Top 5 Halloween Movies to Watch For a Spooky Night in

Hey my lovely readers. What’s up? Well, I know that at the end of every month I post my monthly favourites but this time, I thought of breaking the pattern and posting something different.

Everyone, it’s officially Halloween. But how do we celebrate it when our normal life is already so scary? The lockdown has certainly put limits on the Halloween activities we love — trick-or-treating, costume parties and giant haunted houses — but we can still celebrate in socially distant, safe ways by having a Halloween movie night in. So, grab the popcorn, a pumpkin spice latte, and snuggle up because I bring you the top movies that you can watch on a spooky night in.

  • Scream
  • Fantasy Island
  • The Roommate
  • Crawl
  • A Quiet Place

That’s it. Have a Happy Halloween and enjoy your movie night in.

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The Liebster Award

Hey my lovely readers. How are you all? Well I am so excited to inform you that I have been nominated for the Liebster Award. Well, getting nominated for any award is an incredible honor for me. But this time I am on cloud nine because I have been nominated for this wonderful award 5 times. I want to you all from the bottom of my heart for always uplifting me. I am profoundly grateful for each and every one who reads my blog Chasing The Maximum Life. This wouldn’t have been possible without you all.

So, the first nomination was from Jojo-al Waealy. He is an amazing blogger as well as a friend. I love reading all his poems and I’m sure that you will love it too. So, please don’t forget to follow, like, and subscribe to his blog here.

The second nomination came from Namrata. Her blog Pen of Hearts is lovely place to learn and grow as an individual. She is a full-time blogger who writes such inspiring and lovely posts. So, go and check her blog now and don’t forget to follow and subscribe to it.

My third nomination was from by Beatrice from The Beahive. She is a fantastic blogger who shares her artwork, OC’s, and also writes about other characters from books and Tv shows. So be sure to visit her blog here and don’t forget to like, follow, and subscribe to it.

The fourth nomination was from Honest Reviews. Her blog features honest reviews of my own journey and experiences with places, movies, books, and products. Do check her blog here and be sure to like, follow and subcribe to it.

And finally, the fifth nomination was from Annmary0723. She blogs about books, films, short stories, seasonal posts and much more. I find her blog pretty interesting and I’m sure you will too. So, without wasting any more time, head to her blog and don’t forget to like, follow and subcribe to it.

About the Award

The Liebster Award is a sweet little badge of recognition, given to aspiring bloggers by their blogging peers.

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  2. Share 11 facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  4. Nominate other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  5. Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  6. List the rules and display a Liebster Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

Facts About Me

  1. My first international trip was to Thailand.
  2. I don’t have a favourite food. I eat pretty much anything.
  3. I love music. I always am humming or singing a tune to myself, even if I don’t realize it. And I always have a song stuck in my head.
  4. The last movie I watched on Netflix was Holidate.
  5. A movie I can watch over an over is Jab We Met.
  6. Waffles are my guilty pleasure.
  7. Being outside makes my heart happy.
  8. Once I lose interest in something then it’s hard to get that spark back.
  9. I am a great listener.
  10. The hobby I can never give up is Dance.
  11. Taylor Swift is my favourite artist.

Questions by Jojo-Al Waealy

  • What is more important for you: Love or money?

Uggh that’s a tough question because for me both are equally important.

  • Would you rather play life safe or live life at the fullest?

I would rather live life at the fullest than playing it safe.

  • Your favourite color? (why always serious questions LOL)

I actually love pastel colours. (Haha true)

  • What are you most afraid of in life?

Umm. Well I am afraid of being left alone the most in life.

  • What is your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement so far has been being able to start a blog and not only that reaching amazing milestones, being recognized my fellow bloggers, and also getting so many blogging awards.

  • Do you have short/long terms goals?

Yeah, I do have short term goals related to blogging as well as other things.

  • What is your favourite food?

I don’t have a favourite food. I pretty much eat anything.

  • What is your favourite place to write?

My favourite place to write is actually my bedroom.

  • Do you have hobbies besides writing and reading?

Besides writing and reading, I do have some hobbies and they are dance, listening to music and binge watching.

  • Do you like my moustache?

Haha yeah, I do like it.

  • If yes, what name should I give her? My moustache of course.

Aww. That’s so cute. Idk maybe you can call her Jojo’s Stache.

Questions by Pen of Hearts

  • Your favourite thing about blogging?

My favourite thing about blogging is interacting with my lovely blogger friends.

  • One thing lockdown taught you.

One thing that lockdown taught me is that life is full of surprises and everything in life doesn’t happen according to what we have planned.

  • Your biggest life achievement?

Umm, I don’t know there were many but one of them was when I crossed the mark of 500 followers on my blog.

  • What you dislike about blogging?

The thing that I disklike about blogging is the consistency but don’t get me in a wrong. I love to stay consistent on my blog but sometimes if I am unable to catch up and post according to my schedule then I really get disappointed.

  • Your blogging goals and your plans to achieve them.

