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Shift Happens. August 2019 Gratitude Circle blog hop

Shift happens in so many ways.

Can you believe I’ve been sitting on this post even though I’ve been busy writing? It isn’t as though it is difficult, since I keep adding points throughout the months. It’s the little things, isn’t it?

Yep. Yet.

Shift happens.

All kinds. Ups and downs. Some days were downright sh*t. Everything that could go wrong, managed to go wrong. I was sulky.

Then I laughed it off because, after all, I must practice what I preach, right? I thought, this too shall pass. And of course it shall.

I pulled my (insert garment of your choice) up and got down to business.

Partly, I blame the ennui on the weather.

And partly, wallowed in just a little bit of self-pity, on account of my son going back to college after a lovely two months at home. Yes, I am allowed that, aren’t I?

So without further delay, let’s focus on the nice, nice stuff and be happy, shall we? That does not mean I am ignoring how I feel, it just means that I am trying to collect my own smiles as I reminisce and focus on happy stuff. It always works for me.

Shift Happens. I am no longer accepting things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.

I am no longer accepting things I cannot change. I’m changing the things i cannot accept

Isn’t that a lovely quote?

As we bid goodbye to our son, we accompanied him back to campus. I’ve made it a sort of rule that we’ll go somewhere together nearby and this time we made it to Shimla. It was a fabulous trip, rain notwithstanding. July-August is never the right time to visit places in Himachal Pradesh due to monsoons, but what to do? That’s the time we’ve got. So off we went. And walked everywhere with our raincoats on! All about the trip in a different post! So grateful to have this time together with family.

This was followed by a couple of days on our son’s campus—and that’s always a pleasant experience. How can it not be when you’re woken up by a peacock? It was incredible!

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So I was sleeping. Suddenly, something woke me up. I opened my eyes and it was bright and sunny. Alarmed and thinking I had overslept, I sat up and checked the clock. Surprised to find it was only 5.30 am. I lay down again–after all, I was on holiday. Sure I could have gotten dressed and gone for a walk, but eh. Half an hour later, I heard tapping at the window. Sat up again. Then got a bit spooked because we were on the second floor. Gently tiptoed to the window and drew the curtain aside, thoughts of the recent crime novel I'd read. Imagine my shocked surprise and delight to see this handsome young man at the window, trying to peer in! For the next hour, I simply sat there and watch him preen and romance his lady. Did you notice the peahen at ground level when the peacock turned? She joined him on the window sill. The large windows, that extended across an entire wall allowed me an almost 180- degree view-and I was excited to see around six peacocks and peahens wandering the lawn, enjoying the dawn. What a way to wake up! I've filed this away in my happy moments archive which I reach into whenever I need a swift pick-me-up! . . . . . . . . . #vidyasury #lifethroughmylens #peacocks #flashbackfriday #happiness #travelblogger #exploremore #mytinyatlas #welivetoexplore #natgeoyourshot #naturephotography #grateful #blessed #memories #ilovetravel #instapassport #traveldeeper #keepexploring #artofvisuals #birdsofinstagram #birdstagram #incredibleindia #nationalbird

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We returned home and got back to our routines.

I suddenly had a huge workload thanks to the time off I enjoyed and I got to work. And one day it got so overwhelming that I thought I’d go crazy in spite of all the breathing and pausing and coffee. Because my computer crashed–AGAIN! And my son got the ‘flu!

It’s true that we need a tribe to motivate us. I found mine with an exclusive group for women called Lady Bloggers Engage. If you are a blogger who would love to connect, engage and grow in a ladies only group where 100% reciprocation and support is guaranteed, join us. Register here.

Lady Bloggers Engage was just the dose of motivating adrenaline I needed to get back on track. That’s what a wonderful group of women can do. I am grateful for my tribe!

Shift happens!

August was also a month spent with friends. One Sunday, I did something absolutely out of character. Succumbed to an invitation to spend the day to see the flower show at our local Botanical Garden. Also, it was kind of a drizzly day. Yet, I went out and had a wonderful time simply loitering around the gardens and finishing the day off with the flower show. Sometimes we just have to get away and shake that energy up eh? Grateful I have friends to do it with.

 

And with all the talk about saris with my friend, a solid dose of nostalgia hit me, thinking of my saris neatly stacked in my closet. I gave away close to 300 saris when I got married. Go on, laugh, smirk, whatever. I suddenly had the urge to wear a sari. And the opportunity arose sooner than I expected. After a particularly annoying day, my husband casually asked me if I’d like to accompany him to a regional school science fair where he had been invited as chief guest.

