning of it and the whole chain of people who fall under the blanket word “Anna Daata”
2. Enforce the take small helpings rule in the house.
3. Avoid force-feeding your child or guests in the name of hospitality. Wasted food and upset stomach don’t really mean great hospitality.
4. Talk to them about the food shortage that the world is facing and how climate change is affecting farmers. Make them realize the efforts that go into bringing that produce in your house.
5. Most children have climate change in their syllabus. Connect how wasting food is adding to carbon footprint.
6. Take them to the mandi’s, grocery stores and even fields if possible to help them understand the chain of people involved and the humongous effort that goes into it.
7. Educate them about the amount of work you and other family members put in to buy and make that food.

Childhood Memories I am thankful for


Indian Bloggers

I came across this prompt on Amrita and Deepa’s Thankful Thursday’s. I loved it the moment I read it but wasn’t getting around to put it down. That is when I read about #Tiniature on Twitter and decided to work on that with this theme.

Childhood Memories

In a way, I am thankful that my childhood memories do not include gadgets and expensive toys as it was through these memories that I discovered kindness and humanity.

There were no mobiles then, but still, somehow we managed to communicate and there was never a worried moment for my parents, caused by non-communication. We didn’t even have a landline for a long time and giving out a PP phone number was okay, but it came with a long list of do’s and don’ts. Interestingly, these lists did teach me to think from other’s perspective. There were no maps but we never got lost. We relied on the knowledge of helpful rickshaw drivers, the traffic policeman, and others.

I traveled alone to school right from my primary schooling days. Went in a public transport, but was never worried as I knew the streets were filled with guardian angels. I didn’t know about the evils of the society but have experienced numerous instances where these guardian angels came in and swooped me away from any possible harm. In most cases, these were strangers who considered a child as a collective responsibility. That was a time when people were watchful about their surroundings and weren’t lost in their mobile world.

It was a time when strangers didn’t think twice before questioning someone’s intent and if anybody questioned, ‘Why are you bothered?’ the instant reply was ‘Hamari beti hai’ Though the nosy neighbor was annoying, she would keep an eye if your child went out alone. The local grocer would be watchful till you turned into your lane if you came to buy something alone.

Those were the days when for every single evil there were a hundred angels. Today we have progressed a lot but the human connect seems missing. How I wish we could have a happy blend of both the world’s so that my children could enjoy an equally carefree childhood.

 

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Update – This post went on to be the winning post for the prompt! Yay!! Super happy 🙂