Do you remember the feeling? Your first few days in a new school ? And the teacher selects you to tell a story to all ? That feeling of being the chosen one ? The new blogger in me is going through the same feeling now!! Thanks a lot Shweta for the nomination. She has a lovely blog โ€œRandom Ramblingsโ€ and runs a six word story prompt every Saturday. Feel free to join in. Please visit her blog, it has interesting short stories ๐Ÿ™‚

This “10 favorite things/ feelings” was started by Xandria. She came across a couple of YouTube videos called โ€œMy Favourite Feelingsโ€ and she loved it. That’s where this tag has come from. I am glad this started because, right now, its giving me good positive vibes thinking of all my favorite things :-). If you are reading this post right now, please go ahead and do this Activity. in your blog. I have very few followers and i want to tag each one of you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Rule : you just need to list your favourite feelings

  1. Time with Family and Friends: As a full time Working software engineer to SAHM, I realize I love spending time with my kids in their growing up years. My mom worked two jobs to make ends meet and though I adore and respect her, I craved for her time with me. Thatโ€™s when probably this thought came up , that when I have kids, by Godโ€™s grace if I am financially secure, I would want to be a full time mom. When my friends want to talk or my mom wants my time, I feel very satisfied to say โ€œ I am all ears, I have all the time, tell me”! People say Iโ€™m a good listener and I can choose to be a counselor. Iโ€™m humbled by such feedback. I love the thought that somewhere I contributed to their peace of mind. I never get bored of listening to people even when they repeat their story twice, i prefer not to point out. Good that its once again out of their mind!
  2. I love to travel : Love to pack my bags and travel. Family trips rejuvenate me! Love to learn different culture, history behind the places, love to try their local food, and to shop till i drop! My dream though is to go to any international destination for a week ….Alone!๐Ÿ˜weird ?
  3. Myself + coffee : Though I am a people person, I love my time alone. My balcony / room with my thoughts and a cup of strong filter coffee is bliss !! It helps to get my thoughts together, to rework on what I want to do and I love to simply stare at nothing!
  4. Writing my journal and now blog: My diary has been my best confidant till date. I love to write. Now with WP I think I am more addicted to this love of mine ๐Ÿ˜Š. All my scattered thoughts gets consolidated and prioritized when i write! I love to handover handwritten letters to people to show my appreciation for what they do. Now with Whatsapp this is decreasing, still i try to drop a note here n there ๐Ÿ˜‰
  5. Art : Sketching/Drawing/Painting/Crafting : Love to sketch/ draw. It feels amazing when what you have in mind comes through on paper . I love craft work. Chocolates and sweets for parties and festivals are all packed in my handmade cardboard boxes. In marriages here, we have a ritual called “Varapooje”, it is to welcome the groom to the wedding. Its become a fancy thing now, to give artistic things to the groom. For example sweets are made into various shapes and arranged beautifully, Dryfruits are also filled in cute decorated boxes etc etc. I usually have at least one entry of my hand made craft, in every family wedding ๐Ÿ™‚
  6. Reading: I feel so much better after I finish each book. If you have the habit of reading, you have a companion for life. Books can never leave you alone. You are the same person you were five years ago, except for the book you read and people you associate ( I cant recollect who said this, This is told with respect to oneโ€™s thinking). I recommend reading for anyone who has not yet made this a habit.
  7. Spending time gardening : This is my stress buster. I have mango , tomatoes, guava , papaya , roses, hibiscus, jasmine dahlia, chrysanthemum, crossandra, greens , ladies finger, ginger radish, carrot and many more . I make compost too from garden waste:-)
  8. Watching Movies: I love fiction and thriller . But can watch almost any movie ! I cannot watch horror and I cannot watch movies with violence and Ghori torture scenes. Thats it! Any new movie, by a new team, (even with an average review, )but good content…. i go and watch! :-)I proudly feel its my contribution to encourage the new team ๐Ÿ™‚
  9. Listening to Good Music: Can listen to anything from classical MS Subbulakshmi to rock ! Depends on my mood
  10. Heavenly taste of Belgian Chocolate Truffle : Just to include this i combined crafting and drawing into ART. so that i can finish at 10! My all time favourite. I used to run a franchise of a bakery chain and chocolate truffle pieces, would never go waste ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ

