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Since I began my blogging journey, I have bagged a few handful nominations for a variety of Blogger Awards. In spite of this, each new nomination leaves me with a new found feeling of happiness and gratitude. Every blogger loves to have his or her hard work appreciated as so much of work is required to craft each of those ‘nearly perfect blog posts’! 🙂 It feels amazing to be recognized for doing something that you really love to do.

This time, it is Helen from ‘Natural beauty with baby’ who has nominated me for this ‘Blogger Recognition Award’. She is a ‘mommy blogger’ who is mommy to lovely Jonah! She has this lovely blog where she blogs about natural skincare and feel good stuff and about her life with her little one! Do pay her amazing blog a visit. Thank you so very much Helen for appreciating my blog – my creative space! I am grateful. 🙂 Check out her Blogger nomination post here!

Just like every blogger award, the Blogger Recognition Award also has some fun rules as stated below;
1.If you accept your nomination, follow these rules and join the fun!
2.Thank the blogger who nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
3.Write a post to show your award. 
4.Give a brief story of how/why you started blogging. 
5.Give two pieces of advice you would give to brand new bloggers. 
6.Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to. 
7.Comment on each blog letting them know you have nominated them, giving the link to the post you have created.

Since this award is regarding Blogging recognition, it requires answering some questions that will aid newbie bloggers on this fun yet daunting journey! So here I am, answering away;

Q.1.) Why did I start blogging?
Ans. Blogging was something that I wanted to start on for quite some time. In spite of this, I was completely confused over finding and sticking to my niche. I wanted to be able to post stuff that I came across in life and to give the people who read it, an account of my experiences so that they can relate and know that someone else feels the same way too. I wanted to be able to help others and spread the positive vibes (a lot of negativity all over the internet already!) At the same time, I wanted to stay true to myself and practice positivity and gratitude in my own life. All these things started making sense one day and made me realize that I could start a blog based on positivity and motivation. My wish to look at life through ‘rose tinted glasses’ helped inspire the name for my blog too! Once I had the clarity to know what I wanted, it all simply unfolded and lead to www.poojasrosetintedglasses.com .

Q 2.) Two pieces of advice for new bloggers!
a. Stay hungry when it comes to blogging – This always helps bloggers at all levels, especially new ones. Blogging can be daunting and even a small thing can feel like a task. If you need to grow as a blogger, it is always great to be curious about what’s new within the blogging sphere. It also helps to read up some posts from the well known bloggers out there so you know what you are getting into and can understand how to decide on what to write.
b. Be true to yourself – Even if you look up to your blogging idols, it is never a great idea to mimic someone else’s blog. Staying true to yourself is the best way to go along on your blogging journey. Grow your blog by staying true to your purpose which led you to start your blog. This will help you find your unique place in the blogging community. Be clear with your ideas and post consistently – this will help people to take you seriously as a blogger by letting them know that you want to do something unique.

My nominees for the Blogger Recognition Award:
Here are a few of my favourites; the talented fifteen bloggers with amazing blogs whom I truly adore and look up to; 🙂

1. Laura – Petals and chains
2. Kaelin – Living in Saturn
3. Chloe – Diary of a lonely girl
4. Cassie – Zombie Goddess Beauty
5. Bria – Tendril Wild
6. Bre – Too cute for life
7. The Thought Scroll – The Thought Scroll
8. Lydia – Mademoiselle Women
9. Em – Out of Tea Bags
10. Linda – Circle of Daydreams
11. Maggie – Dreaming of Guatemala
12. Rishabh – Beyond the veil
13. Shruti – This is lit
14. Charlotte – Charlotte shares
15. Kristin – A little loveliness

If you do not want to put out a similar post, I do understand. This is just a mention to let you all know that I lookup to your blogs! 🙂

Thanking Helen once again for this! 🙂

Hello everyone!

Excited to be writing again. This week we have been having heavy rainfall here where I reside due to which many people are forced to stay indoors today. Have been working from home and catching up on reading and other good stuff; just like anyone would do like a holiday! 🙂

Today I am writing about the lessons that I have learnt during my fourth month of blogging! Gosh! How time flies.. It feels just like yesterday when I decided to start something entirely on my own, just for me; but thinking back on the lessons I have learnt over the months makes me feel like I have learnt soo much.

This last month has been so productive! I actually got off so many things from my blog’s to-do list which I had planned for this month. (If you haven’t read the earlier post, you might not have an idea what I am talking about here. Click

What I learnt during my second (almost third) month of blogging!

to know!)

