Everyday is a new day. When we get up in the morning, we start a fresh . That moment is the moment on which our whole day depends. Never start your day with something negative or with worries. Always start your day with some positive thoughts. If you will start your day with a positive thought and as a fresh new day , definitely your day will go smooth , with no worries at all . Even if you would have to face any adverse situation ,you will find yourself capable of bringing it under your control.
Coming out from the bed or leaving the comfort zone is difficult or a challenge for some( usually switch off the alarm and wait for five minutes to get up and that 5 mins become 1 hour at times) but who has succeeded in his life being in his own comfortable zone ? Taking up a new challenge is life. There are different ways to motivate yourself in the morning.
Your first thought decides how your day would be , hence, start your day with what you love to do. What can be better than motivating yourself by recognising your strengths and God given gift of life.
Get up in the morning and say thanks to God for giving you one more day to enjoy life. Look at your hands and see how beautiful they are ! With these hands you can achieve whatever you want ! You can say this beautiful Shaloka in Sanskrit too which is perfect way to start your day.
“The Force” is in your hands – कराग्रे वसते लक्ष्मीः
lakShmI in the finger tips, saraswatI on the palm | shaktI is situated in the wrist, it is auspicious to see the hands ||
You can hang or keep a picture of someone you admire themostas this will keep you going no matter what the situation is throughout the day. Wish your parents if you are living with them. Look out for the greenery , the nature , your pet with a smile on your face.
Just doing this much will fill you with lots of happiness and you will feel blessed.
Don’t let others define you , create your own definition. If you are not happy with this definition , create a new ! Be the master of your life ! Feel like a bird, light……! Inspire youself….! Motivate yourself……! This is your new day…..!
SAY GOOD MORNING TO YOURSELF….!
GOOD MORNING MS ARORA!!!
How do you motivate yourself in the morning??? How do you start your day ? Share your views and ideas.
Human and Environment , these to words go together. Alterations to any one of these can be a threat to our planet Earth. Nature has warned us in many different ways to stop making the environment from worse to worst. Hence , to control the situation,we have to use more eco friendly products in our day to day life. This way we can give our coming generations a good environment to breathe.
Eco- Friendly handmade paper made of cotton waste
A sigh of relief comes when someone take an initiative to contribute towards healthy environment. I have always been inclined towards such products , brands and organisation who spread awareness among the society and leads to positive change in the mind of people. PAPER NEST is one of those who is in the way to bring positive impact on environment and brings us close to environment by following the 3RS principle i.e. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Their products are not only good for personal use but best for showing your love for nature and loved ones in the form of GIFTS TOO. Since all the produtcts are available on AMAZON and on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAMtoo,one can easily have a look.
Qualities of this Hande made paper:
They have used HANMADE PAPER which is
Recycled paper , thus, no tree is cut to make it.
Produced without toxic effluents , hence free from harmful chemicals.
Higher strength ,so that you could add more into it.
NANCY GUPTA , the founder of this project , has been made all this out of her passion to save environment and to promote sustainable practices among the masses. To fulfill her dream and bring into reality she decided to go to JAIPUR , to learn handmade paper technique from Kumarappa National hanmade Paper Institute. She has been a source of inspirations for many of us, specially for women. She decided to do what she wanted to do and bring out her dreams into reality.
With her imagination , hardwork and sincerity towards her passion and work , she has come out with variety of products like :
Visiting cards, Diaries and notebooks
Gift bags and carry bags
Recycled Pencils ( These are the best to built a bond with nature in childhood and even as adults.
They have done the projects with TEDEd and Everospezia too. The best part is that CUSTOMIZED PRODUCTS are also available to bring more life to your celebrations. Working with local artisans who are expert in their field , this art is brought back to our lives , to develop a connection with nature by preventing deforestation.
Every small step is counted as little drops of water make the mighty ocean ! Let’s join hands with this small initiative together to bring a positive change!
Note: This post is in collaboration with the brand but the views expressed here are of author. This post may contain affiliate links.
A short post ! Just to inform all my readers that in the beginning of 2018 , I decided some goals for my blog. The first important thing was to get Domain and moving to self hosted site and I am done with.
I do not want my readers to miss anything in future ( nor they want to miss, I am sure) on my blog so you will now be able to see my posts under the same name i.e. JOURNEY OF LIFE CONTINUES but with a new domain name
WordPress followers need not to worry as you will be with my new domain and will be able to see my posts in your reader but if you want to get informed about my new post through e-mail , you have to SUBSCRIBE my blog domain. ( It will be available the next week )
Don’t worry this journey will continue as it was, the only thing is we are going to add more features to it !
