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Jan 27, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

Today, I went for my what is now a 3 weekly massage routine. I absolutely love these massages and feel great when I get them. Over the years, the therapist and I have become friendly and we know the drill. We spend about 3 mins initially talking about what’s happening in terms of the big picture but after that, I go towards falling asleep, meditating and enjoying the way he works each knot out of my back.

I look back at the many Sundays in my childhood and realise how lucky I truly was to have grown up with what I consider a necessity and realise how ingrained massages are to my heritage. Since we are born, we are massaged- it’s just the done thing.

The joys of a good massage.

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Jan 20, Tuesday: Beautiful Moment

Many years ago, I launched my first business. Little did I know or realise, that would be the start of some sort of an internal shift in me.

Starting a business is not as tough as most make it to be, making it work and getting sales in is the tricky aspect!

I am glad to have seen the ups and downs of many. This is the year I decide between being my own boss and choosing the safety to money etc- it’s weird how some decisions are still run by a body clock and an instinct to adopt/ foster/ give birth, eh?

Or in my case, travel loads and not worry about anything 😉

Big year ahead- exciting times and I am so glad I have the memories and experiences that I do.

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Jan 13, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

I love shoes and I genuinely understand the need for designer shoes- they are that bit classier, that bit more comfortable and just that bit more well made.

I bought my first ever pair for myself in Dec 2003 and it was love at first sight- I still can’t get rid of them though they have become fairly uncomfortable to wear for any length of time. A part of me can’t bear to part with them.

Buying a pair of shoes you fall in love with is something many don’t understand or unfortunately, don’t experience but I love it and I love adding to my collection as often as I can- I am glad I have reached a stage where each and every shoe I own is a thing of beauty and something I love wearing!

PS Happy Lohri all x

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Jan 6, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

Many moons ago, I went on  my first alone relaxation trip!

I took myself off to a spa, to read, relax, sleep, eat, drink, lounge, get massaged and just get away from everyone in the world.

Every so often, I miss that- I miss the feeling of pure and utter bliss, the feeling of happiness, the feeling of just relaxing and then, I find those in simple things such as a good conversation, a nice bath, a warm hug.

However, Nothing beats my first weekend of indulgence away- the best treat I gave myself! 🙂

Here’s to a blissful, happy, relaxed 2015 x

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Dec 23, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

Today, I was thinking of different people I want to treat/ pamper/ thank if I hit certain milestones next year and how I will show them my gratitude…

It reminded me of last Christmas when I was making a puzzle for someone as a present- that puzzle took hours of hardwork- it needed me to put in a lot of work and try and make it just right- after all the real present was a voucher and it had to be further preserve with sheets of cling film/ tape/ etc to protect it. Through it all, I really enjoyed making it and I absolutely seeing the face of the recipient as they pieced it together.

I love giving and I am so very glad that I can give whatever little I do- here’s to a fantastic Christmas week ahead and I am really looking forward to even more giving. Whoop xxx

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Dec 16, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

Growing up in India, Christmas was not a big deal per se- it meant the school fete, it meant a Santa in school, it meant plum cake and it meant holidays!

My first ever proper Christmas was a beautiful affair and I was absolutely showered with love by the 5 of them. The couple who took me in gave me tonnes of pressies- I got jammies, chocolate, jumpers, jacket, socks, teeshirts and so much love! It was a beautiful experience. For the first time ever, I understood the whole attraction and love of Christmas, the whole point of it, the traditions of it!

I know I will never have a Christmas like that again- it was my first, I was showered with presents, I could be myself, I was a kid and now I am an adult and the magic spell has broken! I am so lucky to have had a chance to appreciate this and have that experience. Merry Christmas all xxxx

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Dec 9, Tuesday: A Beautiful Memory

This is a memory that never actually happened- for some reason, I still talk of it as if it did!

Many moons ago, when I broke up with TL, I recall Ryan and me talking about some stuff. One evening, we were discussing the company and I had given a lot of advice (as we both did to each other then) on business etc. When he learnt I was not coming to visit Dublin the next month as was my original plan, he decided to come to India- the way the cheap flights worked out for him meant he would be here for my first time seeing TL since our break up and TL’s father’s birthday which I was invited to.

