Week Thirty-Three: Giving Thanks

Tuesday September 27, 2016

Hello loves,

It’s been too long since I last gave thanks. Work, life and usual and some unforeseen shenanigans happened and before we even know, September has come and gone.

Today, I don’t want to count my list of thankfuls. Instead, I want reminisce and recollect some of the people and times in life that have truly made me feel grateful (that may also not necessarily be limited to this week).

I am grateful for all the hardworking people. This can be anyone from the superbly infamous YouTubers I watch and waste my data on to the security guard basking in the sun trying to successfully make the most out of a parking lot while simultaneously hearing an earful from some drivers like me. It’s because of you that I am (most of the time) motivated to work and keep doing what I am doing. Sometimes, I may not like what I do. There are parts of my curious, supposedly pyjama-loving lifestyle of a job that has moments where I am needed to wear that dress and a pair of heels in order to go out and be social (no, I’m not an escort. Have you even seen me!) But looking at all the other hardworking people out there, it reminds me on how this being one step towards a what I call,  “successful rest of your life”

I am grateful for those who chase their dreams. Cliché but true. Too true even. Never has a generation been as blessed as they are now. More clichés coming at you. Neither has any generation before us been able to dream up or cook up career goals and actually achieved them. Most things are no longer #TumblrAF but are actual goals that people are able to achieve. It’s these sort of people that actually make me adamant on not working full-time and embracing this supposed-pyjama living life. Also, I may have not yet found the perfect fit to do full-time too, I don’t know. This twenty-something is still figuring things out. Also, I don’t own actual “pyjamas”. More like some shorts and t-shirts I pair together for sleeping reasons.

I am grateful for the little things that make my day. I sometimes try very hard (and fail) to capture moments through either photograph or text on how a little girl reaches out to hold her Mother’s hand while crossing the road. Or even better, when a dog crosses the road using a pedestrian crossing! Yes, I have something to do with pedestrian crossings, just in case you haven’t realised. Or seeing people celebrating love, happiness or even sharing the last cigarette until pay day while having tea from a nearby kadey. 

I am grateful for this year. It’s too early for an annual review just as yet but where the hell has this year flown by? It seems like it was only yesterday when we were playing Monopoly and nomming on my cheese stuffed chicken while New Year was dawning. It’s been a good year. There have been difficult times and the next few months to come will be filled with an anticipated few too. But we carry on. We hustle. We stay strong.

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What are you thankful for in your life so far?

Week Thirty-Two: Giving Thanks

Tuesday September 13, 2016

Hello loves,

Happy September! I know forgot last week but let’s try to pretend as though it never happened okay. Because, it never did, haha – get it? ohgoshIlovemydryjawkssomuch.

Here are what I am grateful for this week:

  1. My sister, who is home this week – YAY.
  2. Holidays on weekdays, need I say more?
  3. Not allowing myself to work on weekends, unless it’s something that can’t wait. Because we all need to have boundaries at some point. Even those of us who work from home.
  4. Being published on Bad Yogi, again! YAY.
  5. Finally pulling myself together and editing my Cambodia video even though it was deleted the first time :/

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What are you thankful for this week?

Week Thirty-One: Giving Thanks

Tuesday August 30, 2016

Hello loves,

My self-imposed deadline was 1500h but I was running errands at that time and tell me who can buy eggs, pay bills, pump petrol and blog at the same time?

Since I’m now back to making money for the day, let’s get straight into my list of thankfuls for this week:

  1. This week. Has been much better and big improvement from a lot of things.
  2. My family. For giving me the house for the weekend! Haha.
  3. For great friends, who come home with alcohol in exchange of cooked food.

    Some matar-less paneer (some fool decided to eat all of it at the supermarket), murgh do pyaaza, bit of a failed dhal fry and jeera rice!
  4. The positive unexpected turns in life. Sometimes you find yourself in strange but good situations when you stop looking for it.

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What are you thankful for this week?