Some of my blogging goals and are as follows:

  1. Writing at least 3 to 4 blog posts in a week.

2. Consistently share Instagram stories.

3. Figure out SEO.

4. Read a greater number of blogs a day.

5. Interact with my fellow bloggers more.

6. Attract more audience.

7. Last but not the least, to keep on writing good content and influence others by my writing.

My plan to achieve them all:

I would pour more effort to achieve these goals and keep writing passionately. I’ll work hard on it and I think if you really want to achieve something and you put your heart and soul to it, then nothing can stop you from achieving it.

  • Your favourite memory in the history of blogging?

There are so many beautiful memories but let me tell you a recent one. Just a few days ago, a fellow blogger commented on my blog post saying that I want to be like you when I grow up. And that me so proud of myself.

  • Describe your blog in three words.

Fun, Unique and Interactive.

  • Describe yourself in three words.

Fun- Loving, Optimistic and Determined.

  • Have you ever thought about quitting blogging?

Umm no I don’t think I have ever thought about this.

  • What does blogging do to you?

Blogging helps me express myself and my passions, develops my writing skills, makes me experiment a lot and also creates more confidence in me. It is something that genuinely makes me happy.

Questions by The Beahive

  • If you had the ability to save a friend or relative from dying, by means of travel, would you?

Yes, if I had the ability to do so then I would definitely save a friend or relative from dying.

  • What is your favourite colour for a bicycle?

My favourite colour for a bicycle is black or purple.

  • What food could you eat for dinner for a month if you had to?

If I had to, I would eat Chicken for dinner for a month.

  • Who/What do you think the man in, The Scream by Edward Munch, was screaming at?

I think the man in, The Scream by Edward Munch isn’t screaming at all, he is actually hearing the nature around him. But the scene is designed in such a way that we feel as if he is screaming at something.

  • Do you like climbing trees?

Umm. No, I haven’t ever actually climbed trees and I don’t like it much.

  • What’s the name of your first oc?

The name of my first oc is Stay Safe, Stay Inspired!

  • What is your favourite song?

It changes according to time or my mood. My favourite song currently is a Punjabi Folk Song “Baage Vich” by Suryaveer.

  • Do you like dumplings?

Yeah, I love them.

  • Do you believe in ghosts?

No, I don’t.

  • On a scale of 1/10, how much do you love this mug?

On a scale of I/10, I love this mug around 7.

  • What is your primary hobby?

My primary hobby is dance.

Questions by Honest Reviews

  • Which song always gets you on the dance floor?

Honestly, I just love to dance so as far as it’s a known song, then it’s not much difficult to convince me get on the dance floor.  

  • Have you ever disliked something and then changed your mind?

Yes, definitely I have.

  • Love or Money? What would you choose given the chance and why?

Well, as I said earlier that both are equally important to me, but I am given the chance then I’ll choose love because it’s endless and money can’t buy love.

  • What’s the product that you can’t live without?

 I can’ t live without my Ginger Shampoo from The Body Shop.

  • What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?

The best advice I’ve ever heard is that you never know what the future will bring so make the best use of your present.

  • Who or what has had the biggest impact on your life?

Umm. It’s difficult to describe actually because there have been many people who has had the biggest impact in my life. However, I feel the people I am closest to such as my family or friends have had a big impact in my life.

  • Do you believe in second chances?

Yes, I believe in second chances.

  • Are you active on social media or do you prefer to be more private?

Yes, I am highly active on social media. No actually I don’t prefer it to keep private.

  • Who would play you in a movie on your life?

If my life was made into a movie, then I think maybe Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt would play me.

  • If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?

Nah, I don’t think I need to change anything about myself because I feel I’m perfect the way I am.

  • What’s the app that you use the most?

The app that I use the most is Instagram.

Questions by Annmary0723

  • What is the reason behind your blogging career?

Umm I don’t think there’s a big reason as such but it’s just that I love writing a lot and blogging is a platform that helps me express my views and thoughts well.

  • What is the biggest motivation of your life?

My best friend (Madhura) is my biggest motivation in my life.

  • One of the best moments in my life?

One of the best moments in my life was when I received the first comment on my blog.

  • One habit I want to change.

Actually, I am quite lazy. I want to change that a little.

  • Do you believe in religion or myth?

I believe in religion.

  • Are you a tea or coffee person?

I am more of a tea person.

  • Any advice you can give me?

Umm just be yourself and even if someone tries to let you down, keep your head up and always shine.

  • The best part about myself.

The best part about myself is that I is that I don’t care about anything and enjoy being in my own company.

  • A place you want to visit and why.

A place I want to visit is Paris because I want to see the Eiffel Tower once. It’s in my bucket list.

  • How do you judge people?

It depends on the way they act.

What is the change you want to bring to society?

Well I don’t I would like to bring any change to the society.