He arrived on a Saturday and for some reason, I claim he only decided on a Wednesday and arrived 3 days later to support me.

Today, I have good memories of that trip but I do genuinely wonder what made me make up such a story?!

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Dec 2, Tuesday: A Beautiful Memory

One of the things I (and almost every other AIESECer) truly enjoyed by AIESEC were the ‘conferences’- we thought we were genuinely changing the world and hopefully in our own little way, we were…

One of the traditions I always appreciated was this thing called ‘sugar cubes’!

This was a basically a form of saying something nice to someone without necessarily saying it face to face. You left a note for someone in their postbox and the idea was to brighten up their day- give a compliment, show your appreciation and just let everyone know how wonderful they are!

Reading sugar cubes was something I really did enjoy and wish I had kept some!

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Nov 25, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

A good while ago,  Winnie and I were on holidays. As part of the trip, we went on a road trip with two other guys we met during our travels.

As is our thing to do, we took photographs of us jumping in random places, including this beautiful road lined with trees. The two boys were so straight and narrow, they had never understood this and got completely into it and started doing their own versions too.

Seeing the kiddie-glee beam out of all of us in a random place bonded us all for that moment. Will I ever see those guys again… who knows?! But for that brief moment, it was just about us being kids and having a good time!

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Nov 18, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

When I was younger (not young, just younger- see what I did there!), I used to love riding a horse, against the wind, one with the animal and just feeling their heartbeat connect with yours and every other care in the world disappear…

I remember how I spent months training and making my foundations strong.
I remember how I spent hours and hours trotting without a saddle.
I remember how I spent weeks bump trotting and getting an absolutely sore a$$.
I remember the way I felt when I first went galloping through the tunnel in the middle of Delhi in a private training area.
I remember the first fall and the first of many broken noses.

I remember so much and I am so glad I got to experience all that!

Thank you horses, for your love, for your patience and for letting me come close to you.

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Nov 11, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

There are days when the rain is pelting down, everything seems colder than ice and you are just happy to be sitting on a couch, watching random telly!

However, when I was in India, I used to love being in the rain in the summer- the pleasure of getting wet, then having to shower with cold water as there was no electricity and enjoying life while drinking chai and eating pakoras was something else- it was pure pleasure and s part of me craves to re-enact that moment at some stage!

For now, I will make do with a hot chocolate, a paneer spring roll and a good book- happy tuesday x

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Nov 4, Tuesday: Beautiful Moment

One of the things I always indulge in when at home is a facial- a good old fashioned facial- not the ones we get today with a lot of products but the ones where the focus was the massage.

Till date, I have never found a better facial anywhere else. The lady I go to is magic.

I remember the feeling I get every time the day after the facial when my skin looks radiant and I feel absolutely luxurious. I realise, yet again, it is these luxuries in life that make for fabulous living and raise a toast to all those times I have taken a moment to myself.

Now to book another such session in the near future- nothing like a spot of pampering for self!

 

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Oct 28, Tuesday: Beautiful Moment

And I am back!! Miss me? 😉

So… with the day that it is- cold, miserable and wet, I am craving a bit of duveting with hot chocolates and soups! Alas, not to be.

I have a crazy busy day of getting myself fixed up for a very important meeting- preparing, reading, makeuping, hairstyling and things that take me ages but make for the right impact… I am transported back to the days of pure relaxation and today, I am transported back to the moment with Winnie, sitting in a beach, water lapping up against us, not a soul in sight, perfect weather and high on the surroundings and life- I am reliving the moment and re-enjoying the absolute joy of travel, contentment and being in the presence.

Take a moment and go back to your very own moment of pure bliss- it makes up for the slight dip in your day! Have a happy Tuesday xx

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Oct 21, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

Years ago, I used to genuinely adore this Bollywood actor- not cos he could have been a pin-up, not cos he was such a gentleman but because he always did roles that had a meaning or he made you laugh, he always demanded respect for his talent and not his wealth.

The day I met him for a brief 5 minus and got a hug and thank you for him for my words, I was on cloud 9!!

