As always, it is good to look back and reflect upon the good and bad. For that reason, I love doing these monthly gratitude posts.
September started on a great note as we whisked off to Coonoor for a beautiful family holiday in this quaint hill station. That the younger son was turning 10 was the proverbial icing on the cake. Little did we know that our journey back home would be fraught with fear and uncertainty. But as always, there is a ray of hope in despair. My friend, Shailaja, came to our rescue when we were stranded in the middle of nowhere among rioters. I wrote about that harrowing incident earlier. The memories still shake me with anger and helplessness but Shailaja’s warm family reiterated our faith in human goodness. Thank God, for friends like her.
September has been a hectic month with the kids having their terminal exams. As a work-from-home mother, it is especially tougher on the routine making sure that the kids study, revising and putting up with their tomfoolery on their study holidays. Tomorrow is the last exam so well we are all looking forward to that. Meanwhile, the younger son scored full marks in his English paper and how delighted we all were! Looks like he is not as disorganised as I thought he was. We all did a bit of jumping around and hooting as he came home excited about this news. Little triumphs go a long way.
On the work front, I took on the responsibility of digital marketing for a not for profit, Beyond Carlton. This is a citizen’s initiative which came into being after the Carlton Towers fire in which 9 people lost their lives in Bangalore. This initiative came about to spread fire safety in India. They are doing some excellent work in liaising with the fire department and Karnataka government to make our state safer. They hold workshops and seminars spreading fire awareness in schools, offices and apartment complexes. I am proud to be joining them in this noble initiative. Do follow them on their FB and twitter pages to stay updated.
And last evening, I coordinated a twitter chat for @MyMoneyView where we discussed Financial dreams. This will be a weekly affair every Thursday at 7 pm. So if you are on twitter do join in for some fun conversation.
Healthwise, there have been a few niggles this September, from a bad cold and allergy troubles to a stomach bug and fever yesterday, it has been a rollercoaster. But, I’ve kept up with my fitness regime doing a combination of brisk walking and strength training and taking care of nutrition too.
September has been a troublesome month for Karnataka with the Cauvery water issue rearing its head again. We had a bad day of vandalism in Bangalore on September 12 when arson and violence happened in various parts of Bangalore. Grateful that the police and other forces cracked in and brought the situation under control. Since then there has been peace in Bangalore. Hope that the states can reach a peaceful settlement.
Grateful for the friends I can reach out to and message when I am cranky.
Also grateful for my blogs which make me reach out and engage with so many lovely souls. One comment from a young girl really lifted my spirits.
And finally grateful for my family who I may crib about liberally but who put up with my moods, provide me immense joys, hugs and love on a daily basis and keep me sane.
So that’s about it for my September. How was your September?
What are you grateful for today?
Join in for the September 2016 Gratitude Circle bloghop at Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles
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