My Lovely Nominees are

Hemalatha from Frame of Soul

Pot Belly

Tia from Tall Blonde Tales

Anikta from Quotidian

Jan from Jan on the Blog

Smelly Socks and Garden Peas

Parth from Passionate_Parth

Ninin from Journal Log-in

Sofia from Live Sofiabulous

Mimi Cares

Aashna from The Unparalleled Life

Sukanya from Me and My Thoughts

Sakshi Shreya from Art Enthusiastics

Aanya from Soaring Firebolt

Moksha from The Happy Panda

Anjali from Anjali Utters

Joanna from Gigantic Thoughts Bubble

My Questions for the Nominees

  1. What do you enjoy most about blogging/writing?
  2. What is your biggest problem/challenge when it comes to blogging?
  3. How long does it usually take you to finish a blog post?
  4. If you were to name three goals you want your blog to achieve next year, what would it be?
  5. What is the greatest achievement your blog has received? If you haven’t got any, what would be the achievement you’d want to receive?
  6. What is your best viewed post? Share it with us by providing a hyperlink and a short description about it.
  7. If you were to give out three advises for yourself as a blogger, what would it be?
  8. Which blog or blogger inspires you the most?
  9. What is your favourite thing about being a blogger?
  10. What are your top blogging tips?
  11. What is the most amazing thing you have ever done (besides starting your blog)?

That’s it.

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All About Lakme Fashion Week – Part 2

Hey my lovely readers. What’s up?

Hoping that you guys have read my previous post on the virtual launch of Lakme Fashion Week 2020 Digital Season First-Fluid Edition. I must say that I’ve had a fabulous time witnessing the digital launch of the biggest fashion event of the year – in the capacity of a guest blogger. In continuation of my previous post, today I present the highlights of the remaining shows of my favourite designers straight from the fashion runway. Take a look and enjoy the larger-than-life show!

DAY 3

After the lovely collections showcased in the first two days of LFW 2020, Day 3 started with a Podcast by Nonita Kalra – the renowned writer, journalist, and former Editor in Chief of popular magazines like Bazaar India and Elle, to discuss on topics like Sustainable Fashion, Biodiversity and Humanity. The other panelists present for the podcast were: Dia Mirza, Bollywood actress, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador and Advocate-UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Development Goals; Indian Lawyer Afroz Shah, best known for organising the  world’s largest beach clean-up project; and last but not the least, UN Resident Co-ordinator in India Renata Lok-Dassallien. Listening to the podcast was great fun.

Moving ahead with Day 3, Designer Amit Aggarwal gave an ode to the glowing star and the never-ending light that illuminates in each of us with his Tresemme presented collection First Light inspired by traditional basket weave. The collection showcased a blend of organic Indian Chanderi and Matka silk. It was an ideal look that balances fashion and styles on the crowing glory from top to toe. Check it out here.

DAY 4

Day of LFW 2020 comprised some of the best designers and their shows were worth viewing (on the laptop screen!).  The first in the line comes Designer Disha Patil who in her collection The Labyrinth not only created a sensational fashion offering for brides but allowed her personal style statement to shine though.

Star attraction: Bollywood Actress Diana Penty was the showstopper for this collection.

Then came designer Masumi Mewawala with her collection The Adorn, which brought luxurious looks that are ideal for high fashion ensembles. The collection recreated the romance and vintage appeal of the Elizabeth Era with lavish splashes of contemporary twists. To complete the glamorous theme of the collection, the designer also created hair ties and buns. This bridal collection will thrill the bride-to-be as she takes her Saat Pheras. Here’s a sneak peek into the collection.

The next collection Neo Phulkari by designer-duo Sukriti and Aakriti originated from Punjab, was inspired by phulkari or flower-work with delicate embroidery details, which makes the perfect contemporary Indian wear silhouette.

Check out Bollywood actors Radhika Madan and Aparshakti Khurana gracing the lovely collection here.

Moving a little ahead with Day 4, another amazing collection that left a mark was Anushree Reddy’s bridal collection Nazira, which was full of 3D handcrafted crystal embroidery, zardozi, katdana and delicate thread work. Her demi couture collection consisted of everything that the trousseau shoppers can dreamt of. Take a preview of the collection here.

The last show of Day 4 was Designer Kunal Rawal’s Uber Cool collection presented by NEXA. Inspired by the colours of NEXA, the collection was spread over a military shade card of black, off white, and grey. A definite stylish fashion statement that not only offered interesting shapes and silhouettes but also brought together a line of versatile formal separates that had distinct mix and match possibilities.

Star attraction: Bollywood’s favourite ‘suitable boy’ Ishaan Khattar along with the spirited Sonakshi Sinha walked the ramp as showstoppers.

DAY 5

The last day of Lakme Fashion Week 2020 had the stunning and out-of-the-world grand finale show by Designers Rimzim Dadu and Saaksha & Kinni. Inspired by Lakme’s beauty theme Spotlight Ready, the ramp witnessed Lakme ambassador and beautiful actress Mrunal Thakur flaunting their collections. Following her tradition of using the ramp as her artistic canvas, Rimzim Dadu immersed in the concept of kinetic art with tech for a live virtual experience. The ultra-glam look for her collection was all about kohl-rimmed eyes in the boldest shades from the Lakme Absolute Spotlight Collection. Have a look here!

