March has whizzed past. It was a trying month in many ways. The end of Financial Year meant that we were racing to finish the Income Tax formalities for my company, Tranquil. It was a month of exams and unforeseen crises and of relaxation too. So here’s a roundup of what I was grateful for:

Health and Fitness

Always on the top of my priority list, March brought in Spring and warmer weather.

So not only was my avocado tree shedding bucketloads of leaves, the warming weather ensured that I did not have any nasty colds and coughs. Thankfully! So I got back to my fitness regimen with gusto. I have been doing strength training and walking/jogging regularly throughout the month of which I am really proud. The month was emotionally stressful with both kids having exams (elder boy had Boards) and the work increasing manifolds, so keeping the stress levels under control was a humongous task. Meditation daily helped. So very grateful for my body and all that it does for me.

Family

We rallied around each other as each of us struggled with tough situations and lots of work. One unforeseen crisis was the announcement of CBSE re-exam right after the last paper of the older son. That deflated our happiness and also left us in doldrums about a short vacation trip we were taking to the mountains.

We still went ahead as we all needed to relax and thankfully the very next day, news came that the re-exam wasn’t going to happen. Such a relief!

Coco loved his trip to the hills as he pranced around in the resort where we stayed. So very grateful for everything working out in the end for the older son and also for us to have had a lovely time on our vacation.

Friends

Had a couple of get togethers with friends this month. Really a lot of fun with laughter and cheer. Also caught up in person with two of my closest friends. Really, nothing is more fun than behaving like giggling kids and chatting with a dear friend. God bless them and I am so very grateful for their presence in my life.

Blogging, Work and New Venture

March saw a dip in blogging. I just realized that I published only one post on this blog in March. It was mainly due to a lot going on the work front. My husband and I have launched our new venture, Coco Smart Homes where we have launched with a small line of Coco Smart Switch Boards. Every piece is assembled by us and is top quality. Do check out our website and buy our products. I am pretty excited by the range we have in mind and the collaborations we are doing. Hence, the dip in blogging.

April is generally a month when I take a smallish break from blogging and reading. I will continue to blog, but sporadically. Wish good luck to all my blogger friends doing AtoZ this month. Grateful for the new opportunities and the continuing good work that I do with my clients and brands.

Social Media

Though, I have not been very active on social media, my profiles have been doing well. I have crossed 700 followers on my Pinterest profile and the overall reach of pins is over 7 lakhs. The traffic to both my blogs from Pinterest alone is 2K+ views and I am going to be putting it in top gear in the coming months. I have an ambitious target of touching 1 lakh pageviews on my food blog by the end of the year. Fingers crossed. Also, I set up a new profile on Pinterest for Money View Blog that I edit. It is very exciting to work with an account from scratch. If you enjoy financial content, do check us out at pinterest.com/moneyviewblog.

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My profile on Instagram has over 1500 followers now and decent engagement. I really do enjoy Instagram. I find myself posting there regularly compared to FB or Twitter. I am almost at 4K followers on twitter. My FB page for blogs touched 2100 followers recently.  Overall, social media for blogging and business promotion is going as per plan.

Cooking

I enjoy cooking and trying out new dishes. This month I innovated with a couple of dishes which were a hit with the family. Also luckily, we got a fantastic raw jackfruit that was made into pulav, sabzi and kebab. Yummy!

Remember the raw jackfruit picture that I shared a few days back? This is my all-time favorite recipe with it – – kathal ka pulav or biryani. It is the closest that vegetarians can get to a chicken/mutton biryani in taste and texture. It is a delicious one-pot meal that you really must try. Recipe link to copy https://www.rachnacooks.com/2014/03/19/raw-jackfruit-pilaf-kathal-ka-pulao/ Direct link in the bio 🔗 * * * * #rachnacooks #jackfruit #foodblogger #foodgram #instagramfood #instafoodie #instarecipe #indianfoodlovers #indianfoodbloggers #foodiesofindia #foodiesofig #foodiesunite #indianfoodie #thekitchn #homecooking #homemadefood #indianrecipe #vegbiryani #vegrecipes #rawjackfruit #bangalorefoodies #NorthIndianFood #biryanilove #biryani #ricerecipe #onepotmeal

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I look forward to more cooking as the summer holidays are on and the entire family is home. I am grateful for my skillful helper who does some quality chopping and peeling that makes my work of cooking more relaxed and enjoyable.

