Thursday, 20 September 2018

30 days no TV challenge : My experience at day 12

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Hey there dear reader!

There are a lot of challenges floating around the internet and this one caught my attention while I was watching a YouTuber named Milena Ciciotti mention that she was taking it up in a recent video - she said she was going to be taking a 30 day no TV challenge, that means no TV, no Netflix, no Amazon Prime and no YouTube! 
I spend a lot of time on YouTube, and lately had also started binge watching a show called 'The Middle' on Amazon Prime. When I stayed over at a friends place one weekend, we watched about 4 movies and few documentaries over the span of 2 days. I was a bit sceptical about this thing at first, if I could pull it off, but Milena also mentioned that she would instead be spending her time reading the Bible, and several books by Christian authors.

Challenge accepted. 

Things I have been doing instead of watching TV :

I too have read a lot (The Bible, The Blue Umbrella, How to Pray, The Purpose Driven Life etc.)  downloaded some music player apps (Amazon Music. Because earlier YouTube was my go-to music and video app). ((Edit: I'm also using Anchor, a radio app!!)) 
I realised that Instagram and Facebook have a lot of videos in them too, and I try to avoid them as frequently as I can. Perhaps staying off of Instagram except to post or scroll though at a designated hour is better for this challenge. 
I've also gone on a few trips (One day trip and a weekend trip) 

A conversation with someone over WhatsApp, sparked this whole blog post. I was telling them how this challenge made me realize that though I used to think that my life was interesting, it really is quite dull and boring and perhaps it was all the shows I used to watch that made me think that I was living a very interesting life. 

This challenge was forcing me to face reality as it was and learn to live life in the moment, day by day and see it for what it really is and though I'm excited to catch a few movies and shows after it ends, I hope I continue to value reality over fast paced cinema life


Maybe I don't need to live a scripted (is anyone else thinking of that Simple Plan song-"When I'm gone" because I just said the word 'scripted'?) picture perfect life. Maybe I just need to focus on my purpose and my path however slow and boring it may seem and prioritise things that matter. 

Would you take up this challenge?Why or why not?

Hope you enjoy your day! 
-Jeffy




Sunday, 26 August 2018

Girl Online : Going solo by Zoe Sugg - Book Review #8

I picked up 'Girl Online : Going Solo' by Zoe Sugg partially because the book cover and story blurb looked so interesting :

But mostly because I used to follow Zoella on Youtube and read her blog many many years ago and knew this was going to be a fun read. 
I've already Read Girl Online : On tour which is the second part to the 3 part series book about 'Penny' a 17 year old girl  and at the end of the book (spoiler ALERT!) she and her singer star boyfriend decide to break up/ take a break because of his busy schedule. 

I love how this book is about Penny growing, trying to just do her including blogging and photography. She deals with a lot of ups and downs in friendships and the book touches topics that many people are probably going through. Some of my favorite quotes from the book : 

“Someone else's success is not your failure.” 


“Focus on your own lane, go at your own pace, don't look sideways. Someone else's success does not have to impact you or detract from what you achieve.” 

Comparison steals your joy and robs you of your own growth, especially that which leads to self-pity and jealousy. 
I would definitely recommend this book, as she navigates getting over a serious relationship and meeting someone new soon after and confusion that results. There is an interesting plot twist at the end and I don't want to give to much away. 

Have you read any of Zoe Sugg's books? 

Have an awesome day! 
-Jeffy

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Let it be

I was browsing through the aisles of a book shop in my neighborhood mall and heard these words from the popular Bebe Rexha song 'Meant to be'.

'If it's meant to be it'll be, it'll be, Baby just let it be.' 
Apps used : TextGram 


For some reason those words caught my attention and turned my day around and helped me let down the reigns of control I try to have over my life. It is kind of soothing to know that you don't control everything doesn't it? 

Currently Reading : Galatians (Bible)
                                 Girl Online (Going Solo) by Zoe Sugg. (popularly known as Zoella online). I've read the second part too, and it was quite good!

Have a great day!
-Jeffy :) 

Thursday, 21 June 2018

My beginning with Sustainable Living

I recently got invited by a friend of mine's room mate to attend an Origami Workshop at Studio Pepperfry at Hyderabad (June 02nd 2018) and I was pumped. On arriving I realized that it was not just going to leave me trained on a few neat tricks on paper folding  but a lot more.