Week Thirty: Giving Thanks

Tuesday August 23, 2016

To all you beautiful people,

It’s been a while hasn’t it. My last post from week twenty-nine tells me that it was somewhere in September when I stopped this practice. I don’t know why it happened, it’s not as though I haven’t been thankful since. I have been, more than I could’ve hoped for. But I’ve also been confused as at lately with a lot of things in my life (also before anyone makes assumptions, this has nothing to do with any of my relationships, lol) and what better time than now to revisit old practices and actually bring back the good?

I’m also going to kick right back in from week thirty as though there was no care left in the world.

This week I am thankful for:

  1. This week and week alone. It’s been ridiculously stressful the past few weeks (or months) and I’m truly grateful for the start of a new week. I know it’s only Tuesday, but it’s been a good one so far.
  2. My family. Who have time and again been so understanding to my weird ways of life and living. That is all I can say.
  3. For friends, who keep me sane and entertained.
  4. Sight. On Saturday, we were helping out Mum at one of her voluntary charity events for the visually handicapped. But what startled and even amazed me the most was how they function as regular people, families, have children and stay happy. It made me wonder how little I actually saw in life, despite being granted a relatively perfect.
  5. My friend, Anu who started giving thanks on her blog and automatically inspired me to do the same!

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What are you thankful for this week?

Week Twenty-Nine: Giving Thanks

Tuesday September 08, 2015

Hello lovelies,

How are you doing today? When I initially put this down on paper, I was seated at a restaurant awaiting lunch – yes, I decided to have lunch yesterday and today as well #win – and was quite amused at how the chap at the restaurant assumed that I was having or rather, waiting on company. #SadLife

We had to go old school to not look _as_ anti-social. You know what I mean?
We had to go old school to not look _as_ anti-social. You know what I mean?

It’s been a week of crazy and the travels are yet to come. The past few weeks, crazy aside, have also been insightful among other things. It’s been a race against time I (think I) don’t have. So rightfully enough, today’s post is a mildly long narration about time and my eternally gratitude towards it.

The weekend we just came out from was one like no other. As an adult who has flexibility and (some) choice when it comes to work hours, managing time and maintaining non-existent self-discipline become really important. I don’t really have as much of both so for as long as I remain “flexible” 😉 it’s bound to be a constant work in progress.

The improvements began when I began taking my Saturdays off. This began a few months ago and I started using my Saturdays to either go out, sleep in or do chores that I may have put off during  the week. This weekend however, I also chose to take my Sunday off.

and boy, did that do me a whole lot of good.

Also, this little self-declared weekend off did not come at a time when I didn’t have work. There was that list of forever-pending to-dos, task lists and backlogs to attend to, but I consciously told myself to stop working and to take some time off, for myself. As a result, I was able to catch up on sleep, spend time with family and the favourite and even watch some early 2000s film on television!

The physical exhaustion however did not go away as hoped, but a day and a half following the weekend (while writing this post) I managed to have the most madly productive and genuinely efficient days I’ve had since a long time.

They brought me tea, without masala! <3
They brought me tea, without masala! ❤

My little exercise taught me that while workaholism is indeed commendable and even though I too am occasionally guilty of it myself, taking some time off to spend time with family, friends, loved ones and most importantly yourself, helps in resetting tasks and life back to what it were.

Because at the end of the day, from the way I see it, unless you are able to appreciate and be grateful for life as it is, searching true happiness and that happy middle will be quite an arduous task indeed. Om.

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Do have a lovely week my loves!

Week Twenty-Eight: Giving Thanks

August 26, 2015

I officially did not post on Tuesday. Sigh. In my defence, I was travelling and writing my Tuesday posts the previous day does not seem likely anymore.

In Kalawana, Ratnapura.

September 01, 2015 

Clearly, the previous post did not see its way to the end either.