Entertainment

I watched The Americans this month. Amazing show. So engrossing and the latest Season which is a new Season has just started. I also continue to watch Homeland which is reaching a very exciting point now. Have read a couple of books this month. Overall, happy for the quality of entertainment that I watch while I tune out the noise. Thank God for online streaming. 🙂 Three months without TV and I don’t feel the pinch at all.

So, here’s to more family time this April and invigorating work. 🙂 Hopefully I will not tear all my hair out with the kids at home. What does your April look like?

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11 Thoughts on “March, Exams and Gratitude

  1. Very eventful March, Rachna.
    Such a relief that the re-exam is not happening. I hope Sid enjoys his break because it’s well deserved.
    And all the best again for your and G’s new venture.

    For me, March was all about work, blogging and work! Nothing extraordinary but thank God for that. Hopefully, April brings some good surprises.

  2. Alka on April 3, 2018 at 1:01 pm said:

    Travel, exams, blogging and fitness. That’s a lot to juggle given your multiple blogs. Hope you had a wonderful vacation Rachna. And glad the re exam mess is over for your son.

  3. Such an eventful and some ways stressful month, especially on the exam front! Thank God that got sorted!

    I love Kodai! Visited it a few years ago and the family had a great time there.

    Many congrats again on the launch of Coco Smart Homes and wishing you all the best for the venture.I know it will do exceedingly well, given your commitment and dedication.

    Wonderful growth on Pinterest and other social media accounts. As always, consistency pays and all the best for the 1 lakh page views goal for the food blog. Am sure that will happen before you know it. 🙂

    April is mostly work-related for me and of course a good-ish break at mom’s in the second half , so looking forward to that. Other than that, no major plans. Will continue to blog and build the business so there’s that 🙂 Have a lovely April, Rachna 🙂
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  4. I postive month indeed, ofcourse let me just negate the stress of the CBSE board and their goof ups. You are doing amazingly well in the blog fron Rachna and love the way you have structured your social media accounts and blogs. All the best for COCO smart, I am sure with your dedication there would be success in a large way soon.

  5. What a newsy post. So much happened for you in March. So happy the re-exam didn’t happen. My kids would probably just refuse to go in for it going by the way they plan every minute from the time exams end! Congratulations on your new venture. It sounds such a great idea.
    I still have to get the hang of pinterest so tailwind is little bit of a distant idea for me. I hope to get to it this summer.
    Hope you have restful April.
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  6. Quite an eventful month.
    No re-exam, that must be such a big relief!
    Congratulations for your new venture and wishing you the very best.
    And Pinterest is the talk of the town. Great numbers you have… well done. I am exploring it and hope to get the hang of it soon.
    Have a amazing April, Rachna!

  7. March was definitely a hair-raising month for me too! But let’s give the exam talk a rest shall we? Time to put up the feet and sigh in relief with all that safely tucked behind us! I am enjoying the spring hues in my part of the city and though the spring weather has been barely here, summer seems to have crept in viciously fast! Congrats on your new venture, Cocosmart. Wish you a more eventful and happening April, cheers!

  8. You definitely had a lot going on in March, and so I am glad that you could take that mini-vacation. I am sure you all desperately needed that break.

    And yay on the social media growth. Consistency always pays off. And I am sure the food blog will hit your target views pretty soon too.

    March has been a mixed bag for me, but things are definitely headed in the right direction now, and that’s what counts the most, right?
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  9. Quite an eventful month,you all certainly needed that vacation.
    All the best for your new venture Rachna :).

  10. Great to read your March Gratitude post, Rachna. Aside from the CBSE re-exam scare, it looks like a wonderful month on all fronts. Wish you a fantastic year ahead–I say this with the financial year in mind, which is pretty much how we really operate, right? Great photos on your insta feed. Congratulations on all your exciting achievements!
    Have a super April!

    Thank you for linking up!
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  11. I apologize for missing your past few posts, Rachna. The A to Z coupled with work stress is squeezing every ounce of energy from me.

    Congrats on the new venture, Rachna. It is nice to see the passion and effort you and Gurdev are putting into it. I love Kodai too, it is the first place Cal and I visited together while we were dating. Kudos on the fitness too!

    Nice to see you have a fulfilling March and here’s wishing you a wonderful April as well.
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