The first thing that we need to survive is oxygen and the next comes food. In today’s world everyone one is looking for healthy food combinations. Today I am going to talk about some food bowls or diets which are trending not only in India but worldwide. These healthy diets look good, tastes good and easy to cook. Can’t believe in my words ? But this is true. One can choose any one of these according to their choice and need .
Healthy Diets – Leading to Healthy Eating Habit
Healthy Food and Eating Trends
Till now we all were knowing about one good diet i.e. Balanced Diet( this is usually we were taught in school and what we are teaching to our kids) but the time has changed now. We have to be innovative and creative in our diets. All these diet plans are full of variety and these are wholesome to eat. Healthy eating has to be a part of our life to fight with depression , anxieties and stress and other diseases. These can be considered as Healthy eating tips on the basis of Godrej Food Trends Report 2018
??Buddha Bowls and Power Bowls:
These can be considered as full meals as it contains all we need i.e. veggies( roasted or raw), beans , grains like quinoa or brown rice arranged in scrumptious manner.These are sometimes topped with seeds or healthy toppings to add flavour like cold pressed olive oil. You can have a look at this Budda bowl or can try these recipe power bowls.
??Plant based Protein Diets :
This is also trending in the Food Report and famous among people who are Vegan. This diet is rich in proteins , has more nutrients and fiber too.This diet also helps in weight loss as a diet full of fibre and water makes you eat less.
??Keto Diet :
It can be said as Fat Burning Diet as it forces the body to burn fat more instead of carbohydrates. THis diet has become popular recently. Thsre are evidences that helps in diabetes , epilepsy and certain cancers too.
Superfood is someting which gives you instant energy and boost your immunity but the term varies as it is not commonly used by Dietitians. Some traditional superfood of India are Tumeric milk ( haldi doodh ), Lotus seed ( makhana) and Amla are few of them
Above all is what trending most and people are looking for is
??TRADITIONAL FOOD :
Tradional food has always been the best as it suits with need of a person and the environment in which he is living .Tradional Kahwa is best for the people in that kind of cold climate. Tradional food is the best option to stay healthy and fit.
I am going to try Buddha bowl , what about you ???
Note : This post is a part of the Godrej Food Trends Blogging Contest hosted by Fashionablefoodz in association with Vikhroli Cucina and should not be repurposed ,republished or used otherwise. The content herein is by the blogger. Godrej Food Trends Blogging Contest Fashionablefoodez or Godrej is not responsible for any kind of infringement caused. # GodrejFoodTrendsReport2018 # GFTR2018
Once again, the skies of North Indian States like Delhi , Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan are completely covered with thick layer of smoke , dust and harmful chemicals. A public advisiory has been issued by the deparment to avoid the health problems. People have been advised to stay at home and avoid outdoor activities.
It seems that the nature is giving us alarm that its a time change the way we are spoiling our nature. All this is a result of deforestation and an over use of vehicles though dust storms in the neighbouring state Rajasthan may be one of the reasons.
This may be a situation for a day or two but what about in the near future. This is happening second time when the air quality has been fallen so badly. I remember the last time when the sky of these states were covered with smog ! Even NASA noticed the same through its Report.
Even WHO report , near about more than 90% people of world are breathing in the air which is not good for their health and exceeds the limit of air quality index according to WHO.
The Air Quality Index has crossed all its limits as it has reached to maximum limit of 500 in Delhi while around 446 in Ludhiana ,a state of Punjab. You can understand this AQI values by the given table:
The associated health problems as per this AQI range (401-500) are-
It may cause many respiratory problems and serious health impacts on heart and lungs. A little breathing discomport to sensitive people like children , older adults and people with heart diseases.
Hence one should avoid doing long exposure to this kind of environment and if neccessary, wear mask to protect themselves.
Talking about Ludhiana, According to Punjab Agricultural University, ThE AQI is 446 which includes PM10 as a main pollutant.This can be dust, smoke , mist or any inhalable or respirable particles which can be drawn deep into the lungs and cause breathing problems and irritation in eyes,nose and throat.
This shows the levels of different pollutants in the city :
The condition is worse in the Capital, where government had to suspend all the construction work giong in the state.See AQI of different areas of Delhi.
This is really unfortunate that we are still not adopting the habits that leads to the protection of our enviroment. In the coming days we will be more prone such natural disasters and that time situation will be out of control.
