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ECHOES – MAGICAL MAY

Time is literally flying, its June already – and do you know what that means?? Just one more month for Game of Thrones season 7 woohoooo 🙂 ❤ and second I would be turning 30 😀 Also RIP to all those New Year Resolutions. All that apart, I welcome you all to my Monthly Favorites series which is a rewind of all the awesome moments in life that made May Magical !!!

Blog Updates
May was a month of relaxing, post the April #AtoZChallenge which I had almost managed to survive the second time. Even though I had jotted down couple of ideas for blog posts I didn’t really get in the head space to actually sit down and blog. Even more so the Project I was working on at work went live and it meant relaxation, no status, no reports, and no defects except for few minor production fixes. I wanted to stay as away as possible from the laptop. But I did something fun in terms of blogging, I posted my first review kind of blog post in the month of May and I kind of liked the whole theme about it. I am planning on doing more posts around product and book reviews in future so that’s a good start. Hoping to have more blog posts up in June.

Work
As I mentioned, the project in which I was leading the quality team went live. I had really worked hard for this cause this was my first project in this new firm that I had joined last year July, plus it was the first time I was working on a retail domain and had to really make my place within the account and kind of make my mark in front of the leadership team. I am so glad it all went well and couldn’t have asked for more. And so after 10 months I now move to another team within the same account and am really looking forward to it, lots to learn still within the retail domain and this project is definitely going to help.

Entertainment
I don’t know what I would have done without Instagram and YouTube. God! There is so much of information out there, so many things to learn am simply amazed. I think give me a laptop a good internet connection and am sorted. I have been watching so many videos on life hacks, howto’s, bujo, photography tips etc and am totally loving it. Do you watch a lot of stuff on YouTube? Do let me know if anything interesting that’s worth watching. Also a lot of movies in many different languages. I think am obsessed about watching movies. 🙂

#fmsphotoaday
One thing that I was totally consistent about was in completing the #fmsphotoaday which is hosted by Fat Mum Slim. I have done this couple of times before also and had enjoyed doing it so that was one thing which kept me occupied this May and am continuing to do it in June as well. I think you guys should also take this up its quite fun. And not just this but Instagram has tons of challenges which is hosted by amazing people. Like the #doodlewithusinjune which is about doodling and the theme is vacation this time, then there is #rockyourhandwriting, #planwithme #photochallenge and lots more. Let me know if you also do a challenge. On that note do check out NJ and Reema’s instagram accounts they are currently doing Poetry challenge this month.

Magical May
The title of this post says Magical May so there had to be something magical about this month and well it certainly is. My first eBook got published this month “Potpourri of Emotions & Moods” in support with Blogchatter which hosted the eBook Carnival post the #AtoZChallenge. Hurray!! (more on this later cause it definitely needs a separate post 😉 )

All in all, May was a wonderful month with lot of learning and fun and happy times. How was your May month, what is that one thing you remember the most from last month, would love to hear from you guys. Hoping June is as beautiful as May for you all and for me. Its monsoons already in Bangalore and the weather has become beautiful ❤

Happy Blogging!!! Live. Love. Laugh ❤ ❤ ❤

ECHOES – ANNIVERSARY AUGUST

It’s hard to believe that August came and went by also and we are almost towards the end of second week of September. And you are not aware of how time flies only on two occasions – either you are too busy or each day passing by is what you don’t want to remember knowingly. 

Blog Updates:
I just managed to make one post the in all of August month. Didn’t even realize when Aug 12th passed by which was my first blog anniversary month. So many things happened in Aug about which i thought i would be publishing a post for example – friendship day, raksha bandhan, anniversary special etc. but nothing happened. After being occupied with my full-time work for 10 hours and then almost close to 3.5 hours in travel there was nothing left within me to open my laptop and blog anything. I haven’t even managed to post my video review on 6 Degrees an initiative by Blog Adda. So 80% of the reason for me not to blog was work the remaining 20% and more critical was losing my friend about whom i had mentioned in the last post. This month too i signed up for a blog challenge in the hope that it would push me blog regularly in Sep but i think this is my page my blog and it should be more of me on it whenever i wanted to write and whenever i felt to instead of being obligated to write towards it. That is the beauty of blogging i believe. You own everything about it.

Job:
IT job is fun if you love what you are doing, but it becomes a pain when there is no scope left for realizing whether you love or hate your job:P After more than a month now in my new role and company i think i have started loving my role but it does come with lot of responsibilities which am still trying to figure out how to handle it all smoothly. I am loving what i do, just need to come up with a better time management and planning to deal with my subordinates peers and management besides my work. And yeah now i have made good friends to with whom i can talk stuff apart from work which is a huge relief considering am the kinds who cannot talk work all the time neither can remain silent like a person who doesn’t even exist in the office…na na.not me at all.

