Anddddd I’m back…

Guess who’s back! Yep, me! :D I had a blast and a half in the States. SUCH an amazing vacation; I feel so blessed to have been able to get that time off and away and afford what we did. It started in DC as we sat at the national mall watching the fireworks, moved to Charlottesville for two days and then back to DC for a couple of days of walking around, visiting the Smithsonian museums and chilling in Georgetown. Was great to catch up with mine and talk and romance and steal little kisses here and there. PDA is so lost in a third-world country like my own! We then went to NYC for one night only to go clubbing at Cielo in the meat-packing district. I’d forgotten how much fun that could be – and also how expensive!! With aching feet and a woozy head we drove to Jim Thorpe and spent a day at Pocono Whitewater where we indulged in a “Big Adventure Day” – some 25 miles of biking, 2 miles of hiking and 8 miles of rafting. Amazing! I felt so alive and so impressed with my stamina!! Having checked that off our list of things to do, adventure, we went back to the Big Apple to absorb some more of the sights and sounds. DC & NYC are things I’ve done many times before but wanted to share them with M. He’d lived in DC and wanted to revisit with me. It was nice and somewhat intimate as I took him around NYC and saw his eyes fill with wonder at the big flashing lights in Times Square, a stone’s throw from our hotel. Two days in the city and we were ready to make our way to Orlando, again M had visited as a child, but Disney has been on my bucket list since I was 5. I’m so glad he was there when I finally did it! In six days we swam with dolphins, snorkelled, went to Seaworld and their water park, Aquatica, went to Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure and of course visited all the four Disney World parks x) BEST TIME OF MY LIFE! We ended by heading back up to the Poconos to attend my cousin’s wedding where I was a bridesmaid (also something I always wanted to be!)

I’m so grateful to M for taking me and showing me such a good time! I’ve never been happier!

Check out some pictures!

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Last Quotes of the Year!

So here’s the last for 2014. Another year gone and probably not too much achieved. It has been a rollercoaster of experiences and feelings; but I don’t think anything super great happened. Sure, my career went up a notch – I’m now heading a department, I visited a host of places I’d never been to before, and I got to know people a little better. Still, most of my time feels wasted. So much I could have accomplished in 365 days that I didn’t. I could have been half way through a much coveted MBA… Oh well. Hopefully I’ll live to see another year. I guess I also learnt a lot about myself. I learnt things that make me tick, what affects me, how living with another person really is so different from the fantasy, how love is not the answer to everything and definitely not enough to make a relationship work, how pets can change your life, how work is so important, and many more things I’m sure.

I jotted down some resolutions for myself a while ago, here they are. Let me know what you think!

  • Feed the happy wolf
  • Journal about my feelings daily
  • Call home twice a week minus weekends
  • save $100/month for travel fund
  • Keep a gratitude section in journal
  • Exercise 3 times per week min
  • Excel at work & get a raise
  • Be more aloof and unbothered about other people
  • Plan a vacation & save for it
  • Drink more water
  • Read one book per month
  • Start a side business
  • Be more positive: approach life’s unpleasantness in a more positive and productive manner. Think the best is going to happen rather than the worst.
  • Make more salads for lunch
  • Don’t let things out of my control overwhelm me. “Certain obstacles are there to challenge us – never defeat us.”
  • Spend money to create memories
  • Let go more often
  • Involve myself in somehow giving back to society and increasing education – if even with just sponsoring one child

Let’s try and look at the brighter side in 2015!

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and if you haven’t gotten enough, check this out: http://www.hellogiggles.com/20-inspiring-quotes-hilarious-women :) Have a great year ahead xx

My wish for all of you

My wish for all of you

It’s been a while…

It’s been so long since I’ve blogged, but every night in my head, I think of a little blog post to write, and I even wrote one out on my iphone app, but it crashed because of the sheer number of pictures I tried to upload! (there were 70 some!) I’ve been tripping since my last blog post. Had a lovely vacation in Europe, thanks to m’s family. It was a much needed escape from the sweltering heat and change of scenery. Who doesn’t like a little culture and charisma? Bring out the dresses and swimsuits, lie on the beach in Barcelona and soak up the sun, explore bazaars in Istanbul, take in the ruins of Rome, Pompei & Athens, enjoy the quaint little town of Naples and spend a day in Sorrento, shop in Madrid and enjoy the parks and walking around chilling in piazzas! A summertime dream come true. It was truly wonderful! But now I’m back to the hustle bustle of real life. Arrived home right in time for Ramadan – the month of fasting. Tried it for a week, but got sick in between. Now need to pick up the pace again, but being lazy. Work has it’s own demands, more and more as I become deeper entrenched! Denim has become my specialty – and perhaps even a passion. I learn everyday. More travels for me it seems. Work meetings in NY & San Francisco – so let’s see if I get time to blog. So tired. Need sleep.

