I haven’t been active on my blog since last year. A lot has happen since then. Like every other parent i set to have written down a few new year resolutions and goals at the beginning of 2020. None of us anticipated the CIVID-19, crisis, nor did we ever imagined being stuck at home for as long as six months. There is good and bad to everything. In my case a lot of good, more than I expected, I should say. Well! I normally do not really expect much to happen even though I make a long list of items to accomplish. Anyways long story short, a nice pleasant surprise is to get my hearing back. It still tickles my heart when I come to think of it. Because, a part of me lost all hopes of every revering my hearing. I will talk more about it another time.
Now let me share what got me excited about wring this blog today. I have always been a geek, awkward, and uncomfortable in social situations for a long time in United States, wondering how to cope, how to present myself elegantly, like I could do back home in India. Of course, I have several years of training and grooming from my mother to behave like a lady in India. That did not really help me much over hear in the west, since the culture, customs, etiquette, language, etc, everything is absolutely very different. So, I have been looking for a course work to take, to learn and to feel more confident in a very formal social situation.
I did a six weeks program from the school of affluence. An online finishing school for women. I am happy to share my certification below.
It’s been a year-long journey since I first heard about Dave Ramsey’s book “The Total Money Makeover”. My husband and I took the nine weeks Financial Peace University program towards the beginning of this year. Followed by me taking five months to complete Master Coach Certification.
Being an immigrant is not easy, going deaf is not easy, financial stress can cause havoc in marriage, and personal finance is an important knowledge to possess since we live very long lives thanks to great healthcare, preventive care available to us. As part of the festival season and giving back tradition, I am offering free one-hour consultation, message me, to make good use of it.
No more money fights! With Financial Peace University, you and your spouse will learn how to create (and stick to) a budget, save for emergencies, and make a plan for the future. Doesn’t that sound peaceful? I’m offering FPU at Campbell United Methodist Church just for you starting Sunday, January 12, 2020. If you’re interested in learning more, send me a message! You can also visit fpu.com/1104478 to sign up!
I can still hear my Mother reading it to me, and explaining. We had no Youtube you see, to watch and to feel snow. I have to only imagine….Imagine and visualize a lot of things in my mind, spend hours imagining, how they all might look like, about all the things alien to my life in India, my Mother was reading to us, the stores, the poetry of distant lands so very different from what i was surrounded by at that time in my little town of Gadwal.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
I wish Anjali all the success …May all her dreams come true…..I saw this inspiring picture to day. I thought I will share this with you.
“She (Anjali) is talking to another girl by eye contact and saying…”Being girls we will have to face so many challenges in life. Like every girl should be wanted child, rights to education, rights to food, to get same place, same importance like my brothers have in family, not be neglected, not to be rejected, rights to choose my life partner and finally to remove this gender based discrimination from my society….Yes, will face them with smile and take them as opportunity to learn, to get experience so that we can change our life, society, India and rest of the world”…-in Chayas words.
Nine-year-old Anjali Kumari in her class room in middle school in Supaul district of Bihar.
Photo Credit: UNICEF India/2012/Dhiraj Singh
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high Where knowledge is free Where the world has not been broken up into fragments By narrow domestic walls Where words come out from the depth of truth Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit Where the mind is led forward by thee Into ever-widening thought and action Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
Prayers and Peace for the shooting victims and families at NYC shooting.
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.- Seymour Miller & Jill Jackson.
It is not enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” Peace is found within us if we believe on it, only then it would happen. -Eleanor Roosevelt.
When we inhale, the air comes into the inner world. When we exhale, the air goes out to the outer world. We say “inner world” or “outer world” but actually there is just one whole world… The air comes in and goes out like someone passing through a swinging door. If you think, “I breathe,” the “I” is extra. There is no you to say “I.”
Past weekend, I heard a lot of talk on Amir Khan’s dream project, Satyamev Jayate, an Indian Hindi TV show, aired on Star Network and Doordarshan, is a talk show discussing social issues like child labor, health problems and other issues affecting the country. The first episode was about the sensitive issue of female foeticide . I wish, I hope to see more media attention on eradicating poverty in India. It is about time.
“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity; it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”-Mandela.