June was an interesting month for me. Interesting in a very different way though. There was a lot of new territory that I had to tread through – at home, at work, even with my blogs. And to be honest, it made me really really anxious at first, but (somehow, miraculously) I managed to keep my calm. And it turned out to be a great thing, because as it often does, everything worked itself out in the end.
And if anything, the challenges made me even more acutely aware of how blessed I am on many fronts. Because every single struggle was really insignificant when compared to the privileges I enjoyed. And I know it is easy to take the privileges for granted, and crib about the smallest speed bump one comes across. I know because that’s exactly what I used to do.
But writing a gratitude journal (and this post) on a regular basis has changed all that for me. I mean it’s not like I no longer get worked up over small issues, I still very much do. But these days every time I find myself in a situation that bothers me, I also make sure to sit down and write down things I am grateful for, and it makes all the difference when it comes to my attitude while dealing with things I have to deal with.
So now without further ado, let me share with you all the things I was thankful for this past month-
- In June, my parents came over from India to live with us for 6 months. They have been visiting us almost every year now for the past some years, and even though I don’t express it often enough, it is something I am incredibly grateful for. Because it’s thanks to these regular visits that I get to spend time with them on a consistent basis, and my son gets to have a real relationship with his grandparents, who otherwise live on the other end of the planet. Which is why, when I count my blessings, this one is pretty high on the list. 🙂
- Moreover, every single time my mom visits us, she brings along with her a new learning project for D. I believe this year it involves her teaching him to write Hindi and speak Sanskrit. And honestly, even though I would be happy just to have her spend time with him, I am really grateful for these projects she takes on, because it broadens his horizons, while keeping him productively occupied.
- And this is something that has become increasingly important to me, because a couple of weeks back, I banned TV for D, when I noticed him emulating some really disturbing behavior patterns from the shows he watched. Of-course this is not a lifetime ban, but one thing is for sure that going forward his TV time is going to be drastically reduced, and strictly monitored when allowed. Which is why, I am really grateful that for now mom’s learning projects are keeping him constructively occupied.
- Also, this TV ban forced me to proactively look for non-TV alternatives to keep D occupied, and so I did some online research and also reached out to family and friends asking for suggestions and advice. And boy did they deliver! I mean sure the internet research was helpful too, but it could not compare with the tried and tested practical advice from other mommies. I’m truly grateful for these ladies and their friendship.
- And finally, even though the whole TV ban discussion/decision caused a lot of friction between me and D, I am glad it all played out the way it did. Because I feel like we now understand each other better and definitely communicate a whole lot better. Moreover I guess sometimes we all need a rude awakening of sorts to open our eyes and get moving in the right direction. I am just grateful I got mine at the right time and it helped me course-correct.
- Now changing gears, in June I also finally found my fitness groove. Now don’t get me wrong, I haven’t all of a sudden become some fitness ninja. But over the past month, I have managed to get really consistent with going to the gym. And I don’t have a rigid schedule yet, because well as of now my gym is fairly new too, and they keep moving things around as well. But I’ve been experimenting with a lot of group classes, and really enjoying the ones I’ve been taking. I especially love the Zumba/Dance workouts, as well as the strength training sessions.
- Oh and in June I also started going to Yoga classes in the gym, even though I was more than a little intimidated, considering I was a total newbie. But thankfully the yoga instructor at my gym was really great and super patient, and made Yoga seem approachable and doable for even someone as clueless as me. And I am truly grateful for having found her.
- Finally, as far as Blogging was concerned, in June I believe I cracked the code, and managed to figure out how to work on my blog(s) at a steady pace, without driving myself nuts, which I have to admit was a MAJOR win for me. Because in the past, I have been known to go at breakneck speed for a while, then get overwhelmed, and then eventually breakdown. It was a terrible pattern, and a really vicious cycle. So I cannot even begin to tell you how relieved I am now that I have finally managed to break free of that. Also, have you heard that saying – The only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time? – It’s what I keep reminding myself these days, whenever I even feel like I am probably headed to overwhelm city again, and it works like a charm – for now anyway. 🙂
- That being said, in-spite of taking it slow (and steady), I did manage to publish a new post on the food blog, which now finally has its second post! And yes, I know, I know, I have been going at snail’s pace (even slower actually) with that blog, but trust me, there was a lot going on in the back-end, and I promise soon it will show up on the blog as well. As far as I am concerned, for now I am focusing on doing as much as I can and when I can, without losing my mind. Steady solid work without overwhelm.
- In-fact that has been my mantra since June – to avoid overwhelm at all costs. Balance is key, and somehow in the past month I have managed to find it. And so you can count on it, that so long as I can help it, I plan on keeping it, and staying in this happy place. Of-course this meant I had to do some lifestyle changes (which I will need to stick to in the future), like not having a ridiculously long to-do list, and saying no where it needed to be said. But I’ve done those things now (and will do going forward too). Because I have come to accept that on any given day I can only do so much. I can only juggle so many balls, and in this process some are bound to fall. And I just have to be okay with that, so long as I don’t drop the important balls.
That’s all from my end, folks. How was your June? What do you look forward to in July? I’d love to hear from you. So please do share!
*Linking this with Vidya’s Gratitude Circle.
LIKE THIS POST? PIN IT!