I had deadlines and I had sneakily thought I’d have peace and quiet to accomplish them. But around midnight, I changed my mind. I laid out a yellow and red sari and the accessories- two dozen red glass bangles and red jhumkas– and decided to go. And so we spent a very pleasant day at the school. Nothing like spending time with kids to lift your mood! Grateful I was dragged into it! We had quite the adventure returning home as we couldn’t find any cabs and opted to ride the bus. I really enjoyed myself!

Thanks to a trip around our market, I also managed to get my sewing machine repaired. I’ve tried in the past, but you know what they say. The time has to come. And it did. I can’t express how happy and excited I am. As I sat at the machine and ran a stitch, memories came flooding back and I practically cried with joy. That’s a whole new post!

On one of the afternoons I was upset, I put my pent-up energy to good use and started deep cleaning my kitchen. And what an enjoyable experience that is! An afternoon of discovery. An afternoon well-spent. Not finished with it yet, but I’ll get there. Baby steps. Grateful for housework, yes.

And that’s how shift happens

As always, grateful to do work I enjoy and for clients who depend on me. I am so fortunate.

Grateful for my sister-best-friend Vanita Cyril, who never hesitates to give me that well-deserved kick in the ass and hugs–and pushes me when I drag myself. Thank you!

Oh, I started a self-care series on Instagram. It’s a gentle tip a day on a coffee cup. I need the reminder as much as anyone else! It would be great to see you join me there.

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In the course of the day, it is good to pause every once in a while to take stock of how you feel. 🎭 How are you feeling today? Happy? Okay-ish? Sad? Angry? Annoyed? Flustered? 🎭 Whatever it is, don't judge yourself. The feeling will pass sooner or later. 🎭 If you are not happy about how you feel, why not pause, breathe, and think of something pleasant – something that cheers you up? 🎭 How do you feel today? What are you doing about it? Please tell me in the comments. . . . . . . . . #vidyasury #selfcarematters #selfcareseptember #selfcompassion #selflove #youmatter #mindfulliving #wellness #healing #positivevibes #healthylife #mentalhealth #motivation #loveyourself #inspirationalquotes #instagood #collectingsmiles #coffeecup #holistichealth

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By the way, the highlight of the month is this: I have started taking Sugar Knocker, an Ayurveda treatment for my diabetes. I met the CEO of the company that makes this and was motivated to try this. Ayurveda is well known to treat the root cause of various conditions, and diabetes is no exception. What’s more, it is possible to get off allopathy medicines and keep blood sugars under control with diet and lifestyle changes. I am excited.

I’ve written an in-depth post about Sugar Knocker and how it works on my health blog. It is the dream of every type 2 diabetic to go off medications, because we are aware of the side-effects. Around December 2019, I’ll be posting an update about how Sugar Knocker is working for me as I will need to take it for at least three months to see significant changes. Wish me health!

And that’s it from my side.

Does it seem like September has come too soon this year?

I am freaking out a little too – September is my birthday month.

How did August go for you?

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Obsessivemom
    September 5, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Oh Vidya what a heart warming post. That peacock was magnificent and so close too. What a treat!
    When life gets tough I lose the motivation to write gratitude posts. Which how it’s been over the last few months. I know I should get back to it. Perhaps I will. You always manage to look beyond your troubles. That’s a rare gift.

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    Craige Hardel
    September 6, 2019 at 7:09 am

    Cool post and Instagram embeds. I thought you were in danger when I saw that peacock. As much as we try to follow best practices, most people ignore how scrappy things can get sometimes and that they learn to let things go and let it be. It is so subjective how we interpret things that happen to us.

    For me we can do our best but how we act on the stimuli we receive is what truly matters.
    Craige Hardel recently posted…How fear is sucking your life dry and robbing you from your potential

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      Leana Lourens
      September 8, 2019 at 11:10 am

      Hi Vidya! I am sitting in bed here with a nice cup of coffee and reading your story 😊 Sometimes we just need to accept fate as it is and see what we csn do with it – whether it’s good or bad❤ Pretty Peacock

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    Soumya
    September 6, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Such a wonderful quote, I’m implementing it right away! Will also be checking out the Lady Bloggers site, sounds super! We need to motivate each other and help each other survive and rise.

    I love the self-care series. I do a similar thing on Instagram too and I’m surprised by how much it has helped me and many others!

    Hurray on the sewing machine! I have one too and I love making my own stuff! Makes me feel so creative.

    August was all about lethargy and self-pity for me! Like you, I partly blame it on the weather as well. In-spite of it being my birthday month, it was one hell of a downer.

    September better make it up for both of us. I’m counting on that.