Think before it is too late !
( Since yesterday,the sky here is full of dust and the weather is too bad that I can’t even tell my kids to play outside nor I can go for a walk and this is going to persist for two more days )
India has always been a famous for different cuisines in the world so is their love for the food. This may be one of the reasons that every now and then people are looking for new places to eat and hang out with friends and family. But when it comes to health issues, they prefer to eat at home.
EATING AT HOME IS HEALTHY
The main reason is that the food prepared at home is fresh , healthy and cooked under your observation. There are minimum chances of adulteration and is free from harmful chemicals .( Ajinomoto i.e. Monosodium glutamate a chemical used to enhance the food taste which is cancerous and sometimes added in outside food).
According to the Godrej Food Trends Report 2018 prepared by renowned Chefs, health professionals, nutritionists of the country , “Eating at Home” is one of the latest food trends also as 100 % people prefer to eat at home more often when it comes to health issues and about 75 % people believe that having food at home is safe and hygienic too.
It is really important what we are eating as our body reacts in a way we eat and what we eat. These lines from our ancient scriptures also show that the food is not only for energizing our body but also important for my mind ,soul and thoughts.
Lamp eats darkness and produces [black] soot! What food (quality) [one] eats daily, so will [one] produce.
This reminds me the saying of my elders that the feelings of person who is preparing the food also matter. It is told me why people in religious places enjoy the food as everyone while preparing food keep on chanting mantras or remember the god and the goodness passes in the food , so it becomes more tastier.
HOW I MAKE MYSELF AND MY FAMILY EAT AT HOME
I too prefer eating at home and I must thank the food bloggers and Google that I can cook different cuisines at home. Even I love giving twist to them so that no one could get a chance to leave the dinning table without appreciating my cullinary skills.Learning to cook new dishes at home has been possible in this Internet Era being wifi as a ( hidden) best friend for your kitchen. There are 50 % people in India who learning and trying new cuisines and dishes at home ( As the Godrej Food Trends Report says ) and I am happy to be a part of it.
Take a look at what I made for kids in BREAKFAST and for myself in LUNCH and DINNER. Isnt it yummy !!!!
Breakfast plate for kids
Here is Lunch ready to serve….
Cheese balls with tomato gravy in Lunch
Dinner ready with a twist of veggies and left over chickpeas…..
Zucchini with chickpeas, spinach and other veggies
DEVELOPING THE CULLINARY SKILLS IN CHILDREN TOO BY EATING AT HOME
When I am experimenting with cooking skills , how can my kiddos be left behind . They too are always ready to try to cook and serve the food with love. I must appreciate their way of presentation. This culinary education is must for children at home or in schools for their healthy future as 25 % people of India are agree with it , as the report says.
Kiwi Crush with strawberry twist by my little chefs
These skill are neccessary too as they have to live independently at some point of life. What can be better than giving a real life demo at home in the early stages of life.It gives them an immense pleasure by doing things independently.
HOW TO MAKE ‘EATING AT HOME ‘POSSIBLE WHEN YOU HAVE NO TIME TO COOK
Due to working in Multinational companies and busy family schedules , we can’t cook food regularly. In such cases people prefer to have a helping hand i. e. a person who cooks food for them. They prefer to train them for different dishes , according to Godrej Food Trends Report 2018 .It is not very difficult . You have to once teach them as they pick up very quickly. I am vegetarian but these dishes are cooked by my maid servant under my guidance . I opened the recipe and guided her and she did a wonderful job !
Are you feeling hungry ? – All ready for friends
Eating at home , under your guidance works as a medicine as it said in Ayurveda
“Food is medicine when consumed properly.”
Sometimes a simple food , having two dishes on a table with a family gives you an immense pleasure which even a five star hotel can’t give.The one who returns back home after a week long tour and eat food at home can understand this feeling better.
In the nut shell , we can say that eating at home is best for happy and healthy life.
Remember these lines from Bhaagwat Gita
” Foods dear to those in the mode of goodness increase the duration of life, purify one’s existence and give strength, health, happiness and satisfaction. Such foods are juicy, fatty, wholesome, and pleasing to the heart.”
How about following this new trend in your family ??? If you find something which is good for us , make it a habit rather than a trend !??