The final showcase of the day by Saaksha & Kinni presented an impeccable display of vibrant colours, prints and textures with every single piece designed to celebrate the Banjara tribe and resilience of women. The look that was fresh with slight sheer on the lips and bright hues on the eyes came straight from the Lakme Absolute Spotlight Collection. Take a sneak peek.

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All About Lakme Fashion Week 2020

Hey my lovely readers. How are you guys?

The Lakme Fashion Week-Fluid Edition has started with a bang! Interestingly, the biggest fashion week event of India has turned digital this year due to the ongoing pandemic. And I’m thrilled to have been a witness to the gigantic show live as a guest blogger!

Being the first virtual launch, the experience is different but unique, and the show is surely keeping the energy and spirits of the audience high with live streaming, BTS videos and some webinars. To give you a sneak peek into the show, I bring you the highlights of my favourite designer collections here.

The opening premier show for the digital edition of LFW 2020 was Designer Manish Malhotra’s Ruhaaniyat Collection in collaboration with the Mijwan Foundation. For the unawares: he supports the women chikankari artists from the Mijwan Welfare Society. His collection paid tribute to the diverse heritage of Indian craftsmen and depicted the story of people, their beliefs, and sentiments with a celebration of the occasion called ‘Life’. Adding more opulence to the collection was the designer’s jewellery line, which reflected the art and designs of Punjab and Awadh. A very impressive old-world charm was visible in the collection. An exclusive glimpse of the collection:

Star attraction: Bollywood’s favourite Kartik Aaryan featured as a muse for the couture film. The highlight of show was the beautiful Punjabi Folk song “Baage Vich”. Highly recommended!

DAY 1

After the inaugural show, the first day of LFW2020 began with the theme Sustainable Fashion Day. There were a number of stunning designers that portrayed their amazing work. It started with the artfully curated INIFD Corporate that presented #GenNext, a blend of designers who made conscious fashion choices by choosing the art of sustainable fashion, followed by the Moomal collection by Raw Mango, a perfect blend of traditional folk aesthetics with textiles, silhouettes and bold colours.

Some creations of INIFD that blew my mind from were #GenNext Mishe The Label’s designs by mother-daughter duo Bhumika and Minakshi Ahluwalia, aimed at the contemporary fashion forward women. The collection Shuwa (meaning sign language in Japanese) was classic and intriguing. Here’s a sneak peak into it.

Another show by INIFD Corporate was The Loom Art’s collection Between the Lines by designer Aarushi Khilawat. It represented a creative depiction of a world surrounded by uncertainties. It presented a mélange of fabrics, embellishments, and designs.

The highlight: Aarashi Shibori Techinque which was enhanced with Soojni and Kantha work was seen on the base of all fabrics.

Then comes my favourite designer Gaurang Shah who with his magical collection Taramati paid an ode to Taramati, the legendary courtesan during the era of Golconda. From the traditional weaves of India, an imaginative blend of fabrics with intricate crafts on anarkalis, a rainbow of hues, his collection moved to pastel tonal saris with embellishments in rich shades. For the lovers of heritage weaves and timeless possessions, this collection by Gaurang Shah will always be treasured. Here’s an exclusive glimpse of the wonderful collection.

The final last show of Day 1 was the About India Showcase where several designers came forward to depict their work. Suket Dhir paid homage to the glorious brocades and gorgeous weaves with a fashion dimension to festive wear in vibrant hues and motifs. Celebrating the Nature Within concept, Suket introduced a mélange of varied animal prints. Here’s a preview of the collection.

The next in line is designer Anavila Mishra’s Dhanak Collection – a joyous offering in signature linen and jewel tones – that seemed like a coveted choice for the festive season. Take a sneak peak.

DAY 2

Moving on to Day 2 of Lakme Fashion Week and carrying on with Sustainable Fashion theme, designer Hemant Agarwal presented Tattva collection. It represented the harmony between 12 elements of the universe, displaying rich brocades made in Benaras, and using bemberg yarns. The designer’s glamourous, glittering festive wear for men and women was a breathtaking addition to fashionable dressing in the form of garments and innovative textiles. Check it out here.

The last but not the least, the Locked in Love collection by designer Aneeth Arora was inspired by the Kawai Japanese Street culture of Harajuku fashion. This adorable collection brought in fun touches with bows, ribbons, flowers and was a representation of our lives in confined spaces when we were all locked in. This lovely range takes us down the memory lane. Sharing a preview here. Take a look and enjoy.

That’s it for today! Stay tuned for more.

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A Co-ord a Day…

Hello lovely readers! How are you all? So today I have some fun stuff in store for you! The Co-Ord. When it comes to clothes, I prefer opting for outfits that can be slipped on in the morning without much ado or giving too much thought. The last thing I would ever want to do is to sit around looking for shirts/tops to team up with bottoms. Many a time, we hate wearing matching tops and bottoms, unless we are lounging in our pjs. Very often, we don’t even have the luxury of time to do this.