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Lost

Are you here? 

Thought I felt you near

But now you’re gone

Maybe it felt wrong

 

Wrong to be so close

To someone you once loved

Perhaps still, from afar

You watch me

 

Do you see what I’m doing?

Do you see who I’ve become?

Are you proudly smiling?

You were a part of me

 

You still are

You’re a big part of me

 

It’s been so long

I pushed you away

To the darkest corner

Of my mind

 

Now I wish you’d stayed

And been a part of my life

Seen me as a wife

Struggle and strife

 

I just miss you

Sometimes

But I try to forget

Is that wrong?

zZzzZzzZZz…

Blessed are those who sleep soundly. Seriously. I haven’t been having the best time sleeping of late. M and myself have very different sleeping likes and dislikes. In fact, we’re completely opposite in what we want or don’t want when we get into bed. Perhaps the only similarity is that we want each other ;) He likes to sleep with the windows open, the curtains (sheers, and blackout blinds) wide open, fresh air ventilating the room, natural light streaming in and waking him up in the morning and the fan on almost full speed with a light blanket covering him. I, on the other hand, like to sleep snuggled amidst oodles of fluffy blanket, in a room freezing from the aircon at 22 degrees, with the sheers, blackout blinds AND curtains drawn so not a speck of light comes in, windows shut tight, of course, and pitch darkness – regardless of what time of day it may be! So you see my problem? And recently I’ve been on antibiotics and pain killers which I think are causing me to wake up kinda sweaty and gross in the middle of the morning – just as the sun comes up – as if a fever is breaking, and feeling SO SO hot! and then the fan, on full speed, drying up that fine layer of wetness on my skin causes me to get the chills. 

Such a conundrum. 

Now I feel underslept, overtired, lethargic and fatigued. And I’m even exercising with a rigorous cardio workout three times a week plus walking – rawr!

Inner Strength

If you can start the day without caffeine or pep pills,
If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time,
If you can overlook when people take things out on you when, through no fault of yours, something goes wrong,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

If you can do all these things…

 

Then you are probably the family dog :)

 

Would be so much easier to be someone’s pet. Be loved unconditionally. Have no responsibilities. Lie around. Play. Sleep. Eat. Be fed. Be petted. Get attention. Aw, I miss my dog now :(

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Andddd she’s back!

So it’s been just under a hundred days since I last blogged. Fear not, I’m still alive! I’ve just had some major life changes going on. Amazing ones at that! I went from being a miss to missus – married the love of my life. Now forever mine :) The wedding, as it creeped closer, was only adding to my stress & nausea. Preparations, families, events, coordinating, communication (and miscommunication) had everyone involved in a perpetual state of frustration and stressed-outedness! However, as the big day(s) grew closer (a desi wedding consists of a whole week of celebrations!) a certain air of nonchalance almost started to make its way into my days. I didn’t care how many dances there were and whether or not people bungled up the steps, I didn’t care who could or couldn’t make it, the colours and arrangements of the flowers no longer took my fancy, my clothes were still important, but most important were me and him. The fact that in mere moments we would be husband and wife made butterflies explode in my stomach and my heart sing! I couldn’t wait.

So that happened. In a colourful array of celebration after celebration mine & i were united as one. We frolicked in our togetherness, went on a fabulous honeymoon and then suddenly, back to life. Setting up a new place, giving it those homey touches that make it mine (and yours and ours), looking for work (having moved cities) but all went swell and now i’m a working wifey woman! :) Never have I been so happy. HE makes me so happy. The fact that everyday I wake up to a cuddle bug who tells me how much he loves me makes me smile. I miss him the moment he leaves from home and can’t wait for his return. I miss him throughout the day – perhaps more than I did when we were just dating. I hope this feeling never fades. I hope the happiness lasts forever.

We’re both still surprised every now and then that we’re married. We can’t believe we made it. We can’t believe how lucky we are to be together; with our true loves, soulmates. That’s all I’ve got to share with you for now. I’ll be back to posting (daily) quotes – though it may be a while before I get into routine.

Have a wonderful week :) stay blessed!

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Reckless Abandon

Sometimes I am hit by a sudden urge to live recklessly and let whatever may happen determine my future. Maybe if I lose my balance and fall off the edge, get hit by a bus or even just trip on the stairs i’ll be rescue from the clutches of the unknown that awaits me. it threatens to devour me and leave me torn and tattered. but if it is I that got myself into this mess do I deserve such an easy out? is it even a mess to begin with? my mind is plagued with worry. a thousand things unravel every second as my neurotransmitters threaten to overheat from the sheer madness I’m putting them through. is it unfair to remove myself from a situation by being stupid? I won’t. but my mind does wander there. nobody left hurt or disappointed. no explanations. just out. any which way. I guess I’m a runner. I used to be a fighter but in tired now. I have nothing left in me except rebellion. and I just want to jump.

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