T5w | 2017 Goals? Lemme see….

I haven’t done a T5W in ages, and the week I finally decide to do one, I have a topic I was trying my best to avoid this year. *sighs* I’ll take it as a sign of fate, stop procrastinating and just do it already! Jk jk! Its high time to take a deep breath and collect my thoughts before plunging into yet another eventful year.  hthdrhddrd.png

2017 GOALS! I see so many people bunking the idea, while a few bravely set out venturable tasks for themselves. For those of you who decided to do the T5W like me, lets get through this together 🙂

In all honesty I’m having trouble getting used to the new year haha. Wah! where did 2016 go, huh? I think the general trend around the world is that 2016 was an enlightening year for everyone. We saw it all, the good, bad and ugly. Possibly in that order too. *more sighing* It was no different for me too in my nook of the world. The beginning of 2016 was pretty good. In the bookish world, I cannot be delighted enough to have discovered the book bloggers nook on WordPress. From there I went on to socialize on Twitter where I made a ton of new friends and learnt so so much! Also successfully  managed to survive year two of Uni. One more to go! *claps with all the energy I can muster* rmbrs that I have assignments to write after this hurried post. smh! and i thought it all ended with school. 

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A predominant feature of my 2016 was an ever extrapolating movement towards the deep end of Kdramas and Kpop  and trust me being that deep in is tiring AF. I loved every minute of it, and the more you discovered the more you wanted to know lol. I found my k counterparts Namjin (fangirl in me had to smirk) and shed blood sweat and tears with my bias groups (more smirking). I’m not complaining but it drains you a lot, kinda like the iPhone batteries. I was also delighted to come across an anime that I hadn’t loved this much in a long time in the form of Yuri!! on ice!   (ps. u really do need Yuri in your life >.>) Let me know if you want recs  🙂 psst again! you really do!

 

If 2016 was an enlightening year, I want to make this year the year I use the knowledge I have acquired. Actually put it to use, and regularly. I’m a sucker when it comes to sticking to a cycle, so this is a challenge in itself. Its also really frightening that I’m suddenly getting old. Its the mid twenties YIKES!! where did the years go??! Kyaaa~~ Hajima time! I’m still young at heart!

 

5. Learn driving. Even if I don’t get the license, I want to be confident enough to drive to the nearest grocery and back (it’s just around the corner smh) the end of the world seems hella near (mhm, incorrect choice of words) and I don’t wanna rule out a choice of survival where driving is the best option. *Ok now how do I persuade dad that I won’t hurt anyone just by pressing the ignition button*

 

4. Stop procrastinating!

Uhuh! I’m one of them. I really have to stop putting off assignments and posts until the last minute! Think ahead, plan ahead! ASDFGHJKL! Is it the dreamer in me that makes me wander off in to the different thoughts floating around in my head? Be it assignments, reviews that are due or even just my laundry, haha the older I grow the worse the condition is becoming. Cant anyone relate?? (pls say yes >.>)

 

3. Read rather than watch.

I call myself a reader, and the choice between reading and watching should be a no brainer, but I think I have gotten off the reading track for some time now. I’d like to get back on hence I’m not setting a book reading goal this year either but I intend to consciously choose to read more. (Soz. I’m just dealing with stuff in my head, hence the MIA from the blog too) Anyone else have this problem? I’d like to know. My bestie can switch between both so effortlessly, while I’m a lost cause. Only one works at a time for me.

 

2. Work on short stories

A good portion of my childhood was spent reading, the other bit was spent writing. Of late I feel that I let that slide using exams and just life as an excuse, so I’d like to bring that back.May be I should go out more to get that inspirometer ticking.

 

1. Give my blog and my followers more of my time.

I know, I know, very cliché and it’s barely a goal, but I think tis something I take for granted. This blog is the culmination of my thoughts and your response to it. I can only grow it if I am constant and frequent in posting and tending to it. I am forever thankful to those of you who follow me, and have taken the time to talk to me, I enjoy our conversations but of late I haven’t been doing that much and it eats at me everyday. Saying sorry wouldn’t suffice I know so I will get on it immediately.