We had conversations with Roopika, the artist of the gorgeous pieces in the below images  :






- about how small choices we make everyday impact the earth and could be perhaps replace use-and-throw articles (like straws, plastic PET bottles etc.) with more sustainable alternatives (bamboo straws, glass straws, no straws, metal water bottles, glass water bottles etc.) . This was of course in honor of World Environment which was right around the corner at the time (June 05th 2018).

We discussed about the negative impact our small disposables can have to environment - especially since plastic takes hundreds of years to degrade, but are used sometimes for minutes to a few hours/days at maximum potential.

She asked us to check out a ted talk by Lauren Singer - some one who had adopted a 'Zero Waste Lifestyle' and I did check it out. Now I know that sounds impossible (and it kind of is in our current world any way). It is kind of a misnomer - but how cool is it that there are people around the world committed to producing as little waste as they possibly can?

I was shook.

Here's the Ted Talk I watched that night:

Here are some of the stuff I learnt to make there :


Lauren Singer, in the video, spoke about living a Zero Waste Lifestyle and my friend, her room mate and I were drawn into conversations that night about: wait, how does she wash her hair with zero waste? Have a zero waste period cycle? Shop? Eat?

I found all that information and more in her blog.

Apparently there were sustainable alternatives to nearly everything I use and throw. I was double shook.

However, I had to quickly understand as I started taking tiny (minuscule, microscopic ) steps towards a more sustainable life style - that living 'zero waste' doesn't have to scare me off because it sounds like an impossible standard.

As I took my own containers to shops and received the product in plastic covers inside of my own container I realized that I need to take a deep breath and try again tomorrow to ask the shopkeeper to not use plastic at all and show myself grace. When they do put the the product directly into the container I give them I rejoice.

I wince as I collect my tender coconut with a straw in it and start drinking because I forgot to ask not to give me one. I rejoice when I find sustainable alternatives to products I commonly use and throw heavily.

I've realized that I am slowly transitioning into this phase, of living a more sustainable lifestyle and I want to share any insights I gain about how I am substituting daily use-and-throw products with more sustainable products. So this will be extended into a series of experiments and my verdict on products (for me), maybe even some D.I.Y. that are sustainable alternatives that I try out & resources that I've stumbled upon on the topic (E.g. Bea Johnson's Ted talks)

I invite you to join me in on this journey.

Thanks for reading!

-Jeffy


Love That Lasts : How we discovered God's Better Way for Love, Dating, Marriage and Sex by Jeff and Alyssa Bethke - Book review #7

I enjoy reading a good story or even a good self-help book. My last book review was Heidi  way back in Sept 2013. As I try to revive this blog, I would like to share more reviews like I used to back then because my love for reading hasn't died down(along with some new content as well). 

Sometime last year(2017) I had the opportunity to read this book Jefferson and Alyssa Bethke. Jeff Bethke is popular through a viral video he posted way back in 2012 called "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus"



I wrote a short review for it in Goodreads on Sept 01st 2017 and here is a version of it: 

Love that lasts challenges us to look past our feelings and common portrayals of love/ romantic relationships in the media –( such as having multiple sexual partners before settling down into marriage) – and to want God’s best design for love, marriage & sex. It also teaches us about the gift of God’s grace, if one has actually drifted away from this design in the past.

 Jeff and Alyssa’s distinct histories in love relationships would allow most anyone to relate to at least one/ some of their stories. (one who grow up in church from the beginning and one who joined in later). 

The book teaches us to look out for, wait for, fight for and communicate a lot with our significant other. 

It also throws light on common issues in relationships such as commitment issues, unrealistic expectations, break-ups etc. & on how they dealt with the ones each of them faced – ultimately pushing through them to build a Christ-centered relationship and marriage. They get real about the costs of pornography, difficult/ traumatic pasts and how we view our selves and what it does to our relationships. 

The book brought out a lot of deep issues in my heart, the ones I had been battling with for years - including trust issues and this quote has stuck with me ever since I read it : 

“The very same thing that can destroy us—human relationships—also has the power to heal us.” 
*I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher.


Both of them post vlogs together and short videos on topics that God has placed on their hearts on their Youtube channel (E.g. Relationship Advice,  Questions related to the Christian Faith) that I had been following for a while before I saw the call for applications to be a part of the extended Book Launch team of sorts on their Instagram - which I jumped on immediately. 
This has been a fun throwback! Hope you have a great rest of the day/night dear reader. 

