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Hello everyone!

Hope that this week has started off on a positive and a more-than-kind note for you! 🙂

Today’s post is an update on my blogging journey. It has been a little more than two months (around two weeks less to three months!) since I began this blog. This post is a bit like my last blog update post (it can also consist of some tested blogging advice), the one which describes my experiences throughout my first month of blogging. If you haven’t read that one already, do so here!

Irrespective of everything I have experienced on this exciting journey, let me start off by telling you all that my blogging journey has been amazing so far and it continues to make me happy! Blogging has given me a reason to look forward to every single day. It has been made all the more exciting and like-able, thanks to all you lovely and supportive bloggers out here!

Coming back to the update, most of June and half of July was spent thinking over the following questions which every blogger encounters;

  1. Should I get my blog self-hosted? If yes, which hosting platform should I opt for?
  2. Content generation and content promotion! (Most important – as it is quality, consistent content that will get readers interested in any blog.)
  3. Should I commit to a blog challenge?
  4. How often should I write down a blog post?
  5. Is there any way to make my blog more appealing by using another theme, opting for better pictures, getting my own ones, better lettering, etc?

The answers to some of which I am sure I will receive with time and further blogging experience!

I feel privileged that during this month, I received tons of helpful blogging advice and tips from many bloggers running their blogs successfully. I admit that I did post a lesser number of blog posts during this last month because I was a little preoccupied with a lot of issues related to my blog and gathering this wealth of information! 🙂

This month I started off by establishing a social media existence for my blog namely; a Facebook page for this blog – ‘Pooja’s rose tinted glasses‘ and an Instagram handle – life_rosetinted! Make sure that you check these out by clicking on the links above and follow me if you are interested! 🙂

Amidst all this, some striking things that I learnt during this period are as follows:

  1. The importance of a blog schedule: Consistent and planned content generation is important which is where scheduling what goes up on your blog when is so important.
  2. The importance of finding your tribe: Your tribe consists of the people who love reading what you share and would love to engage with your content. It is extremely important to think over the ideal person who you feel will be interested in your blog. This helps create and craft specific targeted content.
  3. Be you to keep your blog running successfully: Your tribe loves to engage in your posts because of you and your content so give them more of that. Being original gives your blog quality audience.
  4. It is okay to run out of ideas only to be so full of them the next second: No explaining needed for this one!
  5. Quality over quantity: Writing down one post containing well structured quality content is always better than writing down five okay ones!

Another thing I have realized is that setting down some goals will help take my blog another valuable step ahead than where it stands at the end of each month! I have thus decided to go slow and break down bigger goals into smaller ones to have steady progress (as it doesn’t make sense to simply set big monthly goals – might just stress me out!) So some of my do-able goals for the coming month are;

  1. Learning and creating at least one useful printable (freebie)!
  2. Treating my blog as an important business.
  3. Structuring quality content.
  4. Increasing my engagement with other bloggers.
  5. Look up on guest posting and decide if I should go for it.

I hope to achieve these goals successfully and set new ones in the next update post! 🙂 Wish me luck!

Another thing – I would love to know what goals you are setting for your blog(s), social media accounts etc. and what actions are you taking to achieve them. Would probably help me know a lot more about your blogging journey and blogging in general! Let us all inspire and motivate each other to blog better and grow as better bloggers! 🙂

Wish you a fantastic 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.

Hello everyone!

Hope you have had a good week! It’s already Saturday morning and for me, the week just seemed to fly away.

I haven’t been able to write as much as I wanted to this week but I will try my best to make it up in the next one!

Last week, Maggie of dreaming of Guatemala nominated me for the Cramm Award in one of her award posts. This is why, today’s post is going to be related to my nomination for the Cramm Award!

The Creator of the Cramm Award: Liv at theCramm is the creator! The Cramm is an awesome website which converts everyday news into an easier to read through format. Do check it out! 

Nominator: Maggie of dreamingofGuatemala! She is an amazing individual and I always look forward to her blog posts. This award, coming from her, is very special for me! 😊

Rules for the Cramm Award: 

  1. Include a little bit about who created this award (with a link) and mention the person the who nominated you.
  2. Share 3 things that motivate you to blog and share 3 people who motivate you to blog as well
  3. Share one thing you hope to do that will improve the world.
  4. Answer your challenge question
  5. Nominate your choice of bloggers and give them a challenge question

Three Things That Motivate Me To Blog:

  1. The exchange of thoughts – A big reason that motivates me to blog is the fact that blogging introduces my thoughts and ideas to other bloggers. The interaction with other bloggers irrespective of the the topics they blog on is something that I enjoy!
  2. A chance to help others notice life’s little pleasures – I love it when people like what I write or at least feel a little happy when I share my experiences with them. 
  3. The enormous number of quality blogs based on varied topics! – Of course! I can never leave out all those awesome bloggers out there. The internet is flooded with so many of them whose writing motivates me and makes me challenge myself when it comes to writing!