 

Its already 4 days past the year yikes!  I wish you all the best of health, happiness, self love and all the delights that come with reading and blogging in the upcoming year and may you have the strength to pull yourselves together at any hurdles along the way! Keep motivated, keep inspired!

And, if you have watched Yuri on ice, TALK TO ME!!! I’m still in frantic fangirl phase. kekekeke!

 

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Blogger Recognition Award! :O

Hallo everyone!

I hope you have been having a good day, and for those of you who say meh! well smile and give yourselves a hug.

You might have noticed by the title that yes, I’ve been nominated for yet another award! To be honest, aaaah! I totally forgot about this one!  I’d like to thank the lovely Trina @ Its Good To be Crazy Sometimes for nominating me a long time ago! I’m so sorry for the delay, but I accept your nomination ^_^ Here’s the link to her award post and here is the link to her blog, please do check out her witty and inspirational posts! This post is mostly going to be about people who have inspired and motivated me in one form or another!!

 

Warning: its rather long ^_^!! Grab something to eat y’all!

 

About the Award

The Blogger Recognition Award was created by the lovely Eve at Edge of Night. Despite the numerous blogger awards floating around she believes that one more such award will not dampen the party but will add more sunshine and goodwill among the blogger community! These awards are ways in which we bloggers show appreciation and recognition of fellow bloggers that we feel need to to be put on the lime light for our own reasons. So lets nominate some bloggers, spread the happiness and highlight why we think they are awesome!! In the end its great to be appreciated for our efforts innit??

Kudos to you Eve! Hugs ^_^

 

 

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About my blog!

I have loved reading for as long as I can remember. When I was in school, my friends and I would all have book-a-thlons where we would complete booklists we compiled. Then followed heated discussions on everything we read. It was bliss. With the end of school, ended friend meet ups and book discussions, (though we still do send book recommendations once in a while) and the start of a new phase in our lives-University and careers, spread us to all parts of the country and also the world.

Then began the phase where on my own, feeling the brunt of Uni, distance learning has its major CONS, and being stranded without people to discuss and mostly fangirl over my old and newly acquired interests, I wanted some sort of connection. I tried various social media, I mean they do help ,but I still felt it didn’t seem enough. Blogging was constantly on my mind but I would always keep pushing it back with some excuse.

It was also at this point when I was was feeling a decline in spirits and having self confidence issues, and maybe a touch of depression (?!? they were really bad days). There were the bad days, there were the good days. I talked about  it in my post Being Grateful– the post I wrote to mark my 50+ followers!

August 2015- I had an accident, mostly owing to my own clumsiness and inability to run without tripping over myself first. I had never been bedridden for so long ever before. Three weeks of do not get off -keep your head down, and a further three weeks of do not exert yourself. I felt like Katie from What Katie Did 😛

What I did have now was time and it was during this period when a good friend of mine by some way or another pushed me into taking the step into starting a blog. Finally. The blog was initiated, but then sadly I fell back, for four months due to exams and other life’s smut I haven’t yet talked about in this blog. Maybe eventually but you must know it affects me still. Beginning February though, I was back at it and I’ve been consistent and loved every minute ever since. Every book discussion, every post I wrote, and it feels fulfilling to fill up this space I occupy on the internet! And you all have been too kind!  ^_^

Books are the main focus of my blog, but I want to incorporate other aspects of my life too. There’s too many things I love that I want to share my thoughts and rants on, so please bear with me 😛 I’ll try to be as coherent and legible as possibly in all my hurry to say it all!

 

Advice to new bloggers

  1. The first month is the most important. Keep writing no matter how low the views are.
  2. Interact with others. Read what they write. Acknowledge those who were here before you. You give, then you get. This has to be my favourite aspect of blogging so far. Meeting like minded people.
  3. It will take some time to figure out our voice and a rhythm. Again, keep at it. Your first month doesn’t have to be perfect. You will learn gradually.
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I’ve found that everyone in the blogging community is as kind as humans can get. There will be someone to help you.
  5. Enjoy the experience. Don’t get sucked in. Write for yourself, then for others. Have fun.

 

 

 

The Rules, The Rules!