Best, 
-Jeffy 

Monday, 23 April 2018

10 Things I love about me

Dear reader,

It is super easy (for me) to slip into a negative thought process about things 'I don't have' or 'Things I hate about myself' or 'Things I wish I was' or 'Things I wish I had'. So when I have the tendency to think of negative things about me and my life choices  - I stop and take a deep breath and focus on what I do have.

Right now is a list of 10 things I love about me. Here goes.

1. I am hard working
2. I am honest
3. I love making people smile
4. I love that I try to make fitness and health a priority
5. I love how creative I can get some times - with arts and crafts, photography, writing, or an idea to do something new.
6. I love that I give myself grace to learn things in my own time when it takes a little longer than the norm
7. I love that I enjoy singing
8. I love that I am passionate about reading for fun
9. I love taking walks with myself in the park.
10. I love my smile.

This post is about promoting positivity and not negativity and hence I must encourage you to think of 10 things you love about yourself too. Write it down in your journal or a piece or paper (or here in the comments ) and see the difference it makes to your day.

Have a beautiful rest of the day/night, dear reader.
-Jeffy

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Spending time alone with God.

The title is pretty self-explanatory, however let me elaborate a bit further. There have been many times where I have felt stuck or in a spiritual rut. And in those times I remember googling 'Ways to spend time with God' because I just didn't know how to do it - or I thought that there was a specific process to it. ( there isn't just one way to do it)
The awesome thing about God is - He is always there with us. (unlike a person) But that doesn't mean we should not prioritize time with Him. Jesus certainly did. I am by no means an expert - but imperfect though I am, perhaps I could share some of the things that I have tried. 

1. Spending time in the word in the early morning - as soon as you wake up: This one is true, and tried and tested. I heard somewhere (I believe in this message video) that in the morning your mind is like a dry sponge - ready to absorb whatever you put into it. So, it's best to feed it the Word when it's fresh and unburdened right? 

Mark 1:35 New International Version (NIV)

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

(Bible verse taken from here)

I was introduced to this habit through a christian camp, where they showed us the difference 'Solo time' (with God) can do to our lives. You enter your day ready and recharged with the Holy Spirit - better equipped to lean on God throughout the day's challenges. 
We could personally meditate on some bible verses. Pray -speak and listen to God. (mostly listen if possible) you could also sing to Jesus (although this is something I've to start practicing myself - in the morning).  Of course you don't have to stop praying during the day. This solo time kind of sets the pace for spending the day with the Jesus. 

2. Taking a walk with Jesus :  I have found that in times of confusion and chaos - going away for a bit and just doing some activity that frees up my mind from its burdens are the best. A few times I went and took a walk in the park. The greenery, the people doing va rious activities going about their daily lives.  
Or sometimes just going to a solitary place so you can express whatever you feel like to Jesus. Whether it is in your room alone or a garden. Or to the terrace/ roof top of your apartment building where few people tend to be. 

 Luke 5:16 New International Version (NIV) 
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
(Bible verse taken from here)

3. Spending time with God in the night.  For some people - late nights or evenings work better than early mornings to really dig into the work. That's alright - because God wants our heart and for Him to be made a priority in our lives (doesn't everyone who truly loves us want that too? ) 

Matthew 14:23 New International Version (NIV) 
After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone
 (Bible verse taken from here)

From the points mentioned above it is pretty clear that you can spend pretty much any and all parts of the day with Jesus and digging into the Word. 
Of course giving God the best in our lives is vital, because He gave His best for us. (a truth that I need to be intentional about and remind myself about some times) 
There is also the element of fellowship/ community that I haven't spoken about in this post. I think it's vital for a christian to be in good christian company to keep each other accountable and practice 'Love' with and to do life with in general. (also to pray with and for, study the bible together with, to share our burdens and celebrate with) .

Matthew 18:20 New International Version (NIV) 
Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in Heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."

I am by no means an expert in these topics (as I already said). However I thought I'd share these points here anyway. Enjoy your time with God!

Best
-Jeffy Sarto 

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Don't be scared.

"There are far, far better things ahead that any we leave behind" 
-C.S. Lewis 
It's funny that as I begin writing this blog post I remember that I've written about not being afraid before (in 2012!) and it was called : Avoid Fear?.

