12 Questions to make your 2018 more productive

Hello lovely people. I have taken a super long break from writing. I super regret it because I realize that 2017 is nearly coming to an end. But, I do have my reasons. I have been very busy with my new and exciting job as a content writer and social media marketer plus I have recently launched my own luxury handcrafted bathing brand.

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Yes, I am super excited about that. I have started with Instagram and Facebook and you can check it here and here and show me some love.

Since this year just got over in a blink of eye, I have made an amazing and fun questionnaire for all of you. This is especially for you to analyze how much you achieved in 2017 and how you want to rock 2018.

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I strongly believe self-questioning helps an individual see the mirror. Also, if you are a person who just forwards their goals from one year to the next (like me), this will definitely be a check for your clogged lazy brain.

So, let’s begin the fun.

  • What were your goals for 2017? How many did you accomplish?
  • Are you still wanting to carry forward remaining 2017 goals to 2018?
  • Leave a message to 3 people who made your 2017 better.
  • If you learned today that you had only the coming year to live, what would you do?
  • What did you always wanted to do but always feared to?

For starters I am super afraid to learn swimming but I am planning to overcome my fear and learn it this year. Try and achieve one thing like that this year.

  • Make a list of 10 goals you want to achieve for 12 months. Focus on each for a month.

For starters if you want to lose weight, focus on it for a month completely and then continue it by starting a new goal for next month.

  • Get rid of one bad habit this year.

Be it having a sleeping late or eating unhealthy or quitting smoking. Just eliminate one negative from your life.

  • Make sure to do little things that give you happiness more.

Be it going for a walk or sipping a cup of coffee in a café or talking to your family or friends.

  • Inculcate one good habit this year.

Maybe practicing meditation or exercising regularly. Add one positive to yourself.

  • Make sure to take 3 trips this year. Travelling will give your monotony a break and help you gain a better perspective.
  • Try finding sometime for a hobby.

Paint if you like to or simply read a book. These things will help you unwind your stress.

  • Lastly, start any remaining goal from 2017 in December itself. This way you will have a continuity in 2018 for your goal and you will not fall off the wagon.

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I hope this helps you to plan a productive year. Make sure to find time for your dreams and happiness. Also, always remember that change of work from the boring routine is also a kind of relaxation. So, go get a notebook and write stuff down.

All the pictures were thanks to Unspalsh.

Go on and kill it!

Never forget to sparkle

Sanjani Shah

xoxo

My Liebster Award

It is always so overwhelming when you are recognized for your small efforts. I am so excited at being nominated for the Liebster Award by Chandrima, founder of the blog, “Travel stories untold“. Thank you so much Chandrima for this amazing gesture.

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The rules of the Liebster Award are:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  • Display the award on your blog – this can be done by adding it to your post or displaying it by using a “widget”.
  • Provide 10 random things about yourself.
  • Nominate 5 or more blogs that you feel deserve the award.
  • List these rules in your post.

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So, without much flurry, here are 10 random things about me.

  1. I simply cannot resist chocolates.
  2. I love black coffee more than anything and it can fix almost any uproar in my life.
  3. I am a crazy Bollywood fan and secretly wish my life to be a movie.
  4. I hate small talk and I am moreover a person who believes
  5. in aura and instincts.
  6. I am more of reading books, enjoying monsoon and listening to old songs kind of a person.
  7. I strongly believe in love and know I will find one.
  8. I cannot get up early, no matter how hard I try.
  9. I get bored of same routine like things easily.
  10. I am a big time foodie and would be up for trying new restaurants and cafes. I start hating my life (kidding), if i do not go to a cafe twice a week.
  11. I love exploring new places and travel is what keeps me going through life and makes it seem worthwhile.

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Chandrima also listed some  questions to answer and so here they are:

  • Which is your favorite destination and why?

My favorite destination is Goa. so, many times I decide to go visit new places but somehow my soul wants to visit Goa once a year. The serene beaches, clear skies and good vibes is what I go back to every time.

  • If you could pack up and leave tomorrow, which country would you go to?

I have so may places on my list but if I could leave tomorrow, I would definitely leave for Paris. This is one place that has been on my list since I was 16 and going there is a desire I have been carrying on past a few years now.