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
  • Display the award in your blog post! 
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them.
  • Provide a link to the creator of the award, Edge of Night. Now we all know where our source of momentary happiness originated ^_^

 

 

I nominate, in no particular order, the following lovely humans who have in ways not known to them, helped me along the way by being their awesome selves! 

 

Zainab : For being especially sweet to me when I was getting back on my feet with blogging ^_^  She reviews books and writes about all things bookish!

Nazahet : For being an amazing diverse reading advocate. Respect for you buddy in that aspect itself. His passion is inspiring and his book recommendations are as always diverse and intriguing.

Nida : For being a lovely human who breathed some inspiration into me to get back into blogging. She writes on beauty, lifestyle and everything in between.

Astra :  Her posts and book reviews are always interesting. Always.

Ide :  For reminding me of myself at 10. Her extent of thought, artistic vision and knowledge is admirable.  She writes on books, art and Greek mythology and everything inbetween.

Orangutan Librarian: Just becaz. She’s awesome!  Just follow her!

Jerry : For making me think. A nod of approval from him means so much to me 🙂  He runs two blogs. One on sports  and the other on life motivation which always inspires me.

Lizzie : Whose thought provoking posts are always a winner 🙂

Genesis  For being so sweet and understanding to me! That is something that’s really hard to come by. ^_^

Vilina : Her blog ‘A Soul’s Journey’ is rightly named.  Click to be helped, motivated and inspired.

 

In no way is any of you impelled to accept the award. The choice is yours. 🙂

That’s the end of the post! Thank you so much for reading! Happy blogging y’all!

 

 

 

 

5 reasons why blogging is like getting into a relationship :O

Hallo everyone!

Its Monday morning for me over here in Colombo and a glorious one its turned out to be! Also very productive ^_^ I hope your Monday’s are equally lovely too 🙂

My blog has been going on for a few months now, and I just got thinking of how it has effected me as a person. This got me on to finding so many similarities to how life changes just as when one is in a relationship! Here’s what I noted down:

 

1 . The question of Commitment

Some people begin dating with a purpose, others on a whim. Is thing going to be a serious thing or are you in your experimenting stage? Some want it long term while some prefer a short term experience. The same applies for blogging don’t you think? There are times when blogging or even dating can surprise you if you began on thoughts for something short term. You may find that you have fallen in love with the experience and keep continuing for a longer time than planned 🙂

 

2 . Its dynamic. If thou gives, thou gets. (Most times)

If you do not put effort into any relationship it is going to be resting on a plateau of uncertainty and it will tire you out. Same goes for blogging. If and only if you put in quality content do you receive feedback on what you do, and are able to grow your blog. More oft than not, frequent interaction with the person or in the case of blogging: your readers, will improve your relationship and you will be learning something everyday.

 

3 . It is always on your mind..

Hmm, if you’ve ever been love struck you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t well think about how your blog is often on your mind and everything you do during the day and night will be an automatic movement of thought to your blog and your readers, where you cannot wait to share this new discovery with them. It can quite turn out to be a mini obsession. *who says? not me! :P* Isn’t that a familiar concept in relationships, where you cannot wait to share something you come across with your significant other?? 😛

 

4 . You are looking for ways to spice things up XD

*wink* *wink*

Ahem!

With time, you feel you need to get out of the rut of the same schedule you have been following for a few weeks now, and yes, this will force you to get creative. With regards to your blog, aren’t you always noting down things you want to share with your readers and on the lookout for ideas to amp up your blog? The more original your ideas the better and more likely to be appreciated. This will also make you feel really good, and hopefully make you a bit more confident in your relationship.

 

5. Finding ‘me’ time. ❤

One can easily get sucked into the new addition to our lives, the experience, the feeling and even the way we think now. Its very important in the process not to lose ones self, and keep reminding our selves that if you need a bit of time alone, a bit of time away, its okay to do so. I find that quality me-time replenishes our creative juices and we can get back with an improved and sometimes changed-for-the-better outlook at life or any obstacles we may be facing.

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I hope you agree and do feel free to continue the list if you’ve got any ideas. I’m excited to read more comparisons!

Happy blogging everyone!! 🙂