Today, another such person reached out to me- I have yet to meet her but to know I have a potential coffee waiting with her is exciting and I am really looking forward to it!

Thank you for such wonderful memories, world x

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Oct 14, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

I suffer from a terrible auto-immune disease called eczema. For the most part, I know how to keep it under control.

I thought I was doing a good job till I saw it everywhere on my chest and upper half of the body- over the next wile, I am going to cleanse my eating habits and clear the itch or so I hope. I am going to change shampoos and cleaners etc but the more interesting thing is that I was reading about it and apparently, it is connected to ‘loving oneself’.

Here, I thought I was doing really well- regular massages, good food, exercise, love, friends, working for self and genuinely enjoying life but obviously, somewhere I am lying to myself.

As I realise this, I also realise I have had many beautiful moments of realisation over the years and each one has been amazingly special:

– realisation that something is awesome in my life
– realisation I needed a change at certain times
– realisation of good friends and not so good
– realisation of love and respect
– realisation of happiness

All these realisations sometimes open a scary door but it always leads to a better path and eventually, forms a beautiful moment.

Happy Tuesday!

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Oct 7, Tues: A Beautiful Moment

I am late catching up on this as I was busy catching up with people in the real world.

I was reminded today of a beautiful Sunday last year in the summer when a friend I rarely see but enjoy great conversations with and I went walking up the beautiful Glendalough mountains and had a few drinks to just have a good time and enjoy the sunshine.

Moments like these are special and make me realise how lucky we truly are to enjoy this beautiful world.

Here’s to many more!

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Sep 30, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

A friend of mine called me today- I haven’t spoken to him in 3 years at least but then he and I are like that- we have a blast when together, we keep in minimal contact and we are just always the best of mates.

We are now planning a weekend away in October since he will only be a few hours away.

Last time I saw him was in Laos when I was doing South East Asia. The 3 days of spending time with him, the 3 days of pure alcoholism, the 3 days of sharing great stories, the 3 days of tubing, the 3 days of slagging, the 3 days of laughter make for a great memory and I am so glad to have a friend like that and I am so excited about the prospect of seeing him again at the end of the month.

I so hope the trip works out!

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Sep 23, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

About 2.5 years ago, I was trying to start a new business (it never got legs!) and was therefore meeting a lot of influential people as part of it.

One of those meetings took me to a lunch meeting with a very high powered CEO who was also an ex-AIESECer I had never met.

What was meant to be a one hour chat, ended up being a 3 hour conversation with loads of ideas, lots of thoughts and a whole load of fun discussions that have since led to a strong friendship, a working relationship and a mentoring aspect.

I am absolutely delighted that a simple email could open up so much! I was on a high that day from the lunch and I am on a high today on the memory.

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Sep 16, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

A few days ago, I caught up with some friends after a very long time:

3 for the first in over a decade
1 after 6 years
2 after 5

A few weeks, I had seen another friend after 12 years too!

It is such a fantastic feeling to talk about old days, walk down the memory lane and then also create new ones. I love the fact that even after so many years, I have the ability to hang out with these people and enjoy their company!

Lucky, lucky me. x

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Sep 2, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

Many years ago, Tigger and I were coming back from a party in a taxi just before we embarked on our adventure around Peru and Ecuador. I remember her turning to me, giving me a hug and telling me how much she loved me, cared for me and how I was her closest friend.

Over the years, we became closer, and then we drifted apart, we had our differences but we patched them away. We may have both gone through our phases of not being the happiest with our friendship but times like yesterday, times like the moment in the car, times like sipping pisco sours on the boat in the galapagos remind me of what we have shared.

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Aug 26, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

Years ago, I was in Canada with 600 odd other people. Some of them became good friends, others and I kept in touch thanks to Facebook and few of us have become good friends. Recently I met one of those people and it was so good to be sipping coffee one saturday afternoon, swapping stories of then and sharing experiences of the now. There was no awkwardness, there was no oddness, there was just a simple shared understanding of a global world and the issues of keeping in regular contact, there was just pure friendship.

I love the memories from 12 years ago and I love the memory I made on Saturday.