Looks like someone in the fashion world sensed the trouble and came up with a perfect solution. Coordinates or popularly called as co-ord sets add a give a fun millennial spin to our fashion mood. Co-ord sets are colour and style coordinated clothing sets that don’t need to be matched with other individual clothes to make the outfit look perfect – they are already the perfect outfit.

So, no more wasting time trying on dozens of combinations to find a good look. All you have to do is – buy ready co-ords off the fashion shelves. A lot of fashion brands have introduced quirky co-ords to amp up your style statement and make it a cool ensemble.

I present an artistic take on fashion brand Gulabo Jaipur’s conventional and fuss-free co-ords:

Beating #WorkFromHome Blues

Working-from-home does mean you’re your own boss, but it also means losing track of days which is not always the best! But it can be – when you play dress up in block printed, languid co-ord sets! Modern, comfortable silhouettes with a stroke of Indian block-printed aesthetics which transform your look from casual to meeting-ready in just a few seconds.

Photo Courtesy : Gulabo Jaipur

Lounging in Lockdown

Whether you’re working-from-home or spending your time indulging in self-care, these lounge sets are super comfy and can take you from day to night. They even help to uplift your mood. Spin your own distinct style around the conventional matched set with cool co-ord sets. Modern with the touch of Indian aesthetics, ditsy block-printed floral motifs and relaxed comfy silhouettes are perfect for all your moods through the day.

Photo Courtesy: Gulabo Jaipur

Festive Feels

And finally, with the onset of festive season, we all have those moments when we feel extra traditional and dressing up in ethnic wear suddenly becomes the need of the hour. Why not try this quirky co-ord set! Add a much-needed touch of conventional embroidery with a dainty chiffon dupatta or style your look with a leheriya, bandhani dupatta to give you the festive feels you need this season.

Photo Courtesy: Gulabo Jaipur

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Getting Candid with Shikha Dhar

Hello everyone,

A warm welcome to my readers. Looking at the lovely and overwhelming response from you all and understanding the need to cater to a diverse audience, I’ve decided to gradually keep adding some categories to my blog content.

This month, I introduce a special category called ‘Candid Talks’. Under this section, I will be bringing you real-life interviews / stories of people who have been motivators or inspiration to others in our daily lives.

Meet my first guest Shikha Dhar, Assistant Manager at Digital Strategy & Content, Sony Music, India. Having studied her MBA in marketing, she joined ICICI Bank and then moved to Sony Music, and is now handling complete music marketing, Influencer relations and third-party applications for the Sony Music India repertoires and products. At 26, she is a true motivator, what with her professional attitude, time management skills and her great love for fitness. Even in the hustle-bustle of a busy day, she perfectly balances her work and family life and also finds time for her diet and fitness routine. Her evergreen mantra for relaxation is – Green Tea!

Over to Shikha Dhar:

  1. Describe yourself in 3 words.

Self-motivated, disciplined & a keen learner.

2. How do you strike a balance between your personal and professional life?

 2020 has made us all realise the importance of striking a balance between the personal and professional life. With this work-from-home atmosphere, I consciously make an effort to separate my work life by trying to mentally shut down post working hours, spend some quality time with my books and my family. Trying to bring back the old routine by chatting with friends over a zoom/video call session over the weekends, welcoming the culture of celebrating and partying from home, and most importantly, trying to control the urge of checking the emails and work mails after a certain time in the evening. I believe, it is important to give yourself a break post the working hours and especially allow some non-screen time to your eyes.

3. So what keeps you charged and motivated at work and at home? 

There are multiple things we can do to keep ourselves motivated. For me, it is my physical exercise, yoga and meditation. It does give me the motivation to welcome the day ahead. Also, journaling down my thoughts, sometimes, when feeling low and lethargic helps me gain some motivation and perspective. Creating a routine for myself through the day, especially during the WFH situation, has been extremely helpful in keeping me charged up. Also, I maintain a dedicated workspace (not my bed!) and make sure to try and move away from that space during evenings after I am done with work.

4. What’s your diet and fitness routine like? 

I do not follow a very rigorous diet and fitness plan. I believe in consistency and ensure that I do some kind of physical exercise (usually switch between yoga and functional training) everyday, even if it is just for 15-20 minutes. Once your body is used to being burned out, it shall start motivating itself. In terms of diet, I stay slightly away from sugar (at least I try to: p) but otherwise, I stick to home cooked meals and avoid eating after 8.00 pm. Green tea is definitely my go-to, I consume about 2-3 cups of green tea every day.

