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15 years blogging and Smiles to go before I sleep

15 years blogging and smiles to go before I sleep #blogging #smiles

So many things happening over the past week.
The Dalai Lama turned 83
This blog turned 15
My health blog turned 10

From the time I began my career, July has always been a significant month– new job, major life changes.

I brainstormed with myself over what to write, mainly because I haven’t really written anniversary posts–except last year. Somehow 14 seemed significant and I wrote:

14 Cherished Gifts from 14 Years of Blogging

14 cherished gifts from 14 years of blogging

I thought about writing why I blog…but then realized I wrote

Why I blog

Then there’s “On Writing

On Writing

So back to the brainstorming about what to write…

… I had an a-ha moment. I thought, why not ask my readers what they thought of me? Yeah, I know how that question sounds and I am secretly giggling at the colorful answers it might bring…

…but back to the idea. I liked it; but wasn’t it too short a notice to expect people to respond?

And when did that little hurdle ever stop me?

I asked.

Okay, lesson learned—as in—plan these things ahead. But I really did not want to tag/hound/remind people. I am just grateful for the kind words that come without asking.

So, without further ado, let me showcase the responses I received.

Please click the names of these fabulous people and visit their blogs. You’ll love them.

Sreesha Divakaran, One teaspoon cellophane

This is the post I like. The reason is, while it’s true that it has an important message and everything about bribery (excellent), I liked it for the presentation and format. It was so hilarious I was laughing my ass off when I read it. And the disclaimer added more points to the funny quotient

Wow! I AM Anna! (Hazare)

Tulika, Obsessive Mom         

Here’s my favourite post. If there’s one thing I need in my life is a reminder to slow down and enjoy the moment. I often find myself running from one task to the other, stressing about things that I don’t really need to. Loved the pace of this piece. It was so calming.

Soul Smiles

Shilpa Halwe, of Metanoia

This is the post I loved, Vidya! I felt it was meant just for me! 25 easy ways to stay motivated when you want to give up | Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles

25 easy ways to stay motivated when you want to give up

Carol Graham award-winning author of Battered Hope

It would be next to impossible to comment on which post I appreciated the most and why. As long as I have followed you, I have enjoyed everything you have written — from your gratitude posts to wisdom. Congratulations on blogging for 15 years. You have a beautiful page.

Suzy Que  of Someday, Somewhere

Hi Vidya, loved your quirky quotes to make you smile post.
I think this might be one of my favourite go to posts. I love the twist at the end of each quote. Wisdom and humour what more could you ask for. All the best for 15 years of blogging.

Quirky Quotes to Make You Smile

Shilpa Garg of A Rose is a rose is a rose

Congratulations! 15 years is HUGE!! Simply in awe of your journey!
May you continue to spread smiles always!! ♥

My fav post from your blog is  DADIRRI #ATOZCHALLENGE
I read this post just a day before a Nature Walk program, I was participating in. This post gave me insights to practice inner, deep listening and quiet, still awareness and mindfulness while being in the nature. So, I actually experienced nature with intent and implemented  Dadirri  after reading your post and I must tell you that it was an energizing and enlightening experience. Thanks for inspiring… always

Dadirri #AtoZChallenge

Vinitha Dileep of Reflections

Hi Vidya! Congratulations on your blog’s 15th birthday! I know I’m a little late to the party, but if you are still accepting, here is one of my favorite posts from your blog. It was of course, a difficult task choose just one. But this post I read not so long ago made an impression in my heart.

I loved this simple beautiful story which explains with no fuss on the importance of helping each other. May your blog see and collect many many more smiles and inspire minds day after day!

The Long Spoons #WednesdayWisdom

Shailaja V of Diary of a Doting Mom

This was and is my favourite post from your blog. Always and always. Happy 15th blog anniversary to you.

Mi

Debbie Hampton of The Best Brain Possible

This my favorite. It blends something we all love – cute dog pictures – with very common sense valuable wisdom to be kinder to ourselves.That’s a win/win!

The Zen of Being More Dog

Sandra Pawula of Always Well Within

I liked this one because I personally find nature so soothing and feel sad that more and more people, and children especially, are more and more disconnected from nature.

Nature Deficit Disorder. Are you at risk?

Vanita Cyril, my super-talented soul sister

Vidya Sury’s articles are like sunshine on a cloudy day. She is inspiring to the entrepreneurial mom who wants to have a life, shines a light on everyday people showing us how special each and every one of us is, and every word she writes is like advice from a loving friend.

Just had to add this tweet from Mayuri

I am blessed to be me. ♥

I smile to think back how, exactly 15 years ago, on 8 July 2008, I wrote my first post on this blog with absolutely zero idea of what I was doing.

Over the years, I became more focused. As an activity, blogging picked up. I joined blogging networks, simply because I could, little realizing the impact they would have on my blogging journey.

I met fabulous people who became friends from across the globe.

Thanks to blogging, I grew both professionally and as a person. And the best part is, I learn something new every single day.

15 years blogging and smiles to go before I sleep #blogging #smiles

My gratitude goes out to each one of you reading my words.

Thank you for touching my life, my heart.

Thank you for the Smiles. 

As I count 15 years blogging, I know I’ve got (S)miles to go before I sleep.

