Christmas Shubhashayagalu

Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Shub Christu Jayanti , no matter how you say it, I want to wish you and your families all Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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According to Norad Tracker Santa has already made his way about 1/2 around the world. He’s a busy guy. I’ve watched my two all time favorite holiday films “Miracle on 34th street [the original version from 1947] and The Nutcracker Ballet. I’ve planned out tomorrow’s menu which for those who are curious will consist of veg biryani, kesari bath, and paliya or samosa.

We are anticipating a white Christmas after all. Christmas will be low key in my house. Morning yoga, a cup of hot cocoa, a few gifts will be exchanged over Skype video chats with family around the world. Things are a little different than in the past, however its nice to still recognize the holiday and even start new traditions.

I must close for now, its time for a round of yoga. I gotta keep that depression at bay. So I ask you dear ones:

How will you celebrate?

What are some of your specific annual holiday traditions?

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31 days of Giving: Donating to Chartity Instead of Christmas Presents

Better late than never! I meant to get this post prepared and published on the 1st of December. Obviously that did not happen so I will say it again better late than never, especially when giving is involved.

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This year when my husband asked me “What do you want for Christmas? I don’t know what to get you“. I told him to save his money and that he didn’t need to buy me anything. I don’t need anything really. I’ve been feeling the call to give back, somehow someway.  I started researching charities to donate to and in case you too are feeling in the spirit of giving, I have complied a list to help make it easier. These are ones that simply stood out to me at the time of research. Since there are 31 days in the month of December, that’s how I picked my magic number of charities to share. Not all items cost you monetary units and some are even gifts that give back. When you buy gifts for your family and friends the money goes back into the related program. This list is by no means the end all be all, so if you know of a charity out there worth adding or have an idea, please comment below.

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31 Days of Giving

  1. Operation Christmas Child – Touch the lives of Philippine children living in dire conditions by creating a shoebox filled with goodies and items of need for a boy or girl.
  2. Jaipur Foot – Rehabilitates the physically challenged by providing alritifical limbs to the beneficiaries free of charge.
  3. Face Aids – Give life-saving meds to an HIV-positive pregnant woman in Rwanda. Vital drugs to help prevent transmission of the virus to her baby.
  4. Save a Pet – Save a cat or dog from a from a high-kill shelter, provide them vet care and medicine so that they can become adopted.
  5. Pencils of Promise – Sends one child to a new school in a developing country who would not be able to attend school otherwise.
  6. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence – Donate your old cell phone to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence  which will refurbish and sell it, then use the proceeds to get survivors back on their feet.
  7. A Message From The Heart – Send a Teddy Bear to a deployed child of a marine with a voice message recorded by the parent that will play when the paw is pressed.
  8. Drive to End Hunger – Picks up the grocery tab for a senior who is struggling to put food on their table.
  9. Embrace – Protect newborns in India and keep nine babies alive with a genius incubator like invention.
  10. Fight Breast Cancer – Help women get free mammograms.
  11. Fender Music Foundation – Give a guitar to a struggling music program.
  12. Princess Project – Donate your old formal gowns so a teenage girl can have a dress and go to her prom.
  13. Heart of Haiti Give gifts that give back: Heart of  Haiti gifts from Macy’s provide steady work for many Haitians.
  14. The Water Project – Provide access to safe, clean, sanitary water for African villagers.
  15. Reading Village – Help pay school fees for rural team leaders teaching younger children to read in order to break the cycle of poverty.
  16. Clean the Air – Defends our breathing supply from polluters. Dirty air can cause asthma attacks, take a stand against proposals that can weaker then Environmental Protection Agency.
  17. Unicef  – Give gifts that give back: Shop for a cause and help children in need. Improve their lives, provide health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more.
  18. Volunteer Match -Make a difference in your own zipcode and be matched with with ways to improve your own neighborhood, such as working at a food bank, clowning around with seniors or coaching a girls’ soccer team.
  19. Vital Voices -Supports Egyptian women who have fought hard for change, and provides them a voice in their country’s future.
  20. Toms Give gifts that give back: Toms offers two options. 1)Prevent blindness. Buy Toms Sunglasses ($135 and up) and give someone in Asia sight-saving treatment. 2)Toms Shoes will give every child in need a pair of shoes for every pair you purchase.
  21. Global Literacy Project – Pass along your favorite books [yes even ones like twilight] to deprived youth, helping them learn to read.
  22. CauseOn – Similar to LivingSocial and Groupon, Causeon offer’s up daily deals, however it also contributes 20% of its revenue from those deals to a charitable cause.
  23. Equality Now – Put sexual abusers behind bars! Guarantee the rights of women and girls. Helps provide legal support, counseling and job training to victims pursuing cases against their assailants around the world
  24. KrochetKids – Keep women in Uganda working and educated when you purchase a cute crotchet hat for $35 or less!
  25. Afghan Institute of Learning – provide two Afghan girls to take computer lessons for six months.
  26. Stand for the Silent – Stop bullying. This Program addresses the issue of school bullying with an engaging, factual, and emotional methodology.
  27. Conservation – Preserve our Oceans, save them from overfishing and pollution.
  28. Artists for Peace and Justice – Pay a students bus fare. Donation will help a child from the slums of Haiti to a new school for two months.
  29. Give an Hour -Buy a counseling session for a soldier returning home after serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.
  30. Care for a Chimp – Care for a chimp orphaned or harmed by hunters or pet sellers. A small donation buys food and care.
  31. Women for Women – Help women in war torn countries start a business. Your donation buys a sewing kit for a woman so she can earn a living as a tailor.

