Love Is In The Air

Hey my lovelies. Hope you are doing great.

With the month of love still upon us, I ponder over the frequently asked question.

What is love? Love has millions of definitions. Each person perceives and manifests it in his own way. According to me, love is the greatest emotion of all. Nothing is above this sweet and happy emotion. It’s also an unconditional promise, a lifelong commitment to someone – with no barriers of age, caste, creed, sex, whatsoever.

How do you know it’s love? Love can be felt by the warmth that fills the cockles of your heart. You know you’re in love when you indulge in sweet gestures and little things that may go unnoticed but matter the most to you. Holding hands, long hugs, shy smiles, shoulder kisses, the drive-safe texts, sweet somethings, and a lot more. It’s these tiny things that make you sense the loving and longing more than ever before. It’s easy to plan sophisticated nights out but when someone makes you feel really happy by just doing small things, that’s when you know you’ve got something really special!

So as the season of love continues to spread its sweet magic all around, I’m motivated to share some love quotations from a few of my favourite movies. Don’t just read them, feel them from your insides of your heart, and you might just fall in love too.

That’s it!

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You’re Amazing Just the Way You Are!

Hey my lovely readers. What’s up?

Do you love yourself? Do you accept yourself? Sounds like an odd question doesn’t it?

We usually set standards that are too high for ourselves because the society expects us to be perfect. We tend to forget that everyone has flaws including the people we perceive to be perfect.

Self-love and self-acceptance are critical aspects of health and happiness. These are the attributes that shape our physical, mental, and emotional health. When we refuse to accept ourselves, we cut ourselves from the energy that sustains life. When we don’t accept ourselves the way we are, we are in essence, wearing out internally. And when we fight against ourselves, guess who loses? So, friends let’s understand that it’s important to accept the fact that we all have flaws. Making mistakes is a part of life, and not a bad thing that you should be avoiding completely. Everyone makes mistakes. It’s one of the best ways to learn and grow.

On, that note, I bring you some inspiring quotes on self-acceptance, that will change your perspective and make you love yourself even more.

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How To Overcome the Fear of Rejection?

Hey my dear readers, What’s up? Before carrying on with my today’s post, I want to thank you all for filling out the blog survey I had posted. I was amazed with all the responses and had great fun reading them all. Lots of love to you all.

So let’s begin. Today I’m attempting to touch upon one of the worst fears of mankind – rejection. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘No’? Anger, shock, sadness, pain, despair or perhaps a mix of all of these?

Rejection is something that hurts everyone to the core. It never makes one feel good as no one really likes to hear the word NO. The rejection could be for anything. I suppose it is one of the deepest fears of a person. A feeling that probably no one wants to experience in their life. We just want to believe that rejection is a negative emotion that should be avoided. So, all one does is hold back from really achieving what they want.

Getting rejected or hearing NO doesn’t mean that we are bad at something or we are not important. It’s just a statement expressed by another person who doesn’t agree with your choice. That’s his opinion and everyone has a right to give opinion, right?

So, my suggestion to all of you who have faced rejection at any time of life is, do not fear rejection. Take it in your stride and learn to face it.

On that note, I bring you some inspiring quotes with the hope that these will help you to deal with rejection and make you emotionally stronger. Read on and face your fears head-on.


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Let Go, Look Forward

Hey my lovelies! Before beginning my post, I would like to tell you that I reached 150+followers. Yaay! And so I would just like to thank each and every one of you for your constant support. It really means a lot to me. Love you guys.

Moving on to my post,

Learning to let go of a relationship, of something else in your past, of something that is just an unimportant distraction or letting go of trying to control what you cannot control… Whew! Have you ever looked into this? Or thought of the amount of time and energy it can save? The same time and energy that can be channelised for something better and more fulfilling?

On that thought, I bring you some inspiring quotes! Use these words of inspiration to move ahead in life and to derive strength to let go of what is holding you back! Read on:

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20 Things To Do Before Turning 20

Turning 20? Well, it’s a bigger milestone than most people make it out to be. First and foremost, you’re no longer in your teens, wow! At the verge of turning 20 myself, if I say I am super excited, that’ll be a gross understatement. There’s a lot to do at (and after) 20, and I’m already looking forward to all of that. But before that, I’m sharing a checklist of 20 things I’ve done before I hit my BIG 20.

Read, enjoy and make sure you start ticking your boxes too!

