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Feel bad about your life? Travel to India.

11 Jul

Today is my fourteenth day in India with around seven days to go. I have been journaling on a regular basis yet the internet connection has been so slow I couldn’t post anything!

So far we have visited Bikaner, Jaiselmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaipur and now we are in Agra for two days.

My observation of India has been mixed. I love some parts of it (it’s people and its’ history and culture) and dislike other parts of it (poverty, segregation, pollution).

On our way from New Delhi to Bikaner (via 8hour train ride) we have passed by some unbelievable slums. And those are not even the worst ones. In India, you will find people living under scorching sun, under bridges, in makeshift houses. These houses are pretty much a piece of cloth that is supported by four bamboo sticks. Some people live on less than one dollar (!) a day.

I have taken some photos of the slums to share with you.





I have asked my tour members to remind me to look at these photos anytime I am complaining about United States and how miserable my life is.

I am grateful for so many things that we so often take for granted:
Clean water, electricity, free education, clean air, nice roads and highways, garbage collection, a government that uses our a taxes to fix things and provide a safe, pleasant environment for us to live. Don’t get me wrong, things are not perfect in the U.S. yet when you compare the life style to some people in India, my heart fills with gratitude that I am an American.

Backyard delight

14 Jun

I have never, ever had a backyard in my life. I mean EVER.

Now I my husband and I have a backyard that extends for .78 acre and in places looks like Watchung Reservation. For someone who is not familiar with Watchung reservation – it’s a gorgeous national reserve here in New Jersey. I am in love with trees and plants and shrubs and flowers that can be found there. This morning I came out with my cup of coffee and could truly appreciate the beauty of our new backyard.

Here are some photos I’d like to share with you:







Pay it forward act of the week

10 May

Inspired by the Happsters proposition, I have left our wonderful mail lady a little thank you card last Monday. I kept watching it and it was there for a few days and then she took it. I wonder whether she was nervous or thought it may have been something bad…

I am glad she took it and glad I have done this Happy Explosion Pay It Forward Act. Looking forward to much more!


The Gratitude Chain – Join Me!

6 May


Today, let us be grateful for the little things. I am grateful for the sunshine, for the cool breeze, for clean water, and for a tasty cup of coffee this morning. I am grateful for my job that gives me plenty of income; for my doctoral program that expands my mind and opens doors for me; for the unconditional love of my husband. I feel truly blessed having found the field that I enjoy and for having a purpose in life.


Now, it is your turn! What are some of the little (or big) things you are thankful for? Please leave a comment below. Let’s keep this grateful energy flowing! 🙂


Yes, you are. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.


Peace of mind. That is all you really need, no?…


I am radiating some positive vibes this morning. Can you feel them? 🙂


Love yourself, cherish yourself, take good care of yourself, listen to yourself, appreciate yourself.


I couldn’t have put it better myself! By taking that first step, you are already ahead of everyone else, who is not taking that step.

Attitude is everything!

4 May

I am currently readng the book titled Life’s Greatest Lessons by Hal Urban. What an amazing read! The book is soulful, clear, and unpretentious. Yesterday I read a Chapter on attitude. How attitude is the most important key to living a full life… How with the right attitude you can move mountains and introduce great change into your life and the lives of others.

Needless to say, I was armed with a highlighted to help me remember these wise words and apply them to myself. Then I was off on Pinterest searching for more inspiration, and I’d like to share that with you:






A reflection, long overdue

27 Apr

I admit I have been MIA for a while. Between having a full time teaching job, taking two doctoral classes, privately tutoring students, time for myself is limited. Although I have not been blogging as much as I’d like, I have been exercising and going to SoShimSa for my weekly meditation.

I have also been gathering things and ideas for my big trip this summer -to India and Nepal. For instance, I have gathered a tremendous amount of paperwork for an Indian visa and have just received my passport back, with the visa attached, on Friday night. I have one more to go – visa to Nepal.

In general, I have been trying to live my life so that I enjoy every second of it and don’t just see time pass me by… I have been calling dad and speaking with him at least three times a week. I have been talking to my cousin in Russia that has just had his third child – a baby boy.

All in all, things have been good. No matter what annoys or angers me, I try to center myself and remind myself that I should be grateful – I am here, I am breathing, I am healthy and I am alive.

Sending all of you wonderful energy today.


Seven Habits of Highly Effective People worksheet

30 Mar

My bedroom is my sanctuary. Every Sunday, I make sure I have at least two hours to dedicate to myself and my mental wellbeing. I sit in my bedroom, with a closed door, and I plan, strategize, review my goals, give thanks, and evaluate the past week.

I have started using Steven Covey’s worksheet. It allows you to see yourself as a person that wears many hats: wife, daughter, teacher, student, friend, etc. and then you set goals for each role. You also schedule activities that benefit your wellbeing, called “sharpening the saw” activities. Such activities include reading, exercise, meditation, calling a friend, volunteering, spending time with your pets, writing, and perhaps even knitting?

I have looked at the past week and saw that I have accomplished SO much. Sometimes we don’t give ourselves enough credit for being productive. Usually I feel like I have not done anything but then I wonder as to why I am so tired at the end of the week… After looking at the past week’s worksheet, it was clear that I have been extremely productive and proactive. It is clear that I have taken care of my mind and my body, in addition to having a full time job, taking doctoral classes and being a good wife and friend.

I am proud of myself and my body and mind. Apart from doing an outstanding job at my full time job, I have had tutoring sessions with a student thus earning extra money to put towards my travel.
Apart from being a diligent doctoral student, I have reached out to our board of education and filed for tuition reimbursement.
In addition, I have spent quality time with my hubby and made sure the house is clean, warm and welcoming.
Apart from all that I did strength training two times, went for a refreshing walk once, and went to two 90 minute hot yoga classes yesterday and today. On Thursday I have gone to SoShimSa for an extended sitting of meditation. Yesterday I have dedicated two full hours to reading my book called NW.

I have also bonded with a friend over lunch and had written a long overdue email to a friend of mine in Switzerland. A and I have watched a film last night and had dinner and talked.

I have just read what I have written and I am amazed at how productive I have been for the past week. In general, I am a very active kind of person, but I have never actually taken into account all the things I do during the week and on a weekend.

I’d like to ask my readers, how do you evaluate your week? Is there a tool you would like to share? Thank you so much!

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