Losing a best friend:
I lost my first best friend when i was in fifth standard – Asha. She passed away due to brain tumour. Another close friend in an accident some five years back. Losing people to death in any way is a huge loss but losing someone who are old or are not keeping well is something we are always prepared deep down in our hearts but losing someone young someone of around your age all of a sudden comes as a huge shock. I lost one of my closest friends whom i had known for over a decade on Aug 16th. Shiva Anna or Valentine as i used to call him , fought his battle for life for almost two weeks that he was on ventilator but finally gave up and left us all alone here to find peace in heaven. He was the most sweetest and truest human being i had met. A wonderful boss, a supportive elder brother, a caring son, the life of all his friends he was everything a human being should be. I have never seen men crying and shedding tears literally the way i saw them do during the funeral of Shiv. None of us wanted to believe what was going home. I still wish that i wake up one day and realize it was all a bad dream. To know that i wont be able to talk to him ever, or see his number ringing on my phone, not being able to call him and talk or laugh with him hurts terribly. Life is so uncertain. I hope he finds peace above in heaven and strength to his family and all other friends to bear with his loss.

Losing loved ones has only made me realize to love and respect the people whom i have in my life. Never to say goodbye after having a fight or an argument, you never know it might be the last time that you are meeting that person. We have got a short time on this world stage, as long as we live up to the expectations of that role and perform our part beautifully all is good. The whole play would turn out to be beautiful. 

Hoping to be on track this month in the next two weeks that’s left and to manage my pending post to be published, wishing you all a Happy September. Love and Respect the people around you 🙂 

ECHOES – JOYOUS JULY

July was a beautiful month; Totally awesome for so many reasons. I didn’t realize how these 31 days passed by. Hop along to know how i celebrated this month in my Monthly Favorites section called ECHOES and July for me was a JOYOUS JULY ❤ ❤ ❤

Birthday Month:
What other reasons one wants for a month to be special?! It was my birthday and i beautifully turned 29. Can’t believe its my last year in my 20’s and it was as special as any other birthday bringing more happiness, goals and promises to self. Friends make your birthday so special when you are away from family and they have been a major reason for my birthdays to be so beautiful every year, be it grand or small celebrations it has always been perfect in its own way. So many wishes from all over the world, thanks a ton to all the blogging community and some amazing friends i made through blogging which was special. And a bunch of hugs to my always so special dear friends who pamper me with love and more importantly pamper me with unconditional love. #Happybirthdaytome 🙂 Looking forward to complete all the promises i made to self.

Blog updates:
I am happy i managed to make good number of posts(22) through the #halfmarathon hosted by Blogchatter. In fact i finished two challenges one a list of 10 day prompts which was inspired from a fellow bloggers post followed by 5 more adding to it. I am also gonna post the review for 6 Degrees soon which i am about to get complete again something being encouraged by Blogadda team. It would be my first video post,watch out for more on that. Well one thing which i couldn’t complete was the Word High July hosted by my dear friend Maria and her buddy. I did start it on a good note but lost track of it 😦 Something that am not really proud of my first challenge that i couldn’t complete. I would though try to use those words in my blog as and when possible. Its always good to learn a new language.

New Job:
Yeah so besides my birthday the other major life event was my new job, i mean same job but with a new firm with a better role and package 😛 I now work for an Indian company which am really proud about called the Mindtree. Its been more than two weeks and i feel good about it. Anything new in life is always a mixed emotions there is excitement, there is fear, there is fear of rejection and being accepted. Its all about starting from scratch to make your presence and make your own place in a big team.

I have made a bunch of colleagues with whom i can chit and chat so its good. Work is keeping me on my toes. Only thing not good about this whole thing is the travel to work -24 kms to be exact that is summed up by almost an hour and half an over ride broken down in parts first a cab to the metro then half an hour in metro again half an hour and bus for me to reach the office at 9.15 am in the morning. So my whole schedule has been changed right with the time i sleep and wake-up the time i eat and everything else. But every trouble and pain is worth the peace of mind i get when i wake up each day to head to work that i love.

Cloud raiders: 
Remember last time when i mentioned about this game which i am addicted to Cloud Raiders ? Well the addiction is only getting stronger 😛 That time i was on level 13 and today am currently at 39 with a lot more army and a decent kingdom. Check out the image below. Its a strategic game with lot of thinking and more than that lot of patience needed. Every time i make an upgrade to one of my weapons it takes min 12 hours which i need to wait unless i spend money (literally money) and buy time. Liking the game..oh let me correct..loving the game! 🙂WhatsApp-Image-20160629

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This is my first post in the month of August. One of my best friend is in the ICU for over a week now and is on ventilator after a brain hemorrhage. I request you all to pray for him and for a miracle to happen. He is one of the most purest souls i have met in my lifetime. Having known him for more than a decade now its really a tragedy to see him like this. 😦 All he needs is our prayers and for that miracle to happen.  #prayforShiva

 Hope your July month was fantastic, its almost half a month in August so late to ask that question was not in the mood really. Lets enjoy each day with our loved ones because life is so uncertain. 

