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Gratitude Challenge Week 31

Week 31 topic is Core Value.

At first I didn’t know what it meant but then I researched about it and here it goes. These core values defines who I am.

  • honesty
  • appreciation
  • genuineness
  • loyalty
  • reliability
  • compassion
  • friendship
  • intuition
  • empathy
  • family
  • fun
  • trust

That’s a lot of words. And for the people who knows me, Can you think of any more values you see in me? Because I can’t think of anything else.

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Gratitude Challenge Week 30

Week 30 topic is Your Current Age.

Aren’t we suppose to keep our Age a secret? Well, Let’s just say I celebrated my 29th birthday for the 6th time this year. Can’t believe that life flew by so quickly. I am grateful to be in this place in my life. I have my friends, hubby, daughter and family. Life is good. I am grateful for what life has brought me.

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Gratitude Challenge Week 28

Week 28 topic is Your Past.

I don’t know how to take this topic. I am grateful for some things from my past but some times I do feel that I have made the wrong choices in my past too. I was mostly a normal teenager who didn’t know what she wanted to do in her life. I choose my subject in college just because the subject I wanted wasn’t available in that college. I just remember my teen years in haze. I seriously don’t know what I was thinking then. I wasn’t a fan of school and college because I was really bad at memorization.

And Let’s not forget the pressure by parents to get good grades in school and of course tuition . Man, I don’t think anybody in India enjoyed their teen years. I just wish I had more options on the subject I chose. I think everyone regrets something in their past, don’t they? I also feel that maybe I could have been more confident in my “younger” days  .

But I am grateful for all the people I met because of my past. I won’t change my friends for anything.

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Camp NaNoWriMo

As I told you all before, I have joined the camp NaNoWriMo for the month of July. I have pledged to write a novel of about 20,000. At first I didn’t realize how long it was going to be. I just thought 20,000 is not a bad idea for a short novel. I had researched about the writing and I had plans. I had plots, character analysis and everything. I was ready.

Day 1 – I did good till about 200 words and I was like how should I describe the scene. All I had was a concept and to write about just one scene in one chapter takes lots of imagination and lot of creativity. I got scared, seriously scared. Will I be able to do it?

Day 2 – I was super tired because of the heat and words just fail me. I started having doubts but I am going to try my best.

I just want to finish my novel. I can always change the word count to 10,000 and that won’t be bad. I think this one is going to be a very short story. I need a thesaurus, AC ( It is super hot in Seattle, touching 91 degrees ) and some peace & quiet (I am looking at your kitties). Hopefully after this long weekend I will be back to my writing. I am planning to take a notebook with me during this weekend so that whenever I get time, I could just start writing my novel.

I have been using the Word Online to write the story and it automatically stores in Dropbox which is very convenient. This long weekend is going to be super busy for me since we have plans for everyday. I think I am going to be super tired by the end of the day. I am hoping that I will get back to my writing on Monday.

On another note, I think I get obsessed about some things and I keep buying them. I can’t seem to stop. It started with handbags, makeup, then planner and now handbags again. How do I get rid of this obsessive buying?. I really need to stop. If I continue this my house will be like a hoarders’ house. And I also can’t get rid of stuffs. I tried giving away the handbags I am not using but I just couldn’t do it. I really couldn’t. Wish I get this obsessive about writing novel 

Wish me luck, readers, so that I can finish my novel.

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Gratitude Challenge Week 27

Week 27 topic is Favorite Spot in your city.

I have lot of favorite spots in Seattle and It might not be your regular tourist spots . I am really grateful for this city in introducing me to all the better things in life.

  • Pike’s Place Market. I love walking in the market and looking at what the vendors have. My favorite place to visit is Piroshky . it is a Russian bakery which sells the puff pastries with both savory and sweet filling.
  • Discovery Park. Amazing views if you walk in the trail.
  • Micheals & Joanns – Somehow I always end up in these shops. Though I don’t buy a lot, I just love looking at the arts and crafts shop.
  • Uwajimaya & Central Market – I love these Asian Markets. Thought I can’t read their languages, I just love looking at all the aisles and lets not forget their yummy steamy cheese cake , soft and full of calories . I had to have this whenever I visit these shops.
  • Madison Park. Beautiful area with kids playground and a sandy beach for the kids.
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Changes in Summer 2015

Summer is getting hotter and hotter in Seattle. It’s 75 degrees and I am feeling so hot sitting at home. I thinking I am having a writer’s block since I just don’t feel like writing anything, words just fail me. But I do want to continue with my blog. I do like blogging and wish I have more things to talk about. Life is certainly getting interesting this summer.

I got a new fitness tracker. After using my Polar Loop for almost 18 months, I think I needed a change. I always had my eye on the fitbit and finally I got my hands on the Fitbit Charge HR with the heart rate monitor in the watch. It certainly looks cute enough  and I am in love with the fitbit app. I love that they give you badges if you finish a goal. So it’s like a game, you just want to keep getting more badges. I love the plum color and the display screen. I will do a detailed review soon. It’s been a week and I already love it.

