6 things that made 2014 the best year of my life

Looking back at the year gone by, I really feel it was the most amazing year; and there are a few key things that changed to make it happen. Here they are!

1. Take on projects/responsibilities that scare you

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I started off the year by taking on the role of president at my Toastmasters club and ended the year – leaving the country for a month to work on costumes for a movie. Through the year my schedule was constantly full of responsibilities and commitments. There were times when I dreaded them and times that I loved having to check my schedule, but at the end of the year all I can say was:

… Because now I know that I am stronger, more talented and more things are in my reach than I ever imagined. 

… Because confidence comes from hitting targets, reaching new goals and learning how to deal with unfamiliar situations with ease. 

2. Travel. Travel. Travel.

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In January I set off on a road trip to Gujrat with my family and will end the year with a short trip to Mumbai. With an international trip in between, hitting the beaches atleast 4 times this year and plenty of travel with friends for pleasure and travel with work – I feel like the little wanderer in me is satisfied with the places seen, the people met and the memories that are etched in my mind forever.

A few things that I will remember forever are:

a) In Malaysia I went to a Muay Thai competition, sitting amongst locals [who didn’t speak english] and learnt that I was sitting with one of the boxers’ family. They taught me a lot about the game, and now I had a home team to cheer for! I even learnt some Malay.

b) The most beautiful sunrise – that changed the walls of the (half cave?) hill we were standing at from a beige to yellow, orange, red, pink and even shades of purple!

… Because travel leaves you enriched, refreshed, and a better person.

… Because travel teaches you how to deal with different kinds of people 

… Because travel leaves you with more stories to tell, and makes you a better conversationalist. 

3. Give. A lot. Of time, affection, gifts.

Spending time with those you love and giving them your undivided time, affection and thoughtful gifts will make your year filled with moments of happiness and images of smiles that you will never forget.

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… Because there’s nothing more important than healthy, love-filled relationships

… Because happiness is the happiness of those you love

4. Do things you’ve never done before

Whether it is something like signing up for a marathon coaching class, learning to surf, organising a vacation or giving someone who is not really your type a chance – doing things you have never done before will help you explore more about who you are. It also will put a smile on your face when you realise that your year is filled with little memories!

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… Because new is always fun. 

5. Make new friends. Lots. All kinds. From different walks of life.

Now this one seems a little difficult – because before this year – I had no way to meet new people. I had the same job, went to the same gym, hung out with the same friends, lived in the same neighbourhood, went to the same toastmasters club. But this year – taking on new roles like president at toastmasters, joining a tennis class, signing up for the accelerator program and taking on a movie project introduced a whole lot of fresh blood.

Doing new things and taking on new roles will open up the flood gates!

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… Because new people bring in new ideas, new stories and much learning. 

6. Be yourself. Speak the truth. Stand up for what you believe in.

Once you start treating yourself the way you want to be treated, and set your standards by speaking the truth and standing up for the things you believe in – all the right things will come into your life.

Sometimes telling the truth is scary. Sometimes standing up for something means you’ll be all alone in a crowd. But, at the end of the day – you will be so much prouder of yourself and respect will be given.

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… Because there’s nothing cooler than being yourself

So here are some .. new year’s resolutions that I had put together for the year of 2014. Planning to make another amazing list for the year of 2015!

Are there any resolutions that changed your life? Any that I should try for 2015? Would love to hear from you!

Happy December!

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DIY Coffee Body Scrub

Coffee is good for waking you up in the morning, but did you know that coffee can wake up your skin too? Some of the coolest things coffee can do when applied to the skin are:

  1. Coffee minimises the appearance of cellulite!
  2. Its a great exfoliator for the skin
  3. Leaves the skin looking smooth and bright!
  4. Reduces puffiness of the skin – great for treating under-eye bags!
  5. Contains anti-oxidants that benefit the skin

Great news, its pretty easy to involve coffee into your regular skin care routine. It can be converted into a great scrub that will leave your skin feeling glowing and healthy.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of freshly ground coffee
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of Olive oil [a little bit less will do]
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon powder

Simple ingredients for your DIY coffee body scrub! Coffee, brown sugar, olive oil and ground cinnamon!

 Instructions: 

1.  Pour dry ingredients into a bowl

Ensure that your coffee, sugar and cinnamon powder are finely ground before this step. Else, pulse in the mixer for a few seconds to get the right consistency like in the picture below. 

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2. Add olive oil and stir

Add the olive oil and stir till you get the right consistency. You may require a little less or a little more olive oil so add it in slowly. Please note, its best to use your hands for this step.. plus, your hands get a free scrub in the process!

 

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3. Store!

Store your freshly made coffee scrub in a jar and use in the shower. 

Note: 

Please be careful when it comes to the drain, you may clog it with the coffee. Using a filter over the drain can help prevent this. 

Do you have any other home-remedies using coffee? Write in to us and let us know! 

