Thursday, January 28, 2016

INSPIRE // Being Happy in 2016: A Reminder to Myself

Since I'm rubbish at them, I didn't want to label this as my New Year's Resolution.  I think quick fixes will get you quick results that vanish quickly and I much prefer and try (keyword: try) to make healthy lifestyle changes that become second nature so it's long-term and permanent.  Makes sense, right?  Something I struggle with is staying positive and happy, especially in the moment.  Sometimes it's due to stress or anxiety and other times I'm afraid I'm losing my mind when I get sad for absolutely no reason.  Self-help authors and Pinterest quotes alike say happiness is simply a choice.  Easier said then done. I often wondered how certain people can always, always be happy.  Are they genetically predisposed with it?  Since that's not me, I've had to figure some things out on my own.  I've come to the conclusion, with a lot of experience and the help of loved ones, that you have to rule your mind or it will rule you.  To be content with who you are, where you are and what you have takes practice. I've got a good feeling about 2016 and the potential it holds (not just because my birthday this year will be 06/16/16, I promise.)  So in an effort to make this a life-long habit, I choose to be happy.  To remind me should I get lost, here's a few things to get me back on track:

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

TRAVEL // Five Things I Learned From Living in India

Oops, I did it again.  I can't believe how long its been since my last post.  I confess that I'm not a blogger with lofty ambitions of gaining this many pageviews or followers per day.  I really just want to start writing again for my family and friends, who are wondering what the heck I'm doing with my life.  And it was never my intention to stop blogging all together.  However, I greatly underestimated just how long it takes to get settled in a new place.  I don't mean a new house but a new COUNTRY.

Because I did it.  As of September of 2014, I've been in India (read this blog post if you're confused).  Sometimes I have to pinch myself because I can't believe I actually had the guts to do this.  I'm no daredevil nor adrenaline junkie.  I can't even watch scary movies without asking my little brother to bunk with me that night (and every night that week).  I like to play it safe, stick to what I know and be in bed by midnight.  I'm so incredibly happy I got to do this because it's astounding how much you learn about yourself when you are taken out of your comfort zone.

As today marks India's Republic Day, the day the Constitution of India came into force, I wanted to write down a few realizations I've had since moving to india.  Afterall, India is a teacher and travellers are its students.