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writer’s block, my favorite time of year, and talking to everyone

Hi there! I’m back from an almost 3 month blogging hiatus. Some of it was hesitancy to put words to paper, a privacy concern, and some of it was just plain busyness. This time of the year is by far my favorite. Not only are these last few months of the year the time for all the US based holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, but it’s also the time of the year for the Indian holidays and events like Garba  and Diwali. This year I missed that time of year all because I was… in Italy! A ten day family trip on a  six city guided tour through Italy was just what I had been waiting ( and saving my vacation time) for all year. It’s funny how we can have an image of a famous site in our minds based on media, but the true site is completely different.  I took way too many pictures ( well you can’t ever have enough of Italy), had amazing conversations with the fellow tourists from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada and the US, and  thoroughly enjoyed myself. Among the forty group members, I met two newlywed couples on their honeymoon, a mother of a tsunami victim, three educators,  and other several successful individuals with stories of their own. It was great to hear the experiences, stories and opinions of all the tour members on issues that really join us all no matter where we are in the world.  I’m a big believer in talking to everyone, no matter how shy or outgoing one can be, otherwise is can become a lost opportunity. Everyone has a lesson or a story to contribute. On the trip, the conversation flowed just as smoothly as our travel across the country. I’ve heard many times before that talking to strangers is sometimes easier than talking to  friends or acquaintances simply because it becomes a new conversation in an unbiased setting.However, I always enjoy a good catch up session  and chance to learn something new with friends. With that said, I’m leaving on a little roadtrip to enjoy the holiday weekend with my family. Happy Thanksgiving!


Monday Morning Caffeine

Fun little findings over the last few weeks to share with you:

We all have friends who teach us one thing or another, whether it’s a tangible lesson or not. What would happen if we were to record the tangible lessons?  Fallyn Smith has done just that through her new blog Friendships With Benefits. She’s recorded one lesson from each of her friends and shared it there.

Sundays are usually when it’s time to make a few items for the week. Cooking for one can be very tricky because you don’t want to get bored eating the same things over and over, and at the same time you don’t want to be wasteful. Yummly is a recipe page I found, where you can find meals to make using the ingredients you have left over in the fridge/pantry and based on your flavor preference( sweet /sour/spicy/bitter/savory/salty). Whether you’re a vegetarian, non-vegetarian, eggetarian, or vegan, that website has you covered with recipes to fit your needs. For those who want to control their carbohydrate/sugar/sodium/etc intake, it considers those needs as well.

Last but not least, as part of this series , I stumbled on this fun infographic via I Love Coffee .

Now go get your coffee and have a great week!

Start each day like it’s your birthday

Bright and early today, my bag is packed and I’m ready to go.  I’m thrilled to the point it has been a few sleepless nights. I’m doing what I love best –traveling and spending time with family and friends. I’m another year older today—but who’s counting? Well maybe we all should. Life becomes so busy that some days it seems like we are just waiting for the next event, the next moment, the next big thing, rushing through it all to check off our list.  Start each day like it’s your birthday, with just as much excitement, happiness and vigor in all the moments you have. Take a step back and capture every moment, savor every bit of it. No worries, then next big thing will be right around the corner, so start enjoying now. What are you waiting for?

Fifty, Nifty, United States….

Fifty Nifty United States from thirteen original colonies;
Fifty Nifty stars in the flag that billows so beautifully in the breeze.
Each individual state contributes a quality that is great.
Each individual state deserves a bow, We salute them now.
Fifty Nifty United States from thirteen original colonies,
Shout ’em, scout ’em, Tell all about ’em,
One by one,til we’ve given a day to every state in the USA

( Ray Charles)

Here’s what your state is famous for:

For the girl (or guy) on the move

In a previous entry, I mentioned that I’m making a few changes in my life. One of them involves a change of scenery. In other words, I”ve recently moved to a new home.  I want to stay close to the places and people that I enjoy the most so I won’t be moving too far. Still yet, I enjoy putting myself in different situations, exploring new areas and learning along the way. Throughout this process I’ve learned a few things that can help anyone on the move.

Donate, dispose, and de-clutter: The first thing I did before going on a packing frenzy is reorganize the possessions I already had. I followed what I like to call, the three D’s: de-clutter, donate, and dispose. It’s so easy to accumulate things without knowing how much we actually have, so it helps to have a “spring cleaning” no matter what season it is. If you haven’t actively used something, let’s say a piece of clothing or furniture, in the past 6 months or so, it might be time to let someone else use it. Donating items to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army can give others the benefit of using your gently used items. Not to mention, you can also get a tax deduction if you do itemized deductions when filing. If the item has completely lost quality or usage, it might just be time to say goodbye and dispose it. It will reduce the amount of time and things you will need to move from one place to another.

Coordinate:  Coordinating logistics of the move was by far the topic that needed the most patience and planning. Moving will give you a chance to “start over” and make changes to the lifestyle you have.

Here are just a few things to consider once you know where you are going to live:

    • When will I be moving?
    • What is the notice period for the place I’m moving from and for the place I’m moving to?
    • Do I need to change my budget for the move?
    • What will my finances look like after the move?
    • How much advance notice will you need to give a moving company or to my friends who help me move? (I would recommend planning this a month in advance, especially in the summertime.)
    • How early can I move into the new place?
    • Are there any pre-move-in procedures I need to go through at the new place?
    • Have I informed all the necessary people about my move? (This can include your personal contacts, the utilities and amenities companies, the post office, etc.)

Something that helps me stay organized during this time is making lists – “to-do” lists for the current and future home and a “to buy” list for the next home. Luckily I have mostly everything needed to furnish a home, so the “to buy” list is short.

Take care: When you become so involved in taking care of everything for the move, it’s easy to forget about taking care of yourself. Don’t let the moving process be an excuse for you not to. Make small adjustments if you need to but don’t deviate too much from how you regularly take care of you. Also give yourself time away from the move. It can be a stressful process so make sure you share your time with your friends and continue to do the activities you enjoy. The moving process will eventually all come together.

Enjoy – You’ve reorganized your belongings, planned for your move and remembered to take care of yourself along the way. You’re settled in the new home now and the only thing left to do is: Enjoy your new home!  It’s your place for new beginnings, new friendships and new memories.

Did you like what you read? Let me know!

Theodor Seuss Geisel ( aka childhood favorite, Dr. Seuss) on Love

Snow day or 67 degree weather

For those who are stuck in the Midwest/ East’s “Snowmageddon” as they are calling it, hope you are enjoying your day(s) off, playing in the heaps of snow.

For those of us who are enjoying the random 67 degree February weather down south or elsewhere, hope you are loving the early Spring weather. Have a wonderful second half to the week!