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I no longer have patience

I love Meryl Streep, and I think she puts across this thought beautifully. 

So many times I myself and people around me tend to put up with so much that just leaves them unhappy, confused and tired. 

When I gave up being tolerant to things that made me feel less than my extraordinary self – my life changed for the better. The people I chose to keep in my life were the ones that made me feel special. 

Meryl Streep explains it beautifully! 

Cudos!

What do you think? Have you decided not to tolerate anything recently? Has it helped make your life better?

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“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with…

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India Welcomes a new leader

India Welcomes a new leader

Once in a long while, a great leader arrives. They are so charismatic, so powerful that they can change the course of the world, of nations and most importantly of attitudes of the people that make up countries.

The leader inspires hope and allows people to believe in a better future than the one we can see for ourselves. A leader often carries within themselves enough will power to alter the inertia of millions of people.

Today, we have a great leader being elected as the leader for India. Narendra Modi, you have changed so much for so many people; and more importantly for me.

The reason why my faith is in you is because of all the beautiful things that you have done. There are many things that seemed impossible that you made me believe.

1. I believe that India’s future will be bright under your leadership

In January, I had the privilege to visit Gujarat and spend 10 magical days there. I travelled all parts of Gujarat, and spoke to many people: from taxi drivers, to resort owners to dabeli hawkers – and all of them had something lovely to say about Narendra Modi; despite their religious backgrounds.

Gujarat has bounced back from the massive earthquake of 2001, becoming one of the jewels in India’s crown. The infrastructure is world class, the cities are planned beautifully and even better, the planning is meticulously executed.

The pothole-less roads through the length and breadth of Gujarat, the bus routes of Ahmedabad, the huge flyovers in yet-to-be-developed towns, the “kutch nahi dekha to kuch nahi dhekha” tourism campaigns, and optimum usage of all kinds of terrain have all converted Gujarat to a state that stands out.

This makes companies from all over the world are choosing Gujarat as the place to be, and is always in the top 3 locations!

Now imagine, if he could do this with Gujarat, rebuilding something from scratch, imagine what Narendra Modi and his team can do with this country.

2. He has made the nation believe in the power of a single vote

With the highest turn out for votes since 1951, you have inspired a nation to get out of their homes and go place their vote.

3. He has made people who had given up on politics convert into political enthusiasts!

I am one of these people. Hardly keeping track of what was going on, because every time I made an effort I only saw disappointment. This time, my eyes are on the screen, I have butterflies in my stomach and I can feel this aura of excitement around me. Everyone’s seems excited!

In my eyes, these 3 things are amazing characteristics to have in the leader of our country. India has won!

Smart Phones, Dumb people

It so often happens that my battery is dead, or my internet isn’t connecting; and suddenly I get this feeling of being all alone. No one to reach out to, so few I can call to just catch up and even fewer to randomly meet. For these moments when your Facebook and Twitter aren’t buzzing with updates, I stop to think: is social media making me antisocial?

I think back to the time when social media didn’t exist and how life used to be. I used to be surrounded by friends, and used to make a lot more memories. Here are some of the most conflicting thoughts swimming around in my head:

1. I love: being able to share updates of my life with my friends.

The problem with this is, that facebook has been accused time and again of deciding who it shows your information to. Eventually your updates may only be going out to people you don’t want. A better option is to talk to your friends over the phone, meet them in person, or if distance is a problem, then skype.

2. I love: Knowing what’s up in other people’s lives:

If you want to know for gossip or news update then fine. But, if you really want to share someone’s joys and be there for people when the going gets tough, social media isn’t going to work out.

I love the video and it really made me think.

CHALLENGE:

I’ve challenged myself to keep up to these things till the end of the month:

1. To be fully present when I am with people. Tuck away my phone and put it on silent.

2. To call/meet/skype my loved ones instead of texting them.

3. If I hear something exciting about what’s happened to a friend on social media; instead of commenting, I’ll message or call.

Do you want to take the challenge with me? I’ll let you know how it goes!

Forgetting the little things

Some times its the little things about being a family that are most important.

Sometimes we should just pause and remember the millions of little things that our nearest and dearest ones have done for us.

The times when they nursed us back to health, did something they consider a bore to make us happy, to go out of the way to make us feel special, to take a moment and consider us before making decisions; at times seem to go unnoticed.

Thinking about the sheer amount of time that they would have spent, re-arranging their lives so you so perfectly fit in sends shivers down my spine.

Today. Let’s do something for our families. Call them. Make them feel special. Go for a walk. Plan a picnic for the upcoming weekend, or a game night. Cook for them. Make them feel like every moment they ever spent on you was totally worth it.

The significance of little

If you have ever felt insignificant, then maybe this video can give you some perspective on how important just a little can do in this world.

Whether is spreading a little love, planting a tree, leaving some water out for the birds in summer or recycling a little something, we can all have a great impact on the world around us, just like these wolves.