  1. Travelling to another country

I am placing this as number 1 as I believe travelling to another country is a wonderful experience. I was 12 when I first went to Thailand. Then came Singapore, Dubai and Indonesia (Bali) and I must say they were all equally amazing trips in their own ways. Travelling makes you wiser and smarter. So I highly recommend it at any age you are in, but go for it guys.

2. Watching a live match

Last year I went to see a live cricket match with my dad at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. It was an IPL match between Mumbai Indians v/s Kolkata Knight Riders. I had great fun witnessing the cricketers playing right in front of the audience. Everyone should see a live match before 20. There’s something exhilarating about watching a match live in a stadium.

3. Trying my luck at the casino

I’d been to Deltin Casino in Goa just after 18. Whoosh! It was like stepping into a different world altogether. The larger than life ship right in the middle of Mandvi river where it was located, the tight security, the enormously high casino tables, the gaming – and winning, the live stage show, the lounge with meal spread, it was all to die for. Try it to believe it – but make sure you’re 18 and above.

4. Getting inked

There’s nothing cooler than inking your body with a fun tattoo – a great way to express yourself. I got my initial tattooed on my wrist last year and it gave me a high. So go for it but make sure that you get some design that really means to you and won’t regret after a while.

5. Being addicted to an OTT show (and letting it ruin your routine)

I have done this a lot – Friends, Riverdale, Greenhouse Academy, Alexa & Katie, and my current fav, 13 Reasons Why. So get involved in a Netflix series that you have no idea about what’s happening around you. Spend hours binge-watching it. Once done, re-watch it all over again when it appears on Television too.

6. Going on a road trip

Hitting the road for a long trip is the liveliest experiences one can have. I love travelling even if it’s just a simple road trip to a known destination. There’s nothing more enjoyable than chilling out on the road when the sun warms the sky, seeing people go by, enjoying the scenic wonders, and simply forgetting your worries. It’s totally mesmerizing. I don’t remember the count but I’ve been to many road trips mostly with my family. An important note from me – (don’t miss this!)

7. Trying an adventure ride

This may seem trivial but is one of the most important things one should try before 20. Sitting on a really scary amusement ride is not only thrilling but also helps you to face your fears in life. Speaking about me, I am the kind of person who wants to try things at least once in my lifetime. So Aqua Imagica it was in Lonavala! I tested my fears on a really scary roller coaster ride. Though I kept screaming out loudly all the time, I later realized how much fun I really had.

8. Going on a family vacay to return on the morning of your preliminary exams

Sounds unbelievable? I’ve done it. All you need to do is pack your bags and travel to your favourite destination and return just a few hours short of your exams. Here’s my experience. I travelled to Goa with family (my parents’ wedding anniversary celeb) and returned 3 days later. Just a few hours left before my practical exams for boards. We took the 3.30 am flight from Goa, reached home at 6.30 am and left for my exam at 7.30 am. The exam was to begin at 8 am. A bit risky but it’s worth trying out at least once before 20.

9. Adopting a cute pet

They say, pets are your best companions for life. You should definitely consider adopting a pet and taking care of them before you turn 20. It’s a different and great experience and makes you compassionate. You also learn to take care of others and act responsible too. I was too young when we got a pair of cute lovebirds (we named them Bunty and Babli) and later I had a fish aquarium at home. Now wondering what next. Any suggestions?

10. Losing some friends and gaining some new

It sounds hard but it’s necessary. If you aren’t losing your friends, either you or them is staying the same and reaching a saturation. When you are young you must allow yourself to evolve for newer experiences in life. Honestly speaking, I have lost a few of my good friends and also made some new ones along the way, only to later realize that it helped me grow as a person. So it’s okay to be not okay with some ‘friends’ in life.

11. Turning the volume to shake a leg

This is something I really love to indulge in. When you want to express yourself and think that it is difficult for you to speak, the only thing you need to do is turn up the volume of the music and dance your heart out. I highly recommend you to try this out. It’s the best therapy not only when you are happy but also when you’re in a gloomy mood.

12. Eating your heart out

This is absolutely not the time right time to go on crash diets and stay away from your favourite foods for the fear of gaining weight. This time is to enjoy and just let yourself be and to indulge in what you like. I am a kind of person who loves to eat and I am happy to say that I don’t stop myself from eating what I love. So guys, just allow yourself to eat everything, even a bit of junk food is okay.