5. How do you handle work stress?

Managing a stressful job, during this WFH period can be quite tricky for a lot of people. I try to stick to my routine as much as I can, even during the most stressful days. It helps me break down my stress levels and relax a bit. Also, there may be times when situations may get slightly heated and stressful at work, I try to move away from the work space, get involved with a small cheerful chat with a family member. Venting out is a good solution, it can be to a friend, kin or even a colleague. At such times, journaling can be quite helpful too, it’s very known to bring stress levels down. Another good break could be watching some cheerful / quirky content or just heading for a walk before bouncing back to work. Since people have been more antsy than ever during this pandemic, stress levels have definitely been higher. But it is important to leave your work stress and not carry it on your mind, especially now, that there are no physical boundaries between office and home.

6. Do you have any special relaxation techniques to fall back on? 

Meditation has always been my relaxation technique. I meditate for about 8-10 minutes a day, but even that has been super helpful. Apart from that, I do try to relax over the weekends. Reading a book or two over a week has also been quite relaxing for me. I shuffle between some good content and a good book as my weekend plan.

7. Who do you look upto in life?

I look up to my mother first, she has been one of the most inspirational superwomen, managing her super rigorous work life along with her family and home life. She has been a great mother, friend, and well-wisher for me, along with being my mentor and teacher. That apart , I do look up to a few people, who have certain qualities that I would like to develop in myself over the years. They are: Michelle Obama, an excellent orator; Kusha Kapila, one of the most creative people I have met; and Mindy Kaling who has self-confidence to die for. Last but not the least, my father has been a great source of inspiration for me. His relationship building and maintaining skills is something I would love to adapt and do try to learn from him every single day.

8. Do you ever read blogs? 

Yes, I do.

9. What kind of blogs do you follow?

I usually follow lifestyle, health and fitness and travel blogs.

10. Your message for my readers.

My only message for your readers would be that, we know this year has been slightly heavy on everybody in some way or the other but let’s try to motivate ourselves and look at the positive side of things. This year has taught so many of us digitisation, especially in a country like ours, it has helped us think out of the box and survive in situations that we never thought we would. Let’s all look forward to a better, pandemic-free world and keep our spirits high till then.

That was Shikha for you, the young and energetic self motivator.

Do you have any such motivating and inspiring stories of people around you! Bring it on, share with me.

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The Mystery Blogger Award #2

Hello! A shout out to all my lovely readers and fellow bloggers. I am glad to inform you that my blog Chasing the Maximum Life has touched the 500 followers’ mark. A small step towards success but worth a million to me! I really appreciate your constant support to my blog. Gratitude! To keep you engaged with more interesting and interactive posts, there are some surprises waiting for you. Stay tuned for more!

Now back to the post, I am happy to have been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award for the second time by my fellow blogger Sakshi Shreya. She is a wonderful blogger who shares everything related to art. Her posts are worth reading, so don’t forget to follow and subscribe her blog here.

What is Mystery Blogger Award?

This lovely award was created by Okoto Enigma.

It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.

 -Okoto Enigma

The Rules:

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer 5 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 10-20 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best post.

3 Things About Me:

  1. I’m a film fanatic…yes you read that right…I love watching different genres of movies.
  2. The hobby that I could never give up is dance.
  3. I’m more of a listener than a talker.  

My Best Post:

Honestly, all my posts are equally close to my heart but if I must choose one then it would be, “How to Overcome the Fear of Rejection” as I feel that it something that almost every individual can relate to.

My Answers to the Questions asked by Art Enthusiastics:

  • What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

Uggh! That’s a tough one because there are so many crazy things that I have done and I feel describing just one won’t be fair.

  • What is more important to you: family or success? Why?

Well, for me family is more important because I believe that it’s the most valuable gift that god has given us. I also believe that if we have the constant support of our family behind us then we are already successful.

  • List two qualities you have developed during lockdown.

The two qualities that I have developed during lockdown is writing and communicating.

  • What is your inspiration behind starting your blog?

Umm, it was my passion to explore newer avenues that channelize my inner creativity.

  • Name the driving force which motivates you during your low phases and why?

The driving force that motivates me during my low phases is my passion towards my work because I believe that if we are passionate about something then no matter how many obstacles we face in our life, the passion helps us believe in ourselves and helps us move forward in life.

My Nominations for the Mystery Blogger Award:

Tia from Tall Blonde Tales

Olivia from Oliva Lucie Blake

Hemalatha from FrameofSoul

Soni from Soni’s Thoughts

Markus + Micah

Safa from Poetic_Heart

Mimi Cares

Aashna from The Unparalleled Life

Fiona from Life with Fi

Top Tamil Talk

Nathi from Wayward Scribbles

Akshita from Where the Inspiration Lies

Bea from The Beahive

Shreya from Blog with Shreya

Khushi from Paracosm and Stuff

Ninin from Journal Log-in

Namrata from PEN OF HEARTS

Jahnavi from FreeMind

My Questions:

  1. What have you done this week that made you feel good about yourself?
  2. What were the last 5 emojis you used?
  3. Describe the most embarrassing incident of your life.
  4. What is your best achievement in blogging till now?
  5. [weird question] If you could switch places with one actor in any scene in any movie/TV show, which would it be?

That’s it!