The important things that I have learnt this month are:

1. Blogging is not easy: It takes a lot of organizing to build up a good blog.

2. Facing blogging problems eventually helps: I faced so many in this month but that was because I was deciding to make a change for my blog by treading on uncharted territory – still am! Trying to find out what you already know and how to improve on that knowledge will solve most of your problems and you will end up learning tons of new things which will help you in the long run.

3. That there are so very many helpful bloggers: Thank you! 🙂

Last month, I was pondering over some things which were;

1. Getting my blog on a self hosted platform and if yes, on which one – I can strike that off my list as I now have my blog on HostGator (Will add in the details regarding this in one of the coming blog posts!)

2. Consistent content generation and content promotion is something that I am still working on and am sure that it is something that will take a lot of planning and organizing. I have started with it but will take some time to get one that is actually possible to stick by in the long run.

3. Blog challenges seem great to commit myself too but they can be demanding! I am going to try to stick with a short one but sometime when I am not as busy as I am right now! Sigh..

4. I am trying to stick to two blog posts per week. Initially when I started this blog, I used to post a couple of times per week! That really gained me a lot of encouragement from all the bloggers out here but now I am trying to stick to one schedule of 2 quality blog posts per week!

5. Making my blog better with any changes regarding the theme, lettering, etc – Every blog gets better over time. It really depends on the person running it and how much he or she can make the blog appealing to the readers. I am happy with the way my blog looks at the moment and most of the people who read it let me know about it too! (Suggestions are welcome!)

This month I have made a little progress with crafting my blog schedule and am right on track with finding my tribe and am trying to create quality content that benefits both you and me! (Following up on the striking things that I learnt last month.)

Last month I set down some do-able goals for my blog as follows;

1. Learning and creating at least one useful printable (freebie)! – My very 1st freebie! I have created two and will soon be sharing one with you all soon! 🙂 Stay in touch to know more!

2. Treating my blog as an important business – I do! This blog started off as something that I wanted to create on my own and I am very serious about keeping it going in the long run. Getting in touch with as many lovely people I can and to make them feel positively about their lives is something that I really value and treat as important!

3 & 4. Structuring quality content & increasing my engagement with other bloggers – This is really a consistent goal for every month. Am working on this!

5. Look up on guest posting and decide if I should go for it – I did do this for this month! If you have not yet seen it click

🎉 My 1st Guest Post!!

to read it now!

Time to set new goals:

Since I found out that setting down blog goals helps me and my blog achieve some progress monthly, here is what I plan to explore in the coming month!

1. Figure out the entire idea behind email marketing and how it works and apply it to my blog!

2. Publish 8 quality blog posts this month!

3. Learn a little bit about CSS and HTML. (Important since I am now on WordPress.org and have to figure out the solution to every tiny thing that was easily possible in WordPress.com)

Wish me luck to achieve these milestones I have set for my blog and also let me know what you plan to do for your blog this month! 🙂

Let us all inspire and motivate each other to blog better and grow together as better bloggers!

Wish you a great day! Love, Pooja. 🙂

Hello everyone,

Hope everyone is having an amazing weekend! 🙂

I am having a great one and there is such a beautiful and a divine reason behind it! It is not just me, this weekend is special to all the people throughout India. It is because it is time to welcome our beloved deity, ‘Ganesha’ into our homes for the ‘Ganpati’ festival!

It is now day 2 of this festival (was too busy enjoying this festival yesterday to even write down this blog post)!

‘Ganesha’ has many names; rather he has 108 sanskrit names! We Hindus fondly call him as ‘Ganpati’, ‘Ganesha’, ‘Gajanana’ etc. This ‘elephant headed God’ holds a special place in our hearts. Irrespective of any religion or caste, people in Mumbai worship this Lord and participate in this festival with equal excitement. ‘Ganesha’ is a Hindu God who symbolizes new beginnings, success and prosperity. It is stated that he removes all obstacles in one’s path to success and helps him or her achieve their desires. He is believed to possess the knowledge 14 forms of education and 64 forms of art including dance, music etc; which is why people in India pray to him before beginning anything new.

The ‘Ganpati’ festival is my favourite festival and is one which brings me a lot of joy and happiness. It is 11 whole days long during which a lot of people bring home an idol of ‘Ganesha’ and worship him. The Lord is welcomed with a lot of love and anticipation and the idols are placed in a decorated area, prayed to and are offered simple yet elaborate meals, sweets etc. These are then distributed to everyone as ‘prasad’ or offerings. ‘Ganesha’s’ most favourite sweet is ‘Modak. It is a sweet made of rice flour with a filling of coconut and jaggery. These are prepared in every house during this festival and are my favourites too! Yum!