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I am throwing a few bonus ones in here just for the heck of it, and also in case any of the above links become overwhelmed you’ll still have sites to choose from because giving and making a difference in someone’s life really does mean that much to me.

  1. Causeon – 20% of the site’s proceeds go to a variety of charities in your community. You can get coupons to
  2. Greenbelt Movement – Aid a women while stopping deforestation, donation pays a gal in Kenya to plant a tree.
  3. Why Hunger – Put a salad on a kids plate. Your donation will help needy kids grow produce, both for their family’s fridge and to sell at farmers’ markets.
  4. Career Gear – Empower men who are low-income to overcome barriers and achieve self-sufficiency. The charity provides them a suit, access to a Job Readiness Program, a Professional Development Series and MAST, a mentoring program.
  5. Memorial Scholarship Foundation – Open the doors of opportunity to a young person in pursuit of higher education.
  6.  JustGiveGive gifts that give back: and the site offers an advanced search and information on nearly 1.8 million charities.

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30 Things To Be Thankful For

Since November in America is about harvest time and being thankful, I decided to gather some positive thoughts and energy into a post all about things I am grateful for. November has 30 days, so this became the magic number of things I am decidedly thankful for, know matter how large or small they may be.

In no particular order, on with the spirit of positivity and thankful energy:

  1. I am thankful for the sunset yesterday 11/16/12, it really brightened what could have been an otherwise dreary day.
  2. Today I am grateful for the abundant sunshine, even if it is chilly [42F].
  3. I am pleased when I can sleep through the night and not have to wake up early.
  4. I am glad to have a roof over my head and food on my table, when one loses their job and there home it’s something you never forget.
  5. I am thankful my parents taught me to the joy of reading, I enjoy the reprieve from reality and being able to escape into awaiting adventures.
  6. I am grateful I had the opportunity to put my self through college, I know there are others out there who do not have the chance.
  7. I am appreciative that my parents encouraged me in the sciences & technology field, not all girls are as lucky.
  8. I am thankful I had a chance to know some of the individuals I have met in my life, [even if I have a heavy heart now —  memories of  loved ones passed].
  9. I am glad that with age I have developed the ability to at times just throw something together to eat and it works. No measuring or recipes during those occasions.
  10. I am grateful I was introduced to yoga, meditation, and the Art of Living. I don’t know if I would be here today if it wasn’t for them.
  11. I am thankful that with age and life experiences we can become humbleness and wise.
  12. I am thankful I had the opportunity to see how others live in a 3rd world country.  It really makes you appreciate what you have and inspires me that I really don’t need all this “stuff” to live.
  13. I am grateful to have had the experience to let go of my material possessions. Losing a job will do that to you, while I can say the circumstances weren’t originally by choice, at least I was able to learn and grow from the difficult times I was dealt. I made peace with it and realized I didn’t need so many possessions. The art of detachment.
  14. I am grateful to have learned how to cook Desi [Indian] foods.
  15. I am glad my parents encouraged me to be independent and a free-thinker.
  16. I am also grateful my parents coaxed me into so many extra curricular activities and interests. I think I turned out to be a much more rounded individual with a grater appreciation for many things in our world.
  17. As a kid and even growing up I appreciate all the traditions we had for holidays as a family. When you’re an adult and live you far away from family you really miss those times. I can acknowledge and appreciate them that much more.
  18. I am thankful for quiet days where I can just sit, relax, read, relax in a bath, enjoy a cuppa tea or bake something tasty.
  19. Good Health! We take our health for granted sometimes, but after having just completed a battle with what I coined as a super bug since it seemed to take for ever to be back to optimum health, I can admittedly say I appreciate being healthy.
  20. I am grateful for my job. The economy over here still isn’t that great and I know several people who lost their jobs, so I am in fact grateful to still be employed.
  21. I am glad I was able to pay off my school loans, in record time at that. Now it doesn’t hang over my shoulder and I have the financial freedom I desired.
  22. I am grateful for friends and family. They certainly keep life interesting and are not only very important but also quite dear to me.
  23. Love and to be loved in return.
  24. Generosity from others in its many forms.
  25. I am thankful for having all my 5 senses and even my sometimes 6th sense.
  26. I am thankful I was not born with any birth defects.
  27. The internet – for the wisdom it shares, for connecting us with those who are separated by distance and time, for all the time passes it has to offer.
  28. I am thankful for when I have things to look forward to. It may seem trivial to some, but when you suffer from depression it makes a world of difference.
  29. Hugs! Sometimes just giving or receiving a hug can really brighten your day.
  30. The ability to see things outside the box from different perspectives.  Not something inherent that we are born with, but something I had to learn along the way.

