Saturday, February 4, 2017

[Bullet Journal] Rilke's Poetry

I never read Rilke's poetry before. Honestly, I can barely comprehend the deeper meaning of any poetry.

So, it feels strange how I can't seem to get these words out of my head since I stumbled upon them few weeks ago.
So, I had to write them in my bullet journal along with some doodling/coloring.

God speaks to each of us as he makes us, then walks with us silently out of the night.

These are the words we dimly hear:

You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Embody me.

Flare up like a flame and make big shadows I can move in.

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final. Don’t let yourself lose me.

Nearby is the country they call life. You will know it by its seriousness.

Give me your hand.

– Rilke

Monday, January 30, 2017

Bullet Journal Setup for February 2017

Growth is painful as it moves us out of our comfort zones and throws us into unfamiliar, uncharted territories. Following my mantra for 2017 - 'Career First', I accepted a role change within the team to a new, challenging position. People around seem to think I have what it takes to pull it off and for me, I am still learning the nuances and struggling big time. February will be a busy month, I know that already and I did this little quote in my BuJo to remember, to have the belief - I CAN DO IT!

I learnt the hard way that a goal without a practical, actionable plan is of no use. Just wishing I would succeed would take no where. So, here I am with a monthly plan, divided into weekly milestones.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

My Bullet Journal Setup for Year 2017

Bullet Journal Set Up # 1 | So many of you asked what exactly is Bullet Journalling and why did I start doing it? Personally, Bujo helped me collate all aspects of my life from various TODO lists to art pieces into one place. It feels like a charming, old-fashioned way to do things and my one-stop-shop for jotting down ideas, goals, organize thoughts or draw few random lines of art.

Now, I promised to gift myself a new Leuchtturm1917 dotted bullet journal notebook if I stick with it for a month, which I did. So, here it is - my new emerald official Bullet Journal notebook for 2017. Yipee.. .

Bullet Journal Set Up # 2 | Next is a 20 slot book shelf for the books to be read in 2017.

Bullet Journal Set Up # 3 | Here's hoping January 2017 will begin on a cheery note for everyone!

Bullet Journal Set Up # 4 | January Habit tracker is a free printable from @boho.berry and Brain dump is a page to write down the ideas that pop in my fleeting brain.

Bullet Journal Set Up # 5 | I borrowed this idea from @studywithmaggie ~ a simple and minimalistic way to track the things I want to cook from YT and recorded shows in my DVR.

Bullet Journal Set Up # 6 | "Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." ~ Melody Beattie .

Bullet Journal Set Up # 7 | A page to note down all the meals I prepare during the month of January. This list will act like a quick reference when I tend to go blank and at loss of recipe ideas.

Bullet Journal Set Up # 8 | This is a coloring page in my Bujo. A set of coloring pencils are always in my backpack and a few minutes of coloring gives a breath of fresh air to my hour long commute to work. I will share the finished page once done. :-)

Bullet Journal Set Up # 9 | And here is my Weekly spread for the first week of January.

Bullet Journal Set Up # 10 | Finally, here is my minimalist single page weekly spread for a hectic, second week of January.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Book 35 | Diary of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Whenever I am in a reading slump where I don't know what to pick next, I go for my favorites like an Agatha Christie mystery or a book from Diary Of A Wimply Kid series which is like my guilty pleasure with guaranteed laugh-out-loud moments. In this edition, Greg is on a mission to make new friends since his bestie Rowley has ditched him for a girl. It turns out to be quite an ordeal with out of control situations which makes it an enjoyable read, as always! Hard Luck indeed for our poor Greg.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Book 34 | Where'd You Go Bernadatte? by Maria Semple

Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple has been on my radar for a long long time. Some simply loved and wouldn't stop gushing about it. Some absolutely hated it. And when I read Haathi time's review back in September, I thought let's give it a try. After finishing the book in just 3 sittings, I see now why the reviews were so polarized. Bernadette is a nutcase (to put it mildly) and her actions can either make you laugh uncontrollably or leave you utterly confused. Personally, I found her hilarious and very entertaining. Do it give it a try. Did you like the book? I would love to know why and if you didn't like, why? 

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Book 33 #1947Club | Joy in the Morning (Jeeves and Wooster #8) by P. G. Wodehouse

Joy In The Morning (or Jeeves In The Morning) is one of The Guardian's 100 best novels for a very good reason. From the plot to characterization, it feels like an "unfortunate (yet perfect for the readers) concatenation of circumstances" as Bertie said. I read this book on my phone almost everywhere - on my bed, in the loo, in the car, during my lunch time at work and in every public place possible. I was laughing out loud not caring for the awkward stares from the passers by. There are so many good laughs on every page and hilarious circumstances that poor Bertie faces, of course with our Jeeves to his rescue.

Two paragraphs particularly stood out for me and it also shows the sheer brilliance of the author.

"Up in the morning bright and early at his Long Isalnd home. The bath. The eggs. The cereal. The coffee. The drive to station. The 8:15. The New York Times. The arrival at the Pennsylvania terminus. The morning's work. The lunch. The afternoon's work. The 5:50. The drive from the station. The return home. The shower. The change into something loose. The well-earned dinner. The quiet evening. Bed."

I had goosebumps all over as I was reading these lines as this was my daily schedule while working for Sony Music in New York City almost an year ago.

"Well, you prefect chump', cried Nobby, 'don't you know that that dishes him? Haven't you ever read any detective stories? Ask Lord Peter Wimsey what an alibi amounts to.'
'Or Monsieur Poirot', I (Bertie) suggested.

Then again, you also know my love for Agatha Christie's Poirot. I was all smiles and my heart leapt with joy.

If you did not read any Wodehouse novels, then start with Joy In The Morning. You will be pleasantly surprised by a literary mastermind called P.G Wodehouse. Click here to add the book to your Goodreads shelf.

I read this book as a part of 1947 Club Challenge.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Book 32 | The A.B.C Murders (Hercule Poirot #13) by Agatha Christie

Another book I read for #PartyWithPoirot this week is "The ABC Murders", one of those books I downloaded because of a pretty cover and an unusual name. The story begins with an anonymous letter Poirot receives about an impending murder. Slowly, it becomes a cat-and-mouse game with a psychological analysis of a mad-man and a surprising whodunit twist at the ending. Narrative slows at a few places but all-in-all a good read.

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