So, I was reading Deuteronomy in the Bible today and it spoke about a point where Moses is have a conversation with the Israelites whom he has been leading out of Egypt (where they were slaves) to a better land (flowing with milk and honey!) on God's command - for 40 years now(!) in the wilderness.

They've finally arrived to this promised land - that God is leading them to and Moses guides them as God leads him to: to go and take it. He tells them not to be afraid, because God was giving them this land.

But they're not sure, so they suggest they send up spies to inspect the land before they can fully occupy it. And Moses sent 12 spies to do exactly that. The spies inspected the land and they came back with the report that it was good!
But still they were too afraid to enter into the land still (except one guy Caleb).

This makes the Lord angry, and HE said that's it, you guys don't get to enter the Promise Land any more (including Moses!) - I will fulfill the promise through those people who did believe (Joshua and Caleb and children 'who do not know good from bad' whom they thought would be captive) and they would have to spend the rest of their lives in the wilderness!

The people feel terrible about this and realize that they need to do something and decide that the right thing to do would be to obey what God told them to do earlier and go and fight their enemies in their promised land.

But God tells Moses to tell the people now to not go and fight because He would not be with them- and they would be defeated.
They ignore His command (again) and choose to go and fight and were defeated. They come right back out of the land and spent the rest of their lives in the wilderness.

There are a lot key points that stood out to me from this one "summary chapter" of the last leg of the journey this generation of people were in.
  • They spent at LOT of time in the wilderness, coming so close to the good land of blessing - but were hesitant and afraid to trust in God wholeheartedly and missed out on it. How terrible it is for me if I walk out on a great Exodus, taking step after step in wilderness and not continuing to trust in God till the very end - hoping that there is a light at the end of this tunnel.
    That He is good.
  • That I value my own version of truth and my own version of 'doing the right thing' way more than valuing God Himself (who is the only way, truth , and life) and listening to Him in a relationship setting. The Israelites thought they were doing the right thing by doing what God had told them to do in the past - without taking into account what God was telling them RIGHT NOW - and that was to not go up. But the Bible calls this arrogance.
  • They key message that I got from this was that it is not as important to do the thing you think is right as compared to what God is saying you should do right now - because God is the creator of the Universe and you are one of His creations.
  • I guess it is easier to be a child and be humble (from this chapter it is clear that the children who do not know good from bad are given a lot more blessings materially.) But we need to remember that growing a few feet taller than we used to who we used to be does not change who He is in relation to who we are.
     I will always be a 'child of God' no matter how much I age or how much I learn !
  • That I need to value God alone. More than any blessing. I get this so mixed up sometimes and value the creation more than the creator ( who could provide infinitely more anyway).
Honestly I can totally sympathize with the Israelites who think they know best, because I make these mistakes on a day to day basis. 

But by the grace of God I hope to change :) and this is my prayer for you too. 

Thank you for taking the time to read! 

Best 
-Jeffy 


Tuesday, 3 April 2018

25 things to do when you're bored.

So growing up I remember searching online a number of times for "Fun things to do when you're bored" or "Fun things to do this summer" and it was always interesting to see what others had come up with and to try and implement a few of those things.

An avid list - maker myself, I thought 'Hey, why not try to come up with my own little list to share with the internet?' SO : so this is my list of top 25 fun things to do at home by yourself or with a friend or a group of friends.