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Aug 19, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

Years ago, not sure how, Freud and I started our little bi-annual tradition of me taking him shopping to fix his wardrobe! Now bear in mind, he is a very fashion conscious young man and I well, know nothing, of fashion but he seems to think I understand style so well…

Anyhow, there was this one time- he was under pressure to get an outfit for a wedding and I was very keen to read a book so every time he went into the changing rooms to change, I used to sit in a cubicle (if it wasn’t very busy, obviously!) reading my book. It was a fun day trying to operate between the two worlds and I am so glad I did it- where there’s a will, there’s a way.

I only hope I have similar energy later today when I need to catch up on work!

🙂 Happy tuesday, all.

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Aug 12, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

A few nights ago, Red made me feel like a very lucky lady- he did nothing special, nothing out of the ordinary but his everyday self made me realise how lucky I am to have his support and his love.

I remember the first time I felt that way- years ago, when SL and I were together, he used to drive 4 hours just to give me a hug and be there for/ with me.

This post is to all those moments where I have been made to believe in the true power of unconditional love.

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Aug 5, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

Last week I went to see a play about the lady who was brutally assaulted in many ways in Delhi a few years ago. I was upset and disturbed on many levels- not the fact that I used to do that route many times, not the fact that it was less than 5km from my house, not the fact that it could have been anyone I know but the fact that there are so many others who don’t speak up and go through it every single day, globally.

The day I spoke up about my experiences, the day I took charge of them and didn’t wear them as a badge of shame, the day I accepted it was a beautiful moment- it took me years to get to it but when I did, I am glad I did!

To the men who had a part in this- you have been forgiven but not forgotten and I certainly wish no woman in your family has to endure this!

All the best.

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Jul 29, Tuesday: A Brilliant Moment

A few days ago, marked 6 years to me being free- free of the shackles I had as an Indian female, free from the beliefs the society had ingrained in me and free to do things my way.

However, as I was reflecting on that, I was reminded of the day I was asked by TL to marry him. It was a wonderful moment- that conversation was one of my favourites- we talked of dreams, we talked of hopes, we talked of future, we talked of the past and we were very much in the present. That moment, that feeling of pure happiness, that love, that- yeah that, was a wonderful moment.

For those of you who have just gotten married and engaged in the last while, I hope you recall that moment forever. Love be with you.

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Jul 22, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

Yesterday, friends and I were talking of pets and I was reminded of a moment with my first dog ever.

We were out playing one evening as we did almost every day- rain, sunshine, wind- nothing stopped us going out (much to the adults’ frustration!). It was during the  monsoons and there were frogs EVERYWHERE! The dog being curious, decided to eat a frog- in reality, she only swallowed it. The memory of her retching up a few minutes ago is not very pretty but the look of confusion on her face, the look of amazement of my friends and me is something I would never forget- ‘cos as she was throwing up, the frog came out and leaped away as if nothing had happened.

Some 20+ years on, I still wonder if that scarred the poor frog for life!

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Jul 15, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

Today, I am minding a friend’s house while she is on holidays and at the same time, keeping an eye on her dog- playing, grooming, feeding, walking- you know the drill.

I was reminded the first time I did it 14 years ago- I was so naive, I didn’t know the rules and the non rules, I didn’t know what to take and not take etc etc etc- I thought over the years, I had matured but turns out…. I really haven’t- I am still not sure what the rules of the game are!

I do know all her spices and kitchen are mine, I brought my own bar with me and have locked the offices and their personal space up- fair enough, yeah? If I leave them with cookies when they arrive and a bottle of bubbles in the fridge, they can have a bitta treat coming home too… and flowers, obviously. That’s right, yeah?

Either way, I love the fact that these moments also remind me how much my friends trust me and care for me. I am totally overjoyed by it all!

That’s for my Tuesday moment. A decade on but still naive 😉

Love x

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July 8, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

Yesterday, I called over to a friend’s to meet her dog, see her house and get a feel of their life to mind their place during their holidays. When I walked in, the dog came up to me and instantly we were the best of friends. She is a young pup, lean and tall and very cute- made me want a dog instantly!