                                                                        Plate filled with Modaks.

 

In addition to people’s homes, almost every street in India celebrates this festival with great excitement and vigour. They build stages and structures to place Lord ‘Ganesha’s’ idol into the streets and decorate entire streets with lights. The most famous ones out of these are the ‘GSB Ganpati’ & the’LalBaugcha Raja’. It is really delightful to see such happiness and love for this beloved God all around. Traditional devotional music, sweets and offerings, beautiful ‘Ganesha’ idols, lights and everything else make the surrounding air hum with excitement and devotion for the lord.

I would like to end this post with some issues I have with the way people celebrate this festival. Some of the saddening parts are regarding the use of traditional music nowadays which is sometimes replaced with bollywood music and the use of the DJ system, which does not exactly blend well with the true spirit of this festival. Many people also fail to realize the harm that extremely loud music and DJ causes to the elderly citizens which does not allow them to fully enjoy this festival. Festivals are meant to be enjoyed by all which is why I wish that the people who use loud music and DJ’s would maintain that degree and level of humanity towards our elderly by strictly maintaining the sound levels to permissible limits and to what they can hear without disrupting other citizens and their peace.

Let us all, young and old alike, enjoy this festival by showing our love for the lord and by gathering his blessings!

Off to enjoy the festivities for now, will add in any updates later! Have a beautiful weekend with the ones you love. Love, Pooja. 🙂

Hello everyone!

Hope that you are having a good week! 🙂

This post is about the few changes that I made to my blog here. This beautiful image here is to show off my excitement (Yay!) 🙂

I was a bit skeptical about writing a blog post for this reason but it only made me feel that it was my duty to do so when it came to my loyal supporters and followers!

The change all started with the blog goals I set for myself for this month. If you don’t know about those, you can have a quick look over here.

In order to achieve my goal number 3 from that post; i.e. increasing my engagement with other bloggers, I started looking for ways to do so. I came across many people referring to Twitter as a great option, which is why last week I decided to increase my activity on my existing Twitter account on which I wasn’t active at all (just like so many people I know).

From my experience so far, let me tell you that Twitter has so many amazing bloggers and blogging communities who are as supportive as the WordPress community!

Twitter is where I met this amazing girl called Sophie who blogs over at https://socialinfluencer.co.uk/. She had an amazing offer up one day where she was offering free logos, headers and more for the 1st 50 people who responded to her Tweet! I was lucky enough to be one of them and she designed one for me for free right away! 🙂 I must say I am in love with it! Thank you so much Sophie! 🙂 If you wish to have beautiful headers and want to give your blog a makeover, do head over to her. Sophie’s your girl!

I slowly became a part of so many blogging communities on Twitter including the Girls Who Blog community; the one I guest posted on. I would love to mention the lovely blogging community, The Tea Cup Club, which actually let me ‘HOST’ my first ever Twitter blog chat and gave me the freedom to choose the topic too! I must say I was nervous at first but it was just so much fun! It was one of my many firsts since I started on my blogging journey!

Moving over to my theme! I loved the DIVI 2 theme which I had before! There was actually no problem with it but I just wasn’t satisfied with the way the posts were presented in little squares. I figured that it was because the DIVI 2 is for photographers and people who want to showcase and highlight their photos. I wanted a clean template which helped focus on my content for now which is why I decided to switch over to the Independent Publisher theme just yesterday and I am not disappointed. I love this theme! 🙂

In case you are thinking about making changes to your blog, I would urge you to go ahead and try out the many options available here on WordPress; am sure that you will find something that suits your liking.

So, that is actually it for today, until later! Do let me know about your thoughts regarding my new header and the theme! 🙂 Would love to know. Any suggestions are also welcome! 🙂 Also let me know what you think about Twitter and if you are on it, let’s connect! Click here!

Have a positive day! Love, Pooja! 🙂

 

Hello everyone!

Today is a day of great importance for all the Indians! It is India’s Independence day! Happy Independence Day to all the Indians out here! 🙂 Our country has officially spent 70 glorious years of being free.

According to the Oxford dictionary, the word Freedom means;

  1. freedom (of something) the right to do or say what you want without anyone stopping you.
  2. the state of being able to do what you want, without anything stopping you.
  3. the state of not being a prisoner or slave.
  4. the freedom of something permission to use something without restriction.