1.  Go for a walk ( outside of your home in a nice park or quiet road preferably)
2.  Draw or sketch (with pencil/charcoal even)
3.  Try picking up calligraphy
4.  Try acrylic painting on a canvas.
5.  Get your sketches or colors out and a coloring book and color something pretty or print out a really cute pattern / design and color that in and put it up somewhere
6. Record a song (Bonus points if you wrote it yourself!) -because - hey, why not? either alone or sing a duet with a friend
7. Learn to sew something - whether it's to patch something that ripped or something as fancy as a new embroidery based on your own personal skill level.
8. Write a story
9. Try paper quilling art - make a book mark or a greeting card for someone's birthday or to say thank you
10. Try making paper mache sculptures.
11. READ. (like really good books.)
12.  Cook something out of the ordinary ( if you are an adult or have adult supervision - if it includes fire or anything dangerous like knives)
13. Take a really plain notebook and give it a brand new gift wrapping paper cover and decorate it further - personalizing it with ribbons or stickers of your choice (stole this one from my sister).
14. Phone a good friend you haven't spoken to in a while (of course this would work only if they are free too)
15. Pick up a plain clear plastic phone case and paint it in a pattern of your choice using colorful nail polish (or actual paint). The cool part is that with a bit of nail polish remover you should be able to change the design as and when you feel like it.
16. Play board games with your friends. Or like download the app and play it on your phone together ( however beware that this could get addicting after a while. )
17. Spend time doing nothing. Think about the meaning of life and what all of this really means for a little while.
18. Take a nap.
19. Give yourself a facial. (ton of natural face pack recipes out there that work like a charm - or use a trusted store bought one).
20. Give yourself a spa day at home.
21. Take a long bath.
22. Give yourself a pedicure/ a manicure. ( do it with a friend and share yourself with them in the process)
23.  Watch a really good movie.
24.  Get real with yourself. Ask yourself if you're fine. Get to know you better. Find out who you are or want to be a little bit more than before. Free time is gold to do this
25. Write a list of all the things your grateful for.

That's it for now! Will write more for the next blog post.

Best
-Jeffy

Monday, 2 April 2018

Train Journeys

Living away from home means that I take quite a few trips - especially on the train. Trains are not too pricey and they do a good job of transporting you from point A to point B pretty quickly. (compared to the road trip I mean)

The journeys that I have been taking have been more than 12 hours long in the train, by myself. These 'solo trips' have gotten be into a thinking spree and since that is something I like doing, I'm not complaining. Especially in the middle of a 'busy life'. The poor internet connectivity that happens as a result of shuttling between cities and states pretty fast is the perfect reason to be off the grid for a while and just be with me. 


Sometimes I like to read, other times I like to solve puzzles and a lot of time I like to look out of the window because there is something fascinating about a place that you've been to in the physical sense but will probably never live in or experience truly because you've already whizzed past the location and into the next one in seconds.

The loud whistle of other trains, other people going about their daily routines, or even other families within my own compartment have all captured my attention long enough to keep my thoughts from wandering like they do.

I've realized that it is great to pull away from work and family and friends, expectations and hopes and tomorrows, yesterdays and sorrows and disappointments, and just relax for a little to take it all in like the introvert I am, knows I needed it.
To sift through my thoughts and get to the root cause of the real issue - only to see that it is inside me and not outside the whole time.

Love
-Jeffy

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Grace

It's unfair. The way they hurt, play with your heart,head and body like you're a toy, and downright intentionally seem to want to bring you down.

It's like they don't know how deep their words and actions can truly cut you. There's no way , no reason to be not angry with them. It seems impossible to forgive them.

A little bit of distance shows me that perhaps that they truly, perhaps didn't know what they did to me.
And though the pain is taking over me - I am reminded of the One who loves me passionately enough to want to die for me even when we didn't really behave in a fair way to Him.

When people hurt you, I'm not saying that it is wise to keep on allowing them to hurt you for no reason at all. Or to trust them  fully, again, without reason.

But because I have been freely forgiven, and looked upon with the eyes of Grace each day - I cannot help but forgive. I'm not saying I do this easily.

I still don't get it some times.
But that's only because I'm not focusing on all the ways He has loved me first.
Love
Jeffy

Sunday, 23 August 2015

True Friendship

 Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor: 
 If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.Also, 
if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?  
Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

 Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Being lost , being hopeless and being hopelessly lost, are not things I haven't been through.

I have found that in the past,that though I have been always been an advocator of not idolizing people over God, about making God your number #1 before you love anyone else -I tend to take it to far at times and not depend on people at all. I've isolated myself from people completely to protect myself from hurt too, and pride got the better of me when I thought I didn't need anybody to just be myself .

But then, when something confusing happens and when I lose sight of hope, I had no where to go.

I realized that not having a helping hand really sucked.
Especially when in the darkness, I didn't feel that I should trust a  God who didn't understand me any more, and when He felt a million miles away all over again.

 Some times, I believe God allows for hurt in our lives that I myself cannot heal, so that I can let go of pride and safely lean on Him again.

This time, He sent me a friend who reminded me of who I am.

