Motivational

Making the Transition from a Little Child’s Mom to a Tween’s Mom! - Change is difficult! Most people try to resist change as much as possible. As parents, change becomes harder when your kids are involved. Imagine how it feels when your cute and cuddly child who always wanted to snuggle into your lap suddenly begins to act as though you are their enemy! Your little baby is now replaced with a kid who talks differently, acts differently, thinks they own the world, and claims to know stuff that’s much “cooler” than you!… Continue Reading
A Photo a Week Challenge: Sunshine - It has been a while since I have participated in any of the challenges in this blogosphere. Every time I see an interesting challenge, I think to myself that I should participate! That’s when my everlasting procrastination takes over and before I know it the challenge has passed, and new ones take over! And it becomes a vicious cycle! However, today when I saw Cee’s post on the weekly photo challenge hosted by Nancy Merrill Photography, I knew I just… Continue Reading
Getting to Work! - I was recently tagged on Facebook by my friend Piyusha Vir for the #GettingToEqual challenge. This hashtag, an endeavor by Accenture India and Women’s Web, encouraged women to share their stories on how and why they work, be it their success stories, or how they got to work. The idea is to share as many stories as possible to inspire women and men to achieve equal status at work. Achieving workplace equality is a global challenge that women everywhere are still fighting to accomplish. I was inspired… Continue Reading
Stay Strong 'Coz You're Worth It! - It’s Friday morning as I write this and my mind is still racing with excitement from the Motivational Seminar I attended yesterday in San Antonio, Texas. I’m  invigorated and inspired from all the great speakers and new friendships created with other folks in attendance.    Here are just a few of the many nuggets of treasure that I’ve brought back with me.  I’d like to share them with you and hope that they’re helpful in getting you through the tough… Continue Reading
He Is Here! - On the night you were BORN The MOON smiled with such WONDER That the STARS peeked in to see YOU, And the night WIND whispered, "You make the world look BEAUTIFUL again!" In my last post, I said I have a very good reason for being MIA from bloggerdom. Now, I am at liberty to explain! This weekend happens to be one of the best of my life. My sister and brother -in law welcomed their son, my nephew, Kiaan Menon Pillai into… Continue Reading
Riverside Camping Haven - I am a nature lover who loves spending time in the woods, by the riverside, up on a mountain or by the beach. Living in Virginia, I have always admired the terrain and landscape of this state from the Coastal Plain (Tidewater), the Piedmont, the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Valley and the Ridge, and the Appalachian Plateau. But that is not all that Virginia has to offer. With a sky full of bright stars, soothing sound of crickets chirping and the… Continue Reading
Kindness Challenge – Self Love! - Week 1 of the kindness challenge just passed by and I realized that I am yet to post about it. Not that I didn’t remember to post, just that I was trying to stall as much as I could. Somehow, writing about self-compassion or kindness to self seems impossible. If writing about it is so difficult, then imagine how difficult it would be to practice it. I almost said out aloud to Ms. Niki who runs the blog The Richness… Continue Reading
A Mother's Day To Remember! - For me, Mother’s Day celebrations started on Saturday evening when my little boy decided that he will go to Chuck E Cheese with his uncle, his best friend and the best friend’s dad leaving me free to go out for a movie! Thus, Adi was on his way to Chuck E Cheese while I got together with my sister (a mom-to be) and my friend (Adi’s best friends mom) to go watch the movie Mother’s Day obviously, what were you expecting?… Continue Reading
One Shade of Grey? - My sister shared this image on her Facebook account, it made me laugh out loud, giggle and chuckle all at once, that was until I read all the comments. The comments were mainly divided into 2 categories. One group was busy thrashing the Author E.L James for churning out ‘trash’ such as the 50 shades series and for successfully making millions off of it. The other group was busy thrashing the author of the meme for its feminist view. Made… Continue Reading
And the Universe Conspires…! - According to Paulo Coelho, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it!” So what was it that I wanted? And how did the universe conspire to help me achieve it? Well, read on to find out. I have been MIA for a while from the writing scene and I am pretty sure that some of you have wondered why MLM posted nothing but the weekly features all this time. To answer your question, I was… Continue Reading
The Real Me v/s The Mommy Me! - I am a social media animal, a big chunk of my life is shared on social media. Sometimes through my blog, at other times via my Facebook, twitter or Instagram accounts.  I like sharing facets of my life through social media with my ‘online’ friends and family and doing that makes me happy. However, some of the responses on my pictures/posts have always made me ponder over them. Oftentimes, the response that makes me ponder goes like this “you are… Continue Reading
How Old Are You? -  “People grow old only by deserting their ideals, Macarthur had written. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope as old as your despair. In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber. So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage,… Continue Reading