    Three People Who Inspire Me To Blog:

    1. My mom  My mother inspires me to do so many things, including blogging! She has always supported every decision i have ever taken in my life and that alone is an inspiration for me to keep doing better each day!
    2.  My guiding angel – I am sure there is one who always guides me on my life path! My blogging journey is one such example – I created my website on the spur of the moment or rather it just happened without any prior planning. I had always wanted to start my blog but one evening, I simply decided to create a WordPress account and write out a blog post and hit the publish button! I think my guiding angel just gave me the push I needed to enter into the world of blogging! 😊
    3. Other bloggers – Ok, I know that other bloggers are not one person but they all are the ones who inspire me to blog and get better at it!

    A big thank you to all these people! Without you, I wouldn’t have been able to write even a single word! 😊 💕

      The one thing that can improve the world:

      Compassion –

      “The most powerful force in the world that can change the lives of millions of people is Compassion.” – Steve Aitchison.

      “Compassion is the wish to see others free of suffering.” – Dalai Lama.

      I seriously feel that compassion is very important, has always been, especially at this point of time in the world. I have noticed that many people are sometimes insensitive when it comes to other people and their sufferings. People have developed a self-centric attitude and sometimes ignore to pay attention beyond their own self. Compassion is to become aware of another person’s suffering and to do your bit towards relieving the other person’s suffering and not to become the cause of another man’s suffering. A little bit of compassion and kindness has the ability to turn the world around! It has been scientifically proved that practicing compassion helps develop lasting happiness, the kind of happiness and self contentment that sticks around for a long time.

      My Answer to Maggie’s Question:

      Question: What’s your favorite inspiring quote? Why does it inspire you? 

      Answer: I love quotes and the messages they pass on to us. There are just so very mang ones that inspire me! But the following one has a big role in inspiring me;

      “Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must but take that step.” – Uche Odiatu.

      This quote never fails to inspire me to take that one step closer to my goal. We have all been in that place and moment in our lives where we were unable to figure out where to begin or what to do next. I have hesitated or quit doing something all together because of this dilemma. This quote taught me that my efforts, however small, can be enough to propel me in the right direction. This quote has helped me get through those times, has motivated and inspired me to take that tiny crucial step further. 

      Nominations:

      I seriously get inspired by all you bloggers out here and this is why am unable to select a few. My nominations are open to all so if anyone who wishes to go ahead and answer my question can do so! 😊

      My Question: 

      If you lived your life without any fear or restrictions, what is the one thing you would do to change the world?

      Answer away! I would delight me to read your answers! 😊

      Have a great weekend! Love, Pooja.

      Hello everyone!

      Its been a while since the last time I hit publish on a post! Hope you have had a lovely and positive week so far. If not, I am sure that things will turn out to be better! You can do it right!

      On coming straight to the blog post here, I am sure that the title must have made you think. There are a lot of contradictory opinions on this topic. Many a people, ok, maybe sometimes, even me, believe that happiness is only possible when things are going right for us. Unless we come across that cloud with a silver lining, we do not truly feel happy from deep within. It is only human to feel this way.

      But, does happiness really depend on money? Can the existence of money in our lives guarantee happiness? 

      If you feel that it does, let me tell you that the most beautiful smile I have ever seen is on the innocent face of a child who knows nothing about money. Reflecting back on my memory of this happy child made me question what I used to believe!

      Sure, money can buy you items that can ensure that you have a wholesome life. It can rarely buy the moments that can make one ecstatic or give one that warm glow of being happy. It can only buy you something that can make someone happy. So if your happiness is gaining money, you can find happiness with money!

      Happiness is an emotion. It is priceless. No amount of money can buy us any happiness. One has to take that one crucial step on the journey to happiness if he or she wants to find any of it on their life path!

      Science and the bestseller, ‘The Secret’, point out that having an attitude to gratitude and positivity help attract the life of our dreams. This shows that embracing positivity and happiness in spite of having even a few reasons to, leads to increased happiness.

      Let’s all have a thankful and a grateful heart for all things that contribute to even a tiny thing in our lives. That way, we will never run out of healthy moments of happiness!

      Here’s some wednesday wisdom on the topic;

      Money can buy you a fine dog but only love can make him wag his tail.