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And lastly, here are my nominations:

Keerthi Parekh @ Kitty ki Kahani

Helene Choo @ HC Lifestyle

Meghan and Morgan @ Luggage and Lemons

Ashwarya Chadha @ The Style and Sparkle

Kelly Jefferson @ With the Specs

And here are my questions for you

  • What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
  • What place is in you are heading next to?
  • What is your favorite pastime?

I am looking forward to reading your posts.

xoxo

Sanjani Shah

What if I want everything?

what if i want everything

Hey lovelies!!! Its a beautiful day and I hope you all are charged up with your work and also for the rest of the week. I sincerely apologize for taking a very long break but I really had a lot of CHAOS going on in my life itself which i had to declutter :p. But all is well now and I am back because of your motivation (hehe…assuming that you were waiting for a post). This time I sincerely promise that you will have a new post every Tuesday and a little extra “my thoughts” kind of a post every Friday :).

So, the chaos within me was all about choices. CHOICES-that our world gives us as to what to eat, what to wear, what to become, whom to talk and what to do (haayee…so intimidating). Sometimes when you have more options it gets a little difficult to decide. It has been difficult to focus on one thing lately because I want everything.

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So here is a little something “my thoughts” on the chaos and confusion (well you are wondering that today is a Tuesday and I just mentioned that such posts will  be on Friday, but I felt like posting this, since its been long 🙂 ).

WHAT IF I WANT EVERYTHING?

What if I want everything?
They say I can’t have it all but
What if I want to go clubbing the one night
And do yoga the other morning
What if I want to have wine the one night
And drink green tea the other morning
What if I want to eat cake the one night
And eat salads the other morning
They say I can’t have it all but
What if I want a busy city life
But also want to live in a small town
What if I want to travel abroad and stay there
But also want to live in my hometown
What if I want to ride a Mercedes
But also want to use the local transport
They say I can’t have it all but
What if I want to travel a lot
But settle in one place too
What if I want to answer all the chaos in my head
But also meditate and calm it down
What if I want to go party the one night
But go to the temple the other morning
They say I can’t have it all but
What if all I crave for is BALANCE?

paradox

 

I am a Paradox.

I think we are all confused because we are asked to choose one thing. Our world has given us a lot of options but often asked us to either be devotional or worldly, emotional or practical and so on.

life is all about balance

Well, but you know what I choose to be both.  I think its time we all crave for a balance because balance is both the key and secret to happiness. Its important to experience all sides of life. Choose happiness and live, don’t just breathe.

This was my take on life and its options. Do let me know what you think about it or also if you have a different take on it, I would love to know.

I also have to tell you that one of the bloggers took my interview (since she liked my work…cheers to that). You can check it here  if you want to know more about me.

Also make sure you are following us on all the social media channels to not miss any of our latest updates and fun.

Sanjani Shah                                                                                                                                              xoxo

To Mom, With love.

Hello folks! I believe you are having an amazing Sunday. Well, but this Sunday is not like any other normal Sunday. Today, as we all know is mothers day. A day dedicated to our main woman, without whom our lives and rooms wouldn’t be so sorted.

happy mothers day

A mother is somebody because of which this world looks like a better place to live in. Somebody because of which living seems so easy. Somebody, whom you can trust blindly because you are sure of no conspiracy happening here.

happy mothers day

So, today when we are celebrating mothers, I just want to write something which needs to be said again and again.
To all the mothers out there:

Thank you for giving me life and bringing me in this world.

Thank you for teaching me how to walk and speak.

Thank you for helping me with my homework and long assignments.

Thank you for all the delicious food to eat.

Thank you for the cleaning all the mess I make.

Thank you for staying up with me during my exams.

Thank you for being there with me when I was confused about everything in life.

Thank you for helping me deal with failures and heartbreaks.

Thank you for always supporting me for the right things and stopping me for the wrong ones.

Thank you for giving me so much of security because of which I am a successful and confident individual.

Thank you for teaching me to live a life on my own terms.

And most of all thank you for being there whenever I need you.

But

Sorry

Sorry for all the sleepless nights I put you through when I used to cry as a baby.

Sorry because you paused your life when I was growing up.

