Category Archives: Towards a better me

Jan 7th Update -If I dont come back today, I never will…

The title should be a giveaway. Nope I haven’t been very well on my resolution per day – it is a lot harder than i expected. I expected things to be a lot easier but a few busy days like the last few days and I fall off the wagon. I haven’t even made any new resolutions!!!

It is taking me a lot of subduing my ego, to come back here and accept I am not doing as well as i thought i would

But I need to back me and accept these are temporary glitches and start afresh tomorrow – why tomorrow. Mainly because, today is going to be a crazy day and I am not yet in a place where I can power through a tough day.

Update for Jan 7th on  2017 resolutions

Resolution Jan 1st: Veg juice for breakfast – Done – Streak – 7 days

Resolution 2 Jan 2nd : Spend 15 mins a day (on weekdays) cleaning up – This resolution is kicking my backside. You would think getting 15 mins a day will be easy but nope not if you are me.

Resolution 3 Jan 3rd : Make my bed – Done – Streak 5 day.

Tomorrow i should be back with a new resolution and getting back on track 🙂

Adios!

Jan 3rd – Your mother told you there will be days like this…

So if you thought I had fallen off the bandwagon, you are wrong – I haven’t. I just had a particularly draining day yesterday. Anyway who is a parent of a young kid will know what I am talking about – the kind of the day when the kid is emotionally charged up and your mere existence can be a cause for distress. I was emotionally and physically exhausted!

In a way, I am glad a tough day came early in the year while I am still motivated. It told me that “there will be days like this” and I need to find the will power to power through and follow through on the small changes I want to adopt.It also give me an insight into how unpredictable days might be however well I plan and maybe I need to plan and get through some resolutions earlier in the day. And I cant get hassled by my schedule going awry (never been my issue) but I need to still figure how to get things done (always my issue)

I had a resolution planned for yesterday  which involved drinking more water, however with the kind of day I had I found myself not able to complete it. So I had to change my resolution for Jan 3rd.

So the small change i adapted yesterday was making my bed the minute I wake up. I come from a family where the minute people are up, the first thing they make is the bed. I married into a similar family.I love the feeling of a made bed, the room looks 10,000 times more tidy. And the feeling of getting into a bed, where the bed cover has protected the sheets and the sheets are all stretched out and cozy.

But for some reason, neither my husband or I make our beds the minute we wake up. There are times, that if my househelp doesn’t come, the bed isn’t made the whole day – we are that horrible. The husband is least affected by this, it doesn’t seem to matter to him. For me on the other hand, it weighs on my conscience, not enough to make me move my lazy butt though.

So anyway, I have decided to act on my conscience and make my bed, the minute the occupants of the bed have slithered out.

Update for Jan 3rd on  2017 resolutions

Weight : Lose 10 Kilos by Mar 31st – No loss yet

Book – Read 25 Books by 2017 – Reading a book I need to teach from – really not sure I will finish it though. I am not a non fiction reader

Resolution Jan 1st: Veg juice for breakfast – Done – Streak – 3 days

Resolution 2 Jan 2nd : Spend 15 mins a day (on weekdays) cleaning up – Done – Streak 2 days though I have to admit this was quite a fraudulent job done

Resolution 3 Jan 3rd : Make my bed – Done – Streak 1 day.

I will be back later at night or tomorrow morning with my update for Jan 4th. Until then adios my friends.

Jan 2nd -Small Steps

This one resolution a day, I realise makes your life a lot more easy. You put less stress on yourself – Usually by Jan 2nd I am trying to balance all the resolutions I have made and I am overwhelmed at the sheer enormity of it all.

To know more about what i am talking about – Click here

One of my main dreams in life is to be organized – you know the type of person who knows where everything is. The one who is not struggling to find things or clean up the house everytime guests arrive. I feel this whole exercise of finding stuff, shoving the stuff back because you are in a hurry, really bites into my time leaving me feeling I dont have time to do the things I really want to do.

