Fortunate that I am writing this

Since my niece was born on this day three years ago today, the new year celebrations have been quite unfamiliar for us. The whole world celebrates along with us as she grows a year old, every year. Or so we have convinced her and her parents. This year is no different, albeit a tad muted. But still, …

It has been the third day in a row today that I decided to sleep early, get back to routine and failed. I just can’t stop myself from doing what I am doing at my system. Until last week, I used to lay down onto my bed with my Kindle and was sound sleep at the same time every time. That hasn’t been …

I decided against replacing my theme with something entirely new. I have too many custom components baked in currently that I don’t have time to replicate afresh. Plus, all the feedback from folks helped me convince myself that what I have is good enough. But, I have refreshed a few aspects in the …

An inner monologue around my site’s theme to follow. I have grown bored by looking at my current theme. Not that I don’t like it, it just needs a reset. This has been how the site looks for a couple of years now. It looks so bland. Not playful. Not personal. There is no character. Over the …

Oh, I have a profile on omg.lol. To be frank, that’s neither OMG, nor LOL. I did manage to not subscribe during all the giveaways. But I like the fun element. Always. So I had to. Also, I blame @maique 🙃

A minor upgrade to the Posts Stats plug-in – the numbers are displayed with commas now, grouped on thousands. Without this, the larger numbers were annoying to watch. Anyway, that’s that. PS: I still haven’t found out a way to include config for disabling menu item.

I didn’t realize that the repository for Micro.Threads was private till now. No idea why I kept it so. Well, I made it public today. You can check out the code on GitHub, if interested. This small utility continues to help me every day to discover new conversations and users.

I tried to watch Red Notice today. I couldn’t beyond an hour or so - it’s such a terrible movie.

I like to remind myself about the number of words that I’ve written on my blog. Well, now I do, through my Archive page. It’s auto-generated, refreshed every time I publish. And if you host with Micro.blog, you can achieve the same with this plugin. It’s basic, but works.

Remember that you’ve been doing research your whole life, merely by existing. You are the only expert in your own experience. Embrace this as your supreme qualification. Source: How To Write by Elizabeth Gilbert

Christmas, the last festival for our family in the season of festivities. Commercialised are the celebrations here in India. Never are for us. Lots of joy, with family - that’s the spirit we celebrate with. Merry Christmas to one and all! 🎄

Being surrounded by all the festive sales and offers for the past four months, it’s been absolutely exhausting to not fall for any unnecessary purchases. Especially difficult given that I look at them through the screen of this two year old smartphone. Sigh! 1-2-3 Breathe-in …

I’m finding it a lot hard recently to focus on any form of writing. I’m making it unnecessarily difficult. In the push to write good, thought out posts, I am not writing anything at all. Thoughts, they are abundant. I need to make sure I unburdened the mind of them, in time.

I find it so difficult to stick to a routine, especially a daily one. Whenever I make my mind to try doing something daily, it’s as if the whole universe gets down to foil my resolve. I need to get better at it.

“If you don’t have time to do it right, you’re unlikely to have time to do it over,” reminds Seth Godin. Simple, yet so poignant. I wish I could live my life being aware of this somewhere at the back of mind. It’s not the most efficient way to get the results every time. Being cognisant however that …

With another tumultuous year coming closer to end, it was time to start reflecting back. As I did last year, my Now page is the best place to start. I updated it one last time this year. Over to review how I spent the year, always wonderful to read the strikethrough entries.

I recently got nostalgic and got my daughter a new toy I played with as a child. As is her habit, she became curious and began asking questions on how it works. She did find out, and of course, decided to make a video of it. So, a new video premiered today.

I watched Incredibles 2 recently for the second time. I liked it a lot better on repeat viewing than I did the first time. Perhaps I just had too many expectatios from the sequel to one of my favorite Pixar movies. It’s fun, kept me at the edge of my seat throughout. 🎥

To everything that we do, there is always something we haven’t. Time is like a balancing scale. When balanced, more things are not on it than there are. When I recently wrote this, I had no idea it’s going to only go downhill. There are a lot many things off the scale now.

I love emails, sending and receiving them. In today’s world of social timelines where you shout into a void and expect an echo back, the medium of email feels a lot more personal. Drafting a long email to a friend today reminded me of the time when I wrote letters to my family, a few pages long. …

I watched the pilot for Superstore today. Looks to be a fun, feel-good show. Need such shows to wind down the hectic days with. 🎥

It was around three years ago that I had recorded the first episode of a microcast. Now that I am back on the premium plan on Micro.blog, do I want to record and hear my voice again? More than that, can I keep up? Nope, I hear?

Every time I feel agitated or uncomfortable or frustrated, I pause and go on with my 5-deep-breaths routine. I have been doing this a lot lately. Such have been the days.

Managing unreasonable expectations from time

Why is it so tiring to stay positive? Or to keep oneself motivated at times? It happens more so when I expect a lot in return from the time at hand. Why do I do that? A reminder to self. Time is not something I have. Time is something I am. Burdening it with unreasonable expectations is not …

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