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21 Comments

  • Reply
    Vanita Cyril
    July 8, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    you are my super sensational sage soul sister. i don’t know what i would have done without your advice (and brain) these past 8 years. Love you to pieces.

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    Debbie L Hampton
    July 9, 2018 at 1:41 am

    So many good blogs to choose from over the years! Thank you for sharing your gentle wisdom and keep ’em coming! 🙂

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    Rachna
    July 9, 2018 at 7:36 am

    Vidya, hearty congrats! 15 years is so amazing. You are a source of inspiration for everyone. Quality writing that soothes and always leaves me with something to imbibe. Your party reminds me that my blog is turning 10 next week!

    Keep writing and collecting smiles. ❤️

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    Nabanita Dhar
    July 9, 2018 at 9:30 am

    Congratulations, Vidya on a wonderful 15 years. I cannot pick just one post from you because there are so many I love. I love the Wednesday wisdom that you share because they always teach me something. Keep writing and keep inspiring us 🙂

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    Vinitha
    July 9, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Happy 15th Birthday to your blog, Vidya! I love this space. Your writings contain so much positivity and wisdom. They always inspire me. And it is always a pleasure to read and learn from the veterans of the blogging world and see them continue to grow. I’m so happy to have met you in this vast space of blogging world, Vidya! Here’s to many more of writing and blogging!
    Vinitha recently posted…Chocolate Marble Pound Cake – My first recipe post #FlavoursomeTuesdays

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    Natasha
    July 9, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Congratulations Vidya. You truly inspire. So many wonderful posts to read. Time to book mark this post. 🙂
    Natasha recently posted…Seven Things I’m Grateful for This June: #GratitudeCircle

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    Sandra Pawula
    July 9, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Happy 15, Vidya! I so appreciate all the goodness you bring to this world through your blog. Looking forward to another 15 years of your insights and inspiration.

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    Mayuri Nidigallu
    July 9, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Congratulations on your blog turning 15, Vidya! What an amazing achievement! I love your entire blog, and all the posts I have read but your posts of Mi have a special place in my heart.
    Thanks for sharing my tweet.

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    Soumya
    July 9, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    15 years of spreading joy and smiles! You are our very own Dalai Lama 🙂

    I love all your posts so by the time I could choose one and send it to you, this post was out 😛

    You are an inspiration for so many people, Hottie! Here’s to more 50 years of Mi <3
    Soumya recently posted…#FeministMondays | Lessons From Sulu

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    Esha M Dutta
    July 9, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Congratulations on the 15 year milestone, Vidya! Your blogs are beautiful reflections of the amazing person that you are and I love all your posts, so honestly, couldn’t think of any ONE that I could choose! You are and always will be a huge inspiration to me and I wish you many more such wonderful milestones in the coming years. Hugs, smiles and loads of good wishes <3

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    pushpendra dwivedi
    July 9, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    thoughtful interesting story telling

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    venkateswararao sangam
    July 9, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Madam Vidya Sury,
    Congratulations on completing one and a half decades of blogging journey. It is really a very hard task to continue blogging for a such a long time You might have worked very hard and might have faced many hardships. Anyway enjoy your life with thank you
    Venkateswararao Sangam

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    How do we know
    July 10, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Congratulations Vidya! Even though I have read your blog for a relatively short time, I just LOVE the positivity that your blog brings to my day. Love and hugs!

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    Suzie Cheel
    July 11, 2018 at 5:22 am

    Congrats Vidya, how wonderful 15 years, Your passion, positivity and love of why you blog delight and brings smiles to so many. thank you I think I first started to blog in 2007. Your consitency inspires ,e too xxoo

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    Anita
    July 11, 2018 at 6:46 am

    Heartiest Congrats, Vidyaji!
    15 years of blogging is awesome!
    Smiles to go indeed 🙂
    Keep smiling & inspiring!
    Anita recently posted…Swosti Chilika Resort Odisha

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    Debbie D.
    July 11, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Congratulations on 15 years of successful blogging, Vidya! 🙂 Your posts are always uplifting and educational. May you enjoy many more years in the Blogosphere. Cheers!
    Debbie D. recently posted…THE ISLAND OF RHODES: GREEK ODYSSEY PART X

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    Ramya Abhinand
    July 11, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Smiles and Miles to go before you sleep Vidya. !5 years of blogging is an awesome feat and you serve as an inspiration to every single blogger out there. That reminds me, yes I need to still pick your favourite post. LEt me browse through..
    Ramya Abhinand recently posted…There is a Sick Mom in the Home!

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    Shilpa Gupte
    July 11, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Congratulations on completing 15 years of blogging! That seems like such an awesome time period, Vidya! Wish you many more fantastic blogging years ahead of you! keep writing, keep entertaining, keep enlightening! <3
    Shilpa Gupte recently posted…Colour your way to tranquility.

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    Shilpa Garg
    July 12, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Happy 15th blogoversary, Vidya! Hearty congratulations.
    Thank you for inspiring and spreading smiles, always! ♥

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    Shalzmojo
    July 12, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Congrats Vidya that is huge!

    Reading your blog has been immensely calming and beneficial to my mental health. I love reading your Wednesday wisdom posts the most and keep wishing Wednesday came twice a week 😉

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    Elle Sommer
    July 15, 2018 at 1:02 am

    Congratulations Vidya. I loved reading these much loved articles. 🙂

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