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ECHOES – Just like that JUNE

Woohooo, we have successfully completed half a year of 2016 officially and some really big things that got over like #AtoZChallenge, #GameofThrones Season 6 ( 😛 it’s tough to wait for another year) , long vacation, lots of blogging and reading and meeting amazing bloggers in person 😀

So here I am with yet another Monthly Favorites section of mine called ECHOES and June for me was JUST LIKE THAT. ( It was good, am saving the adjective starting with J for next month July, so if you have any suggestion let me know so that I can update the title of this month 😛 )

Blog updates
Yes after almost not making any posts (not even 5 😦 ) in the month of May, I finally managed to get back on track and publish around 10 posts which I know I know is a lot less as far as my 2016 Blogging Resolution was but then 10 is better than 5 😀 So it’s all good people. 😀 In fact I was actually planning on making some changes to my blog considering the fact that my first blog anniversary is almost around the corner like number of posts a month, new topics to be covered, new sections to be added/updated, scheduling my posts, taking part in guest blog etc. Yeah so you can see many new topics and things happening on my blog. Wish me luck 😀

Work getting published – What better than this
June as a month was awesome in terms of my work being acknowledged by blogging communities and it was really overwhelming and encouraging and inspiring for a new blogger like me. Some of my work got published on the below pages. Please do check them out. I am trying to now work on exclusive content moving forward giving me more chance to broaden my horizons in terms of writing.

What I loved about Zootopia published on Women’s WebWomen's Web_Article_Zootopia
Guest post on #AtoZChallenge “Lesson’s Learnt” on A-Z Community Page A-Z Community page Guest Post

#TTPicks – Tangy Tuesday on Blog Adda for the Companion post TTPicks

Lot of Doodles and Zentangles
Ohh yes nothing new for you guys am sure now, I have been doodling and doing zentangles like non stop now. It’s seriously addictive. Thanks to the abundance of inspiration and source as Internet. It’s so helpful for amateurs like us to learn and grow not just one particular style or hobby but everything under the sky is there over the net all we need is the passion to learn. I am trying different styles botanical, flowers, geometrical patterns, lines, cartoons etc. 😀 #arttherapy you see 😛

Instagram is the coolest thing ever
I have been using Instagram for quite sometime now but the last one month has really helped me understand the power of #hashtags. Earlier i used to upload pics (of my drawings) and people on my contact list used to like and comment them limiting my scope. But lately after using decent and good hashtags appropriate for my artwork, i have got amazing visit from so many people all over the world.

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More than getting likes and comments and followers it’s more like getting to know so many other amazing people out there who share the same interest and passion as yours. I came across some amazing instagrammers whom i now follow religiously and have learned a lot from them ❤ ❤ If you have a business, or a passion be it DIY, art and craft, fashion, photography, food anything I would suggest you to use Instagram as a method of sharing and learning. You’ll thank me for sure .

Cloud Raiders
I use a windows lumia 640 xl mobile phone, and there aren’t much gaming options in for the windows user. Even more am not much into mobile gaming the ones i play are mostly puzzles, hidden objects or building empires and cities. Few days back I came across an article on must have gaming apps for windows phone and i immediately installed all 10 of them tried few and uninstalled 9 by next day end.WhatsApp-Image-20160629

Only when game which caught my interest was the Cloud Raiders. Am loving this game so much that someone like me who sleeps by 11.30-12pm is awake until morning 4am playing this game, setting up alarms on my mobile to know whenever the upgrades i am making to my empire is completed so that i can play further. Games can be addictive too. 😀 Any windows and Cloud Raiders users on my blog??? 

And that’s a wrap for the month of June month. It was a beautiful month with lot of excitement and productive work, lot of learning i would say. How was your June month (considering one more day to go still). ???

Am looking forward for the Word-High July Challenge hosted by  Maria of Doodles and Scribbles and  Rosema of A Reading Writer which is a whole month worth of prompts that are 30 beautiful Filipino words below will serve as the prompt for each day of the month. You should check out this challenge if you love learning new things especially something as cool as a language which has some beautiful sounding and meaning words like KILIG which means “butterflies in one’s stomach” or TINATANGI that means “special someone”. How melodious isn’t it? 

Leaving you all with this note which keeps pushing me to learn something new – When was the last time you did something for the first time??

And it’s time to welcome JULY because it’s special for me ❤ ❤ ❤

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