Wow, and that’s 30. The first few on the list were easy, as the list grew in length it really took some thought but was a nice challenge for me today. As a result I feel like I accomplished something today, I feel grounded, and content. I have a lot to be thankful for, and it serves as a good reminder when I am feeling down and out. Here’s one more, I am thankful that I do not feel depressed today or down and out. Its been a while since I’ve smiled. It’s nice to have a shift in our focus and or mood.

There’s always something to be thankful for, what are you grateful for today?

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An Encouraging Quote

Being disabled doesn’t have to be a disadvantage.

 

Oscar Pistorius made history as the first double amputee to run at the Olympics.

 

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Autumnal Equinox

Yogaverse…Life and what not…

Mixing it up a bit this time by starting out with life first to explain my unplanned absence, and then onward and upward to yoga! Everyone’s favorite prominent topic in this blog.

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Recently was the first day of the fall season, and she has made her self apparent, at least here in New England anyway.  The squirrels are gathering acorns, and the leaves are either falling off the trees to crunch under our feet, or creating vibrant colors for us to enjoy.

Time to gather acorn’s!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I started writing this post awhile ago,  but just haven’t been able to bring my self to finish it. I’ve been in and out of a little funk, and found it really hard to do much of anything actually. To be honest, this unfortunate lack of motivation, most likely is stemming from a combination of long work days, tiredness, family issues, change in season / weather rut [lots of rain and overcast weather], allergies, and at one point even PMS.  I’ve had a few days where I started the day off in a good mood, but then things turned sour for what ever reason.

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I at least feel more grounded today but otherwise I haven’t felt like I’ve had much to look forward to, not like I usually would if my circumstances were different [read living back in my home town]. I’m feeling an immense homesickness, and feel like I lost a part of myself by moving here. Sometimes we make sacrifices for a number of reasons, I did knowingly and consciously I wasn’t tricked by any means. It can be hard to make the best of it, but I’m trying…even if I don’t like it here. I tell my self things could be worse and I am thankful they are not. Sometimes these sacrifices are a necessary means to get ahead in this life, nay this world.

So back to this business of feeling dejected or “down in the dumps”  as they say. I’ve had a hard time motivating myself to do any sort of writing, blogging, email or otherwise. I’ve been feeling the need to turn inward, and by inward I mean spending time in my head, reading, listening to music [kirtan / sacred chanting / sound healing/ambient & nature soundscapes…. If your curious for music examples I’d be happy to share.]

I’m pushing hard and really digging deep. I am forcing myself to sit here and write this. Its important that I keep track of my life, my feelings  and my progress, so here I sit on a crisp autumn evening playing catch up…

Fall in New England

To fight against this funk in September, I am proud to say that I kept up with the national yoga month offerings from Ekhart Yoga. The classes were really great to be honest, and gave me something to look forward to everyday. I would excitedly wake up and practice the asanas before having to rush out the door to sit in traffic for 1.5 hours to drive 8 miles to work. Now that’s some noteworthy New England traffic!

