My husband, Alex, is as far away from meditation and spirituality as any person can be. He has simple needs and doesn't wonder about and ask deep life questions. If he can just do his work and have fun with people he loves, he is happy. If you asked him what made him happy, you … Continue reading How I learnt spirituality from my non-spiritual husband
This is going to be a nice adventure story, so hang on till the end for the best part 😉 So there we were, all happy and excited in Beijing, having finished visiting most of its sights, having soaked in some diverse experiences, and ready to move on to the next adventure! But before that, … Continue reading Stranded & helpless in China at midnight!!! But we still felt powerful.
Feeling low about something? Discouraged/ upset? Or just...blaaah? You know, those times when you don't really feel anything, but are not feeling super charged either? Maybe you're just going about life, doing things, solving problems, getting chores off your never-ending to-do lists. Doesn't matter where you are currently, or how you feel. You can get happy … Continue reading My instant happiness and energy boosts…nope, it’s not food 😉
In the winter I wrote a post about how looking at the barren trees in the winter time always gave me hope. That even though things are bleak now, they will get better soon. I asked you to keep the faith. And today I wanted to show you the proof of that! These are the … Continue reading I promised you hope! And here you go…
Barren. Gloomy. Brown. Almost dead. That's how the trees in the winter look, don't they? I don't know about you, but 8 years ago, I saw them for the first time, and frankly, just wanted to run from them like hell! I missed my tropical green...:( I first arrived in Europe in the fall. And in … Continue reading When life gets you down, this is why you should think about the trees in winter
Ever been in gut-wrenching pain, that made your face all crinkly? Ever tried to move your body parts, and have it refuse to listen, like a broken toy? Ever gave your full energy to conduct a simple everyday habit, and failed miserably? No? Lucky, lucky, you! And pray till kingdom comes, that you never know … Continue reading When pain knocked me out, and I woke up to some harsh truths
A few days ago, I had this tune in my head. I just couldn't remember the song though. You know that feeling when you know that you know the lyrics of a song, but all that comes to your head is the tune? So annoying! Anyway, so I was constantly humming this tune, hoping that … Continue reading Have you noticed the 2-minute relationships in your life?
I know that I am not perfect, but yet I am. In my own way. There is just one me. And thus only one perfect. Who am I? That changes each moment. I am not who I was this morning, because I have grown, physically and mentally and spiritually, since then. And what I am … Continue reading I am enough
As Alex and I were doing up our new apartment, we put up all the books in our existing bookcase. And because we didn't want to get another display shelf to put our little knickknacks and collectibles, we just put them all in the bookcase together. After it was all done, I stood back and … Continue reading Cluttered bookcase, or more? Look a little deeper.
Life is a roller coaster. Sometimes things are at a high, sometimes they come crashing down. Sometimes there is joy, exuberance, joy, laughter. Sometimes there is despair, tears, and things fall apart. As the French sigh and say reflectively, c'est la vie. Why then, are you so open and proud of all the good things … Continue reading Enough with the fear. Time to show all your colors 🙂
If you have lived with someone in a close relationship (not like a roommate, but someone whom you love deeply), chances are that like me, you’ve been so annoyed and frustrated by some small and big things that they do, that you've wanted to bang your head on the wall in frustration. It doesn’t matter … Continue reading The moments that make the effort totally worth it!
Isn't it just wonderful when you are faced with a potential difficulty, and not just the solution comes to you easily, but something even better? I was at this company Rockwool recently for a meeting, in Roermond, Netherlands, and had gone by bus. The office was in a bit of a secluded place, in an … Continue reading Little blessings from big hearts!
