April Has Been Interesting:
What this month has been like-
1) To-Do Lists: I don’t have a lot to do while in quarantine, let’s be real but this app has been a little more than just lists. I have ideas when I’m shelling eggs or in the middle of my bath; some really great ideas that I often times let slip off because my mind can’t seem to function to help remember.
I use the To- Do app from Microsoft and synced my phone and laptop to it since I have atleast one of them cemented to me at all times of the day. I feel super important doing the bare minimum so it’s really good for my soul.
2) Journal-ling: With all this time on my hands, I can’t not want to do things that take a lot more effort than I give credit to. I don’t know how many of these habits are going to stick till the end of the lock-down because let’s be real here, this is me we’re talking about. My commitment to habits is questionable. But hey, I’ve tried atleast.
I use the Morning! app which is very similar to the 5- minute Journal book that you get. The app is FREE so you know I had to clap my hands on that ASAP.
Bonus- The daily affirmations are my personal favourite. (THEY HAVE REMINDERS TOO!)
3) The Law Of Attraction: So now this all makes sense, doesn’t it? And if it doesn’t, you probably haven’t read/watched (Ebook/Netflix) The Secret which throws light on LOA. Prepare to have your mind blown.
I’ve only recently been introduced to it and I find myself strongly believing in it already. Backing that up stands my religious and spiritual self. (I choose both.)
For anyone that’s drawing a blank, The Secret talks about how the greatest inventors, the people behind success stories and common men that rose to fame all believed in ‘The Secret’ which emphasises on the power of affirming your dreams and thoughts to make them into their physical equivalents by having a strong desire for it. Not just hoping, but by having a BURNING DESIRE even though your dream might seem impossible. The desire opens up paths toward it if you already see yourself living it.
4)Looking for jobs: The down time really started to stir the lazy in me. (Vigourously) And so, I sat down one late night, surprising my family with this rather sudden determination to start earning from home.
I applied to a couple of typing jobs secretly and got a call back from three of the hundreds. Sadly, once I’d broken it to the family on how I intended to earn, they brought that to a screeching halt because of the nasty stories they’d heard.
However, that wasn’t all that stopped me. Each of those jobs required me to a pay a ‘minimum’ amount as registration. ????? (Rs. 750-4000) How convenient to pay for a job when you need the money. But what I did take back from the experience is a shady looking resume that no one would consider even for a job involving just sitting and existing.
Protip from someone who hasn’t done it: Check the legitimacy of the sites before you go ahead. It appears like easy money which is why you need to be absolutely sure that it’s not dupery.
5) Soneva Jani, Maldives: Ever since I was a little girl, I always dreamt of the bioluminescence beach in the Maldives. I dreamt often about it because it had caught my eye either on television/social media. It’s stuck on to me for all these years even though many places have come and gone on my ‘Places to Visit Before I die’ list.
I’d promised myself I’d take myself there if that was the last thing I’d do. That looks a little bit distant in the future right now but, that’s okay because it most definitely is on the cards. Here’s a little peek of a place that caught my eye recently.
6) Books: You remember how I told you about my sudden impetuous decision to go looking for jobs? Yeah, after that happened, I forced myself to reflect on how richly educated I was about personal finances, again randomly. I wasn’t ‘richly’ or for that matter even slightly financially literate. *drum rolls*
I got my hands on an ebook of Rich Dad Poor Dad. It has finally happened at the age of 21, going on 22.
My dad comes from a background of finance and while I never felt in touch with that, reading this book exposed a side of me to myself that I didn’t realize existed. And so I dived into an alternate universe of finances, leaving behind my fictitious ‘happily ever afters’.
An afterthought: If you see me after this, a romance novel in my hand and smiling to myself, just let me be. The finance stretch may not have lasted too long.
Books I’ve read this past week (I’m starting with basics):
a) Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyoski (I did a book review that you’ll find here.)
b) Think And Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill (I recommend the five chapters that I’ve completed till today.)
7) The Mangoes Hath Arrived- I don’t know why I find this so Indian but I’m leaving room to include anyone else that does this. April and May are our hottest months but it brings with it the scent of Mangoes, a real hit with us here at home. Although the ripened fruits are heavenly, we at home love raw mangoes.
Since before I can remember we’ve been cutting up raw mangoes, adorning it with chilli powder, salt and our ‘secret’ ingredient for the best no hassle, easy pickle ever- SUGAR! You read that right.
However, not a lot of people I’ve told this to love the idea or encourages it because it’s not typical. But, if you can get your hands on two raw mangoes (One to do it your way and one to experiment it with our way), add sugar in with the other two and prepare to have your mind blown.
I tried to keep this concise but doesn’t look like I did a very good job at that but here’s some inside deets on how the month went by. Why does it matter, you ask? Because I put myself to use 4 out of 10 times and tried to do new things. Give a girl some credit.
Thanks for reading :’)
Our lock down got extended till the 17th May. How good/bad is yours getting?
PS- I’ve gone and done something otherworld-ly and completely reckless this past weekend. I’m running a website besides the one you’re reading this on. If you want to check that out, for more of my charm, here’s where you’ll find it.