I need to tag my friends to take up this challenge. Most of you have already done it ๐Ÿ™‚ I tag my first blogger friend Aswathy, and anyone reading this post and havent done this , to take it up. I have very few friends here and i nominate each one of you

Thank you for reading . Would love your feedback. ๐Ÿ™‚

-Happy Soul

54 thoughts on “10 of my favorite things

  1. We have got a lot in common. I love reading too. Blogging is a passion indeed. You have got quite the talent when it comes to arts. I loved the photos. Your garden looks beautiful โฃ๏ธ. I really enjoyed reading this post ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Thank you very much Shweta… I also related to your entry of โ€œI love the smell of books โ€œ.From my childhood , the smell of freshly printed textbooks and notebooks at the start of academic year ๐Ÿ™‚ … I used to love it! I would finish reading stories in English textbooks well in advance ..
      I loved watching these patterns on windows too .. when it rains .. your post brought back many sweet memories !and the mango milk shake too! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ™Œ

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      1. Ohh I used to love it too. The best part about a new academic year was that I’ll get new stories to read!
        Glad to know that my post brought back many found memories. โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—

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    1. Thank you so much Anisha โค๏ธEach of them has a small story .. the first one for example , was for a groom who is a state level badminton player. I placed sweet packets throughout the border to look like seats around the court.
      Have you done this list ? I checked your blog couldnโ€™t find it . Would love to read yours ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. That’s so interesting. Keep up this great hobby!

        I’ve been nominated by two bloggers for this tag, and I’m yet to write the response. I’ll publish it this month. โ˜บ

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      1. I saw that reply later โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘

        Good I liked the work n the pay. ๐Ÿ˜ŠBad because of the distance from my place n horrible Bangalore traffic and unreasonable timings of work and not so good manager. So it became stressful

        What do you do?

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      2. What kind of work did you do exactly?
        Unreasonable timings? Wasn’t it a typical a 9 to 5 kind of thing? From what I have heard, managers are always like that. ๐Ÿ˜‚

        I am a student.

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      3. Testing, quality assurance and pre release validation n deployment of the software product.

        No way 9 to 5 as we had to cope with German and US time zones.. the company is heavily process driven. That the actual work, reporting meetings etc takes high priority.

        Yeah managers are like that.. but I was used to a manager for 6 years and so I knew things can be done differently. The next manager was not so good and my personal work life balance got affected a lot. I couldnโ€™t handle the pressure well then. So I quit.

        Student? What stream ?

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      4. That’s cool!!

        Ohh! So your company must have been a multinational one, I guess. These meetings and work and all takes a toll, doesn’t it?

        It depends on the manager, I guess. How he/she manages others and get the best out of them. How was it like after quitting? Did you regret it? You could have tried for other jobs. Did you think about that? And sorry if I am going too personal. You may not answer if you don’t want to.

        Engineering. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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      5. Meetings and reporting as a team lead was tough. My hubby told I did too much, was taking more than required but I guess I dint realise the stress I was in. And 2009 became a hectic year and I chose to quit.

        Oh yes it depends a lot on the manager. My first manager was awesome.

        I dint regret quitting. Had thought over it and was mentally prepared. (Both my parents and in-laws worked till retirement, thatโ€™s my background) I shifted to a smaller company near home and worked for a year more. But got into a few health challenges too and I felt it was not worth it. Quit again.

        Just last year, for a few months I felt I should have thought of joining back about 5 years later. 10 years is too big a break. But no regrets as such as I was occupied in one way or the other. And next I plan to take up some voluntary work like teaching.

        Wow Engineer too .. which stream. I was in electronics and I actually found everything interesting except antennas . I passed on the dot!

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      6. 2009? That’s 11 years back! Wow!

        Oh! Health above everything else. No compromise on that.

        10 years is too big a break? Is it? You can always start working again if you are really interested and you really want it, I think. Definitely it will take some time to get back in groove but, with a positive mindset it’s possible. Voluntary work sounds good. My best wishes to you. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜Š

        Well, I am in IT. I am not really interested but, I am doing it anyway.