In a consumer world, we encounter many different kinds of salepersons in stores. A few days ago, I met 2 extreme kinds. I had to get some printing and binding done in Aachen, so I went to a shop called Face, known for special printing. They said they couldn't deliver exactly what I wanted, just … Continue reading Kindness, even from strangers, can make everything bright 🙂
They say Virgos are perfectionists. As someone of that sun sign, I had no trouble believing that about myself from an early age! I tried to maintain very high standards of both quality and quantity of work, pushed myself constantly to achieve those standards, and I was actually very proud about that! In interviews, when … Continue reading Why and how, even being a perfectionist, I gave up on perfection
Growing up in a tropical country like India, and then living in the desert country of Dubai, the sun and heat was the norm for me, and also a reason to complain. It was always too hot and I never appreciated the value of it. And then I came to Europe in the fall of … Continue reading Here comes the sun 🙂
Sometimes it all falls apart. Or it seems it does. You had all these fancy plans, and you thought things were going in the right direction. But then nothing came out of it. And all your plans seemed useless and fruitless. Your dreams, your hopes, whether it be of career success, relationships, maybe even financial … Continue reading It’s AllWays AllRight. Don’t fight the NOW.
Ok, starting with a small dose of honesty. Like a lot of people, my smartphone is my life! Connecting to people is just one of the small things I use it for. Bank transactions, travel research, working on my blog, diary, reading, operating my business, everything. But recently my phone battery has picked up this … Continue reading How my dead phone made me live more
There are a lot of things that happen every day. Big things, small things. The question is, which ones do we prioritize. Because what we focus on, seems bigger and bigger to us, it becomes more and more important. So don't let the small ones become big in your head. Don't focus on them, don't … Continue reading What you focus on, grows
Ok so the only seemingly 'negative' thing about lemons, is that they are bitter. But besides that, are you kidding me? It has soooo many awesome uses, it is unbelievable! These are all that you can do with it...speaking from experience 😉 Have a tequila 😉 Use it with baking soda as a natural, effective … Continue reading If life gives you lemons, don’t just make lemonade, say yayyyyyyy!!!
FF thought of the day: Every day, things happen that make us push our comfort zone, and grow. However difficult the change might seem, they can make us better. It is important to acknowledge that change, and celebrate it. Move forward every day, love the new you that arises through every big event in life. … Continue reading Love your wings!
Whatever has to happen will happen. How you think about it now, makes a difference. You can expect things to go your way, and build happy and positive energy all around you, and inspire other people to stay upbeat as well. Knowing that even if things don't go your way, there would be a reason … Continue reading Think happy, be happy
So remember earlier I talked about a beach trip when I got a delicious midnight snack for free from a kind hotel staff? Well in that same trip, as soon as we reached the hotel and was waiting in the bar for our rooms, we had asked for some beverages. As the waiter brought it … Continue reading My beer washed suitcase!
Life happens. Things that are out of your control, happens. Negative circumstances, people, events, are all around us. The question is, how do you hold up, when such things happen all around you? Do you get sucked in in all the negative, or do you do something about it? Do you still choose to look … Continue reading Stay positive, stay strong
If you try to make something happen, and even after your best efforts and intentions it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t mean that what you wanted cannot happen. It may just be that you have to try a different way…or 10,000. Whatever it is, you have to know that you can always achieve what you want. … Continue reading There are no failures, only learnings!
My favorite flavour in the world? Salted butter caramels…yummm!!! The best ones are from Henri Le Roux, available only in France. It’s called Carames au Beurre Salé (CBS ®). My brother had visited Paris recently, and I had asked him to get me some of this toffee when he came to Netherlands, but it was … Continue reading Sometimes you get what you want when you ask a second time 😉
There are 2 kinds of people in this world. One, who grow up in a certain place and tend to live there almost their whole lives. They are lucky to have a certain group of constant friends, whom they have probably grown up with. They talk and meet regularly, and it’s like family. Then there … Continue reading Cheers to international friendships 😉
So recently we were on this holiday, and had gone for a very nice meal in a restaurant nearby. The dish I ordered was truly delicious. The only challenge? As with many fine dining places, the portion size didn’t turn out to be very big 😉 Would have been ok, except that I had gone … Continue reading A lucky midnight snack 😉
Yeah, sometimes things don’t go our way. What we want doesn’t happen. We don’t get what we desired and prayed and craved for. Something we didn’t want shows up instead. And then? Sure, everyone will say you should keep going. Keep smiling and keep trying. Agree. My philosophy is you also need to see if … Continue reading Take 5 minutes to cry or hit a punching bag 😉