However, it really made me miss my childhood dog- the only dog that I ever rode as a horse, the only dog that let me believe I was in charge when I clearly isn’t, the only dog that shared her bowl of water with me, the only dog who ever heard me cry (& then called my mother- I was a soft crier!), the only dog that was well and truly mine. I miss you, beautiful young mad thing- I love you still. Thanks for the beautiful memories.

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Jul 1, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

Well, it is almost 4 years since I started the blog.

Over these years, it has taken quite a journey- started from a daily diary to almost a pure rant space per chance to a place for random thoughts to a place for my daily reflection to a place for hope and courage for others- it has been the place I come to be me.

It has been a strength for me, a sense of anonymity in some ways, a read for many people and it has reached out to many, if the emails and comments are anything to go by- from days where practically no one read my blog and that was the original hope to having almost 350 regular subscribers and about 100 other daily visitors, I am absolutely delighted that my words are getting some recognition- in many ways, it shows, if you do something, you stick with it, you get the traction!

Thank you all for being part of the journey and being a part of the moment of the week. Love to you all.

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Catching up with June!

So the last week just took me by surprise and it was tough in a lot of ways, so here goes the ones I have missed out on:

June 23: Gratitude:

– Sunshine: A weekend in the sun, longest day of the year, loads of friends, great music, fantastic memories- all made extra special because of the beautiful weather.
– Ability to drive: After having to drive back from the music festival, I am glad I could- having to spend an extra night there would not have been fun!
– Shower: Nothing like a good clean shower after a weekend of camping and fun!

June 24: Moment:

The first time I went looking for an apartment, I was clueless as to what I should be looking for- eventually found something, nice size etc and realised that the girl I lived with was amazing and I had struck lucky till she had to  move out… as I look back, I have had some odd moments all right, some weird stories but all in all, I have been really lucky and I hope as I go looking to share for potentially the last time, I am really excited about the prospect of meeting someone new, making a new friendship and creating a new atmosphere and environment around me!

June 26: Letter:

Dear Mum’s Youngest Sister,

You have often been the one I have compared to most- thank you for our advice, thank you for your pragmatism, thank you for your love, thank you for the inspiration you have provided and thank you for the shoes!

I love you loads and I miss you loads- wish I could be there through these times.

Love,
Joy.

June 27: Weekly Achievements:

– Packing up completed
– In the news in 2 different countries
– Taking some time to remind myself how lucky I am over a nice bath and a glass of bubbles!

June 30: Gratitude:

– Good Times: Water skiing, donuting, BBQs, drink with Red’s granny, all make for good times! Great weekend makes for a great start to the week
– Sense of Humour: SO much went wrong over the past while but a sense of humour has really been awesome
– R&R: Booked myself a spa day and also had lie-ins, sleep-ins, chilling in the sun and all the things that make for a nice R&R (even if the body aches now!)

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Jun 17, Tuesday: A Brilliant Moment

I spent Sunday in the sun, looking at a lot of different types of paintings- beautiful art and so on. I still remember the first time I appreciated my own work and decided to cover my whole house in different photographs, printed and framed for each room.

I went so overboard, I had tonnes of extra photographs and gave them as presents to people for ages!

Yeah, I know, I can be a little overboard but chest la vie!

As I received the piece I commissioned off Artnouv (amazing service, btw) today, I am absolutely delighted to have art as an influence in my life!

Anyway, stay arty all xxx

PS I still totally love seeing some of the work up on the walls every single time I go back home.

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Jun 10, Tuesday: A Brilliant Moment

I don’t know where to even identify this point to but I suppose it is from a lot earlier than when I realised it- my confidence- when I walk into a room, I can adapt my behaviour to the way I want.

The first time I realised I could do this was my first “networking” event in Ireland- when in a new country, with new surroundings and nowhere to fall, it is easier to make mistakes and step out of your own shadow. Looking back, I am glad I made the changes in my shy behaviour I needed to make- being able to do my own thing today is a god send 🙂

Not truly a moment but yet a brilliant moment!

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June 4, Wednesday: Catch up on Gratitude and Memory

June 2: Gratitude:

1. Ireland
As I realise I have spent over a decade here, I have to thank Ireland for the love, the welcome, the journey, the good times, the tough times, the lessons and the life it has given me!

