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#AtoZChallenge DAY03: C for COURAGE

Day: #03 || Alphabet : C || Theme: Emotions || Word: Courage

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“Courage is the willingness to act in spite of fear” – Michael Hyatt

It’s the third day into the #AtoZChallenge and I am having my spirits still high so much that i actually started drafting this post yesterday (Sunday). I totally forgot that Sundays are off and you need not post anything. 😛 😛

COURAGE – is a very strong emotion. C.S Lewis says, “Courage is not simply one of the Virtues, but the form of every Virtue at its testing point…”.  Courage is not an emotion that the soldiers have in their heart while fighting for us at the borders or the other military personals have, what we see in superheroes but courage is in simple everyday things like waking up out of bed every single morning even though you had a bad and terrible last night. How can any other Virtue exist without first having the courage to open oneself up to let them in and then begin acting upon them? ?

Do-You-Have-The-Courage-to-Price-HighCourage is to make yourself believe that you are more than what you are in your dreams and aspirations. To come out of your comfort zone and take the risk in achieving things that you always wanted to do.

Courage is to take the huge leap of faith in relationships, at work things that you might believe wouldn’t work but yet you are ready to take the huge plunge.

Courage is what I have seen in my mother who battled Rheumatoid Arthritis for 15 years and still had that pleasant smile and confidence in her that she is strong until she breathed her last. Many terminally ill people are the most courageous people you would ever come across in life, they have the courage to fight death and pain and embrace life every single day.

Courage is rising up again when you fall cause falling isn’t failing, it simply means you had the strength to try and the courage to rise up again. It shows how strong you are as a person every time somebody didn’t believe in you or didn’t stand by you when you fell.

 

Courage is to give life another chance in relationships, to open yourself to fall in love after a bad marriage. Courage is to accept your body and believe in how beautiful you are as a person and not be a definition of beauty according to random people. Courage is to keep looking ahead at your goal in life and not worry about the journey you travel.
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Courage is not always to voice out your opinion but to listen to the other person. To feel empathy for the less privileged and to bring just a smile on their faces. Courage is to be gentle and to love the unloved.

Courage is to have an open mind, so that you can learn from all the possibilities and from the front and be a guiding light. Take the road less traveled so that in future it becomes the route others take. In the 21st century , the ability to UNLEARN and RELEARN is an example of being courageous with the sense of humbleness.

For me Courage is to have that FIREWORK inside you that lets you live every single day only to make it better than yesterday and better than the tomorrow. 

Isn’t making time, being open to share our knowledge and views to post every single day in April month as part of the challenge despite many other things that we all need to do in our daily life-like family, work , kids, business etc only because blogging is our passion and our source of happiness – a Courageous thing we as bloggers do? Tell me what is courage to you , i would be happy to know and learn.

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ALL COURAGE TAKES IS ONE LAST POSITIVE THOUGHT TO CANCEL OUT THE ONE HUNDRED NEGATIVE THOUGHTS BEFORE IT.

P.S : Tried some gifs for the first time on my blog. Did you like them?

#AtoZChallenge DAY02: B FOR BOREDOM

Day: #02 || Alphabet : B || Theme: Emotions || Word: Boredom

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Huh so is the excitement still on for the #AtoZChallenge – definitely Yes!!! 🙂 So why not talk about the second common emotion which human beings feel BOREDOM. Yeah you heard it!! This might come out as a surprise but as per psychological studies humans get bored in their average life more than feeling any other emotion.

What exactly is the definition of Boredom? (definitions from Google)

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I get bored easily. I relate my boredom to my syndrome Periodic Attraction about which i had mentioned in an earlier post. 

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Boredom is actually just a state of mind. It’s all in our head. It’s not reality but just a pattern. We get bored with people, we get bored with our job, we get bored with our lifestyle at some point of time and we also get bored with Life . But what we never do is to try to solve Boredom. We just keep telling to ourselves that we are bored and bored and bored till being bored also becomes boring. 😛 😛 😛 

But everything has a positive side to it. Boredom – It’s God’s way of telling you that you’re simply wasting time. There could be so many things we could do when we get bored all we need to do is realize. There is a huge difference between being bored and being lazy. Being bored is only related to the feeling triggered in one’s head.