So my small change for today is to spend 15 mins a day on weekdays tiding/cleaning some part of my house. A friend who in the past was my despair companion in messy cupboards recommended I read up Marie Kondo’s book. Now i havent read the book – i found an article which found key takeaways from her book and I tried to adopt the same.

She recommends that rather than clean rooms, clean a category of things like books or clothes. So today – stupid as it sounds, I took on my handbags – I gave away 2 handbags which didnt give me “joy”which is one of her key mantras i think. The remaining handbags I used plastic packets and organized them into “dressing up handbags”, “work handbags”, “holiday handbags”,”Small handbags” and “oversized handbags”. This way its easy for me to find the right handbag without wasting too much time. Now if you think i have a closet full of handbags . you are wrong. You may think I am a handbag afficiando and you are wrong again. I am just a person with way too much stuff. Sigh!!!

Getting back to cleaning, post that I cleaned out the handbags and i was amazed at the things i found from medicines, to sanitizers, to money to earrings to lipsticks – Phew! the list is endless but what amazed me most is the amount of paper. It amazes me the amount of paper I find lying around my house – from receipts, cc slips, airline tags, to envelopes, to bills – Phew the list is endless.

Sure I took more than 15 mins today, but i am sure with time it will take me a lot less time to keep my things tidy.

But in the meantime, my bags are clean, organized and while I am a couple of bags lesser I feel a whole lot lighter.

Update for Jan 2nd on  2017 resolutions

Weight : Lose 10 Kilos by Mar 31st – No loss yet

Book – Read 25 Books by 2017 – Not begun anything yet

Resolution Jan1st: Veg juice for breakfast – Done – Streak  2 days

Resolution Jan 2nd : Spend 15 mins a day (on weekdays) cleaning up – Done Streak 1 day

Jan 1st – A resolution a day keeps Nuttie in sane or insane?

Like millions world over, this is part of a resolution. Like many world over, I want to be thinner, fitter, calmer, more at peace, more successful by the end of 2017. and like many world over, I have tried before and failed. This year I want to do small things – little steps to make me a better me.

One of my life’s mantras is – I want to be a better person today than I was yesterday.

Feeding off that – I plan to make a small change in me everyday through 2017- mostly directed towards me being fitter and more organized. I am sure along the way, I will realise some changes are not worth the effort (meaning Mujse nahi hoga) or don’t really matter and I will drop it. But I am sure you get the general gist of what I plan to do.

The deal is this – I have read that if you do something for 21 days continuously it becomes a habit. If I am able to make something a habit, I get to reward myself and no i dont know what my list of rewards are as yet.

Starting today- since I am a tad bit sleepy and a little hungover – I am starting small.

Day 1 resolution – a glass of veg juice everyday for breakfast.

In 2015 – I went to a dietitian for the first time and while I lost some weight with her, I promptly put it all back. But that my friends is another story, So this wonderful lady  introduced me to veg juice. Never in my wildest dreams, would I have ever thought I would enjoy this. But I have to agree I love it and it feels good and all that stops me from having it everyday is laziness.

So a veg juice a day – keeps nuttie insane (Yup I just love the tag line)

2017 resolution tracker

Jan 1st Resolution – Veg juice for breakfast – 1 day streak

Other Goals

Weight : Lose 10 Kilos by Mar 31st

Book – Read 25 Books by 2017

Adios and see you tomm.

Z is for Z z z z

I fear that after this blogathon I have nothing left to write about and my blog is going to zzzzzz again. 

Think about it logically – In the six odd years, this blog has been in existence I have written 102 posts until mar-16. And then I go ahead and write 26 posts in less than 26 days. Since I started the blogathon 6 days late I sometimes wrote 2 posts a day. Do you really really believe statistically I have anything more to say?

But I have to admit that the blogathon has revived my love for blogging. I realise how much I missed the blog world. And silly as it sounds I feel accomplished that I managed to finish the challenge. 

In my head, I do plan to be more regular but really what more do I have to say? I have spoken about books, elf, places, friends, and a whole lot of other crap. Also I don’t know what I mean by regular either – does it mean weekly, monthly, bi-monthly? I know I can’t do daily!!!