2. Good Times
One can quite easily forget how lucky we are to be able to enjoy the good times we do. I often do. Spending hours talking to old friends, laughing with new friends, converting strangers into friends and waking up with a pain from all the laughing are all signs we have had a bloody good time!!

3. Excitement
When was the last time you did something so exciting you felt them butterflies?! I am going through a VERY exciting period and I am loving it all!!!

June 3: Moment

As I am looking for a place for me to move into, I can’t help but remember the first few times I shared. Having never shared my room before, I was so excited about having a roomie though that died soon after- despite all the fun times.

Sharing a room taught me about the personality clashes, the differences amongst people, how different people prioritise different things and life in general. Thank you lady for being part of such a fun and learning experience!

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May 27, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

Do you know that feeling of achievement? That feeling of “YESSSSS”? That feeling of “This is it”?

I have been lucky to have had that feeling a good few times- I have had that when:
– I got selected for a certain sports team
– I got it when I got my first order
– I got it when I realised the power of being ethical
– I got it when I sold my first product
– I got it when I made someone happy
– I get it regularly as I recognise the small triumphs in every day life.. isn’t life wonderful? 🙂

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May 20, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

Having just come back from a weekend in Barcelona, I think my favourite memory was when I realised how easy it is to get away over the weekends.

One year, SL and I made a resolution to get out of the city at least once a month- and we did- 12 new places or 12 different places as some were places either or both had been to before. It just meant there was always something different to look forward to, something new to explore and something exciting to talk about!

This year, Red and I have made a similar resolution- however, this one involves a different experience outside the areas we live in every 8 weeks- so far, we have managed it every month and in fact, managed some new experiences within our cities too. Boo yeah.

I love life when there is always something fun happening! And I think there should be something fun happening ALL the time!

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May 13, Tuesday: A Brilliant Moment

So, I just realised I have been doing these daily posts for over a year- wahay! Go me 🙂

Last weekend, I was a spoilt girl- I was pampered, I was loved and I was made to feel more special than anyone else. It was absolutely fantastic!

As part of the weekend, we went for a walk in a beautiful wood- potentially my best bit of the weekend, despite the beautiful fishermen cabin we took refuge in, the 4 poster bed in our lovely huge suite, the massive 2 person bath, the breakfast in bed… the wood was unexpected and a pure surprise- being on the edge of Connemara, it may not always get the attention it may sometimes deserve but wow- it was beautiful.

While walking through the woods, I was reminded of the time my younger brother and I used to go climbing down into the rocky terrains behind our houses where now exist some of the most expensive malls in the city! We used to do early morning walks with a little bottle of water and sometimes a sandwich, come back covered in thorns and bruises but always had a good time!

That also became the place where we used to go for our midnight drinking in the teenage years. How a certain spot remains entwined in our lives through the many phases is amusing! It’s as if the spot grew with us.

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May 6, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

Many years ago, I met a guy I had only interacted with online through an organisation we both worked for in person- everyone thought we would hit it off and get together, there were all sorts of stories doing the round.

I suppose, back in 1999/2000, that was to some extent what was to become the basis of internet dating.

So anyway, we met and yeah, we kinda got along but we were nowhere gonna be the mates everyone expected, we couldn’t really see eye to eye on things and so on. To top it all, he only had $10 for his entire India stay- seriously, talk about being completely misinformed and unprepared. It may not have been an easy visit from a friend but it certainly makes me chuckle so many years on when I think of it!

We have since lost contact and sometimes, I do wonder how he is doing and what he is up to now! 🙂

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April 29, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

About 3 years, for the first time in a long period, I decided to bring a lot of my friends together to celebrate life… it was a great night, people I didn’t expect to see there came along, people I hardly knew invited themselves, people I had never met gate-crashed and it was absolutely epic!

Last week, I did something similar again- it was brilliant- in a period of about 6 weeks, I have had 3 huge celebrations for various (made up) reasons and it has been a great reminder of how amazing it is to have fun, to have people who love you around and to just be absolutely so lucky!

Here’s to parties!

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April 21 & April 22: Catching up!

