Thursday, October 27, 2016

5 reasons why you should keep a journal and how it can change your life.

Why should you keep a journal

Most successful people advocate keeping a journal. Right now I am reading a brilliant book by Julia Cameron called ‘The Artists Way’.
One of the quotes  from the book, that stood out for me is :

“In times of pain, when the future is too terrifying to contemplate and the past too painful to remember, I have learned to pay attention to right now. The precise moment I was in was always the only safe place for me.”

A record of now: Keeping a journal is a record of your now. Your present reality. Your goals. Your dreams. Your aspirations.

 Slotting time: Without a journal, one day merges into another, merges into a third. Time is a blur. With a journal, there is a goal, a map, a ‘place to go’.
It is like a blurprint to shape your life.

It is fun: If you feel writing a journal is monotonous, you can make a bullet journal. Or a scrapbook of ‘wishes’. Make it fun. Make it any way you want. There are no hard and fast rules. But do maintain one.

Record of growth: You will see how much you have grown from the time you start it, to a few years from then on.

Clearer though process: When you start writing in a journal, your thought process becomes clearer. You tend to start becoming more assertive. Your dreams materialise.

I have kept a journal ever since I was 10. I don’t write every day, but I do write regularly. From 2005 onwards, I stopped keeping chronological diaries. Instead, I write when I feel like writing, and I put the date.

Try it.
Read up about it.
Then do it.

You only have a lot to gain.

Have you ever kept a journal? Has it helped you? Do you intend to start one?
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The best posts of my blog in ten years.

Over these last ten years, I have written so many posts on so many topics.
Thought I would share some selected posts with you.

Here are the links:

My top posts on marriage:

Marriage and it other implications

Marriage and Freedom

Jealousy in a marrriage/long term relationship

My top personal posts:

 These are posts very close to my heart.

 My special friend

Live like there's no tomorrow

A tribute to one of the coolest people I know 

The shoes fit, but they don't feel right 

My top relationship posts

How to get over someone who does not love you back :

Family versus work—what should you choose?

An open letter to all teens:


Top posts on writing

How to be a better writer

What writing a book involves:

One post I want to highlight

Hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I have enjoyed compiling them. 
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51 life lessons I learnt from a decade of blogging!

51 life lessons I learnt from a decade of blogging.

Crack a simple puzzle to access this blogpost :) (I promised you this would be fun, didn't I?)

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Once you access the content, come back here and tell me which of the life lessons resonated most with you and why! (copy paste it in your comments, so I know that you have indeed cracked the clue and seen the content, and yes, it is a very easy clue :) ) :)

Till tomorrow---keep smiling. (New post tomorrow)

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Monday, October 24, 2016

5 hidden ways in which blogging will help you grow and why you should start one.

So why should you start a blog? Is it going to help you in anyway?
Yes! It will. Here is why:

1.     A platform to express yourself:  Blogging is making a statement. It is telling the world, who you are as a person. Sure, your facebook updates can do that—but often they are about trivial things. Plus they get buried in a deluge of status updates. A blog is a solid body, your very own publishing space, a space where you can be whatever you want to be. How cool is that?!

2.     You make connections with real people : I have met some amazing people from different countries because of my blog. Gillian from Canada who runs a spa,  Jacob Accurso  from Oregon who is a private investigator, a potter and an airplane owner(!), Guto from Sao Paulo, Niall Young from UK whose paintings are all over my house. None of these would have been possible without my blog.

3.     It helps you reflect and think about things: When you write in a blog, you  are thinking and reflecting about what you want to say.  A blog helps you think clearly, examine if your words reflect your thoughts and it helps you grow as a person.

4.     It makes you feel good: Mine does! I feel so good when I blog. Try it—the high you get from your first comment will be something that you will remember forever.

5.     You never know how it can change your life: As you can see, it has completely changed mine. 10 years of blogging. 8 best-sellers.  More than 500 published pieces in various publications like Readers Digest, Times of India and more.  And to think that it started with a single anonymous blogpost!

There are tonnes of articles online on how to start a blog and so I will not elaborate on that. But I would like to say that what is necessary for a successful blog is 3  C’s
Correct grammar!
Pick something you feel passionately about and start writing. It is important to establish a connect and that will come only when you are authentic and genuine. Just be yourself and go!

If you are motivated enough to start a blog, after reading this post I will help you further.  Leave me a link to your blog, once you have ten posts. I will personally visit your blog, and leave a comment(only if you have ten posts and your writing has to follow the rules of grammar please). And not only that I will pick three blogs and I will write a guest post for them! How much more can I give eh? :) 

Now go do it!