I’ve been horrible. Horrible at blogging. Horrible at keeping track of the work I’ve been taking on. Horrible at sleeping. Horrible at eating. Horrible at not having more than four shots of alcohol. Horrible at passing out (out of exhaustion and not drunkenness) standing, sitting half on the floor, while working, with the lights on and the list just goes on.

It’s September and I’m genuinely thrilled about it. Thrilled about the fact that a new month has passed by and that I actually made through it, alive. I think I’d be even more thrilled when September ends given the lists of unfinished work tasks and travels that await. (These are predominantly work travels, yes)

Hustle, is the word the Internet would title me with and that seems like what I’ve been doing since, well, May?

I don’t know but as far as work is concerned all I recall can be narrowed down to: meetings, emails, emails, lists, more lists, calls from people I’d rather not speak to, knocking off out of exhaustion, low pressure and sugar, exhaustion and just exhaustion-induced laziness.

Now that the ranting and excuses are done, let us resume with this week’s list of thankfuls:

  1. 2015: Has been a blessed year so far. There have been a few times when the year did get to me yes, but then that is normal noh. Work has been more than good and life seems to have taken pleasant turns since the second half of this year. The adventure seems like a fun one.
  2. Travel(ling): Never thought this would make it in to the list of thankfuls but hey, what do you know! I’ve been privileged I would say, to travel as part of work this year and did see many places within the country that I may have simply overlooked before.
  3. People: are universal creatures of happiness, wonderment and respect. Despite differences in culture, location and sometimes language; people always find solidarity in just being I don’t know, people and that common human nature to be, human.
  4. Family and friends: have been my main sources of strength, food and transportation. Haha. They’ve also been crazy supportive and tolerant of everything that has happened so far this year. Also, big shout out to the “new” friends I’ve made this year as well.
  5. Love: because who wouldn’t be thankful for it, now? 🙂

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What are your thankfuls for this week?

Week Twenty-Seven: Giving Thanks

Yes, I did almost forgot today’s post. 😮

Who cannot when half the country is seemingly on vacation and all you end up doing is catching up on work!

Not a lot went down last week, but I did manage to sneak in half a mini-holiday somewhere in between because let’s face it, I may have died out of exhaustion if not. Or just lived, to be a very miserable person.

I escaped to the cold-land, which isn’t really my cup of tea on usual circumstances but hey, life is all about new experiences yes, yes, noh?

(A) room(s) with a view, literally.
(A) room(s) with a view, literally.

I am genuinely thankful for having taken the mini-holiday because, like the lovely Surovi says, it helps put things in perspective and it sure did. It also helped clear my mind of things that I should ideally not be bothered by and did a whole lot of good overall.

It may have also stirred in me the travel bug that was buried somewhere within, I don’t know.

I mean dam(n), who cannot get enough of Victoria?
I mean dam(n), who cannot get enough of Victoria?

Keeping this short because work lies ahead and well, a generic word of thankfulness seems more than sufficient at the moment.

I hope all you babies are well.

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Week Twenty-Six: Giving Thanks

Hello my beautiful people,

In this week’s account of thankfuls I choose to give thanks to one special person celebrating his birthday today: Nivendra. He and I have known each other since university days (with this chap being my senior and “Lankan” big brother – lol) and now a good friend and partner in “good” crime. haha.

If someone were to ask me why I am thankful for this chap, all I can say is, why not?

Not only has he helped me out back in the day, today, this boy is an inspiration to countless others, including myself. I reconnected with Nivendra this year when I was curious as to what Letter Earthlings was. Little did I know it was another initiative founded, funded and run by this boy.

We should all be thankful to Nivendra because of his ample generosity and kind heart. The latter of which often gets him and trouble more often than he knows. For people like Nivendra, it’s difficult to even put on a facade of being a cold-blooded person unlike some of us! 😀

He doesn’t need a lot of things in life. Just an abundance of stationery, washi tape, good food and maybe some weed and he’d be a happy boy. haha.

I hope you have a good day sunshine. Here’s to many more happy birthdays to come.

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What are your thankfuls for this week?