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      7. 10 years is huge! I need to upskill a lot to get back to work and anyday, freshers are preferred over people with breaks. I myself hired freshers as they bring in a lot of zeal n freshness to the team dynamics. Itโ€™s easier to train them than make an experienced person unlearn n relearn.. I agree there should be a balance, and the team needs both types… but this is how generally the preference goes.

        I am trying to upgrade with latest testing tools etc and there are sites for freelancing. Want to give that a serious try a few months later. Now with covid, freelance has taken a major blow.

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      8. Cool. Things become tough for you now, don’t they? You ever thought of starting your own company or something like that?

        So what are you going for in latest tools? What do you have in mind?


      9. Oh yes .. I have a DIN number ๐Ÿ˜„.. but by the time we did anything with our idea, it became old n stale. Right now dissolving that company

        Another try was this cake shop franchise which I have zero regrets and quite satisfied with whatever happened.

        โ€œAWSโ€™… itโ€™s sort of trending .. requires a lot of learning and getting certification is tough! But wanna give a shot.
        In testing just updating myself with latest tools and methodologies.. gosh even in a simple Selenium tool so much has changed ๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™€๏ธ

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      10. What was the idea?

        A cake shop franchise! ๐Ÿ˜ I guess you must have a sweet tooth. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

        Yes, it is trending these days. Cloud computing, data science, ML/AI, etc. are all trending these days. All the best for whatever you decide to pursue.
        It’s 10 years… Things must have changed a lot.

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      11. Digitising medical records.

        Ha ha no! Not much. But wanted to try a business with less investment and good repute. Franchising was the best option.

        Thanks Harsh! 10 years I have changed a lot personally too. Lost touch. Canโ€™t grasp things as fast ๐Ÿ˜‚lets see how it goes.

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      12. Franchising is the best option? Really? Any tips on how to choose which franchise to take up and how to proceed?

        A lot of things changed in 10 years. More work and responsibilities now as well. Well, I hope you do well in whatever you pursue. Wish you luck. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      13. Branding, details of books etc, who is the main investor cost of franchise deposit, place selection of the store, returns, expected break even, training given all these play a major role . Our branding fee was not very high, so we saw profits soon.

        But ultimately we need to push n go for it.. there will be a learning curve but thatโ€™s how it works!

        Thank you Harsh, best wishes for you too. Just push on with Engineering after few years of working you will get exposed to a lot of options, if you keep looking.

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      14. Wow! That’s a lot of things to take care of. Thank you for sharing this!

        That’s definitely true! We learn as we move ahead with it.

        Thank you! I don’t know what I’ll do after this. Let’s see what happens.

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      15. I was leaning over literature or psychology. I really wanted to do one of those. But no one really asked me what I wanted to do.

        Doctor doesn’t get quick money. But can get great amount of money in the long term. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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      16. Psychology interests me too.. yaa that happens right… sometimes we are forced upon some choices intentionally or unintentionally.. the answer to โ€œwhat do you want to beโ€ is not convincing for others from their point of view..
        and we are too โ€œyoungโ€ to see the big picture. I really feel so from my past experience.

        I wanted to be a doctor .. but I knew it was a tough choice.. for the money and time it takes.. so I chose engineering. As you said once established itโ€™s big money .. but I couldnโ€™t wait till then!

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      17. Sometimes? I am forced every time. From selecting science after 10th to selecting engineering after 12th and I don’t know what the future holds, no one cares to listen. You just do what they want you to do. We may be young but, we are not stupid. We too understand things. We can make our own decisions. They just don’t let us.

        That’s true. A lot of time and money goes into being a doctor. You struggle till you get established.

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      18. Thatโ€™s the sad state many times. Our parents donโ€™t realise that we too are big enough to chose what we want. Even now as a parent myself, my dad tries to push in his thoughts on what I should do for my kids.

        Iโ€™m trying hard to not force my decisions on my kids. Simple thing as learning music for example .. it was a dream unfulfilled for me. I wish my mom had given a slight push when I got lazy. So I try to patch that up now with my daughter. Which I should not be doing!
        But with her career I hope I will just be a support and allow her to pursue any career path.

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      19. Exactly!! They are not ready for change or they don’t trust what they don’t know… I don’t know what the problem is…

        I sincerely hope you don’t do something like that. It’s okay if you make her aware about different things but, at least listen to her, what she has to say.

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