Let’s spill the beans #AtoZChallenge

Theme reveal

Let’s spill the beans

For the last two years, I have thought of being more planned and organized when it comes to handling the big boss of blogging challenges. However like it is already evident, I take my own sweet time and then I have no time to plan.

Sneaking from somewhere around, March is already packing its bags and as I think of this ‘theme reveal’ day – what’s on my mind is stories. Stories from people around me. Inspiration and things that warm my heart. Some that hurt and make me think why?

Stories from everyday life. 

Like the last two years, I will try to stay close to topics around women but this time, I am not promising. I am a feminist and equality is what it means to me. So there will be information, issues, stories and like always, food for thought.

Challenges like these are an opportunity to focus energies and if I can pass on some good ones to you, why not? I will also be upfront in admitting that I am not very well prepared. So, be patient and stick around.

I am taking up the A to Z Challenge for the third time this year. Do stop by for your dose of happiness and food for thought. Stay tuned!

Thursday Tree Love #4

I felt that I was not, never had been and never would be a living part of this overpoweringly solid and deeply meaningful world around me.
― John Knowles, A Separate Peace


Thursday Tree love is a new photo feature on this blog. If you would like to play along, post a picture of a tree on your blog and link up using the linky below. Let’s come together to appreciate the beautiful nature around us. 

Are you discovering yourself?

Discovering self..

The sand will slip away with every wave. You need to move to find a firm foot.

In my Yoga class yesterday, the instructor was in a reflective mood. While he was guiding us to various asanas, he spoke of how we need to be discovering ourselves and the limits to which we can stretch our body. As he spoke, my mind wandered to the lives we lead, our daily chores, the need to perform, the goals we run after and the stress we take when we compare ourselves to others.

It may sound clichéd but aren’t we on our respective journeys? We are not in a race where we all start together and run for the finishing line couple of miles away. Our surroundings, upbringing, challenges, thought processes and rest all that we can think of are different. As we grow mentally and physically, we discover ourselves and this never stops. First we can’t stand, then we start to walk and then we run. It’s all about how we push the edges behind which we stand, little by little and find ourselves.

Every path that we take while studying, working or finding our foot starts with a personal journey. We see how much we stretch and then push ourselves. Sometimes, we get comfortable in status quo and then an event changes us. It forces us to move out of this zone and face what is now the new normal. These external or internal triggers help us in this phase of discovering us.

As I think more about this, I feel that this simple process never stops in life. Even as we grow older. Our experience teaches us many lessons, we change and we become better versions of ourselves. It’s never about what one is expecting from us. It is also not about following someone else. Or seeing success in terms of material gains. What matters is if we move that edge a little further for us and no one else.

“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.”
                              ― Ralph Ellison


Writing for #MondayMusings today and this picture has been tagged to MundaneMondays #100. Mel, not a Microblog Monday #133 post by rules but for the bite-sized lesson, I am with you today too. 

Thursday Tree Love #3

Storms make trees take deeper roots.

                     -Dolly Parton

Trees on this space are sure bringing people together. Last week, I received very encouraging responses from fellow bloggers and a few linked up. Here are other entries on Thursday Tree Love #2 from last week that you should check out:


Thursday Tree love is a new photo feature on this blog. If you would like to play along, post a picture of a tree on your blog and link up using the linky below. Let’s come together to appreciate the beautiful nature around us.