Things aren’t all bad I suppose. I have at least been productive in the kitchen and produced some tasty concoctions. I made several  things from scratch, Vegetarian Shepard’s pie, pumpkin spice lattes, kesari bath, pumpkin butterscotch scones, pongal, samosa’s, pudina bath, banana bread and I’m sure a few other things I’m forgetting about. Now I’ve never been a horrible cook, [not trying to toot my own horn if you will but never had any complaints when I cook or bake. I’ve even had special requests or was given praise] but the points is I always feel we can improve our selves in one way or another. I am glad to say that with practice and determination I can often even just throw things together like I watched my mum do when I was a wee one and wished that I could one day do the same. Progress, all in the name of making progress.

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I suppose that with age and knowledge that time finally came with in the last few years and I never really took the time to properly acknowledge that. I digress, the back story is that I guess I was always too busy with work and school. For several yrs I was going to school full time and working 50 hour weeks if you can believe it. Hard work, hard hard work can really pay off, and I don’t mean necessarily myself but for us all. I was determined to put my self thru school, but I still had to work. I’ll tell you all a secret, and I really hope I don’t sound like a nutter. This is something I’ve never really put out there but I am being honest here, so here goes nothing [or something rather]…Some how by the grace of guruji, on that guru poornima back in 2007 when were were told we could make one wish…I made my wish to become successful  [let me first clarify that by successful I don’t mean rich, but I mean partially with knowledge in terms of at least a BS degree, but also possessing the ability to put food on my table, and a roof over my head, to be a least some what financially stable] and promised that I was willing to work hard and make sacrifices to get there. I think I was granted that. Sticking with honesty, the road was not paved, it was bumpy, it was difficult. I ran into several potholes even, at one point I lost my job and almost my home, but eventually I found two part time jobs and ran myself ragged in order to complete college which I did back in 2011. Somehow I even managed to get straight A’s and end up graduating with distinction [Honors / Summa Cum Laude].

In turn for my wish Guruji told me “be a guru to someone else“. I really wanted to give back, and do just that. I thought how can I when I am quite remote and far from people… So I sat and had a think. I believe in paying it forward, I have access to the internet and a penchant for writing, thus this blog was born. I created this blog with the sincere hope that one day my words would reach an audience who could benefit from them or share them with someone who could. I’d hate for any one to have to suffer in life and go thru all the things I have been thru. That’s another conversation for another time.

Guruji – Sri Sri Ravi Shanker

Circling back to food, since that’s what I was talking on before ADD got the best of me…  I am forcing myself to be social and attend a pot luck being thrown by a co-worker for the “peoples of India” clique if you will at the office. They invited along me along as an “honorary Indian”, since I’m practically an Indian [ Kannidiga ] anyway according to them. I’ll drag the Mr. with me, and even cook a dish or two to bring along.

Yoga!

Yogawise, after practicing yoga for so many years now some I’ve made progress in the form of receiving the guidance from teachers. I wasn’t ignoring it before so I don’t want that to be what my words are conveying, but instead it makes more sense now. Things just “click”, I’ve had a few “a-ha moments” and I can actually do what they are describing. These suggestions are an integral part of a practice I feel but unfortunately not all teachers provide this. I’ll give and example in just a moment so you can further understand what I mean, but first want to say the rest of my thought before it disappears which is that unless you practice yoga on a somewhat consistent basis, the gentle steering from your beloved teacher or guru will most likely not make as much sense which is what happened to me anyway. It’s like the saying “practice  makes perfect”.  For me it’s the continued repetition of poses, even after all these years, that added guidance from a guru makes a difference and deepens my practice. I’m not an expert by any means, and not a yoga snob so I am okay being humble and admitting that there is always more to learn. Even though I can do more intermediate and even a few advanced poses I still feel that the knowledge one gains come through to us in a life long learning process. Even poses [asanas] such that can be found in a beginner classes / flow/ routine such as Utthita Trikonasana [Extended Triangle Pose] that can be in some instances deceptively easy for some,  can still offer us knowledge through our practice and repetition.

