Gratitude List – March 2017

As I think about March, I see strong Sun and bright things. While the heat kept me on the edge, the bright things sure brought smiles. That includes unexpected showers in the city and a lot of good food. While work remained on the higher side, there were moments that have been marked for the year. March did march in the true sense. I was able to get some order in life and there is still a lot of work to be done on that front. I need to get better about managing my food and keeping workouts in place.

All that for some other day. Today is about gratitude and things in March that made me feel grateful. In no particular order, here they are –

Food: I experimented a lot with food this month. No, I haven’t started cooking but these were food outings with folks at work. With summers, my daily intake of yogurt has gone up and I also tried making carrot and tomato soup at home that turned out well. While I am watching my weight, I am slowly progressing towards lighter dinner every day. Sugar is out and jaggery powder is in. I am grateful to have foodies around who share ideas and recipes that I can use.

Work: Like February, work kept me going. I am enjoying the change, the newness and things I am learning. It is important for me is to be able to make a difference and my work gives me that opportunity. I am grateful for a job that gives me financial stability and an opportunity to leverage my strengths. Add to that the support from people around me.

Junie: Our apartment guard brought a little pup and his girls named her Junie. She is energetic and a heart warmer. I love how she jumps with excitement when she sees us. I have never had pets but looks like I will get to watch Junie up close. I am grateful to have a new experience and this one is a sure shot at giving me those quick smiles when I leave for work or get back home.

Baking: One of the working days, I was a bit tired and wanted to channelize my energy. Writing or reading would have been my thing but I found a recipe on the internet and went ahead to try it. The result? A healthy and good to taste banana cake. The recipe included whole wheat flour, banana, jaggery powder, yogurt and very little olive oil. I am grateful to the baking Gods for showering some sense into my puny brain.

Blogging: Early this month I began contemplating about blogging and if I should pursue this one. For me, blogging gave me the raison d’être. If I stop blogging, I am not sure how organized my writing would be. With all those thoughts, one day while at work I met KJ in the hallway. The usual conversations led to this lady telling me much how much my writing inspires her. It was a moment that I cannot forget. My mind did not believe her but the honesty in her words made me think of the readers and followers I have gained over last four years. I am grateful that there are genuine folks around who encourage me when no one even knows what’s going on in my mind. This month my blog stats also hit a lakh which was sure a happy day this side. So, if you are worried, don’t be. I am here for the long haul. ThursdayTreeLove is going to stay.

Holi with friends: March was festival time and we had a lovely Holi with friends. I cooked gujhiyas over the weekend and then played with colors and dined with friends. It’s a joy sharing good times with folks we love and I am grateful to have friends who are family.

Like always there have been pictures and sky shots, some tweets and a lot of conversations. While VT is keeping up with his upcoming examinations, I am getting the time to read and be my myself. I am watching my water intake and taking more steps than the previous day. Fitbit is a blessing. Can you believe that we are already done with the first quarter of the year? Are you keeping up with your goals? How has March been for you? What is that one thing you are grateful for this month?

Linking to Vidya’s Gratitude Circle for March 2017 and with Sanch for the Month that was.. 

9 Responses

  1. NEHA JAIN says:

    It is a strange thing when I see people who love their work & are passionate about it. I also love what I do & it is always a great feeling to meet like minded people. Glad to connect through #GratitudeCircle. 🙂

  2. I want to get friendly with Junie since I too love dogs. Happy for you, Parul !!!
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  3. Are you keeping up with your goals?
    -> Nyahhh :-/

    How has March been for you?
    -> Nothing great but luckily could make a weekend road trip with childhood pals :-))

    What is that one thing you are grateful for this month?
    -> My new motorcycle 😛

  4. Shilpa says:

    Ah I love holi & Gujiyas .. miss them both . It’s been ages since I played holi, thanks to hubby dear 🙄. Love to make gujiyas one day .. need to find a easiest recipe for a basic cook.🤔

  5. chattywren says:

    Nice to read happenings at your end! I believe coming to know how one has inspired someone else provides a big high…I am also trying to cut down sugar and sweets in my diet , not making too much progress yet. Wishing you a great month of April.

  6. Laurel Regan says:

    Sounds like you’ve had a full, fun, and rewarding month. So happy for you, and thankful you shared!

  7. Alice Gerard says:

    For me, March has been an adventure! I have done some freelance news stories for my local weekly newspaper. Learning about the world of coyotes was fascinating. Hearing the stories of cancer survivors was inspiring. Doing a lot of drawing and painting has been fun and fulfilling. Watching my world come back to life with those little plants that sprout from the ground, despite snow and cold, has been joyful. Thank you for asking about my March experience! I hope that you have a great April!

  8. Good that you are not going anywhere because I love your voice. The strange thing is I was contemplating if I should continue blogging. For some reason, everything seemed futile. But I’m hanging in there. You know when I read about your love for your work it makes me want to give that much more to my work and see if I get that love in return. So keep inspiring me Parul, stay here for me and your other readers 🙂

  9. Marcie says:

    Me Before You. The movie is even better! I heard the second book is really good, better than the first! I’m anxious to read it.

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