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The Air I breathe: Reflections of Joy- A to Z 2014

The Air I breathe: Reflections of Joy- A to Z 2014

Today, May 1st, is a strange mixture of emotions.

On the one hand, I am fully pumped and thrilled that I simultaneously have managed to complete two month-long challenges:


(Clicking on the links will take you to my entire set of posts for those challenges)

On the other, there are a series of thoughts that run through my head as I think back on April.

First thing that I feel today is satisfaction.  That emotion that comes from a job completed and that quiet sense of happiness that I (and so many capable others!) managed to stick it through to the end!

The second emotion is relief! Yes, I am happy that I don’t have to worry about a post a day for some time to come. Although it’s been exhilarating and invigorating, it has also been tiring. This probably means I will take a break from frequent blogging, at least in May. 

Next emotion is that of gratitude. A to Z, especially has been a very rewarding experience, in terms of meeting new bloggers and getting to know hidden facets about some seasoned ones 🙂 I have discovered some gems in the blogging world, thanks to this amazing worldwide challenge. 

This post would be incomplete if I did not mention the faithful visits and comments by so many of you on my posts! 

Although this isn’t exhaustive, here are some regular visitors/ fellow A-Z bloggers who lifted my smile everyday:

Sreeja, Srilakshmi, Psych Babbler, TulikaVidya Sury, Swathi, Aditi, Jayanta, Carol, Cat, Beloo, Nabanita, Rajlakshmi, Corinne, Richa, Proactive Indian, Sunila, Eli, Sulekha, Pheno , Kathy, Suzy, Shilpa, Sfurti, Danny, Monica, Ananya, Inderpreet, Gauri, Prasanna, Shalini and I am sure I have missed mentioning many others!

That feeling of camaraderie lasted all through April and although I haven’t done enough justice to some blogs all this time, I have bookmarked all these lovely blogs and intend to catch up on their posts over the coming months. Let’s face it, we all love comments, whether they pop up immediately or after a hiatus. So, fear not, dear fellow bloggers. If I have omitted your blog, I will make it up to you over time.

This, then, is the air that I breathe today. That air is filled with love, happiness, friendship and satisfaction.

My post on How to Survive a Blogging Marathon in six steps is now up too. Do check it out!

❤ Did you participate in either challenge? 

What are some of the feelings you have at the end of it all?

❤ Do share in the comments below 🙂 

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Zest for life

Zest for life

You can find it in a young cub when he climbs a tree

You can find it in a mountaineer when she scales that impossible peak

You can see it in an earthworm, manoeuvering around an obstacle

You can see it in young kids when you tell them that you can move a building

For my part, I am glad that we can see it all!

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Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge

Z is for Zest

My theme for the month is : Introspection in shades of 11

Also linking this to the Ultimate Blog Challenge for April


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Yelling less

Yelling less

This one will come as no surprise to regular readers of my blog.

‘Y’ is for Yelling less.

There are many things for which I am grateful in this world and one of those is the day I discovered the ‘Orange Rhino Challenge’ kindly pointed out to me by Aparna. In retrospect,  I wish I had stumbled upon it earlier, as I could have avoided so many tears, confrontations, anger issues, temper tantrums and a frightened child. 

My ‘Yelling less’  journey was the way I jump-started my blog from its dormant position.

Although I started it way back in 2007, it was only in July of 2013 that the blog came to life. Many parents read my week-long journal. Most of them commented. Quite a few of them shared their own journeys. It resonated among newbie parents and seasoned ones.

Photo copyright: David Castillo Dominici

Most of all, it made me take a hard, honest and painful look at my parenting. Was I bringing up a militant rebel or nurturing a delicate child? Things needed to change and I am glad to say, they have. Today, my blog is a constant reminder of the struggle I faced  with ‘Yelling’. It is also a permanent marker for my triumphs. 

Do I regret yelling? 

Yes, I do. 

Do I regret the fact that I yelled at all? 

No, because without it, I wouldn’t have connected with so many people, both virtually and in real life. 

For that, I will always look at my ‘yelling’ as a means to an end.

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Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge

Y is for Yelling Less

My theme for the month is : Introspection in shades of 11

Also linking this to the Ultimate Blog Challenge for April


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