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Spark On With Neelu | Day 10 | It's not about time, it's about choices

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I recently came across this quote and it made me sit up and think. It is very true, it's not about time. It is never about time. 

I made a choice when I skipped breakfast and then ate whatever I got my hands on. 

I made a choice when I spent my time mindlessly scrolling through Instagram instead of practicing Yoga. 

I made a choice when I canceled my plans to meet a friend.

I made a choice when I replied to Facebook comments but did not meet work deadlines.

If I decided to stay in my comfort zone and never stepped out, then that's my choice as well. I cannot blame time.  

What choices did you make today?

Spark On With Neelu | Day 9 | Make Use of Technology

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

In our culture, having a dishwasher meant we are lazy to do our dishes. 'Why do we need another machine when we can wash our own utensils?' was the philosophy we were brought up with. Whenever J mentioned getting a dishwasher I would say no for the same reason. 'I can do it myself, I don't need yet another machine in my house; it is going to cost us a bomb and let's not start with water usage!' Then we learned about Amina's arrival. J decided to purchase one saying that my responsibilities are only going to increase and I would need help. I agreed. Half-heartedly. 

Thankfully, we were able to get one at a really good price from Carrefour. Now, every other night, when the last thing I want do is do dishes, I ask myself how did I live without one all these years. Ha! I load it once daily after dinner, twice if we have guests or a party. As per our DEWA bills, we are actually saving a lot on water, which gives my environment conscious self some peace of mind.

Please do not go running to your husband asking him to get you a dishwasher. Haha! The point I am trying to make here is that we need to embrace technology in our daily lives if it is going to make us more productive. Shall I tell you about my food processor? Just kidding!

PS. Doughnut photo is just to grab your attention. 

Spark On With Neelu | Day 8 | Learn to Let Go of Control

Monday, July 25, 2016

Yesterday, I spoke about asking for help. This can be particularly difficult for some of us. We would rather do things our way, the way we envisioned, than have someone else do it for us. Letting go of control on everything has been a learning curve for me, especially since Amina was born. 

There was a time when I wouldn't let my cleaning lady fold our laundry as 'she wouldn't know how to space my children's clothes in their wardrobe'. *roll eyes* I can give you more examples. 

Now? I get her to fold our laundry, prep vegetables for cooking, water my plants and other mundane but time-consuming things. The end result is that I have fewer chores to worry about and more time to take care of important matters. 

Let go. 

Spark On With Neelu | Day 7 | It Is Okay To Ask For Help

Sunday, July 24, 2016

'Doing it all' is just a myth. With the resources we have as human beings, we can do many things. However, we definitely canNOT do everything. I am tired of people calling me a 'superwoman'. I am not. There was a time when I thought I can do it all and I almost did. However, I ended up being tired, cranky and moody. Now? I have started asking for help. I shamelessly ask for assistance with things I used to do myself before. You will be amazed at how many people around you are willing to help you go that extra mile. Ask for help and take it!

Spark On With Neelu | Day 6 | Take One Day At A Time

Saturday, July 23, 2016

When you feel bogged down by day to day responsibilities, when you feel there's too much to do and too little time, when your dream seems too far away - take one day at a time. 

Let us stop worrying about what happened yesterday and what could happen tomorrow. Instead, let us focus on today. One day at a time. Slow and Steady. Baby steps towards the bigger goal. 

PS. Thank you for all the love you have been pouring on my posts. I am overwhelmed, to say the least. Thank you! 

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