Gratitude List – July 2016

July 2016 - The month gone by..

July 2016 – The month gone by..

Hangover. Of rains and the weather in Bangalore. The water tables are rising and maybe some good people and organizations are harvesting the rain water. To add to it, the fury of the Sun from this year’s summer is long gone. That washed look on the roads and the greenery all around makes my heart smile.

Also, isn’t it cool that the last day of July falls on a Sunday and then the first day of August will start from the first day of the week? I like these little-organized things. Do you?

July was a good month and it feels that we are fast inching towards the second half of the year. Very soon, festivals and more day offs will follow. Ah! I am already looking forward to Diwali. This month there were many things that I am grateful for. In no particular order, here they are:

Making the news: A few Wikipedians got together this month to create and expand articles on Indian Women in Science. It was a good Saturday and I met women from diverse backgrounds. Together we discussed a lot of issues that women in the field of science face and how things have to change to encourage more girls to pursue science as a career. Research suggests that an equal number of boys and girls take up science in school but then more women drop out later for marriage, raising children or taking care of their family. Sometimes, the pressure is too much to handle. Later that day, a reporter reached out and then my views were quoted by The Hindu. I am grateful for that moment of fame. 

Health: This month was better than the last in terms of workout and taking care of my body. I renewed my Yoga package and got back to it. Alternating between walks and yoga each week, though I haven’t lost a gram, I feel energetic and happy. 20 days a month, averaging 5 times a week I intend to keep up with the pace. Adding to it, the FitBit challenges keep me competitive. I am grateful for having a set of friends who keep each other accountable.  

Work: When I took up Human Resources from being an Engineer, I wanted to learn and see how my work closely ties to people who are critical to the success of any organization. I am learning and my work gives me many opportunities to push my limits and challenge my comfort areas. I am grateful for my job and that it gives me what I need most – learning, appreciation, and satisfaction. Feeling valued is important to me and I am happy to close my month on that note. 

Friends: Every Friday, my god child comes home with her parents. We usually do not step out to dine but we finish all left-overs at home, chat a lot and it ends up being a great start to each weekend. This month – five of us also drove to another corner of the city to spend Saturday night with friends. We had a little house party and it was fun. I am grateful for my set of close folks in Bangalore with whom I can be myself. 

Blogging challenges: I enjoy blogging challenges. One, they push me to stretch and write every day and two, I get to meet new bloggers and build new connections. July was Write Tribe’s – Festival of Words. I am grateful for my readers who visited regularly. The love and encouragement make me write better. I am also taking part in Bar-a-thon during week 1 of August and already looking forward to seeing you all again. 

Photography: A couple of shots this month made me smile. I don’t own a camera and I use my phone to click but sometimes, there are those perfect angles or objects that give life to these pictures. A good thing to happen. Isn’t it? I am grateful for those days of better shots. 

Security: Recently, I travelled to Chennai for a work conference and I had to reach the airport early in the morning. Women’s safety is a matter of concern everywhere. VT offered to drop me and cabs are pretty okay. The thought of travelling alone in a cab scared me. I chose to use the benefit my company provides – taking an escort along. My escort was a guy I see almost every day in office and seeing him first thing in the morning wearing a big smile was very comforting. I am so grateful to work for an organization that places my safety on top priority and of course to D K Nahak, my escort who was professional and humble. 

The world is not at peace. These days, we are waking up to one or the other news of terrorism but that should not stop us from staying hopeful for better days. We should in all ways take care of each other and report any untoward incident. While the governments around the world will do their part, as citizens we also should stay vigilant and play our part. Control what you can and be grateful for what you have. 

How was July for you? What is that one thing you are grateful for that would like to share with me?

Linking this post to Vidya’s Gratitude Circle Blog hop for July 2016.



14 Responses

  1. First of all, congratulations on the mention in the Hindu. I’ve told you this before, but it bears repeating – I admire how much you pack into your life to make it meaningful and how well you balance it all. 🙂
    I love the option of an escort – what a good idea and such a good initiative by your company. The HR team needs to be commended for this… 😉

  2. bellybytes says:

    While I appreciate companies that provide escorts to protect their women employees isn’t it a shame that in big metropolitan cities where supposedly more educated and civilised people live, women aren’t really safe?

  3. Congratulations on the quote and the return to yoga. I too try and practice as much as I can but more than not fall off the wagon.
    I think I am grateful for being spared all the chaos around us. Not getting stuck in the rains and this peaceful Monday 🙂
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  4. I am quite disorganised and my table proves that…hehe. That was quite a shift from engineering to HR!!! Feel that it’s quite a tough job. True, nowadays we are not safe at all and dunno what can happen. Friends are the ones that keep me going from strength-to-strength in life. July been pretty good month to me.

    • Parul Thakur says:

      Good to know that July was good for you, Vishal. Yes, safety is such a big concern. I’m also not very organised. Just a bit here and there 🙂 thanks much for stopping by.

  5. Dashy says:

    A month starting with a Monday feels refreshing, looking forward to the coming month. I’m grateful to have spent a good deal of time with my relatives in the last month. It’s wonderful that you’re working on that Wikipedia project. Very inspiring 😀
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  6. Vidya Sury says:

    Thank you for linking up with the Gratitude Circle bloghop, Parul! I love it when the month starts on a Monday too! And yes, Bangalore is cool, a bit too cool for comfort with the submerging from the rains, which was terrible. Yay for making the news, what a great feeling! Wonderful to read about your godchild, she’s adorable! Happy Bar-a-thon-ing! Glad to hear your health is good. Hugs!
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  7. Rajlakshmi says:

    Congratz on being mentioned in Hindu. I loved that post of yours. Oh you have god child … that’s so sweet 😀 I am sure you are having fun times with her 😀
    So many things to be grateful about 😀 Hope you have an amazing August 🙂
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