“In order to write about life, first you must live it” -Ernest Hemingway
This lock down had virtually shut down my life, even as a mental miasma enveloped my brain. I had no motivation for writing, reading or any form of physical activity. Without even realizing it, I was craving the company of others. And here I thought I was a recluse, content in my own company.
A visit from some of my close family members in August lifted my spirits to no end, crushing the lethargy. That it was also the birthday of Big B, we celebrated it with loads of chaat, cake and conversations. And yes Archie the munchikin stayed with me for a whole day as his family stayed at a resort to celebrate the occasion.
I was buoyed to step out and began by going for a morning walk at the gorgeous Aravalli Bio-diversity park. Its one of the best things about Gurgaon and it felt invigorating to be out in fresh air amidst lush greenery. This also helped me to air out the car which had languished into a shutdown. I had to get the battery recharged and a full service done to revive it.
A wonderful thing I did for myself in August was to join a writing workshop. I cannot express in words how helpful or amazing this has been for me. I learnt everything that I was doing wrong with my writing and learnt some wonderful tricks and tips to improve. In case anyone is interested, you can look them up here
♥ Health & Fitness ♥
Morning walks at the ABDP is a bliss and I have gone from 2 kms to 4 kms this month. On days when I didn’t feel like driving out to the park ( Its about 20 Kms from my house), I walked in the colony. In fact one day I woke up to pouring rain and as expected, shut the alarm to go back to sleep. Then I decided to go for a walk in the rain with my huge unused umbrella and was I glad I did that.
Another morning I drove under a heavily overcast sky which opened up into a delicate pitter patter as I entered ABDP. Soon it started to pour strongly and though I had carried an umbrella, I decided to enjoy the rain spray on my face. It feels extremely blissful to be able to enjoy this lush greenery in a concrete city every morning. One of my favorite joys of life in Gurgaon 🙂
My health report card has also been satisfactory and nothing major to worry over there- huge thanks for that 🙂
♥ Books & Movies ♥
I finished reading 2 books and am almost through with the 3rd one. The best part is that all three of these books are on Audible – so happy to be finally catching up my reading 🙂 I also ended up breaking my no book buying pact this month and bought two books which have me very excited. Shall update on it soon.
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♥ Culinary escapades ♥
The ultimate rainy day stopped by on 19th August in Gurgaon and was the day I decided to make some pakoras to celebrate it. The sight of sheet of rain being swept by the wind outside my window as I dug into the crispy crunchy fritters was blissful.
I have been keeping my fridge stocked with hummus, green chutney, coconut chutney, mayonnaise, pesto, etc to just dig into quick snacks which are healthy too. Grateful for the burst of energy for this.
♥ Blogging news ♥
I have been diligent in writing this month and was happy to see the productive effect of it on the blog. The blog stats look great and feedback from readers has been amazing too. I am part of some blogging groups and have started to make some inroads there in pulling traffic onto my blog.
I finally got around to starting my design page on Instagram and was thrilled to have friends tell me how happy they were to see it. If you love looking at pictures of Interior ideas, please do go across and give me a feedback on this account 🙂
♥ Love & Kindness ♥
This month I had loads of love sent across to me by neighbors and friends alike. A chocolate maker in the colony sent me chocolate modaks on occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi to sample as I had never tasted one in my entire life. There was a message to pick up fresh cuttings and saplings by neighbors who were pruning their gardens. I got a moringa plant along with several other smaller shrub cuttings. Looks like I am going to be gardening again 🙂
Well that’s a wrap up from me folks for life in August 2020; lets see what September brings forth! Ciao
Joining up with Vidya for the Gratitude Circle Link
You can check out my previous Gratitude post here….