April 21, Monday: Gratitude

1. Weekend
This weekend was crazy- I went to a ‘small’ 200 people festival- great fun, all night madness and all sorts of silliness! And then a small weekend break away in the country for the other 2 nights. Gotta love a long weekend.

2. Chats
The very bone of a friendship- without deep, meaningful conversations, without chats, without conversations, a friendship is pretty useless. I had some good chats the past few days!

3. Passion
And not just the kind of passion for between the sheets- a passion to succeed, a passion to enjoy life, a passion to be me!

April 22, Tuesday: Beautiful Moment

For some reason, the last few days I have been thinking of the first school trip I ever went on. It was my first time away from my parents for longer than a night and it was scary but fun- I learnt loads, I saw loads and I had my set of giggles dressing up as ghosts and gatecrashing the teacher’s lounges and what not. I also recall I was the only person in the whole trip without a “best friend” but obviously, even then, I liked to be independent and do my own thing!

Maybe that’s what instilled my independence and travel bug into me?!

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April 15, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

Kinda obvious and surprising I haven’t written off this at some stage but one of my favourite memories remains of me in the Antarctica! The day I stepped on that ice for the very first time remains special and is a constant reminder of how dreams do come true.

Now my dreams have changed, they have evolved as have I but my faith in them has gotten stronger. I see around me so many dreams coming true every day- sometimes, we forget the dreams don\t always have to be lofty (I do think some of them should be though!)

All in all, my next dream is 10,000- I know this makes no sense to anyone else but me but I hope to see that number in the correct context soon.

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April 8, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

While I was parking my car outside my house today, a random gentleman came up to me and told me he always admires my car when he walks by it. For obvious reasons, it made me smile, feel good about my car and fall in love with it all over again.

Today, 3+ years on from having bought her, she still brings a smile to my face every time I see her, she still is a pleasure to drive and she still is my most prized material possession (along with my photography gear)- I am so glad I bought her when I did, despite all the naysayers, despite all the doubts, despite everything- she has been worth every moment of it and no matter how many more I spend with her, she will always remain the first set of wheels I ever bought for myself.

Thank you for the drives, Black Beauty!

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March 25, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

You know when I try to pick a moment to write about every week, I go through a rolodex of memories and never know which one to pick.

However, as I spent 6 hours on my feet taking multiple photographs today, I was reminded of the first time I ran a stall at a school fete to raise funds to buy books for children with families below the poverty line.

I remember that feeling of fatigue, that feeling of ‘why am I doing this’, that feeling of misery till I remembered the bigger picture, the good I was performing, the education I was helping spread… when I look back now, we had loads of fun in those fetes- they ere a highlight of our winter plans and the volunteering was a great way to teach us balance!

No matter what we do, there is a reason for it and that is what keeps fatigue at bay!

 

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Mar 17, Monday: Gratitude & Mar 18, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

Gratitude:

Red
Post party ‘fear’ hugs, pre party calm down chats, long romantic drives, effort to find me colours etc etc etc- the list goes on, I am lucky to have him. I am glad I have him.

Weekends
Sometimes, you got to appreciate a weekend away! It makes for good chats, good company, rejuvenation and good times!

New Experiences
The joy of a new experience- whether to be repeated or not is completely immaterial! To experience it is the important thing 🙂

Beautiful Moment:

This weekend, I spent a good bit of time talking to one of Red’s bestfriends- we talked of aspects we hadn’t before, we discussed spirituality, we discussed God, we discussed atheism, we discussed relationships, we discussed friendships- we had a good chat and we were able to re-connect on many levels. I love meeting new people and more importantly, I love getting to know them as friends.

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Mar 11, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

I was out for a meeting today, bumped into another friend and realised she wanted me to come lecture on her course!

It got me thinking back to September 5 and how the final year school students run the school for a day- I was over the moon to be representing my favourite English teacher to a bunch of young teens- exciting times! I still remember the black and red saree I wore, the skinny arms I had and the fun we all had playing teacher for a day!

Not one for being a teacher, I do enjoy the odd lecture every so often! I am glad I got to step into the shoes of a teacher for a day though- it’s kinda cute still seeing the little ones get ready and go out feeling their power for a day every year.