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Bloggers Support Bloggers

Hey my lovely readers. How are you guys?

I am extremely happy to have been nominated for this challenge “Bloggers Support Bloggers” by Ada from Introvert Next Door and thank Ada her from the bottom of my heart. For those who don’t know her, she is lifestyle blogger who writes about books, music, photography, movies, and many other things.

I love the idea of challenges like this one as I think they’re wonderful ways of uplifting and supporting other bloggers. And I really appreciate Ada for the way she puts her followers first and helps others grow. I love and admire her blog a lot. I don’t know much about her personally, but she is truly a sweet person and has got a beautiful soul. I can’t tag her again since she’s already done the tag so check out her blog here and do follow or subscribe if you haven’t, you will love her as her blog a lot.

Rules:

  1. Thank the one who has tagged you for this challenge and give a link to their blogsite so others could see.
  2. Add any of the official photos in your blog post.
  3. List at least 5 bloggers you love and want to appreciate at this very moment.
  4. Give a short description about the blog you listed and some of the reasons why you love the blogger, or literally anything you want to say.
  5. Tag at least 5-10 bloggers to do the challenge.
  6. Put the official hashtag, #BloggersSupportBloggers in the Tags section of your post so whenever a blogger is looking for new blogs to read, it will be easier to find.

Tall Blonde Tales

Tia is a phenomenal blogger who shares interesting tips/tricks, reviews, recipes, and much more on her blog. I love all her posts are and they are worth reading. I am so glad to have met her on this platform. The best thing I like about her is that how sweet, supportive, kind, and amazing she is while interacting with her readers. Another thing that I really like about her is the way she portrays her lifestyle in all her posts. Last but not the least, she has been a huge support system for my blog, and I really appreciate it.  

Olivia Lucie Blake

Olivia is an incredible blogger who shares everything about life, relationships, self-care etc. And not only this but she also hosts giveaways on her blog, and they are utterly amazing. It’s been around 2 months since I started following her, but I am completely in love with her posts as they are not only helpful but also entertaining. The one thing I love about her is the way she uplifts newbies and helps them grow. She is truly an inspiration.  

Frame of Soul

Hemalatha is a lovely blogger who shares beautiful poems on her blog. They are insightful and personal, and I love the fact the that I can relate to many of them. Along with the poems, she also shares some wonderful six-word stories   She is an amazing blogging friend one can have and I find myself lucky to have crossed paths with her on WordPress.

Soaring Firebolt

Aanya is a diehard Harry Potter fan. Since the day I met her on WordPress, she too has been big support for my blog. Well, honestly speaking when I read about her, I was unable to believe that a 13 year old girl can write such a fabulous blog but now that we have been friends from quite a time and I know her pretty well, I can’t deny the fact that she is such a fantastic blogger.    

Growing with Spawn

Shelly is a working millennial mom who blogs about marriage, self-love, mental health, etc. Her blog posts are valuable as well inspiring. One thing that I really love about her is that she is not only an amazing writer but also a sweet person and one of the beautiful souls ever.

Undressed Thoughts

Kritika is a wonderful blogger who shares poems, prose, quotes, short stories, artwork and much more on her blog. One thing that I really love about her is that she writes her heart out. Her poems are really motivating and encouraging. She never forgets to interact with other bloggers. I am glad that I found her blog.

Happy Panda

Moksha has a multi niche blogger who blogs about fashion, cooking, travel, random musings, prompts etc. She also provides Tv show and movie reviews on her blog. Her posts are truly fun to read. I also love the theme of her blog a lot. It’s incredibly beautiful and aesthetic.

Paracosm and Stuff

Khushi is a new blogger who writes about academia, books, school stuff etc. I have been following her for a short while, but I am really amazed to see how lovely her posts her. I always find her supporting other bloggers and commenting on their posts. Keep rocking dear.

Blog with Shreya

Shreya is a lifestyle blogger who shares her little experiences of life on her blog and spreads love & positivity with her posts. I met her a while ago on WordPress and watching her grow really makes me happy. She has a blog that you shouldn’t miss out.

The Hidden Soul

Era is a remarkable blogger who writes articles on her blog about her medical life, nature travel etc. She also shares poetry as well as inspiring quotes on her blog. I find her posts attractive as well as motivating. She always motivates other bloggers by commenting on their posts and helping them grow.

Live Sofiabulous

Sofia blogs about everything under the sun that is worth sharing and reading. Recipes with which everyone can relate to, sharing thoughts on relationships &motherhood from her personal experience and much more. The reason I love reading her blog so much is because it’s exciting and valuable.

Innumerable Thoughts

And finally, Manjul who is a great blogger and shares some beautiful poems and sketches on her blog. She also shares useful videos that are worth watching. One thing that I like about her a lot is the way she communicates with her readers. She never fails to impress her readers with her posts as well as her honesty.

That’s it.

My Nominees:

I really love all these bloggers that I just mentioned above and so I am nominating all of them for this amazing challenge. Also, if anyone else wishes to do this challenge, they are free to do. I would really love to know your choices.