WHEN BOREDOM STRIKES, CREATIVITY SHOULD TAKE OVER ITS PLACE. Don’t you think so? And there are so many things we can do.

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We never think of all the good things we can do. We simply prefer sitting and being a couch potato and do nothing. And then we realize how much time we have wasted. I regret not starting to blog very early, there have been days when i was just sitting and doing nothing productive in life. And i didn’t even like what i was doing then. Better late than never, i now blog cause i enjoy it. 

People get bored with the kind of work they do, and it leads to lack of interest in work, giving from 100% to bare minimum. If you get bored quit- take up something more interesting which would make you happy doing it every single day. 

Sometimes we get bored with the people around us, that doesn’t mean am telling you to distance yourself from them. Instead find out what is the reason. Maybe there is something that you guys don’t like or which you don’t agree doing together. The ultimate solution to boredom is not sit and crib about the problem but to find a solution to kill the problem which is being BORED!

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Don’t waste time, do something new. Ask yourself when was the last time you did something new and if you are taking a lot of time to get the answer you better get your ass up and do something about it. Work is  your daily bread you have to do it(sometimes you like doing it or not). Relationships are important (we are social animals). Being happy ? Being productive in life? Being able to do something for your own self? All this is if you take control of your mind and heart and realize the importance of time which passes by. 

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So if you are not bored reading this boring post of mine please do come back tomorrow cause its gonna  be exciting 😛 

#AtoZChallenge Day01: A for ANTICIPATION

Day: #01 || Alphabet : A || Theme: Emotions || Word: Anticipation

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Yipee!!! Finally the #AtoZChallenge  has begun and I can’t tell you how excited I am . Well what better way to start my Theme – Emotions with a happy and positive one ANTICIPATION  Yes!!!! Didn’t all of us go through this emotion right since the #AtoZ  Signup had began. 

What exactly is the definition of Anticipation ? (definitions from Google)

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Gustave Flaubert said “Pleasure is found first in Anticipation, later in memory” I think like we have always heard more than the destination the journey matters i think it truly describes the emotion Anticipation. Reading about it in their site, reading posts of previous challenge survivors i had already begun spinning in my head that no matter what am gonna take this challenge up. And this journey began almost around September last year. I have never waited eagerly for something like this. 

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I started working around the theme that i would want to write upon. Trust me i had like five different themes and words already drafted all i had to do was make a choice. Being the Sensitive , #AmplifiedEmotional (new term i think i would use for myself) Human being i am i couldn’t stop from finalizing EMOTIONS as my first theme. 🙂 🙂 And here I am with the first post. I don’t know yet whether i would survive it or not, but as long as am gonna travel this journey am excited about it. I don’t want to feel nervous about proving myself to me or to anyone else. I just want to enjoy every moment in this month and i am gonna do it with all my ❤

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Life is always best enjoyed when you look forward to all the good things that are gonna happen. Problems that have solution should not be worried about much; and ones which don’t have  solutions there is no point in worrying about it.  Anticipation is like looking forward to that beam of light at the end of a dark tunnel. Its like the countdown of time and the entire memory that you make as the clock keeps ticking.

I am anticipating all good things as part of the #AtoZChallenge like – Surviving it, Meeting new bloggers, the knowledge i would gain by reading about so many topics (1700 + bloggers * 26 posts 😀 ) . The satisfaction i would have when i post the 26th blog for alphabet Z. I am gonna do this and give my 100% as i enjoy this journey of April month.

Today is also a special day as its my brother Sanjay’s birthday!!! Here is my fav pic of the two of us and a message to him

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Growing up as a kid wouldn’t have been a happy memory if it was not you by my side to fight and play. Thank you for always showing me the right path, standing up for me in front of mom and dad and sharing my share of scolding and beatings.For making sure am not hurt by anyone or anything, for keeping your calm and being strong in front of me the entire time when mom passed away so that i don’t cry..for deciding to move back home so that i can continue my career here in Bangalore and many other moments. I have memories with you that would always make me want to be born as your little sister again and again ❤ ❤ ❤
You have been my strength all this while and shall forever be. I know you would do anything in this world to make me happy. I love you. Hope you have the best birthday brother Be the coolest Sanjay that everyone knows you for. To the most handsome man i have known, the one with most warmest heart and the strongest man who always stands up for his loved ones and beyond. I love you and i miss you tons. Loads of hugs and kisses to the most charming brother one can have.
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P.S: Hopefully this would be my first and last post during the challenge which would be lengthy 😛 Happy blogging and all the best everyone!