We need freedom at every step of our lives to be able to perform to the best of our abilities. This is of such crucial importance, especially to a country; which is why today is a national festival for all the Indians, including me, regardless of religion, caste, creed or any other difference.

My thoughts reach out to our brave freedom fighters and the many people who sacrificed their lives, dreams and families towards the purpose of achieving a bigger dream of a ‘free India’ into reality!

India has seen so many ups and downs from the moment it gained it’s independence and still continues to do so. We have so many things to be proud of across the globe but at the same time there are so many things that continue to pin us down, away from complete development.

India gave us the number ‘0’, the fundamental for the field of mathematics, it gave birth to the software industry out of nowhere, it has undertaken missions to Mars and to the Moon, was able to establish it’s own satellite system, taken up a drive towards a clean India and so on. We have a lot to be proud of!

As an Indian citizen as well as an Indian girl, I can say that there are still so many things that need to be done in order make the term ‘freedom’ really mean what it means to us! In spite of these notable achievements we still have grave issues to be tackled such as an extremely high economic difference between the rich and the poor, widespread unemployment issues, religious differences, gender inequality, lack of safety and security of its girls and a few more.

Here is one such link to an article I had written on the topic ‘Growing up girls’. It was an initiative by the World Pulse organization on the eve of the 5th annual international day of the girl child! Women all over the world had to submit an article, poem or any other content about women and how it was to grow up in their country and highlight the issues women faced globally.

On reading the entries posted there, I noticed that there are so many women that face similar problems irrespective of their country! It highlighted an issue that women need many laws to be implemented for the protection of their rights, safety and security; which is why I felt compelled to share my entry here – Growing up girls – My story as a woman with a voice in India!

Although I am fortunate enough to not to be affected by many of these issues, a lot of rural areas in India are still having a hard time tackling them. This Independence Day, I wish that India finds a sustainable solution for all these issues and make it a country every Indian is even more proud of!

Here’s to making India the land of fulfilled dreams for each of it’s citizens! Signing off on a poem by the respected Indian poet; Rabindranath Tagore from his collection of poems. This one speaks about his desire for an Independent India!

“Where the mind is without fear
and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been
broken up into fragments by
narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from
the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches
its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason
has not lost its way into the dreary
desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is lead forward by thee
into ever-widening thought and action-
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father,
let my country awake.”

Have a positive day, Love Pooja. 🙂

 

Hello everyone!

Hope you are having a relaxing Sunday!

Today is a special day for every father and child – It’s International father’s day! Just like any other such occasions, I have been coming across father’s day plans, ideas, gift options & freebies exclusively for dads propping up everywhere throughout the week.

Today, children are displaying their love for their fathers with gifts and cards and by spending quality time with them.

If you haven’t yet given your dad either of these and are lucky enough to be close to him, do so as soon as you finish reading this post! 😊

Today, dads have become the talk of the town. Everyone is exchanging fatherly tales and advice they have received from their fathers and are posting photos with them as well. 

In the midst of this merry and loving environment, lie some of us, like me, who are a little less fortunate than others as they have lost their fathers or whose fathers are no longer a part of their lives.

For them, today this is just like any other day, only worse. For me, each day, especially father’s day, has never failed to make me cherish the moments I spent with him when he was still here. This day seems to be full of bittersweet moments, hope, longing and memories!

Although I will never get the chance to create more happy memories with him as he went away too soon, I am thankful for his presence in my life, however short! I feel blessed to have had a caring and loving father. I was the apple of his eyes.

I would suggest everyone who are fortunate enough to receive their dad’s love and care, to value and to cherish your relationship with him! Give him some of your time or atleast give him a call to ask him how his day has been. I am sure that this tiny thing will make his day a lot happier! 😊

To all the fathers in heaven, you will be missed and remembered and will always hold an irreplaceable place in our hearts! 😊

Wish all the fathers around the world a very happy Father’s day! Your children love you a lot and they need you to complete their lives! 😊 

A special mention to all the single mothers out there who single-handedly carry out the daunting task of mothering her children. Just like my mother! Happy Father’s day to you all too!

“Father – A son’s first hero, a daughter’s first love.” 

“God himself chose to be called as father.”

“How do you know if a man is a hero? Ask if he has a daughter.”

“The love between a father and a daughter is forever.”

“A father is someone who carries pictures where his money used to be.”

“Some super heroes don’t wear capes.. They are called Dads.”

Love, Daddy’s girl – Pooja.

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