Jan 23, 2014

The Curious Case of the Missing Button

Have you ever lost something very small yet regretted it big time? Well, it happened to me recently. For over two weeks now, the top button of my overcoat was

dangling from a thread, about to detach anytime. Every time I wore that coat, I told myself I would repair the button when I got home, only to forget about it or put it off for another day. I figured Mr. Button would consider my inconvenience (of being lazy) and hold on a little longer! However, yesterday, the button gave in and fell off somewhere, leaving me unable to button up my coat in this terribly cold weather. 
Now, not only do I have to find time to sew the button on, but first, I have to wait for the weekend to go buy a matching button! Talk about saving time!  And to think, I was excellent at time management!! Funny, how little we know of ourselves!! If only I had sewn the button on time? If only I had remembered that, a stitch in time saves nine, things would have been different.
Although my temporary sufferings will come to an end this weekend, this small incident made me realize how there are so many other things in my daily life which need immediate attention but get delayed, simply because I’m lazy! One of them is a healthier lifestyle, which also happens to be one of my most important 2014 New Year’s Resolutions. I actually envy and idolize people who take good care of themselves, yet whenever the focus is on me, I go into reverse gearWhy?
Nevertheless, with every passing year, my lack of physical activity is affecting my health. My energy level is not what it used to be and aging in addition to a slowing metabolism, aren’t making it any easier. I know what to do, but I don’t, and always manage to escape through self-constructed loopholes (lame excuses), perfectly!
So this time, I took my small button incident to heart, and decided to make that change now, and become more physically active, a month ahead of my valentine birthday.

Today, I left the car and walked to work. It took about 25 minutes one way, which means 50 minutes of easy physical exercise, without making any changes in my schedule! How cool is that? Why didn’t I think of this before?
Anyway, I plan to walk 2 days a week and finally level up to 3 days. That way, I’ll be getting 150 minutes of the recommended physical exercise I need and be guilt free!! Isn’t it funny how it’s always easy to keep others motivated and slip yourself?
Well, I know beginnings are always exciting and seem easy, but the hardest part is to continue…! Will I break it this time or will I succeed?
Well, only time will tell, so wish me luck!  Happy walking!


Jan 9, 2014

New Year’s Resolution

Hello friends, how have you been? We’re already into the second week of 2014, but I’m still struggling to shift  from my holiday mood to work mode !! 

So, what’s your take on “New Year’s Resolutions”? Do you make any? Do you try to keep them, or are they broken as quickly as they were made?

As for me, I make a long list every year, only to keep one or two and consciously ignore the tough ones!! However, unlike other years, I’ve not made any new resolutions in 2014. Rather, I’m going to work on my old ones, brushing up my antiques and coming full circle. 

My key words for 2014: 

Retry, reinvent, remodel, reduce, reuse and recycle 

My main goals for 2014: 

1.  Spend as much time as I can with my family.

Family has always been my first priority, but ever since my eldest son moved out to live in Tokyo for his job, I miss even the simplest things we used to do together as a family. More than ever, I realize now that, nothing can replace the beauty, warmth and comfort of home and family. The best part is, our family and close friends let us be ourselves! What could be greater than “being you”?

Take care of myself for me and others around me.

I’m going to concentrate a lot on this department in 2014. Health truly is wealth, and when life is crazily busy, we need to slow down at every available opportunity and concentrate on our health and wellbeing. Yearly health checkups can prevent or cure many diseases before it’s too late. Remember, we’re no good, dead or sick to our family or friends…we need to be alive and healthy to walk through life with anyone!
Use social networking to keep in touch and share my thoughts. Not as a platform to publicize every moment of my life.

I always cherish the private moments for my near and dear ones. I prefer to meet actual people and to look, feel and smell the essence of life with those around meSo this year, I’m going to go out of my way to give a hug and bring a smile to someone’s face. I would never trade my real experiences and the warmth they ooze with a 1000 “likes” or "virtual compliments" anyday!

Embrace the "Don't worry, be happy" attitude seriously

People have often asked me how I manage to smile so effortlessly? Well, keeping aside my bad days, when I’m happy, I really feel good from the inside, and I guess it reflects through my smile. I always follow a very simple rule: 

“I never think with work or family responsibilities, I have an option to choose. These two aspects of my life are something I must do, no matter what!” Nevertheless, when it comes to relaxing and having fun, I don’t compromise. I plan and wait to spend my free time with people I really care about and those who care about me. There is no obligation, no hesitation and no stress. I choose my jolly people and joyful moments wisely.

Ofcourse, not everyone thinks or makes new year's resolutions like me, simply because they feel they are cool the way they are...but me? I want to make changes for the better every single day of my life and be one step closer to my dreams ! Here’s wishing you a very exciting, challenging and smashing 2014!!