As I start a new blogging journey with #MyfriendAlexa campaign, it leads me I know not to where but I hope not to anything less than satisfaction.
I looked around and could see other bloggers already into the gear of get go before the starting gun went off, and here I am still struggling to write about something. I have had quite a few battles (inner kinds) with my blogging journey – almost deleted the entire thing the other day, but a friend prevailed over my common sense.
Then I learnt about self hosting and took the plunge with a new company called host my blog which is brilliant for starters – they literally hold your hand and lead you gently down the slopes of doubt into the plains of success. And of course there is blogchatter a marvellous blogging community whose mission is to make bloggers blog with push shove and gunpoint if need be (not kidding – complaining to our mothers!?!).
So I start this journey with trepidation and dedicate my whole month of blogging to “Travel Stories”. And here I am writing the very first post on my independent little corner of the e-world!
When I thought of the theme as “Travel Stories” I was aiming at actual travels but as I sat and contemplated it further, I realised it’s not about travel but the journey taken to get somewhere.
So I delved deep within and realised my journeys have been in plenty from a path of self-love to starting my blog anew to…………….. And that is what my blogging for this one month of #MyFriendAlexa is going to be all about. Let me start with a bit of self introspection and I shall take it further in my future posts.
A few years ago, I was hit by an epiphany – Self love is one of the most difficult things to do, largely due to the guilt we harbour inside ourselves which in turn is a huge ‘side effect’ of our conditioning. A big emotional upheaval in 2010 and continuing to 2012, led me to start chanting a new mantra ” I, Me , Myself“ which has served me great stead to get by a lot of things in my life now. (The guilt still assailed but I learnt to restrain it down with sarcasm, shrug of a shoulder and general disdain). It’s actually quite liberating to just do things for yourself and feel good about it – try it. Whether its taking a day off from work/phone and sitting in a cafe with a book and a hot cup or just snoozing the whole day or shopping with yourself, take yourself out for a movie – its happiness unlike any before as you are only focused on doing things you want without worrying about anyone/thing else.
The key (as I have learnt) is to make the intention; action follows suit and don’t stress over the outcome because that is going to be there either ways.
On 14th February 2015, I carried this self-love further and finally joined a Meditation group which has led me to a beautiful journey down this path. I seriously recommend this for one and all.I have journeyed onto searching myself and my answers within myself. Meditation, introspection, looking within, attitude of gratitude and being with people I love and living the life I like – all been a part of this journey and I hope it continues on like this. And once on this path, the universe has been kind enough to bestow opportunities for workshops, retreats and talks which I could have never ever imagined attending.
In August this year, I travelled to Benares for a soul-searching workshop where I learnt about vision boards , action plan, mission statement and how to self-love and self achieve. It was an amazing learning, especially the meeting of minds with six other women, equally liberated and on a joureny of self-love and healing. My vision board reflects what my inner mind is envisioning at this moment in the most uncanny way. I will put down another post on this soon enough. For now just sharing the image of it.
I entered the blogchatter and Bluestone contest chat on twitter last week and tweeted about winning one voucher for sure; guess what I DID!!! If this isnt more proof of how the universe aligns with your faith and intention; I don’t know what it is. And not just a voucher but an opportunity to write a post for their website as well. Could there be any better encouragement to my writing skills? I don’t think so.