Anyhow that’s in the future. For now I am going to zzzzz on those questions. 

Thank you guys for reading and commenting. Of course the most encouragement come from those also doing the blogathon with me. Thank you, I did it because you did it.

This is my entry for z in the Atozchallenge for April. It’s been fun! 

N is for Namma Bengaluru

Childhood memories of playing with this great group of kids, running into the church compound, playing endless games of hide and seeks and innumerable board games. The grannies pampering me, lots of visits to relatives and the one hundred thousand times I have walked on commercial street tugging at my mom’s elbow for fountain Pepsi – a novelty in those days.

I didn’t know if the weather was good – I came from the islands of andamans I should have felt it, I know but it didn’t matter. Bengaluru was always home. Where I went every summer holiday!

Then came 2005 – when I moved to Bangalore to work. Crazy work routine, horrible and rude auto drivers (yes it’s up there in the complaints department), demanding bosses, childhood friends moving away left me with not much company other than the mater and the boyfriend (now husband) I had no friends of my own – nothing.

And truth be told, as much as leaving my family behind sucked, I was happy to move to Mumbai – my land of freedom and friends. My land of beautiful rains, my land of college and B school memories. The place my heart would always belong. Even now writing about Mumbai makes me nostalgically think of my favourite marine drive.

But Mumbai with a kid made my heart hurt a little. My kid had no place to run around, we were always in traffic, the schools sucked with their tiny buildings and lack of playgrounds, moving between schools and daycare seemed like a logistical nightmare. I had such a heavy heart while searching for schools there.

And then the Tall one got a job which could bring him here back to Namma Bengaluru. We jumped at the opportunity. I was sure it was a great move for the Elf.

It was not as exciting as moving to an absolutely new city but we were moving to a part of Bengaluru I didn’t know at all. And had no childhood associations with. Mostly I was worried about feeling like I did in 2005.

But Bengaluru has amazed me. Yes, the elf has everything I wanted for him growing up. But what I am amazed at is how much Bangalore has given me. I get to see my grannies more for sure and when the rest of the family is here, I get more time with them. The weather (not counting the last 2 months of absolute torture) makes me feel so energetic and great which is truly an achievement for an intrinsically lazy person like me. The Tall one is less worn out, we have more space, I have a bunch of stay at home Mummy friends who are intelligent and fun. I know I can do so much more with my life here than I ever could in Mumbai.

But mostly I am at peace. Something we don’t value enough.

Thank you Bengaluru for everything.

Maybe this is what coming home is all about!

This is my entry for N for the April AtoZ challenge and yay I finally introduce a category called namma Bengaluru to my list

E is for enough!

E is for enough wasting my time.

Social media is taking over my life and how.

Facebook was bad enough – snooping around people, reading random articles, checking out photos of people’s holidays and kids. But by and large Facebook is a happy place.

Whatsapp I see as a a necessary devil – I love that it keeps me in touch with so many old friends and new friends and hello how would I make all those plans 90% of which don’t materialise if not for Whatsapp.

And then suddenly into my life came Twitter – the worst of them all. I found myself arguing with random strangers. Most of them way too opinionated and just so unpleasant.

I was having an argument today with some members of male activists group who have managed to make me oh so feminists. And they are extremely rude and a lot of them are openly misogynist. It’s horrible ! Rebuttal after rebuttal.

So anyway just before my flight took off for Delhi – I posted another rebuttal to them. As the flight landed, I found myself getting anxious wondering how many of these MCP’s would have pounced on me in the last 3 hours. I switched on my phone and on a whim deleted the Twitter app.

Enough!!

Enough of listening to ppl ranting about everything, mocking people, abusing people, – what an unhappy sad sad place Twitter is with all its mini celebrities and their mega egos.

I can safely say that Twitter brings out the worst in us as human beings.

And for me as for now – enough is enough
My world is largely beautiful, I don’t need your negativity. So goodbye and adios !

I had a happier post planned but I am too tired and not in a mood for it.

This is part of the April AtoZchallenge