Before April hits the calendar, there is major excitement in my life as I gear up for the #AtoZchallenge which is a month-long writing fest. I did this challenge for the first time last year and since then, have been hooked to it. So planning began a little early (it has to) but towards the flag end, I was lagging, out of breath and was finally glad when it got over.
Now you maybe wondering why am I mentioning it here in my Gratitude post if it was so painful for me?
Because it wasnt painful painful; or rather this is the pain one enjoys as it comes from a lot of hard work. Kind of like when you push yourself in the gym a little more and then feel all that better for having done that 😉
** I had skipped out on doing a March gratitude post due to the challenge and will be including my blessings from there too in this post. **
Thankful to all my April readers
So this April, my blog recorded 3000 + hits and more than 500 comments which I am still in the midst of replying back to 😉 I had such loving encouragement from my fellow bloggers who took time out to respond to my posts and share them on social media too. A huge thanks to all of them and I honestly tried to visit everyone who visited me too. Apologies to peeps if I still missed out on anyone. ♥
Though Book Reviews is one of my blog niche, I hadn’t really flexed my muscles in this department till I chose it as a theme for the challenge. Wary and hesitant of my reviewing skills, I was bowled over by how many people bookmarked my choices for their future TBR lists. It seems I didn’t do too badly and must continue it as some readers remarked that they will “miss” reading these reviews, post april. ♥
My birthday falls on the last day of March and this year, like many before, it was one of the best days of my life. Phone calls, messages, FB wishes kept rolling in from all over the world. Do you have any idea how it feels to get a call from someone you don’t meet or interact with at all in the entire year, but calls you on your birthday? I feel special and blessed for having these warm souls in my life who think so much of me ♥
I was indulged in a drive to India Gate at night to have ice-cream while walking up and down Rajpath- a very fond memory of mine from my initial days in New Delhi. Re-living it was a bliss and thanks to my awesome sisterhood ♥ – gaon ki choriyan rock people!!! 😉
Then there is this one special twitter friend who has been sending me huge goodie bags since last year for my birthday and did so this year too. Bless her and bless the Universe for gifting me such a friend. Much love Pallavism ♥
Special mention to all my blogger friends too who went out-of-the-way to wish me all over social media and send me WA wishes too – thank you!! ♥
April started with my dad winding up in the hospital, again! Two years back he had major health scares which saw us camped in a hospital for weeks and then stringent home care for six months. This time around too, we spent weeks in hospital due to a bad inflammation of one of his knees. After being sent home, he has been staying with me and my day is tied around the clock for his needs. So that does leave very little personal time and space and some days drives me plain crazy too.
Thankful bit is that there is nothing serious; recovery will take time because of his age, lifestyle and other health issues.
Grateful bit is the heartfelt messages I have been getting from everyone around me – Thank you ♥
I had been hearing stuff about fitness through building core muscle strength and why women should undertake it. It impressed me so much that I made a birthday pact with myself and joined this new gym in town which only focuses on body strength and core training workouts. Its been six weeks, and I am simply loving my Yoga sessions there. I aim to attend 4-5 sessions a week and happy to report that I am doing it 🙂
Though I have many miles to go before I hit “that” fitness quotient, I am grateful to note that I am at it!! ♥
Dent in the TBR
Hospital vigils meant that I could catch up on my reading spree which had dropped to zero post January. I got a tonne of books as birthday gifts and since then been plugging away at it. Isnt it great to have friends who buy you gifts from your wish list – sigh!!!!!! ♥
Ofcourse with the newly found love for book reviews, I shall add a month end post on my reads with a short synopsis of each or maybe do full length reviews – mmmmmm! Ok need to mull over this a bit.
Saree Swag 2018
I have made a Saree wearing pact of sorts with myself as a new year’s resolution and am happy to report its going super strong with only a blimp in April. But that shall be rectified soonest! ♥
My feeble attempts at a balcony garden to grow herbs and some veggies did bear some fruits; summer heat is scorching the plants now. Giving it a rest for next two months to begin anew in the rainy season. ♥
Made a yummy pasta sauce with these goodies; done it twice already and new harvest is also ready 🙂
March was fabulous for meeting up with cousins after ages at a family do. Then a blogger friend from UK was down here; we have never met but our online interactions have been very warm. It was such a delight to finally meetup and gossip our hearts away over some yummy food at Big Chill. ♥
Blogging goals ahead
Actually this month, I will spend some time in plotting and planning a calendar of sorts for the blog if I can, look into doing up a newsy letter and spruce up the social media. I have gotten onto the Pinterest wagon thanks to Shailja who is a wiz at such stuff and even more wonderful enough to share her knowledge, without any agenda!!! Much much love to her for all the help she has been giving me ♥
P.S: Do check out Shailja’s Facebook page for blogging tips and strategies – just join in.
A special mention and shout out goes to Shilpa who designed my Gravatar with her amazing Zentangle creativity. I love the way she offered to do one for me, when I expressed admiration over hers. Thank you Universe for sending this blessed soul in my life ♥
Thats it from me Amigos for the Gratitude post – looking forward to reading yours. It would be great if you could leave your links in the comment section 🙂
You can read my previous Gratitude post here
Linking up with Vidya for the Gratitude circle