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Today is a wonderful day. But then, isn’t every day?

Specifically though, there are two reasons that today is special:

  • It is a celebration of my blog’s existence and by that, I mean the reason for this blog. Yes, it is Gy’s birthday today.

How cool is it that those two things coincided? Some things are just not meant to be planned, they simply happen!
Although  I began this blog in 2007, it is only in the last year that I have nurtured it with a lot of love and energy, throwing myself into the task of writing, venting, shaping thoughts, giving them form and watching the blog grow into its own right.
In many startling ways, having this blog has been very similar to bringing up my daughter. I have stumbled along the way, made a lot of rookie mistakes, mixed up posts and pictures, and yet, the outcome has still been very satisfying. Pretty much sums up my parenting journey as well, don’t you think?
Eight years ago, on this day in July, Gy arrived into my waiting arms. Her pink cheeks were flushed with all the screaming, but to me, it was the most beautiful sound in the world. Within moments of being wrapped and bundled next to me, she fell into a dreamy slumber. Watching her sleep, in those precious moments, it became clear to me that this was meant to be. She was really there- with me, a part of me yet separate from my being.
These last eight years have been a crazy, emotional, challenging, uplifting, incredibly fulfilling journey. I can honestly say that I have learnt more from her than I have managed to teach her. In random order and in honour of her birthday, here are eight things that  she has taught me to do. 
From Gy to me and from me to you, here are eight tips for a better life:
Yell Less. It helps your heart and heals your soul.

Slow down and smell the flowers

Appreciate the most mundane things in life, such as a fixed line 

Value the greatness of this current moment

Realise that you are more than Just a Mom

If a tiny little bundle of happiness can do so much for you, think of how much we can do for those of her kind. Today, my wish for her is that she grows up with her sense of wonder intact, her ability to love people should remain unconditional and her need to explore must never be stifled or superseded by the compulsion to perform.

With this, I pray, with all my heart, that she continues to enrich my life with the warmth of her smile and the wisdom of her soul.

❤  Happy Birthday, my dear! 

Categories: Life Lessons

Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.

Vinodini Iyer · July 17, 2014 at 2:29 am

Happy birthday to Gy and your blog! May god bless Gy with everything she needs to be a happy, healthy and successful. Here's wishing your blog all that you dream for it to come true!
It is so heartening to see you connecting Gy and your blog with the feelings of. love and nurturing. Excellent tips given here. I agree to all of them….especially the slowing down bit.

Rajlakshmi · July 17, 2014 at 4:04 am

such a sweet dedication to Gy. A very happy birthday to your lovely angel. Parenting is a learning in itself and I love reading what Gy has taught you all this while 🙂

Shilpa Garg · July 17, 2014 at 4:41 am

A very happy birthday to Gy. God bless her! And congratulations for your blogoversary too! Love the lessons Gy has shared with you in all these years! May the bond and the learnings from each other grows strong with each passing year! Cheers 🙂 ♥

Beloo Mehra · July 17, 2014 at 5:19 am

What a lovely, lovely post, dear Shailaja. It is as if your words are dripping in this immense and intense, powerful and calm love for your lovely angel. And yet you have managed so beautifully to share with readers some very deep lessons you have learnt from being a parent to her. Thanks for giving us this wonderfully feel-good and genuinely touching post. Lots of love and blessings to the birthday girl, she is as lucky to have a mother in you as you are to have a daughter in her. May this bond grow stronger and stronger.

Nabanita · July 17, 2014 at 5:25 am

Beautiful and such a lovely post Shailaja…Happy birthday to your daughter..I'm sure she'll grow up into a wonderful woman since she has you 🙂 and yes happy blogversary too!!

tulika singh · July 17, 2014 at 6:35 am

A very very happy birthday to Gy. I love the lessons she has passed on to you. Since I'm still to reach that evolved cool calm no yelling state I'm keeping these lessons close.

Suzy · July 17, 2014 at 7:54 am

Happy Birthday to Gy and many blessings. You have presented some great tips for living.

Red Handed · July 17, 2014 at 9:12 am

Happy birthday to the little princess..and happy anniversary to this blog. 😀
Your posts always make me miss my mom.
One week of yelling less.DAMN!

vishalbheeroo · July 17, 2014 at 9:19 am

Hapy budday to lil angel Gy and the blog. It calls for celebration and, of course, it's been a beautiful journey where we are discovering your amazing talent for words.
Love the tips for a successful life:) · July 17, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Happy Birthday to Gy and to your blog!
You've given some excellent tips to ensure that we don't become rats even though we have to take part in the rat-race!!

Michelle Liew · July 17, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Happy Blogeversary!! To many lovely memories to you, and a happy b'day to Gy too!

Kitt OMalley · July 17, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Congratulations! and Happy Birthday to Gy!!!

Vidya Sury · July 18, 2014 at 5:05 am

Happy birthday to Ms.8 year old, Shailaja. Blessings to her, and hope she had the kind of day she wanted. Hugs! From “that nice aunty”

And happy birthday to your blog, too! 🙂

Shailaja V · July 21, 2014 at 3:17 am

Very happy to see you here, Vinodini 🙂 Thank you for the wishes.

Shailaja V · July 21, 2014 at 3:17 am

I adore the fact that you read my blogs so regularly, Rajlakshmi! Thank you for the warm wishes 🙂

Shailaja V · July 21, 2014 at 3:18 am

Thank you so much, Shilpa. I truly believe that she has generated a deeper side to my thinking!

Jayanta Tewari · July 21, 2014 at 7:03 am

Happy Birthday to Gy and your blog. May all good things happen to both.

lavina agarwal · November 2, 2014 at 1:22 am

Beautiful wishes for your daughter. .children are great teachers!
Love reading your posts..
Cheers Lavina

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