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My Kind of October #GratitudeCircleBloghop

My Kind of October #GratitudeCircleBloghop
October is generally a very pleasant month. It was the beginning of many beautiful journeys and the holidays made this month extremely adorable. The colorful, enigmatic and Powerful Lakshmi, Saraswathi and Durga Maa brought smiles and blessings this month. This joyous month is the best festive season celebrated with so much gust all over India. 


For me, October was an amazing month in itself. With birthdays of loved ones came unknown surprises overloading my month with delightful moments. Right from the beginning, October has been kind enough to me to call it the best month in so long. I was so drenched in October that it had to be Diwali to wake me up and get things done.

I can go on and on about October because it was a month to cherish. Since I don’t want to overdo it, I decided to get into the specifics of it. Even though I am posting this after Diwali, will share those dhamakas in next month’s gratitude post.

Ilakkiya

My darling daughter is now 17 months old. Days and months are running so fast than I could really imagine it. Ilakkiya took her first flight this October. She has already enjoyed her train journey and road trips, but I was worried about how will her reaction be in the entire trip. Thought it was a matter of 35 minutes, I read so much about travel with a kid for almost a week before the travel. I did everything to tire her, so that she could sleep, but she was active than I expected. New place, new surroundings and of course, so many people around her – enough to keep her smiling and babbling all the way. She wanted me to let her walk about in the flight. I got the window seat and for once I was bothered by it. I wasn’t willing to let her down nor was she interested in watching the dark night with beautiful lights. After all, I needed a distraction. You know what it was, Pomegranate. Yes, those tiny pearls can keep her busy for 10 minutes. That’s exactly the time we traveled in the sky. She sat compactly in the luggage trolley and I found her so cute. Okay, I really didn’t remember to click a photo. I just admired her and knew there are many travels ahead and will click her during one of them.

Just like many previous months, I started this October at Mom’s. Baby girl had a vaccine early this month. She had a mild fever, but after the vaccine she didn’t talk with the doctor. She had another little companion and spent her waiting time playing with her. It was lovely to see them playing together. I love it when my daughter is not fussy about toys and plays along with other children. 

As much as I wanted to take her on all days of Navrathri, I couldn’t do it this time. I enjoyed watching her eat puffed rice straight out of the banana leaf. She joined me in my venture to a temple near home and loved walking inside it. She always wanted to sit down a bit by the end of the rounds and then she kneels down and bows before the God. That’s adorable and I just watch her do it with so much sincerity. I would just want to pick her and kiss her. 


Family

I am blessed and I can never do without them. I was a very reserved person with family during my school and college days. I am glad I opened up to them later and happy for the situations that made me so. Though I regret some of my early life decisions, I am truly happy to have such supportive parents and a darling sister. They have been my shoulder to cry in my toughest times. As much as they have shared their thoughts about my mistakes, they have also encouraged me to move forward and be ME all over again.

I am also learning to make peace with many mistakes of mine and others. So, this is a new phase where I am in a position to understand that everyone makes mistakes. It is important to convey our disappointments as suggestions and with respect so that it helps make the relationship better. I am learning to put myself in their situation, even though I know I wouldn’t do something like that. It breaks my ego and helps me find a solution which I otherwise worry about and complaint.


Writing and Reading

I wrote two posts on the blog. Though I had planned 5 for the month, I only accomplished two. I am glad I wrote those two apart from my September Gratitude List. I must say I learn a lot while I write my posts. I also took a lovely break from Social Media last month. I will tell you why soon! I did a little bit of reading. Overall, my writing, reading and Social Media was very limited in October.

Since I was in Bangalore for a week, I had a lovely time reading Children of India by Ruskin Bond. I cherished what I read. Though I completed the book only during early November, I read those stories in the calmness of the room in Bangalore. Those sent me back to sweet memories of Bond’s early days.



Parenting

With Ilakkiya growing day by day, it seems like I need deep reserves of Patience, quick paces and eyes on all sides. She is a curious little girl who wants to know everything and follows everything we do. The other day I was doing my breathing exercise with eyes closed while the little one was turning side to side. When I opened my eyes and looked at her, she was busy doing Pranayam herself! πŸ™‚ So, as much as I am worried about her, I am also getting this awareness of what I say and what I do. It’s like someone is watching you all the time! Definitely my screen time is reduced a great deal and I am glad about it. I have finally realized that these are my moments to cherish with her and even though I get too bored when I spend a whole day with her, the next day is all new and I am happy to switch my routine in a better way.

Work

Slowly, I am working on small projects with care. I am not bothered about how many projects I have in hand. It is about how much effort I put into what I have and how to make it better. Slowly, I am understanding what it means to DO YOUR WORK.

Love

I couldn’t wait to type this. Still, I saved the best for the last. The Husband was here and we spent two weeks together! It is still like a dream. One week in Chennai and one week in Bangalore. Wow, it was like a dream come true. I planned so much for his birthday this year from the beginning, but he traveled right after our second anniversary and my plans never mattered to me after that. At last, to my surprise, we spent his birthday at an unbelievably calm place with good food and much longed family time. For this, I feel blessed.

Though, he had told me he would visit home soon, I did not believe it. New project and confusions go hand in hand. Project people decisions and decisions from the company ought to be similar for the travel to happen. After lots of workarounds, I am glad that travel resolved a couple of their issues. I couldn’t deny the fact that I missed him a lot. We spent time in Bangalore like we haven’t spent time in two years. I must agree this was such a nice time spent together. 


Travel and Friends

Bangalore Days!


The time I spent in Bangalore could carry me happily into the next year. I met with friends after ages. I met three darlings who grew to become my sweethearts all along the way.
They are my happy people. My college buddy, my office buddy and my pregnancy buddy. What more could I ask for. I wasn’t able to meet a couple of other pals, due to shortage of time. I am sure time will come when I could meet them too. After enjoying the time in Bangalore, I really didn’t want the trip to end. I sat puppy faced and ready to cry, but we knew we had to move on. A few more months and we will be together. Sometimes we need to put our priorities as an individual and a parent too. He waved us off at the airport and he boarded the flight after we reached Chennai. 

While I landed, I was mesmerized by Chennai’s beauty and I was glad I was home. One reason why I looked forward to travelling back home was the Johnson’s Cafe meet. I got the news while I was in Bangalore. I was not very sure I wanted to go, but glad I met them all. Read about my meet here

So, once again I can say that October was such a lovely month that I can cherish the coming months just by its memories. You all must be deeply busy in November already, so let me catch up with your Octobers now.


Happy Happy November guys.

Joining Vidya Sury’s Gratitude Circle.

Jayanthy Govindarajan

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