The next change is my obsession which is the planner and planner accessories. I have the feeling that I end up getting lot of planner stuffs but I don’t have the creative mind to know how to use them. I think I have spent a lot of money on the accessories (LOT) and I want to do something about it. So I decided to do some thing creative. I have started to do some water coloring. It’s been ages since I tried my hands on sketching and colors and It is definitely not like riding a bicycle. I had to learn lot of things again. But I am enjoying doing this.

My final and most important change is that I have joined the NaNoWriMo which is National Novel Writing Month which happens in November and they are having a July NaNoWriMo challenge and I have decided to join it. After some encouragement from my friends, I have decided to give it a try. I chose this July contest because I can choose how many words I can write. I am totally terrified. I have researched for months about writing and decided to give it a try. I don’t know how I am going to do but this is a good platform for all the newbie writers. I just want to know if I can do it. Who knows, I could be the worst writer ever but I still want to try it to see if I am any good.

This July contest I have chosen a Novella, Fiction and about 20,000 words and that is my aim. But let’s see how it goes. I think I am going to be stressed out by the end of July. I will definitely tell you all about my experience about the this.

 What are your plans, readers? Any thing interesting?

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Gratitude Challenge Week 26

Week 26 topic is Someone you got to meet.

I have a long list of people I want to meet and have a conversation with. I find all of them interesting and fascinating.

Christine Feehan – My first paranormal author. I would love to chat about her imagination process, how she shapes her characters.

J. D. Robb – I want to talk to her about the dynamics of Eve and Roarke.

Sarah Wildon – I Quit Sugar author. I would love to talk to her, ask her about her journey.

Devdutt Pattanaik – I would love to talk to him about our Hindu Mythology. I think he will be a fascinating person.

Amish Tripathi – Author of Immortals of Meluha. I want to ask him about how he did his character analysis. I love his characters.

Dalai Lama – I want to meet him just to find out if he is genuinely a nice person .

Barack Obama – I want to ask him about how he makes a difficult decisions for the country. I know that he has lots of advisers but does he listen to what his guts tell him to do or does he listen to the advisers.

What about you readers? Do you have any interesting person that you got to meet?

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Barry M Lipstick in TMLP 306

Barry M is an UK brand and one of the things I miss about living in Dublin. I love their pigments and their colors are quite beautiful. I had this lipstick for more than a year and this is one of my favorite lipstick ever. I have a list of things to get in UK and this was in my list for a long time. I got this in the Dubai Airport in Boots (Man, I miss that shop) for about $9. I know that is little bit on the expensive side but I really REALLY wanted it. When I first saw this in Boots, I couldn’t control this stupid smile on my face  and then I heard ting , Didn’t I have this in my list? And so of course, I HAD to get it, right?

This, my readers, is the Touch of Magic by Barry M where it looks like a green lipstick but it applies pink in your lips and it changes color according to the pH of your lips. I had a similar lipstick during my college days where in the tube it looked like a translucent yellow and it applies pink on your lips. I used it all the time and when I moved to Dublin, I completely forgot about it since I haven’t seen something like this in that country. But when I saw this advertisement of Barry M, I had to have this.

The formula is like applying a tinted lip balm, not like the Burt’s Bee one but more like a Revlon Lip Butter. When you apply it, it looks like a very light tinted lip balm but within 5 minutes it gets darker and I think it is one of the lipstick which suits my skin tone. It stains your lips and the stain stays for a long time. It makes my face looks brighter and looks fresh. It is best for those days where you don’t want to apply lipstick. I also found that if I apply my Rimmel Kate Lipstick in 17 which is a pale peach on top of this, it give out this beautiful apricot color which actually suits my skin tone.

Though, I LOVE this lipstick, I use them sparingly because I cannot get this in USA. I cannot think of any CON for this lipstick.  I think this is a must have in your makeup collection. At least for me, this is definitely a must in my makeup bag. What do you think? Do you have any lipstick that you can’t live without?

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Gratitude Challenge Week 25

Week 25 topic is Education.

I am definitely grateful for my Education. Education plays an important part in our Asian Indian Culture and every child is brought up to believe that with Education you can achieve anything.

I am grateful for my parents that they were able to spend for my education. I know that I am not using that education right now but I am still grateful for the education I had. I have seen a lot of illiteracy in India for me to be grateful for my parents.

You don’t realize how many Americans are struggling to pay for their education and they are striving hard to pay their student loans after their education. They work part time when they study and goes through lot of hardship to get their degrees. I am extremely grateful that I don’t have any student loans to pay back. I am also grateful for my hubby who supported me when I was studying in Dublin. I used up all my saving money for the college and I am grateful that he was very encouraging to go back to college when I had many doubts.

Remember Education always helps in your life. Very few people succeed in life without education.

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