7 days for #AtoZChallenge

The countdown finally begins – just seven more days to go for the Ultimate Blogging Challenge – #AtoZChallengeI am already getting into the “oh my god will i be able to survive it” zone even before the challenge has actually begun.

So as I always mention in my posts about the happiness an IT folk guy gets during a long weekend, this time too I have an off today (Good Friday) so technically I have three days in hand to do some prep work for the challenge. Like prepare the draft blogs which would have introductory stuff basic ones , signatures to be left on comment, bookmark the blogs I wanna revisit during the challenge, collect images that I would be posting on the blog etc (scroll to the end to visit links that would help you with more details on these tipsbut the typical me just plans all this in the head and executes nothing. 😛 I know it would be that instant flow of words which would come when I would sit to post every single day in April (I work better when my tail is on fire) Plus the Bangalore Summer is not helping me do anything interesting 😦

And when am bored being a couch potato I see the Blogging A to Z Facebook notification of John Holton introducing his Minions , which means I would be on the post somewhere brings this immense boost of happiness and energy to execute all that I had planned. I am a Minion and can’t be a lazy ass. I am the one who should be encouraging others to maintain the enthusiasm and excitement isn’t it? 😉

So go ahead and click here to read more about HOLTON’s HEROES

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Lets get this challenge done. Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success!!!! 🙂 ❤

All the best to everyone who has signed up for the Challenge.

Check out the below links to get some tips and tricks for surviving and enjoying the #AtoZChallenge:

Track of blogs you want to visit
Creating Signature
Finding Images
Blog Checkup

Live.Love.Laugh and Keep Blogging!!! ❤

P.S : That brings up my 50th post on the blog 😉

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Drum Roll – #AtoZChallenge -Theme Reveal 2016

#AtoZChallenge 2016 Theme Reveal is here !!!!

Whats special today?? March 21st is the Theme Reveal day for all the bloggers who have chosen a particular theme for the Ultimate Blogging Challenge in the world – the #AtoZChallenge. As discussed in the previous blog, should i have a theme?? Not Really!!! A theme is not a mandatory thing to be followed during the challenge but it just helps you declutter your thoughts, be well prepared and channelized and more importantly gives the audience a heads up on what to expect from your blog during the challenge.

Since this is my very first year into Blogging and more importantly my first ever daily blogging challenge( i thought of starting with the toughest one) i decided on going ahead with a theme for the challenge. And drum rolls, my theme for my first ever #atozchallenge is

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Yes, you read it right. My theme for the challenge is gonna be related to EMOTIONS, MOODS ,STATE OF MIND of a human beings. Being the emotional creatures we are, and more specifically the Emotional Human Being I am (Cancerian 😛 ) i thought what better than to pour my heart out all in all during this challenge.

What can you expect ? My posts could be like my blog a potpourri of posts, articles, poems, doodles etc. 

I am also a Minion:D 😀 😀 for more details click here. I would be reblogging John’s blog post soon which would be an insight into the Holton’s Heroes team

Holton's HeroesIt would be really great if you could give your feedback, comments, suggestions and keep visiting my blog during the April month. Please feel free to contribute or if interested in doing a guest blog please do drop me a mail or connect with me via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google +

Wishing all the participants the very best! Let’s do this together and celebrate the joy of Blogging 🙂 Hoping to meet many new and old folks during the one month of blog marathon..woohoo!!! Let the game begin

Live.Love.Laugh and Keep Blogging!!!

#AtoZChallenge 2016: Everything you need to know

Writing Challenges is always a favorite for the Blogging Community and then there comes the month of April which binds so many bloggers around the world under one single umbrella and that my friend is the #AtoZChallenge. I started blogging 7 months back and have been taking up writing challenges every now and then but there was this #AtoZChallenge phrase attracting me towards it on many of the blogs i follow and was eagerly waiting for the sign up to begin for the 2016 challenge – mother of all daily blogging challenges.