Sorry to fight with you because you refused to give me all the stupid permissions I asked for.

Sorry to choose my friends over you, when I was a teenager.

Sorry for doing the mess again and again, not realizing how much effort it takes to clean it.

Sorry for throwing tantrums for food, not realizing how much love and time you put in it making for me.

Sorry because you had to sit worrying whenever I was out late for a party not answering your calls, because I was too busy dancing with my friends.

Sorry for arguing with you on silly things because I was too immature to understand what you were trying to explain.

Sorry for not realizing that you totally forgot your desires and dreams fulfilling mine.

Sorry for not realizing that you get tired too and you need support too.

Sorry.

Your stubborn and dramatic daughter.

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These thank you and sorry are just not enough to raise up to the standard of a mothers love. So this mothers day lets persuade our mothers to fulfill their demands and ambitions. Lets talk about their dreams instead of ours.

So,

Dear mom,

Its high time that you start the play button of your life. Start thinking about yourself. Because you have done your part. Now let me do something for you.

happy mothers day

As Washington irving once said, “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”

Because in my opinion not only today but every day is MOTHER’S DAY.

Happy mothers day.

Tell me what you feel about your mothers in the comment sections below.

Thank you instant image for all the lovely photos.

Sanjani Shah

xoxo

 

 

 

You are BEAUTIFUL

 

Have you ever wondered that why do we take others much more seriously then we take ourselves? We get so much influenced by other people’s opinions that most of the time we torture ourselves with self judgement and analysis. We try to fit into the society’s version of being “beautiful”. We try and do things we don’t want to or just push ourselves to our limits.

Most of the time all we do is hate ourselves. WHY?

So, lets just chill and forget for a while what the society thinks and be ourselves, because when you are yourself I think you are more than just beautiful.

So, this it to everyone out there who thinks he/she is not enough

To everyone out there who ever inflicted a self doubt, and

To everyone who ever lent an ear to the society:

You are beautiful with that scars on your legs

You are beautiful with that stretch marks on your body

You are beautiful with that extra weight you carry

Don’t let them tell you otherwise.

You are beautiful with all the love you give away

You are beautiful with all the rumbling thoughts in your head

You are beautiful with all the mood swings you face

Don’t let them tell you otherwise.

You are beautiful with the colour of your skin

You are beautiful with the laughter on your face

You are beautiful with the way you see the world

Don’t let them tell you otherwise

You are beautiful with the way you dance

You are beautiful with the way you fight

You are beautiful with the way you never give up

Don’t let them tell you otherwise

You are beautiful with all the dark shadows in your soul

You are beautiful with all the struggles you face

You are beautiful with all your flaws

Don’t let them tell you otherwise.

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL WITH ALL THE CHAOS

Don’t let them tell you otherwise.

Well, as someone once said that,” Be the best version of you” and just forget about everyone else. Embrace your flaws and love yourself and breathe through the magic of life.

Don’t forget to sparkle.

Sanjani shah

xoxo

I want to extend a big thank you to all my friends (priyansha, keerthi, kiran and tapsi ) for letting me use their personal images.

A letter from a 20 something to a 20 something

Getting into your 20’s is really exciting but it also comes with a lot of changes in your life. College ends and you are expected to enter the so called adult world.

People say 20’s are the best and also the most selfish years of your life. You start taking care of yourself, grow independent, maybe leave your parents house and stay alone and explore life. Well and your friends change- some leave the city, some the country or some get married. And for once it’s too much to take all in together.

 

trousers, black, boots

 

Honestly these are also the years of utter confusion and trying to balance your adult life. You also have a lot of imagination of how your life is supposed to be but it seems that reality continues to destroy your life.

But in admist of this total chos, the best part is that these are also the years that give you freedom and give you time to understand yourself better. These are also the years that you make the best of memories and learn the biggest of life lessons.

And as Socrates once said, “That the secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new.

So, join me on this crazy journey of chaos of a 20 something where I will be penning down my experiences of trying to be an adult and making an effort to achieve my dreams.

Common let your life’s background music be “dil dhadakne do” and go straight in the direction of your dreams with a SHOT OF COFFEE (well even tea works 🙂 )

Don’t forget to sparkle

xoxo