13. Enjoying Taylor Swift music on some level

You should definitely listen to this before 20. Not because Taylor Swift is my favourite but her music is empowering. You just fall in love with the lyrics on the first go. I love all her songs but the one I admire the most is “Look what you made me do”.

14. Learning a creative skill

Learn something creative – be it singing, painting or even cooking. Just try something new in life. I have learnt a few creative skills along the way – when I was small, I joined an art class, learnt swimming (though I don’t swim anymore), skating, calligraphy and even the art of living.

15. Learning to say no

Be clear and honest in your approach but don’t hesitate to express yourself and say what you truly what – even if means saying no to something. When we say no, we think we’re being selfish to others. To avoid that, we end up saying yes on countless occasions. So let that guilt go, and start standing up to what you really want to say or do. The world will appreciate your sincerity.

16. Laughing at yourself

If laughter is the best medicine, laughing at yourself could be a wonder pill. The use of humour increases feelings of positivity by helping us to look at the ‘bright side’ rather than just focusing on the negatives. Laughing at yourself means taking away that power from others who laugh at you.

17. Stopping yourself from thinking what others think

This is something I would definitely advice you to do. Just do whatever you like and stop caring about what others will think. This way, you’re allowing yourself from bowing down to people who’re being judgemental. It’s your life so don’t waste your time thinking about others. Honestly, I am the type of person who cares a lot and puts others before myself. But over the years I’ve learnt that it saps your energy and poisons your mind. Stop thinking of others, as those who really love you will never judge you anyway.

18. Finding beauty in everything

In this never-ending race called life, it’s important to stop, take a breath and just allow yourself to see the beauty around you. It could be a simple act of kindness or reaching out to those you trust. Focus on the small things that make you happy and give you utmost joy. Then you will understand that beauty is everywhere, you just need to look at the right thing.

19. Falling in love with yourself

Instead of falling in love with others, fall in love with yourself first. Let yourself know that you are not less than anyone in this world. Tell yourself that you are the best even if you’re not perfect. There’s a beauty in imperfection. Be like Geet from the movie Jab we met. She proudly announces, “Main apni favourite hoon” (I’m my own favourite).

20. Finding your passion and doing it

Last but not the least, make a bucket list of things you’ve always dreamt of doing and do them. For this you need to understand where your passion lies and following it, to help you thrive and prep yourself for the professional world that lies ahead. It could be it mundane things like getting a piercing done or highlighting your hair, or going for river rafting or learning to fly a plane! Let your free spirit run wild and just do it before you are too ‘grown up’. After all, it’s all about dreaming big, and chasing the maximum life (pun intended!).

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Words of Hope

Hey, my lovely readers. Hope you all are staying safe in these difficult times.

Psst, I want to share some amazing news with all of you. Guess what? I have been promoted to the Second Year of my media course. Yaaay, and I can’t stop smiling. Although we won’t be able to attend college officially in the upcoming semester but will start our new academic year once again with virtual classes. Still it’s an amazing feeling to get promoted in the senior year and move ahead in life with greater hope.

Talking about hope, today I am sharing some inspiring words of hope, with the idea of adding happiness to your days.

YOU CANNOT START THE NEXT CHAPTER OF YOUR LIFE IF YOU KEEP RE-READING THE LAST ONE.

STARTING TODAY I NEED TO FORGET WHAT’S GONE. APPRECIATE WHAT STILL REMAINS AND LOOK FORWARD TO WHAT’S COMING NEXT.

ACCEPT YOURSELF, LOVE YOURSELF AND KEEP MOVING FORWARD. IF YOU WANT TO FLY, YOU HAVE TO GIVE UP WHAT WEIGHS YOU DOWN .

Last Word : ALL PEOPLE FAIL AT CERTAIN INSTANCES IN THEIR LIVES, THE ONLY THING THAT MAKES THEM DIFFERENT IS HOW THEY MANAGE TO STAND UP OR HOW THEY CHOOSE TO FAIL AGAIN.

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6 Things that Inspire Me The Most

What comes to you mind when you speak of the word inspiration? Well, I think it is something that not only helps you in your growth and personal development but also helps you to keep moving forward despite the many obstacles that come in our way. Different things inspire different people. For me, the things that keep me inspired are:

Dance

It’s my favorite hobby. The only thing that I can never think of quitting ever. It makes me stay positive and also enlightens my mood. I love to dance a lot.