Utthita Trikonasana – Extended Triangle pose

Now as an example  [I bet you wondered when I was finally going to get to that] in the asanaUtthita Trikonasana if you don’t take into account the guidance directing one to make such small adjustments such as move your right hip or left hip back [depending which direction you are facing / and which leg leads], or move x hip out, or square the hips, elongate the trunk, draw the thighs up, to deepen the practice if you are flexible place your “x” hand on the outside of “x” leg if less flexible keep on the inside of “x” leg/foot or on “x” leg or “x” ankle, use a block, ground into the feet to come up…There’s different ones for different poses, but you get the drift. Some even carry over to many asanas, but its little adjustments like this than can make a difference between being in correct alignment and causing your self unnecessary pain. No matter how small they can seem, they really are not only helpful tips but key to proper alignment and posture.  These type of “tips” are therefore really worth taking into account, listening to, and performing the action. Not only does it really make a difference for the aforementioned physical reasons but additionally it will also help you deepen in your  practice by what can seem like leaps and bounds even from something as small as squaring your hips. You will feel like your making great strides, and soaring on cloud9.

Soaring on Cloud 9

Another key item [that I can not iterate enough]  in a practice is the  importance of listening to your body, no matter how long you have been practicing yoga.  As an example just because I can do Urdhva Dhanurasana [Wheel Pose], if I am experiencing back pain, I am going to hold off that asana in a practice and instead do a modification [a different asana]. This mindfulness happened recently to me as a matter of fact. During national yoga month [September] in the week that I was performing heart opening practices, on one or two days I was having some lower back pain. While the class was doing wheel pose, for the safety of my back that day I performed a modified Setu Bandha Sarvangasana [Bridge pose] and placed a yoga block directly under my sacrum for support.

setu bandha sarvangasana – Supported Bridge Pose with block

I know for some we don’t like to admit when we are in pain, or hate not being able to do certain poses at times, or sometimes if at all perhaps due to health conditions but trust me its better to listen to your body, your doctors and or teachers. Its okay to do modified poses, no one will think any less of you. they are too busy tuning into their own breath to care and are not there to judge you. if I saw someone performing modification, the first thoughts that come to my mind are: wow that person is being mindful, the are grounded and practicing with awareness. They are listening to their body and doing what is best for them. A good teacher will show modifications, if they don’t just ask and remind them. No need to feel embarrassed.

Anyway that’s about all I have to offer forth from my heart currently. I feel a bit better after sitting down and sharing my thoughts and progress. Thank you for listening, with an open heart I will leave you with a beautiful Apache blessing from an ombre colored birthday card I sent my Mum:

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Liebster Award!

I feel so humbled and blessed to have been nominated for this award by the lovely Steph from  A Peacock In A Robbins Nest , thank you!!

If you must be wondering, what does Liebster mean? Or what is a Liebster award? Liebster is German and means “sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”

Here are the RULES:

  • You have to answer the questions that the tagger set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer.
  • Choose 11 bloggers and link them in your post.
  • Go to their page and tell them.

QUESTIONS:

Favorite book? What did you learn from that book?

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book). By Don Miguel Ruiz. Here’s what I took away from book: The agreements are not only mantra’s but agreements you make with your self.

  1. BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD
  2. DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY
  3. DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS
  4. ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST

The Four Agreements slowly helps us to recover our authentic selves, and the real “you” starts to awaken. The complete acceptance of oneself just the way we are, and additionally the complete acceptance of everybody else just the way they are. The reward is your eternal happiness. #4 hit home the most, as living with depression ones personal best can change from moment to moment. if I am doing well I can move through life faster and complete my tasks in a timely manner, however if i am in that manic/ bi-polar states it might take me a whole week just to clean a room due to lack of focus and energy. I have learned not to beat myself up over it. If I am doing my best in that moment, then I am indeed doing my best.

If you get nervous when you talk to someone, what do you do?

I might find myself nibbling on my lower lip, fidgeting, or looking away.

What is the meaning of life to you?

To enrich your life thru the wisdom of teachings, to be humble and learn to be enlightened. We live through the cycle of life to learn and grow from our mistakes. When we are reborn if we have not learned from these mistakes that are our opportunities to learn and grown, then we must experience these things in our next life to attain that wisdom, learn and grow from the opportunity we are presented with.

If you were to get a tattoo, what and where would it be?

well I have 2 already, but if I were to get another one, I would get the AUM symbol, what most know as “OM”.

What do you do in your spare time?

I practice yoga. I read, I draw, I cook & bake, take photos, and write. I enjoy traveling and seeing new things, experiencing new adventures, looking at life from a different perspective. I have many interests, so I’m sure I am forgetting something.

How are you challenging yourself right now?

Learning how to cook new things from a different country [India] & I am also working on a fictional novelette.

If you were to go back in time, what would you tell the 20 year old you?

I think there are many pearls of wisdom my younger self really could have benefited from. I would have benefited from doing more yoga, learning to let go and looking at the bigger picture. I could have benefited more from discovering the art of living.