P.S – Sorry Ada for posting this after such a long time.

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Would You Rather… (The Fashion Edition)

Hey my lovely readers. How are you all? Well, for today instead of a regular blog post, I decided to play a fun “Would You Rather” game with my fashion-inspired readers out there. It is an entertainment game that makes you to choose between two options – whether good or bad. Basically, this will help me get to know you better. So, all you fashionistas out there, gear up to answer my list of 10 questions. FYI, I’ve also answered them all, so you all get to know me! Similarly, I would love for you all to put your answers below in the comments section.

The only rule here is that you cannot answer with “neither” or “both”.

  • Wear the Same Outfit Every Day OR Only Be Allowed to Wear Neutrals for Life?

My Answer: Only Be Allowed to Wear Neutrals for Life

  • Be Underdressed for An Event OR Be Overdressed for An Event?

My Answer: Be overdressed for an event

  • Have an Unlimited Supply of The Perfect White T-Shirts OR Have an Unlimited Supply of The Perfect Little Black Dresses?

My Answer: Have an unlimited supply of the perfect white t- shirts

  • Only Be Able to Wear Futuristic Clothing OR Only Be Able to Wear an Old-Timey Clothing? 

My Answer: Only be able to wear futuristic clothing

  • Have A Closet Filled Only with Prints and Bright Colours OR Have A Closet Filled Only with Black Clothes?

My Answer: Have a closet filled only with prints and bright colours (though I’m a huge fan of black too!)

  • Wear Leather Jackets for The Rest of Your Life OR Wear Denim Jackets for The Rest of Your Life?

My Answer: Wear denim jackets for the rest of my life

  • Wear Chanel Or Louis Vuitton?

My Answer: Wear Louis Vuitton

  • Wear Only Dresses OR Only Coordinating Suits to All Formal Events?

My Answer: Wear Only Coordinating Suits to all formal events

  • Wear Heels That Are Ugly and Old but Super Comfortable OR Wear Gorgeous Heels That Everyone Loves but Torture Your Feet and Give You Blisters?

My Answer: Wear heels that are ugly and old but super comfortable

  • Shop More and Pay Less OR Shop Less and Live More!

My Answer: Shop Less and Live More

Well there you have it. Hope you enjoyed my answers to all those 10 questions. It’s your turn now! Got for it!

(If you don’t wanna comment, you can also put your answers as your blog post but do tag me)

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The Inspiring Bloggers Tag

Hey my lovely readers. How are you guys? I know I haven’t been much active on my blog these days and it’s been a while since I posted anything new. But if you guys have read my earlier posts then you might be knowing that I  am so short of time these days and no getting to blog much owing to my college work. Ugh! It’s so frustrating. But hopefully now I am almost through with the stressful assignments and hopefully will be back with a bang soon. I truly wanna thank you all for supporting me consistently and being with me in this amazing journey!

Anyway, moving on to today’s post, I want to thank Tia from Tall Blonde Tales from the bottom of my heart for nominating me for this lovely tag. It just feels so great to get nominated for something like this.  Tia is an amazing blogger and I really enjoy reading her posts. She has been a big support system for my blog, and I admire her a lot. So please be sure to check out her blog here.

Rules:

  • Thank the person who chose you
  • Include the logo in your post
  • Answer the questions asked to you
  • Choose the bloggers who’ve inspired you (maximum 10)
  • Add a feature of their blog which you admire
  • Ask them five questions

Questions asked by Tia, Tall Blonde Tales:

If you were to start a charity or foundation, what cause would you support/what would you do?

If I were to start a charity or foundation, I would support the cause of Arts, Culture and Humanities and would help people understand the importance of arts and culture in our society.

What is your least favourite food?

My least favourite food is Bitter Gourd.

If you could only pick one hobby to do for the rest of your life, what would you choose and why?

If I could pick one hobby to do for the rest of my life, I would choose dance because it’s something that always makes me happy and helps me express myself well.

A song/movie/book that never fails to inspire you?

A song that never fails to inspire me is “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift.

What inspiring message would you like to pass on to other people/bloggers?

Umm, I would like to say that running a blog maybe difficult sometimes and you might not be able to be as consistent as you are as there might be many other things to do. I just feel and would like to tell that it’s okay to take a break. Just don’t be under a lot of pressure that you have to write a post today itself, it’s alright if you are not able to cope up with blogging all the time. However, at the same time, be passionate about your writing and write for yourself first.

Nominations – bloggers who inspire me

Well, this one is hard because all of you inspire me so much in different ways and I truly feel that you all deserve this award. So, if you wanna do it, comment down and be a part of this beautiful award by answering these questions below. Keep going and take good care of yourself.

Questions for my nominees: 

If you weren’t into blogging, what’s the one thing you would probably be doing instead?

What do you do when you feel demotivated to write?

An inspiring quote you live by.

What is your favourite type of food?

What inspiring message would you like to pass on to other people/bloggers?

That’s it.

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