    Love you hottie, wishing you a fabulous September and the happiest birthday month ever!
    Soumya recently posted…It Is Okay To Not Be Okay

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    Shalzmojo
    September 6, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Wow that peacock was so unexpected and such a visual treat. I love sighting them and am always delighted whenever I can glimpse one. Never this close though – always from the confines of my car or terrace.

    Awww on the computer crash and your son’s flu- hope both are okay now!!!

    You are an amazing woman to be so self inspiring; I was talking to a friend the other day and said something to which she responded “Be kind to your self” and I was like – OH!!!! I was putting myself down in my usual way and she pulled me up just like that. Yeah close friends are just the dose one needs every now and then to deliver a swift kick in the butt. I wish I could be as inspiring as you – you are always positive and motivated in all your posts and content. Reading your posts is a bliss – thanks for that!! 🙂

    Hope you have a blessedly blessed September!!! Hugs
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    Melissa
    September 6, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    What a great uplifting post! It’s always nice to read something positive even during times of grief or hardship!

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    Debbie D.
    September 6, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    You are the most positive person I know, Vidya! 💖 It takes real skill to turn a negative into a positive. That said, a good (but short) wallow in self-pity can clear the mind. All the best for a lovely September and birthday!
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    Galen Pearl
    September 6, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Loved your post, Vidya. I swear, I want to come just shadow you for a week sometimes. You lead the most interesting life. Your descriptions are always so vivid–it’s like I’m there with you. Great story about waking up to the peacock. Reminded me of when I was a girl. I had a horse that we boarded at a farm out in the country (we lived in the city). The owner loved exotic birds and had many sorts of interesting chickens, storks, and yes peacocks roaming around an otherwise quite ordinary farm.
    Galen Pearl recently posted…Love Like the Sun

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      Vidya Sury
      September 6, 2019 at 11:16 pm

      Galen! I was just thinking about you and started writing you an email and here you are! One of the fondest wishes on my wish list is to meet you in this lifetime! I would really love for you to come over and stay with me, you know! I would have enjoyed roaming that farm you mentioned! Thank you so much for virtually coming over. ❤

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    Janice sisemore
    September 7, 2019 at 1:50 am

    I love your blog. You have the best design. The video of the the peacock is so amazing. I love the quote” I am no longer accepting things I cannot change. I’m changing the things i cannot accept” and I am still trying to figure it out on how to fit in my life.
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    Beth
    September 7, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    Vidya, I enjoy your posts more and more and appreciate the thought you put into them. And yes, September has come so quickly, but happy birthday month! My husband and I celebrate our wedding anniversary (40) this month. I do find it helpful if I notice I’m discouraged to start thinking of all the things that are going well in my life. Maybe you do this too? Thanks so much.
    Beth recently posted…Red Beans and Rice 2 ways – Gluten and dairy free

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    Nicole
    September 8, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Absolutely love that quote about change! Since I’m not a huge fan of change, I definitely need to keep that one in mind and remember that shift happens no matter how much I resist it. Thanks for sharing about Sugar Knocker, I’m heading over to read more about it right now. I have insulin resistance and doing everything I can to prevent it from becoming Type 2 Diabetes.

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    G Angela
    September 9, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    Vidya I loved reading:) You keep inspiring me all the time and i continue to feel motivated and encouraged, what a lovely post. I liked the Peacock and also the picture of flowers exhibition. YOu never cease to amaze me and I love how you record all the moments of the month. So nice to know about the trip to Himachal pradesh, I did see your pictures on instagram, thank you for sharing. Nice to know about the Ayurvedic treatment…. I am interested to find out how it works. Its important to take care of self as we keep growing and I admire how you are able to keep a track and balance everything in life.
    G Angela recently posted…August Gratitude 2019

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    Mahati ramya adivishnu
    September 10, 2019 at 5:45 am

    Happy Birthday Vidya, don’t know the date, but you can celebrate whole month, right?
    The peacock is beautiful. I visited Shimla once and I know how gorgeous that location is.

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    Unishta
    September 10, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    I loved the quote and also your post. How wonderful to have a peacock peer into your window! I don’t know what it is about August but I was also struck by ennui which is just about wearing off now.

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    Vasantha Vivek
    September 16, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Yes Vidya, sometimes life is kicking at my back too. But as you said being grateful keeps me moving. Happy to know that you had spent a good time with your son and you had good trip to Simla. Would like to check your self-care series on Insts. Happy September, dear!
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      Vidya Sury
      September 16, 2019 at 4:18 pm

      Thank you, Vasantha. We just have to remember that life is full of ups and downs…and nothing is permanent.
      Thank you for joining the Gratitude Circle.

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