Why take up the Challenge? – Blogging consistently is in itself a challenge and when you got to blog daily it becomes a real deal. It just pushes you to take time, sort things in head and actually go ahead and post every single day no matter what your life is going through apart from the blog world.Besides this bloggers from all around the world on different platforms and different kind of blog content would be participating in this. So you get to meet many new bloggers, read and share their posts, all in all its the perfect time in the blogging world to be in (this would be my first time, yet i am sure that’s how its gonna feel)

What is the Challenge?-  Blog through the entire month of April, excluding Sundays which gives you posting daily for 26 days and each day dedicated to the English alphabet. So on April 01st – you post your topic starting with A, 2nd April with B and so on up until April 30th – Z. The challenge begins on April 01st, and if you haven’t signed up for it, it’s still not late. Give it a shot at least – click here for sign- up

Is it all about posting daily?  No. If you are a blogger you know the importance of visiting new blogs , acknowledging followers and comments on your blog. So yes, the challenge is beyond posting daily. Make sure you reply to the suggestions and comments you receive. Keep your Sundays for these(that’s my plan).Make sure you visit at least five new blogs every day and few more on Sundays if possible.

Keep it short – Let’s be practical, with so many people taking up the blogging challenge, long posts would never attract many people. Neither would you prefer reading posts which are lengthy during the challenge. So keep it short anywhere between 100 -300 words and you are good to go!

Scheduling posts? Experience matters!!! And so many of the #AtoZChallenge survivors suggest to schedule your posts well in advance, with only a fortnight to go it’s always smart to draft your posts so that when the actual day comes you get time to visit more blogs besides your own. There are many like me who tell this but never really follow what we ourselves say. Though i have drafted the words i would be using and the theme i am gonna write on. With that moving on to the Theme

Is a theme necessary???  Not necessarily. Having a theme simply helps you filter out and strategize your thoughts and ideas focusing on a particular topic. Moreover it might help you learn deeper about a certain thing you have been wanting to. And would definitely help you with topics for the alphabets Q, Y ,X, Z 🙂 😛  (I was not getting what to write and finally when i picked up a theme, choosing topics became easier for me). We also have a separate sign-up list for the Theme Reveal which is on the 21st of March. Many participating bloggers who have chosen a theme would be revealing it to the community so that one knows what to expect from their blogs.

Cool Stuff?  Go ahead and put up the #AtoZChallenge badge on your blogs sidebar and let the world know you are participating in one of the worlds biggest blogging challenges. Alphabet badges

Together we can – Join a writing community so that you don’t lose the excitement half the way and you always have the back of one another to achieve the ultimate goal. Working together is always productive. Encourage your blog friends to take up the challenge and brainstorm your way through the April month. Guess what? You can also have guest blogs during the challenge and its gonna be fun. This is a shout out to my friends with whom i am taking up the challenge – NimiDarshithReemaPratyusha and KP.

Stats – In 2010  nearly 100 bloggers started the Challenge and most of those saw it through to the end. The buzz about that event spread and this year we already have 1223 people signed up across the globe. Cool?!

Why is the Challenge special to me??  This would be my first ever #AtoZChallenge, more specifically my first ever daily blogging challenge that i am taking up. The only one i had done so far was 3-day quote challenge. And even more exciting thing about this is am a Minion too 🙂 A minion is the one who helps the one of the Co-Hosts of the #AtoZChallenge and am part of Holton’s Heroes (a badge is on my left sidebar – more on this later). Below are the Co-Hosts of the Challenge.

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Heather M. Gardner
Jeremy @ Hollywood Nuts
AJ Lauer
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian
Damyanti Biswas @ Daily Write
Zalka Csenge Virág @ The Multicolored Diary
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
John Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing

So do you take what it is to be a part of the Ultimate Blogging Challenge? One more fortnight to go, loads of excitement and nerve cracking moments all waiting for you. Go ahead and sign-up for the challenge. 

Let me know if you have any queries and i would be happy to help. Also get all the latest information by the below sites.

We have a Facebook Page and Pinterest Site
Email address is contactatozteam@gmail.com
Twitter hashtag is #AtoZChallenge and Twitter id is @AprilA2Z

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Live.Love.Laugh and Keep Blogging!!! ❤