Eat Healthy and Stay Happy
Note : This post is a part of the Godrej Food Trends Blogging Contest hosted by Fashionablefoodz in association with Vikhroli Cucina and should not be repurposed ,republished or used otherwise. The content herein is by the blogger. Godrej Food Trends Blogging Contest Fashionablefoodez or Godrej is not responsible for any kind of infringement caused.
Have you ever thought how your day would be without Social Media ? What if your Smartphone does not work or wi – fi get lost for a day?
Probably, it would be difficult for you to even imagine such a situation. Sometimes we get so much involved in in it that we forget that this is all virtual and this may affect our real life. ( as discussed in my previous post.) .
Last month I felt as if I am getting obessed with Social Media so I decided to take a break for a day . No Twitter , no Facebook, no whats appandso on. After a 12 hours of SMD , I felt refreshed and rejuvenated. It was a feeling of achieving something good in real life.
Sometimes we need to impose a kind of self discipline so that our work efficiency increase and we could think in a better way. Same was the case with Jason Zook
Most people won’t admit how much social media means, or has meant, to them. For me, social media has been my life since 2008. I’ve built multiple businesses using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other platforms to garner attention, build community and generate revenue.
After six years of heavy social media use (read: nearly every waking hour of every single day) it was time for a break. I was fed up with losing control of my feeds. I was upset with my diminishing social reach due to networks bursting at the seams with users. I also started to become cynical and jealous of people. So for 30 days, I quit social media cold turkey and implemented a self-imposed detox.
Taking a social media detox for a month really opened my eyes to the feelings and motivations I have using Twitter, Facebook, etc.
These lines from her will definitely motivate you to keep yourself away from all Social Media profiles for sometime.
“I took a couple months off and I just wasn’t on social media. And honestly, I think it’s so beneficial for everyone in life, no matter what you do, who you are, how old you are, you need a digital detox,”
It is not that difficult as you think. You have just make your mind. It is like a controlling over sugar intake as you see some signs of diabetes or gaining weight ! Social Media Detox process has great benefits. It will definitely help you to grow your social , physical and mental capabilities.
Take it as a challenge and do it !
Ways to do Social Media Detoxification
Prepare yourself well before you start– Don’t take it as a punishment. Think positive and send positive stmulus to your brain. Plan your your well in advance to keep yourself busy.
Set your goals – As a beginner you need to ste goals for yourself. These should be the realistic ones. ( I will limit my data usage for next week is not realistic as limit to what extend is not mentioned here )
Choose your time limit– You can start with few hours to few days and even few months. It depends on what exactly you want to achieve.
Choose your day– I prefer Sunday as I feel I need to spend that with my family. There is no hard and fast rule in this. You can choose any other day too if you have some assignment that need online guidance.
Inform your family and friends– This is important to inform that you are on Social Media fasting and can’t connect with them on different social platforms for few days or hours. ( As per your decision )
Switch off the WiFi or internet connections– There is no need switch off the mobile completely. I switch off the wifi and internet data on my phone. I personally prefer doing this. This way I can control my urge to see various notifications on my phone.
Log out from the apps –The other way is to log out from various apps. This way you will net any notification until you log in again.
Delete few gaming apps – I know it is little difficult to do but believe me you can find something better when you will search again to download it. A new updated version , more difficult!
Activities to keep yourself busy during Social Media Detoxification
Nature Walk – Go for a walk and enjoy the nature. Spend some time with nature and get inspired.
Read something new –Buy some magazines or a book if your favourite author. ( Preferably Paperback). Carry it with you and read it whenever you get a time
Cook for yourself – Think of dish which you used to enjoy a lot. Dosome experiment with it. It comes out not necessarily. What important is that you tried something new.
Plan a holiday- Plan a vacation or a picnic with your friends and family. Do click some pics , not to upload but cherish the memories later. Get the print outs later.
Become a writer- Write your emotions , feelings and experience in your diary. Read whenever you are alone. Writing controls your anxiety too.
Give time to yourself.You can go for a spa or get a new hair colour or new style. Go for shopping. You can enjoy Window shopping to make your pocket happy. Drink coffee !
Start some DIY project –You can start some DIY project like painting a wall with some texture or making a new table for your garden or even a painting for your room.
Plan with crayons and pencils- You may not be a good artist but can try some colouring activities. Colouring is a great stress buster even for elders too. You can try sketching.
Get connected with some old friends. Give them a call to surprise them. Plan a surprise for someone you love. Write a letter ! Have some fun in life ! Rejuvinate your life and soul !
I am sure following these steps will not let you have the craving for social media.
Good Luck !
Ms Arora ??
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