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Mar 4, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

Today, I was doing a little bit of work on one of my business blogs and I got the most number of likes any of our posts have had!

It reminded me of when I started this blog- little did I know I would have 300+ followers or almost 16,000 views per day- sometimes I consider making this more me and taking it public but I think I will lose the honesty and the space for my rants. I do love this blog and I am truly appreciative of all the emails and the love all of you provide- there have been times I have been shown support from far flung places and corners of the world I wouldn’t have imagined.

This blog has been my strength, my place to hide, my place to shout at the world, my place to scream at certain individuals, my place to love, my place to hope and my place to be me- thank you for being a part of this wonderful journey and making me re-live the first comment, the first like, the first email I ever received from here!

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Feb 25, Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

Almost three years ago I bought my first car.

It was not the first car I owned or the first car I drove but it was the first car I bought for myself. And I didn’t buy your usual starter cars, I went straight for the big league even if I was the smallest player in the form of a very starter model of a sports car.

The pride, the sense of achievement I felt was amazing and the fact that it still makes me smile every single I see it makes me extremely happy and makes me realise I must have done something right 🙂

Here’s to owning more such items that make me happy- materialistic it may be, emotional it sure is!

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January 28 Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

You know today my mum dragged me to an astrologer who told me I would have multiple marriages! So I asked him to expand on that and he explained that it meant I would have more than one lover (not necessarily simultaneously- I never have!).

This got me thinking back to my first time. I was older than most in my peer group and I was embarrassed of my lack of experience but I am glad I went through with it when I did- it was a beautiful experience then and is still a beautiful experience. My aunt gave me the best advice ever- “It’s genuinely a beautiful and very natural thing if you do it with someone you love!”

Advice from my experience:
– Don’t do it unless you are truly ready and want to do it
– Don’t bow down to society pressure
– Enjoy each moment of it!
– Experiment
– If you are an emotional wreck like me, avoid one night stands
– Lose yourself in the moment
– Don’t force it- let it happen naturally
AND most importantly, truly experience an orgasm- trust me, you will know when you feel it spasm through your body and take your breath away while making you feel more alive than ever!

Be safe and enjoy x

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Jan 21 Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

I am so glad I do this exercise every week cos it’s actuallyt ough to just sit back and remember something without a trigger.

Today, I am going to remember my first pair of heels.

I have had an inate love for heels ever since I was a kid. I remember the first pair I ever wore were my mum’s- she hated me for it- they were your classic 80s style heels- even if Louboutin do a similar pair now:

white heelsI remember feeling so feminine, so cool and so sexy for having a pair!
I remember walking in them, badly.
I remember dancing in them.

And since then, there has been a love affair between heels and me…. I love heels. So much so, the other day Red said “Joy was made for wearing heels”.

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Jan 14 Tuesday: A Beautiful Moment

I am currently having massive issues with the current team of a charity whose board I sit on. The past month has been more painful than a million vaccinations simultaneously- exaggeration, yes!

However, when I look back to the year I was running the organisation, I am reminded of the fun times the 5 of us had- the simple pleasures we found in eating Chinese for lunch, going to Eddie Rockets for supper, dressing up Pimps & Hoes and all the other small things.

It was a year that taught me a lot about myself, about cultures, about people and has moulded me into being the person I am. I so hope the current 5 feel that way a decade on about their year too. I hope the frustrations of today are hopefully forgotten today but the highs of yesterday/ today and tomorrow are remembered with fondness, a feeling of achievement and happiness!

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Jan 7 Tuesday: A Brilliant Moment

As I am trying to organise a holiday with Red, I remember the rush I had for the first time I organised a holiday for a bunch of people- it was in 2004 for New York with 2 colleagues on our way to a work thing in Chicago.

I had organised many others but that was the first of the epic ones I did and paid for myself- the excitement of organising such a holiday is almost as much as visiting the place itself. It gets my adrenaline flowing, makes me happy and reminds me of the joy of traveling!

So in 2014 peeps, please get out of the city at least once. Go on an adventure, do something new, get excited and surprise yourself 🙂 GO!

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