How To Keep Your New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone!

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” 
― Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Year 2018 is here! A brand new year and a spanking new set of dreams, aspirations and resolutions! Yes, it’s that time of year again. The time of year when we feel as if we have to turn over a new leaf and become a new, improved us! It is a time for people to reflect on their past year’s behavior and promise to make positive lifestyle changes. Whether you have a list of actual resolutions or are just vowing to set a daily objective – the point of it all is to accomplish goals and make amends, right?

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So, how to make this time round more successful, without failing? Well it’s not as hard as you might think! There are some really easy ways to set yourself on the path to success –

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Growth

“Once you hit rock bottom, that’s where you perfectly stand; That’s your chance of restarting, but restarting the right way.” 
― Justin Kanayurak

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About the photo –
Clicked by Nexus 6P phone (and edited by Snapseed App), on my trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee at the Ruby Falls – this photo, for me, highlights the process of “GROWTH.”
Depicted here in the photo is – a Stalactite (which is – an icicle-shaped formation that hangs from the ceiling of a cave, and is produced by precipitation of minerals from water dripping through the cave ceiling) and a Stalagmite (which is – an upward-growing mound of mineral deposits that have precipitated from water dripping onto the floor of a cave) – growing, drop by drop, over a million of years to form a Column, overcoming any challenges and distress thrown at them.
Resilient, irrepressible and effervescent – these so-called “rock formations” in the middle of no-where, braving through hardships and experiencing testing times, are a perfect reminder to us – to never Give Up Growing!
When you don’t wait for a perfect environment, but en-cash on the worst that the life throws at you – Growth is inevitable!

Weekly Photo Challenge : Growth

Love,

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Bye Bye 2017

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
― T.S. Eliot

Hey everyone! Finally, it is December 31st! Last day of the year – new hopes, fresher dreams!

Oh, what a difference a year can make! One year ago, on September 1, 2016 I moved to Memphis (TN) Since then, almost everything has changed in my life. With a change in my status from “a career-oriented professional” to “a homemaker” and now “an ambitious blogger” – year 2017 has been a year of aspirations, dreams and yearnings. It’s been a year of “testing waters” and “taking a plunge” – some “bittersweet moments” and some “fun!”

A year ago I was misplaced and distracted. With everything changing so quickly around me, I was confused and dazed. Aimless and unguided, I was lost at my own space. Thankfully, things changed for good! Post some dark clouds and silver linings – 2017 seemed like a year of dreams. Now I am living a meaningful, thoughtful life, where I have a loving family to get home to, a wonderful husband to take care of and a blog that I can work upon. (Phew! What a year!)

From living a lackluster life, to having a website of my own – 2017 has been a wholesome year for me creatively. With 454 followers (since 12th October, 2017), 8,625 views, 2,877 visitors, 4,611 likes and 199 comments – this year has been the year of realizing dreams and working towards my goals with zeal and devotion. It’s been a year where I took the reigns for my future into my own hands and decided to pursue my visions and fancies. From writing about my Personal Stories to taking part in Photo Challenges and documenting my Travel Shenanigans  – 2017 has been eventful, action-packed and memorable!

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The Liebster Award

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Hey Everyone!

Guess what! I have made it to the list of one of the most prestigious (in its own ways) award’s on WordPress – The Liebster Award. Yay! I am stoked and humbled at this recognition and I thank Matthew G for the nomination. An amazing writer, an awesome poet and a skeptic – Matthew G is one of the most refreshing bloggers on WordPress. Check out his blog – Grabba for some interesting reads.

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My 6 Favorite Phone Wallpapers

Hi Everyone! I am so delighted to share with you my 6 favorite phone wallpaper designs for this festive season! Well yes, I love to change up my phone’s home screen and lock screen wallpapers on a regular basis and to serve that purpose – I am always on the hunt for cute new designs and images on Pinterest. Umm, what’s a life without some bling and a riot of colors, right?

Why this post (and not something high on intellect?)
1 Because – “Sharing is caring”
2 It’s almost CHRISTMAS! (And who wants to be serious!) I hope these digital wallpapers brighten your day (and your phone!) From me to you –

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PC – healthythenewblack.com
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Trip To Pensacola Beach

Hi Everyone! I hope (and yearn) that you’ve read and liked my “Travel Memoirs” about – Meeting Mr. Jack (Jack Daniel’s Distillery Tour) ; Trip To Bir Billing (My Paragliding Experience) ; Trip To San Francisco (My San Francisco Experience) and Trip To Chattanooga. If not, you should! (Cause it’s fun and informative to read!) Well, I bring to you another one of my travel shenanigans – my remiss trip to Pensacola Beach, Florida.

