Charan's World

Motherhood, Makeup, Food, Books & Planner. Need I say more.

Latest Posts

Gratitude Challenge Week 34

Week 34 topic is Things you like about fall.

I do love fall because it is perfect to the extreme between summer and winter. Sometimes summer gets too hot and winter too cold. Whereas Fall is just perfect with just a cool weather and drizzling rain. The changing colors of the leaves make me feel calm and relaxed. With the reopening of schools, I find more time to get together with friends for lunch where we can have ladies only time, gossiping, eating, shopping, etc. I love spending time with my friends and lets not forget the sale of summer clothes on Fall . I usually stock up for the next summer especially my daughter’s clothes. I love the smell of drizzling rain not the pouring rain. Yes, I am looking forward to fall. Are you?

It's only fair to share...Share on StumbleUponTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someoneShare on FacebookPin on Pinterest

Gratitude Challenge Week 33

Week 32 topic is something you look forward to.

The one I can think of is Travel. I am definitely looking forward to travel all the places in my Wish List . We love travelling and I really want to see lot of new places. I love watching their culture and eating their food. My personal preference would be a relaxing vacation but it is absolutely impossible to see all the things you want to see and have a relaxing holiday. So most of the time I end up being cranky with lack of sleep and tired from going around a lot but I still love travelling. I am definitely grateful that we could travel to places I wanted to see.

It's only fair to share...Share on StumbleUponTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someoneShare on FacebookPin on Pinterest

Month of July

It was super busy July since I was commited to finish the July Camp NaNoMoWri. If you are wondering what that is, it is a novel-writing project and I did explain about it in my previous posts. I didn’t think it would be stressful but it was. I thought it would be very easy since I researched about it and read some books on writing. I took a lot of notes by the end of June and I was ready for this project.

I just didn’t realize how limited my vocabulary was. I was struggling to finish my first chapter. Though I had my story outline, words didn’t flow through easily. The stories turned depending on my mood that day so the ending was different as well. For the first few days, I pledged my word count to 20,000 but I soon realized that it was not going to happen. So I started small, about 10,000 words  and I think I made the right choice. It was impossible to write on weekends because we were so busy and with a preschooler screaming around the house, it was impossible to concentrate and write.

By Day 12, I was having panic attracts because words just failed me. I felt like I was repeating the words again and again. Most of the time, I felt like I was writing an essay but I guess this is my learning process. I still don’t know if I will ever try again because I realized that I am not much of a story-teller or have good imagination. But somehow I forced myself to finish it the novel.

I have finished my first draft in 26 days and then I crashed. I felt like I never wanted to see that story again because I feel bad about it. It needs lots of drafting  and I wonder if I will ever be confident enough to give my novel to someone so that they can give feedback. I am super scared and I know that it is bad  . I am going to give myself a break for 2 weeks or so and then do the second drafting with fresh mind and eyes. Maybe I could make it readable .

I am trying to get back to my routine in the blog but I am being extremely lazy these days. I am back on the health kick again after about 2 months or so. I have made some changes to our lifestyle. I have stopped buying the packaged or frozen stuffs and started cooking a lot. Eating healthy and keeping eye on the calories is taking a huge toll on me. I am forever hungry and angry  . But I need to suck it up if I need to make some changes in my life. And I do fitness at least twice a week and stop eating junky snacks and believe me that is difficult.

The minute you decide that you are going to stop eating sugar, your body starts craving for it. If you go out, all the desserts miraculously seems to be in front of you and then you talk yourself out of it. Then you attend a get together and what do they have? Cake, of course  and then you tell yourself that you will have just a small piece of cake. But when the first spoon goes into your mouth, your taste buds explodes and you crave more. And that is how you end up pigging yourself with sugar after being good for a week .

I seriously need to be very good about losing weight and control my sugar craving. And September and October is going to be busy because we have family coming over. I really need to be consistent about posting in my blog and I hoping that I will. How was your July, readers? Anything interesting?

It's only fair to share...Share on StumbleUponTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someoneShare on FacebookPin on Pinterest

Gratitude Challenge Week 32

Week 32 topic is A city you’ve visited.

We love travelling and we have been to many places but the city which was fascinating to me was Rome. It has so much history in them. I loved researching about all those architectures. And the main highlight was Vatican City. I loved the architecture and the history behind it. We took a guided tour inside the Vatican and that was the best thing we did because the story told by them was really fascinating. The beautiful altar and bloodied cloth worn by Jesus were totally fascinating. They had the statues of all the Popes and the story for each of them were interesting.

And let’s not forget the food . I still remember the Eggplant Pizza which was amazing and Gelato (Sorbet), they had so many flavors and there is a gelato shop in every street and they were seriously amazing. I think this is one city I really want to visit again.

It's only fair to share...Share on StumbleUponTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someoneShare on FacebookPin on Pinterest

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.

It's only fair to share...Share on StumbleUponTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someoneShare on FacebookPin on Pinterest

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.

It's only fair to share...Share on StumbleUponTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someoneShare on FacebookPin on Pinterest

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.

It's only fair to share...Share on StumbleUponTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someoneShare on FacebookPin on Pinterest

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 you, 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.

It's only fair to share...Share on StumbleUponTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someoneShare on FacebookPin on Pinterest

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.
It's only fair to share...Share on StumbleUponTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someoneShare on FacebookPin on Pinterest
Skip to toolbar