      You aren’t rich unless you have something that money cannot buy.

      I have learnt how much happiness only money can bring you, very little.

      Money can’t buy happiness, neither can poverty. Only a thankful heart can embrace it.

      Money alone can’t buy happiness. It can buy something that brings happiness.

      There is no correlation between happiness and amounts of money.

      Money isn’t everything but happiness is.

      Any thoughts on this topic? Do let me know!
      Have a positive day! Love, Pooja.

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      Hello everybody!

      I love to write. There is something magical about this relaxing process through which one can pen down what one feels. 

      This is precisely why it feels amazing to be liked for doing what you love most! Rishabh has nominated me for the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’. This award has really cheered me up! Thanks a lot for this nomination! 😊

      Rishabh has a lovely and interesting blog set up here and is just starting to review books as well. I look forward to his posts! Do check out his blog!

      Coming back to the awards!

      Here are the rules:

      1. Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link their blog in their post.
      2. They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
      3. Must add 7 facts about themselves.
      4. Nominate 15 people to do the award!

      So here are 7 facts about me:

      1. I love eating sweets. I am a hopeless sweet-tooth! 
      2. I love the smell of new books.
      3. Home is my favourite place to be!
      4. Sometimes I can turn into a couch potato.
      5. I love playing badminton.
      6. My personality type is INFP.
      7. Any sort of news related to science interests me.

      My nominations: 

      I don’t want to break the actual rules but choosing only 15 bloggers from all the lovely bloggers out here is something I really could not do. This is why I wish to nominate every blogger here who wants to participate as I think every one deserves this one! In fact I would love it if every one who reads this post comments on it by stating at least one fact about themselves.

      Looking forward to reading all your interesting replies! 

      Have a fun day! Love, Pooja. 😊

      Hello everybody!

      Just sharing some brief events of yesterday here today! Yesterday was definitely one lovely day out here in Mumbai – especially one worth sharing details about!

      Monsoons have officially started here. It has been really beautiful to see sunlight filtering through the window one second only to be replaced by gray clouds in the next! This weather pattern will now officially continue well into mid-August.

      This is precisely why yesterday night, it felt great to be tucked in into my cosy place after having spent most of the evening waddling through watery roads and streets on the way home from work! And I must add, this was definitely one of life’s little pleasures! 😊

      Yesterday’s enchantment didn’t just end here! It also marked the arrival of a book from one of my favourite authors that I had prebooked earlier. It has been launched on the 29th of May and I am so excited to be having it with me, here, now! It was my special book Thursday! 😃

      It’s titled, ‘Sita – Warrior of Mithila‘. 


      Written by Amish, this book is book number 2 from the Ram Chandra Series. Amish is previously well known for his Shiva trilogy series which had a gripping storyline. 

      These series tell us the story from the Era of Lord Ram. Book 1 of these series was released about more than a year ago which left all the readers on an interesting turn in it’s story almost begging for more! 

      So yesterday night was spent in indulging in the things I love! A rainy day, a cosy reading nook and a lovely book! What else could a girl want? Especially one who loves to read! 😊

      So that’s it regarding yesterday. Today has already arrived and it is meant to be another beautiful day, full of interesting surprises I am sure! Any particular event that made yesterday special for you? Do let me know. Let’s celebrate life’s little pleasures! 😊

      Wish you a beautiful day. Love, Pooja!

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      Hello everyone! 😊

      Feels great to be writing again! This post is going to be a bit different than my previous ones though.

      I haven’t published a post in these few days as something else has been running over in my mind (on repeat mode!). Felt like sharing it with you all here!

      In this era ruled by social media, I have come across a lot of blogging advice when it comes to sharing your blog. Every guide tells you to get it all out there as soon as possible! (If I am reading the right guides, that is!)

      This is definitely an overwhelming situation for a budding blogger who is starting out!  This advice really got me wondering about whether I should have added my blog to social media too since day one. Thanks to this quote below to have added to my confusion!

      Day one or one day! You decide!

      So, I was thinking if it would be a little bit too soon for me, considering my blogging journey, to be adding my blog to Facebook and Instagram. Although, after a fair amount of time spent in weighing the pros and cons, I finally decided to go ahead! I have finally taken the plunge and have created a Facebook page for my blog yesterday.

      Here’s the link – https://www.facebook.com/Life.Rosetinted/

      The page is still in its initial stage but those who are interested in my blog and like reading what I write, please do check it out and follow! I am learning and planning to make it interesting soon enough! 😊

      If you have any information or advice which you think can help me with getting things running smoothly, I am all ears!