What’s the first thing you notice about the opposite sex or same sex, whatever you are attracted to?

The first thing I tend to notice is someone’s confidence. I’m also a sucker for warm eyes and a carefree smile.

Define passion, do you have one?

I am an Aries, and like most of us born under the Aries Zodiac sign, when I like something, I really become quite passionate about it. I love becoming encompassed in a good book. if the story captures my attention I can not put it down. Having OCD, also means if I am passionate about something I go all out…for example if I happen to like an author, then I will want to read all their books. I am passionate about all things India, the food, the culture, the people, etc…So I did all I could to learn all I could and continue to do so by broadening my horizons, expanding my knowledge and learning all I can.

I am passionate about my hobbies and interests,  my past times, things like writing. I find it so much easier to express my self in words than speaking face to face or on the phone.

Do you want to be a cat or a dog? Why?

I would want to be a dog. They often seem so footloose and fancy free. Sitting in the warm sunshine and waggling my little happy tail as I frolic in the yard.

Favorite food?

Indian food hands down. Being a vegetarian, Indian food cuisine offers so many great tastes and flavours. Its the one type of food I never get sick of!

I’m still discovering new blogs…so I’m a few short but in time I will have longer lists!

PEOPLE I’VE TAGGED/ NOMINATED:

Yoginoms

Myforwardpath

selfblossoming

Fictionforanewage

Love,Swapnil…..

No pressure but if you choose to participate here are your questions:

YOUR TAG QUESTIONS:

  1. Favorite book? What did you learn from that book?
  2. If you get nervous when you talk to someone, what do you do?
  3. What is the meaning of life to you?
  4. If you were to get a tattoo, what and where would it be?
  5. What do you do in your spare time?
  6. Give a goal you would like to achieve within the next year.
  7. If you were to go back in time, what would you tell the 20 year old you?
  8. What’s the first thing you notice about the opposite sex or same sex, whatever you are attracted to?
  9. Define passion, do you have one?
  10. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
  11. Favorite food?

Beautiful Blogger Award!

Friday morning as the fog was dissipating from my mind, I happen to be checking my email when I noticed something unexpected. I was pleasantly surprised to see I had been nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Thank you to dear Stephanie of  A Peacock In A Robbins Nest  for the kind nomination.

I must admit I am new to this whole blog award world so I felt quite honored. For those who like me aren’t clear on what the beautiful blogger award is about here’s some information. The Beautiful Blogger Award, is in a nutshell an honor bestowed upon us by our fellow bloggers. this award shows us essentially how much they love reading us and appreciate the beauty in our words.

There are rules that go along with the award which are as follows:

1. Pay it forward and nominate others deserving of this award. Let them know about the nomination.

2. Post seven interesting things about myself:

  • I like chocolate, but I dislike chocolate cake and white chocolate.
  • I enter the shower from one side but exit from the opposite side of the tub.
  • I have a difficult time swallowing pills so I take my vitamins in the adult gummy vitamin form.
  • I love coffee shops and cafés. I find them to be relaxing and comforting.
  • Very rarely will you find me chewing gum. It makes my jaw ache.
  • I used to be on a bowling league.
  • When I was 11 I managed to fall off a skateboard and promptly broke bones in both arms. I spent a few months with my arms in casts.

bonus number eight:

  • I love to travel but dislike the part where I have to pack.

And now on with the show:

In no particular order, I nominate the following beautiful blogs:

Yoginoms – Former ballerina turned college student and fellow yogini. Eating healthy and sharing heartfelt thoughts.

Myforwardpath – Fellow depression suffer who is open and honest. He share’s his experiences of trying to live a life with some semblance of normalcy. [I know first hand how hard this can be]. I applaud you sir!

Fictionforanewage – PJ reviews spiritual/metaphysical novels on her site. She also researches and write about the connection between neuroscience, psychology,  spirituality and enlightenment. She is a writer, dancer, and fellow yoga addict.

selfblossoming – This blog is all about Spirituality and Wellness, including the important aspects in this realization.

I wish I had more to nominate, however being still relatively new to wordpress I’m still discovering more blogs to follow.

If I nominated you, and you choose to participate (no pressure!) here’s what you do:

  1.  Write a post about the award and include the award picture.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  3. Nominate seven other blogs and include links as well as a quick statement about that blog.
  4.  Write a comment on each of the blogs to tell them you nominated them.
  5. Have fun & go read!