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February 2018

bougainvillea
Hello! My resolution for 2018 is to get fitter, both physically and mentally, and I’m posting monthly updates here. It’s time for my February updates. Here’s what I’ve added to my list of practices that I started in January:
 
1. The BEST thing first : I resumed music classes after MANY MANY YEARS! As I mentioned in this post long ago, I used to learn Carnatic singing as a child. Something about 2018 motivated me to get back in touch with my guru and start singing again! I used to learn in person from him back then, but now he teaches me on skype haha! I’m so glad I took the plunge, it’s been great for me – even a short practice session magically uplifts my mood.
 
2. I’m drinking herbal tea regularly. The funny thing is, I didn’t start doing this for the health benefits, but to work through my gigantic stash of teas! (People, stop buying me tea! Seriously!) I’m doing something interesting I learned from someone’s instagram –  adding a tiny pinch of salt and pepper to the tea, instead of something sweet. I know it sounds weird, but it tastes very nice, you should try it.
 
3. I’ve started getting my hands dirty again after a long hiatus from gardening. It really calms me like nothing else. Different things work for different people, but if you frequently feel stressed or anxious, it is definitely worth giving gardening a try.
 
That’s it for February! Being able to move forward on one’s resolutions is a privilege, and I’m very grateful for it.

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January 2018

Lantana
Happy New Year, you guys! I know, it’s February, but it’s my first post of the year and I couldn’t start it without wishing you! I’m probably being very presumptuous when I say ‘you guys’, because I really doubt if anyone is even looking at this! Do people read blogs anymore? I totally do, but I don’t know anyone else who does.
 
My last post was about breakfast bowls, after quite a while of blogging about travel! I guess it was a return to what I originally meant my blog to be – a little bit of everything – hence the name all mix fruit juice! And that’s how it’s going to be hereafter. (Something about the knowledge that very few people are reading your blog makes it easier to stop curating too much!)
 
2017 was very chaotic – a mixed bag of fun and stress. I am very grateful, though, because God has been extremely kind to us. My resolution for 2018 is to get fitter, both physically and mentally, and to lead a gentler lifestyle. I’m thinking I’ll do monthly updates here about how all of this is going.
 
So here are the things I started doing regularly in January:
 
1. Exercising regularly, 4 to 5 times a week.
 
2. Avoiding dairy most of the time, and eating clean overall.
 
3. Writing meditation – (it is the practice of repetitive writing, while sitting in silence. Look up likhita japa if you’re curious about this)
 
4. Wearing sunscreen every single day, whether I’m indoors or outdoors.
 
5. Going to bed earlier. (this is a direct result of exercise – the days I don’t exercise, I can’t fall asleep as easily)
 
I’m being pretty disciplined, and I’m happy about it 🙂