She spoke love into my life even though I was mess. She loved me even at my worst. And suddenly I remembered the Love, who did the same for me, and caused her to do it for me.
Because that's what True Love does.


Thank God.
Songs
 Fully known - J.J.Heller
Choose to Love -Francesca Battistelli

Monday, 20 July 2015

"I hate not knowing what to do"

A show I once saw called "the Carbonaro Effect" has each episode titled with a dialog spoken by someone in the show. I thought I'd open this Blog post the same way.

Life sometimes goes in circles.

I love control. I love controlling my time, and knowing what I am going to do for the day. Having time tables and schedules/ to - do lists are perfect. I love solving problems with clear and single solutions.

But it so happens, that in life - I am not in control. And when I try to be, I fail miserably.

But God is, and when I'm stuck in a situation with problems and questions that overwhelm me, when I turn away from God, I am left broken.
But with Him, I have hope.
I have a future. I have a friend, who will never leave me or forsake me and things don't seem so crazy any more.


I just read this blogpost : When I Grow Up and felt comforted by the fact that no matter what God is in control and He loves me.

I can relax.

Once again, Thank God for everything, including the internet.

Love
-Jeffy

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The Hostel Life

My desire for the hostel life started to grow ever since I saw an older girl (of maybe 13 years - when I was much younger) all packed with a giant suitcase and bedding in a public bus with her daddy.
And I remember the adult I was with (perhaps my dad or grandmother) telling me that they were sending the girl off to "hostel".
Years later, now , I'm living that dream. Although, as most realities goes - it's got the sour & bitter mixed in with the sweet. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

I'm only about 7 months into this experience, (and obviously have not experienced what certain other people who've been away from home for years and years to study). But here is what I've learnt so far :

1. On being stripped off of my original comfort zone and support system - wherein I left all of my friends and family behind in another city-I realized how much they had meant to me. How astonishingly big yet subtle a role each person had played in my life up to now.
And how much less, I had valued them.

2. But I also realized that I didn't need them as much as I thought I did - to define who I am, and nobody could tell me what to do with my life - and it really only mattered what I thought about myself.
Because in reality, every step I take in life is chosen by me - beginning in my mind. 

3. I am not as needed as I thought I was. Perhaps, it can be said that I suddenly realized I had been walking around with a big head waiting to be popped to let the hot air out for quite a little while.

4. My friends become my family here.
 And right boundaries (not walls or completely no boundaries at all) are so important for cherishable relationships (so true every where). I'm the kind of person who needs to spend time alone with God, and I realized that if I don't intentionally do that, it's easy to let my boundaries with people blur and just do what everybody is doing or keeping busy by myself.

5. That I am not perfect. I learnt that I cannot try to be perfect and win, I need to lean on God for EVERYTHING.

6. I learnt that growing up means that I am allowed to be child-like, with complete freedom. That "trying to look, act and talk like an adult" is a rather childish thing to do.**

7. That I am loved. Like Crazy. By a God doesn't need me one bit but will never leave me alone. No matter where, what or who happens.

That's why I want to serve Him all my life.

 **
"Critics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”
 -C.S.Lewis


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

DIY: Gratitude Journal ! :D

Here's a fun idea for when you're bored but will add a touch of quality to your days. (Sometimes the touch has been everything I'd needed to change a terrible day around).

A lot of times when things are all wrong, it has to do with ourselves.
Our perspectives, attitudes, thoughts and our mind. 

Oh, my mind. The tricks you play. When things are bitter, (or not) listing out the things that I am grateful for - shifts my focus to my blessings, which are still so many - and I feel much better.
 I'm talking about genuine gratitude, not the priggish kind that causes me to think that I am better than anybody else - that doesn't help anybody.

 Of course, you can do that without a gratitude journal. This is just for fun.  

Requirements: 

1 Notebook 
Any supplies to decorate it with. 

Here are the steps: 

1.) Pick out an unused good lookin', notebook (good lookin' being optional). 





2.) Decorate it anyway you like. Or don't. 

Don't you just love DIYs? 
This was one that was made for a friend
 (BTW, for those of you haven't heard, DIY = do it yourself. And BTW= by the way) 

So, basically this is a fun activity which  leaves us with a place to record things that we're grateful about.
Oh, and the one that I use is a simple notebook with this image I got off google pasted on the cover: 




I'm grateful for being able to share this with you. 
Thank you for reading! :)