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Collecting Smiles, Inspiring Happiness
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New! 4 Reasons Every Stay-At-Home Parent Deserves An Award: Ironic that when you ask a child whose mom or dad who is a stay-at-home parent does not go out to work “what does your mom/dad do?”, the child answers, “my mom/dad does not have a job”. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Let’s admit one thing: raising children is kind of a job. Of course, it is the most important job a parent can have. You are responsible for not only their care, but you are also responsible for integrating them into adult society. You have to teach them the basics of living: using a fork, tying their shoes, staying away from skunks. We do not realize it at the time we are doing these things, but these activities are work. It takes tremendous patience and effort to raise children, so much so that it truly is far more stressful than holding down a full-time job. Parents who work a full time job have it just a tiny bit easier. Sure they worry about what’s happening with their kids but they are out of the house for eight to ten hours of the day, giving them a break from their children. Stay-at-home parents do not have this luxury. […] The post 4 Reasons Every Stay-At-Home Parent Deserves An Award appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles.
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Ironic that when you ask a child whose mom or dad who is a stay-at-home parent does not go out to work “what does your mom/dad do?”, the child answers, “my mom/dad does not have a job”. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Let’s admit one thing:…
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New! Have You Found Your Sanctuary Yet?: “Within yourself is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” Herman Hesse I love the word “sanctuary”. Sanctuary describes a cozy and comfortable place where we can go, relax, ditching our stress and other daily annoying stuff that upset our inner balance – a place where we can breathe in peace and center ourselves. A place that feels like “home” you know. Rather like Sheldon’s spot. I have mine at home—it feels just right when I sit there. But that’s not the place—or space—I am referring to now. I am talking about that space within us which we can access when we need it—24 x 7—wherever we are at that moment and whatever we might be doing. Have you ever experienced that feeling of being in a place that makes you feel absolutely safe—where you feel completely at peace with yourself? A space that calls for focus within rather than outside of ourselves. During my childhood, my Mom taught me a strategy to find that happy space within me. She said: think of three/five things or events that always make you feel happy, no matter what. Write these down. Why write? […] The post Have You Found Your Sanctuary Yet? appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles.
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Have You Found Your Sanctuary Yet? #WednesdayWisdom #Mindfulness

“Within yourself is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you canretreat at any time and be yourself.” Herman Hesse I love the word “sanctuary”. Sanctuary describes a cozy and comfortable place where we can go, relax, ditching our stress and other daily…
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New! Five Tips to Plan The Perfect Party: There used to be a time when it seemed like life was one long party after another. I guess it can seem like that when you live in a joint family– grandma, uncles, aunts, my mom and I, and constantly visiting cousins and house guests almost the year around. People would simply land up and blend in. Sometimes 20 of us would sit down to a meal and of course, my grandma would ensure there was a three-course menu with dessert. I wonder how they managed and don’t ever remember hearing them complain especially since those were the days when we didn’t even have cooking gas or a refrigerator and other kitchen appliances to make life easier. Also, people loved coming back. Even today, during family events, they enjoy talking about my grandma’s and mom’s generosity and hospitality. Today things are different. Life is different. When we want to plan a get together, we get into a tizzy. It might look like throwing a party is an easy task. Tell your friends when to come, buy some food, get the beverages, and everyone will entertain themselves, right? Wrong! To throw the perfect party that everyone will be raving about until […] The post Five Tips to Plan The Perfect Party appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles.
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There used to be a time when it seemed like life was one long party after another. I guess it can seem like that when you live in a joint family– grandma, uncles, aunts, my mom and I, and constantly visiting cousins and house guests almost the year…
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New! Down Nostalgia Lane – Hyderabad Diaries: I’ve spent more than a third of my life in Hyderabad and consider it my spiritual hometown. Some of my happiest years were spent there—I am talking real cozy with my Grandmother, Mom and Uncle. Part of my schooling and college years were here, and later, a good part of my working career. I just love the twin cities! Naturally, I grab any excuse to visit—and I am always wishing that any out-of-town trip would automatically be Hyderabad. Sigh. If wishes were horses, I’d be galloping there all the time. Many of my schoolmates, with whom I am in touch, still live there. Also, quite a few family friends. I am in the mood to make a list of five of my favorite places in Hyderabad today. Situated in the southern state of Telangana, Hyderabad is where old meets new. Filled with fabulous timeless architecture, culture and history along with new tech buildings and rapidly expanding landscapes of modern India, Hyderabad is a growing destination for tourists in India. There are frequent flights to Hyderabad from all major cities. Here are the top 5 places to visit in Hyderabad. The Arc de Triomphe of the East: Charminar   This iconic monument instantly […] The post Down Nostalgia Lane – Hyderabad Diaries appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles.
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Down Nostalgia Lane - Hyderabad Diaries - my top 5 places to visit #traveldiaries #incredibleindia

I’ve spent more than a third of my life in Hyderabad and consider it my spiritual hometown. Some of my happiest years were spent there—I am talking real cozy with my Grandmother, Mom and Uncle. Part of my schooling and college years were here, and later,…
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New! Are you sitting on a nail?: A young man, who moved into a new neighborhood and settled down. Everything was fine, except for his neighbor and his dog. The dog howled all the time. The young man was patient. He thought, perhaps the dog had a problem? He assumed it would sooner or later stop howling and go about its business. No such luck though. The dog kept at it. Days passed. Still nothing. The young man finally lost his patience and decided to pay his neighbor a visit and find out what was up with the dog. He found the man relaxing in his armchair, enjoying a book, looking unperturbed by his dog’s constant howling. The young man asked him why his dog howled all the time. The neighbor coolly answered that the dog was sitting on a nail. The young man was shocked. He asked the neighbor why the dog wouldn’t get off the nail. The neighbor replied:  It isn’t hurting bad enough. While it makes me mad that the neighbor is unconcerned about the dog sitting on the nail, this story nevertheless has an important life lesson. Isn’t it true that each one of us have nails that hurt us? Could be to […] The post Are you sitting on a nail? appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles.
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A young man, who moved into a new neighborhood and settled down. Everything was fine, except for his neighbor and his dog. The dog howled all the time. The young man was patient. He thought, perhaps the dog had a problem? He assumed it would sooner or…
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