      Till then, wish you all a positive and powerful day! Love, Pooja.

       

       

      Hello everyone!

      Just when I hadn’t completely appreciated my nomination for the Awesome Blogger Award, I figured out that I had been nominated for the Leibster award as well! Another feather in my cap! 😃 This is my second award and as a writer, it makes me very happy to be recognised for my writing along my blogging journey! 

      Avid observer has nominated me for this Leibster Award. See the post here. Thank you – for noticing my blog and for nominating me for it. 

      Motivation is a simple word with such an important meaning. A little motivation provided at the right moment can be responsible for completely changing one’s life. This is exactly what Avid observer’s, whatlivingtaughtme, blog does. It motivates! I would highly recommend going through the blog. It’s a lovely blog with creative and motivational posts which never fails to motivate me to write better!

      Now here are the rules:

      1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.

      2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.

      3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.

      4. Nominate 11 blogs.

      5. Notify those blogs about the nomination.

      6. Give them 11 questions to answer.

      Following are the 11 questions asked to me by Avid observer along with my answers!

      1. What is your source for inspiration?

      A. I believe that lasting inspiration comes from what we deeply feel about. Any work done by the application of creativity and uniqueness inspires me. At WordPress, all the wonderful bloggers and their posts literally force me to write and think better with each passing day!

      2. Tell any one of your childhood dream.

      A. My childhood dream was to own and rule a country when I was a child. I had carefully drawn a map and a plan for my country and named it as well! I still have it with me. 😃

      3. A lesson you learned that you can never forget.

      A. I have learnt that anger hurts the person holding it the most and that it is best to forgive people even if you do not receive any apology. Forgive, forget and simply move on.

      4. Tell some of your hobbies other than blogging.

      A. I enjoy reading, drawing & painting. Listening to music is also one of my favourite hobbies. Calligraphy is something else which I love and am looking forward to learning.

      5. Which famous personality you would like to meet from the past?

      A. I would love to meet Mother Teresa in person to know more about her and for her compassionate nature. Albert Einstein is another person whom I would love to meet as he has set some major laws in the field of Science.

      6. A bad habit that you think is really difficult for you to change.

      A. Being organised is a quality that doesn’t come naturally to me as I am a person who functions well in chaos! Lol! I admire people who are organised and I am working on becoming better at it.

      7. A law that you would like to bring in your country if given a chance.

      A. Hmm.. I would wish to have a stricter law passed for the security of all Indian women and their rights. Another alternative would be to assign fixed working hours so as to ensure work-life balance.

      8. Did you ever feel like leaving your profession/passion? Why?

      A. Yes i did. It was due to my complicated work schedule and its impact on my health and work-life balance.

      9. If someone made a movie on you which genre you think it will fall into?

      A. Definitely an Adventure genre.

      10. What can make your day?

      A. Little things. A sweet, flowers, kind words, being appreciated for what I do etc. are enough to make my day!

      11.What advice/warning you would like to give to your younger self; if got a chance?

      A. I would tell my younger self to learn from everything and everyone. To brace herself and to stay strong both physically as well as mentally. 

      Here are 11 random things about me:

      1. Home is my favourite place to be.
      2. I talk to myself sometimes.
      3. I am a pro at sarcasm. 
      4. I do not enjoy travelling a lot.
      5. I do not like to go shopping for hours on end. I finish my shopping in under an hour.
      6. I procrastinate sometimes.
      7. I wished to become a chocolate taster at a chocolate factory.
      8. I used to write lots of poems and letters when I was much younger.
      9. I do not like theatres.
      10. DJ’s or loud noises make me uncomfortable; I am more of a quiet person.
      11. I have been told that I have a great sense of humour.

      My nominations : 

      I personally love so many bloggers but as per the rules I would like to nominate the following blogs. I totally understand if any of you don’t do awards or simply don’t wish to participate. This is just another reminder that I look forward to your blog posts! And that is the whole point behind these awards isn’t it? Anyone who wishes to participate, do join in! I would love to know you better.

      My 11 Questions to them :

      1. What is your biggest achievement so far?
      2. Do you have any fears?
      3. What do you love about your life?
      4. If you could only take three things with you on a trip, which ones would they be?
      5. Would you prefer to meet & chat with an actor or a thinker? Why?
      6. Which is your most valuable strength.
      7. What lifts you up on a bad day?
      8. Why made you start blogging?
      9. Describe your most priceless possession till date.
      10. What makes you happy?
      11. What type of blog posts do you prefer? For eg. Photos, videos, descriptive posts, stories etc?


      That’s all for now! Have an amazing day! Love, Pooja.

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