Song Lyrics

When I hear a song, I literally get lost in the lyrics. It is something that really makes me happy and helps me to keep moving in life.

My Family

No matter what happens, my family always supports me in good and bad times and also inspires me.

Travel

I love to travel a lot. I have been to many places such as Bali, Thailand and many more. Exploring new places always inspires me and keeps me in a good mood.

Instagram

Every day and few hours a day I’m on this app. It’s a time suck, but keeps me inspired to do better work. I love seeing what others are doing in their daily lives.

    Blogging

I started blogging just a month ago but this is the one thing that really inspired me to write well and develop confidence in myself. I really love blogging.  

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A Ray of Hope

Today at the beginning of a new month and a new season too, I am getting positive vibes of inspiration and goodness. On that note, I would like to share my thoughts on positivity and tell you a simple story of a close friend who’s a perfect example of inspiration and motivation. And to think of it, she had lost all hopes not very long back. Being a dear friend, I have seen her trauma very closely.

Sometime last year, Raina (name changed) woke up to feelings of hopelessness and disturbed thoughts one morning. A battery of tests confirmed a psychological disorder. She was put on medication that had their own side effects on her body. She not only started gaining weight but also started behaving aggressively with everyone around her. She would fight, turn violent and depressed frequently and behaved a different person altogether. She soon became a subject of empathy. We would all think of ways to make her feel better and happy but were deeply saddened by her condition. Her parents and her family always stood by her and supported her completely. Soon the treatment started working on her, almost like a miracle.

As days passed, she became better and better. And today, she has come out of her condition totally and is a transformed person. This proves that however dark the path is, there is light at the end of the tunnel. And that is the little ray of hope we must always hold on to!

P.S – Remember your ray of hope and keep moving in life.

Dancing Keeps Your Spirit High

Dance it Out

Hey guys. How are you all doing? Probably you all must also be saddened with the news of lockdown extension. I’m sure you all are also feeling exhausted staying at home doing nothing. And your patience test is at an all-time high right now!

So here’s some positive news for all. I’d like to suggest one activity that will keep your spirits high and make you happy for sure. Wonder what? Well, it’s none other than dance – the best thing to lighten your mood and exercise your body muscles.

Look around and there’s quietude everywhere. In these times of uncertainty when the world is facing corona-driven hardships and nothing feels positive around, dance is the only activity that will lift your mood and make you happy.

It will boost your health, make you feel relaxed, release your pent up energy and heal your inner self. It will help you express yourself, it is the only way to shout out loud, to bring out your emotions, your thoughts, to connect with people.

There are several forms of dance, and no particular one that you have to mandatorily follow. Whether it’s Indian classical or western or any other dance form that you’d like to indulge in, just go ahead and move to the beats. If Bharatanatyam or Kathak makes you happy, do that. If it’s contemporary or Bollywood dance for you, go ahead.

Personally, I love to dance. It’s my biggest passion. I am not a trained dancer but a few minutes of shaking my leg instantly lightens my mood and busts my stress. It transposes me to a different world altogether, and brings a smile to my face and brightens up my day.

So readers, take the inspiration and count on dance as your best friend now. Dance to stay motivated yourself. Dance to pay tribute to the doctors and nurses, the law and the media who are working day and night for our safety.

Dance for the world, hoping that everything will get better soon. Lose yourself in the magic of dance. Dance with passion. Dance now, more than ever!

A New Normal Awaits…

There is fear,

There is Isolation,

There is sickness,

There is even death.

But the best thing about this lockdown is that,

It has brought people together,

United them to fight against the pandemic,

Got them connected with each other,

And also made them value human life.

Today there is serenity,

There is calmness around us.

We can hear the winds rustling.

And the birds chirping,

As if they are telling us humans,

To stay at home and spend time with each other,

And love our families,

So that everyone is safe.

People are waking up to the reality,

Of how little control we have on our life.

But what really matters now in this crisis,

Is to stay safe and strong at home.

So, we pray and remember that,

Even if there is fear,

There does not have to be hate.

Even if there is isolation,

There does not have to be loneliness.

Even if there is sickness,

But there does not have to be a diseased soul,

Even if there is death,

There can always be the rebirth of love.

So stay happy and don’t worry,

Because in the end,

Everything will be alright.

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