Pensacola, Florida is the westernmost city in the Florida Panhandle known for the “World’s Whitest Beaches!” Named as one of the top 25 beaches to visit by TripAdvisor, Pensacola is a perfect little place to rewind, rejuvenate and loosen up. Also, nicknamed as “The City of Five Flags”, due to the five governments that have ruled it during its history : the flags of Spain (Ca-stile), France, Great Britain, the Confederate States of America and the United States of America – Pensacola is more than just pretty beaches and mouth-smacking food. Founded in 1559, Pensacola has rigorously preserved its historic architecture and memorable framework, making it an ideal excursion destination for all age groups. With so much to see, experience and comprehend – Pensacola, for sure is more than just a pretty face!

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The famous Pensacola landmark
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Trip To Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee is a “traveler’s nirvana!” Known for its various tourist attractions like – The Incline Railway, Rock City, Ruby Falls, Tennessee River-walk, Tennessee Aquarium and The Lookout Mountains to name a few, Chattanooga is an excellent vacation stop for tourists. The city lies 120 miles (190 km) north-west of Atlanta, Georgia, 120 miles (190 km) south-west of Knoxville, Tennessee, 135 miles (217 km) south-east of Nashville, Tennessee, 120 miles (190 km) north-east of Huntsville, Alabama, and 148 miles (238 km) north-east of Birmingham, Alabama. It is a growing, vibrant city which is refreshingly unique in its own ways. Tucked between the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, along the beautiful Tennessee River, Chattanooga, undoubtedly is one of America’s most breathtaking cities. Made famous by the 1941 song “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” the city brims with history, culture, new businesses, beautiful outdoor attractions and flavorful FOOD!

Since we both (Me and my Huz) are high on “travel-adrenaline” – Chattanooga was our next destination on the “travel-goals-checklist!” It took us 4 h 53 min to reach our destination from Memphis, Tennessee (Distance covered – 337.0 mi/542.3 km) via I-40 and I-24 E. With some exaggerated bends and picture-perfect scenic views – the drive gets better by the hour. Aptly called the “Scenic City,” the city has so much to offer and sight-see!

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5 Shades of M·A·C (My Top 5 Favorite Lipstick Shades)

“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” 
― Gwyneth Paltrow

Festivities! Family dinners! Cozy colors! Warm decor! There is so much to love about fall! It is the season of gorgeous “fall colors” and everything delightful. This is the time when you look your “wonderful you” in your warm cashmere (flaunting your bewitching fall lip shades!)

As much as I appreciate and love the “girl next door” simple-nude look, I can’t deny how much fun it is to get all dolled up,every once a while. A hint of kohl, some mascara and bright lips – you are all set to dash-off the “Look Of Fall”! Also, buying a new lipstick is an effortless, easy and cost-effective way to augment your look for this season! Its simple, yet adequate.

Here’s a list of my 5 favorite M·A·C shades –

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Trip To San Francisco (My San Francisco Experience)

San Francisco, California is a popular tourist destination famous for it’s tech savvy start-ups, Pacific Ocean views, colorful neighborhoods (each with their unique spin), immigrants (thanks to the “Gold Rush”of 1849), fog, steep inclined hills, gravity defying houses and delicious FOOD! “The City By The Bay” as it is also called, boasts of world-famous landmarks including The Golden Gate Bridge, The Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Warf, Chinatown District, Lombard Street and The Painted Ladies to name a few. Traveler’s paradise, San Francisco sure does have so much history, culture, facts and food to offer.

My traveler’s dream of visiting “The Fog City” came true a few weeks back (November 10th, 2017) when my husband was invited over for a business trip to attend an all “data-scientists” conference in San Francisco. (Thanks to the “dot-com bubble!”) With a flight change and a layover at Dallas, Texas – it took us 7 hours to reach SF from Memphis, Tennessee. (Total distance covered – 2,091.6 miles/3363.53 km!)

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San Francisco!
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Happy Thanksgiving

“Thank you is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.”
Alice Walker

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful day, brimming with family, friends and great food! (Tis, the season to be thankful!)

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