Rent A Friend? - I recently happened to read an article in a magazine about a practice, that has developed few years back and is spreading quickly worldwide, termed “Rent A Friend”. As I read the article, I was shocked to learn the statistics on the number of people who were using the services of the said website. This website offers friends for rent worldwide. Not so long ago, friendship belonged to a dwindling list of desirable outcomes – including happiness, wisdom and good weather –… Continue Reading
Lighting Up With Lights! - I enjoy all posts by Megan of The Momhood, especially of the amazing photographs she shares. One post that I diligently follow is The Prompt Stomp. She comes up with absolutely brilliant prompts and also gives us a choice on the kind of post we wish to do. We can either post photos, or write a story or share an experience. This week she chose a very apt prompt: "Lights", considering the festive season, I wouldn’t blame her for choosing that prompt!… Continue Reading
3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge-Day 3 - Today marks the 3rd and final day of the 3 Days 3 Quotes challenge! I was tagged for this wonderful challenge by my good friend Anand who blogs over at Blabberwockying!  Go check out his amazing blog if you haven’t already done so. Since everyone here in US is getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, I thought it apt to choose this quote from Wale Ayeni to mark the occasion! “Be thankful for what you have. Your life, no matter how… Continue Reading
3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge-Day 2 - Today is the 2nd day of the 3 Days 3 Quotes challenge. I was tagged by Anand, his blog Blabberwockying is a must visit, if you are not already following him, then I highly recommend you do! Today, I am choosing this brilliant quote from Walt Disney! “A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes” Walt Disney was one of those people who dared to dream. It was not just the fact that he dared to dream that had him… Continue Reading
3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge-Day 1 - The 3 Days 3 Quotes challenges have been making the rounds in the blogosphere for a few weeks now. It is very interesting to read some of the insightful quotes some of you have shared. I was tagged for the challenge by Anand of Blabberwockying. He needs no introduction at all, a favorite among all the bloggers and a very good friend to me. His blog is filled with amazing posts that surfeits pearls of wisdom, philosophy and spirituality. I… Continue Reading
My Very First NaNo! - The first time I heard about NaNoWriMo was in August this year when I took the Blogging 101 course and one of the participants had mentioned it. I looked it up and was amazed to read that NaNoWriMo is an annual event held every November when writers get together to write their novel within the month. As amazing as the concept seemed, I was sure it was something I could NEVER (note the bold caps, that’s how sure I was… Continue Reading
The Save 5000 Experiment! - A few weeks back, T from Thistles and Whistles wrote an Open Letter to Plastics talking about this very important ecological issue. Her post was well received and that encouraged her to start a campaign she called SAVE 5000! She called this, and I quote “an experiment to make a conscious decision to try and reduce the carbon footprint and SAVE 5000 plastic bags globally on 8th October 2015!” The broader aim, of course, was to make green living a… Continue Reading
A Special Halloween! - The Halloween spirit is in the air and everyone is getting ready to celebrate! The first thing that comes to mind when we think Halloween are costumes, after candy, of course. I love dressing up for Halloween but, I do not like to spend a lot of money on my costumes, which is why I prefer DIY costumes. My son, on the other hand, wants custom made or the ones right off the store. His interests keep varying at different… Continue Reading
Just Google It! - “Just google it” how many times have you heard this phrase? Or used this sentence yourself? How often do you Google? Is that a good practice or a not so good one? Read on to find out! Continue Reading
Domestic Violence Awareness Month - It is the Domestic Violence Awareness Month and I will be posting and reblogging based on this theme all month. The idea is to spread the message and raise awareness. Please share the message so that it reaches all those who need help and do not know how to go about it. Your small help in raising awareness may someday save somebody's life! This post by Fish of Gold will tell you why it is important to raise awareness on… Continue Reading
It's All About Gratitude! - “Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” - G.B. Stern I couldn’t agree more with the quote, silent gratitude is almost equivalent to no gratitude. Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful; a readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Readiness to show appreciation, I think, is a quality people should learn from the bloggers in this community. We are ever so ready to appreciate and show kindness to each other. How do we do it?… Continue Reading
The Bloody Moon! - The first time I heard the word Planetarium was when I was about 8 years old when my parents took us on a trip to the local planetarium. I was not very interested in visiting until I entered the Planetarium. Walking into the theatre, I was in awe of the celestial beauty that was displayed in front of me. I was enthralled by the images of millions and millions of stars, planets and other celestial objects that were put on… Continue Reading
Coffee Date With My Dad! - My answer to the question “Who is your role model?” has always been “My Dad!” Not because he is successful or because he is a well read, well-travelled man. It is because he is someone who never gives up, he never quits! My dad has seen his fair share of troubles and failures, but through it all, one thing has remained intact and that is his unfaltering courage. His determination to keep trying and to never give up until he… Continue Reading