Crafts… Anyone?

(I am participating in the ‘Ready For Rewards’ activity for Rewardme in association with BlogAdda.)

For starters, I’ll make a confession. In all my school life, I have been horrible (with a capital H) in crafts. I never managed to do them and I used to reap grades in ’em only because my family, especially my parents & my siblings had saved my reputation of the topper being a failure in crafts. It had saved the grades too. So imagine my surprise and shock when I discovered my talent in crafts years up the lane, now that I couldn’t earn those grades on my own. Gah! Life, I tell you!
Because of this activity ‘Ready for Rewards’ on part of BlogAdda, I’d surfed through the website RewardMe and I literally had to stop myself from putting the phone and rushing right away to create some crafts. There have been some brilliant articles in the section ‘Crafts‘. Do have a look at it.

I think as part of hobbies, everyone who thinks they can or cannot make things, should have a go at crafts. Firstly, it tests your patience. No matter how many times you fail at some difficult crafts (like origami) and you will fail because as easy crafts might look, let me tell you from first-hand experience, that serves just as a disguise. Crafts keep getting harder and harder and you gotta keep going at it. Till you have clinched it. As they say, the fruits of patience are often sweeter more.
Secondly, it shows off your own unique perspective of looking at the ordinary things, giving them a new meaning. When you’re able to do that, it kind of gives a new confidence in yourself. In being able to give your own meaning, in creating your own piece of work, the joy and happiness that comes with it, one just have to feel it.
Thirdly, it is so much fun to work with crafting materials. It is almost like playing, except that here you can create amazing stuffs and show them off to your friends and relatives. Most importantly, you can look at them back in wonder, many years down the lane. (I know I will, with wet eyes. *sniff sniff*)

 
So, long story short: Give crafts a try, at least once in your life. I bet you’d be addicted to it. Like I am. Though if you’re a night owl, then forget about your sleep, like me. But the glitter in your eyes and the satisfaction on holding your own work will put your dark circles to shame any day. Worth it, as they say. I say the same.

Me-Time, Any-time!

(I am participating in the ‘Ready For Rewards’ activity for Rewardme in association with BlogAdda.)

I read this article on the importance of me-time for a couple in the section of Family Life on the website RewardMe, especially if they’ve kids or a highly-strenuous job. While the article was very good (and the reason behind this specific post that you’re currently reading), however I’m of the view that not just for couples, but in general, it is really important for every individual to have at least some me-time slot in their otherwise busy lives.

Here’s why I think so:
1. Often in the busyness of our lives, we lose the connection with ourselves. Especially people who are stuck with boring jobs or which do not do justice to what they can actually do (which might be lot more), for them, me-time is really important. To remind themselves who they actually are and not lose sight of their talents.
2. Speaking of talents, all of us have or had, at some point of our lives, some hobbies which in course of time, have been long forgotten. Mostly due to lack of time (and I even have people around me, the homes of whom, are used only for sleeping at night by them, for a mere 4-5 hours) and consequently lack of energy to do anything more other than the job which saps their entire energy. As a result, these hobbies die a slow, gradual death. A shame, really.
3. Me-time slot, however small it can be accommodated, should be, for the fact that it really revitalizes ourselves with renewed vigour & energy. Let’s face it, doing something that makes us feel nice and not enforced upon us (like something called job does) can turn on the mood like anything.

 

So, how can this me-time slot be allotted and by what?
1. Spend some time alone. That’s the quintessential theme of me-time. Spend sometime away from the chaos and the hectic schedule of your lives. Not with your friends or your family. Just you and yourself. You’ll see the time spent is worth it.
2. Reviving hobbies are a brilliant way of spending me-time. Gardening, writing, exploring new places, stamp collection, drawing, painting, crafts, you name it and there are as many hobbies as we can make.
3. The important thing being lack of energy even if some time can be allocated, in that case, there’s only one mantra: You do it because you want to do it. Not because you have to.
Me-time slot in our lives are worth the minute and energy spent of our lives. Live ’em.

ZUMBA – THE CRAZE

(I am participating in the ‘Ready For Rewards’ activity for Rewardme in association with BlogAdda.)

BlogAdda has in the past made me visit several blogs, sometimes for inspiration and sometimes out of admiration for the same. Because of the ‘Ready for Rewards’ activity of BlogAdda, I’d to surf through the articles of the website ‘RewardMe’ and as a result, ended up finding some pretty good articles to read through. 

No, I wouldn’t call myself a fit person. That would be a very gross lie and I’ll end up being ashamed of myself. I just happen to take a little bit of walk everyday, take the oath of keeping up my exercises (let me tell you, I never have been able to do justice to that vow of mine) and remind myself not to have forbidden pleasures like chocolates (yet end up having something related to chocolates when visiting a cafe/restaurant). Long story short: I’m not at all fit.

Now some people can or do dance, some people cannot or do not. Some people are fit, some people are, well, not so-fit (like me). What if there is some kind of a combination of these two categories of people and out comes an exciting form? Well, the answer is Zumba. You’ll find the article in this link: Zumba. (It is recommended for one to go through the article first before venturing ahead into my article.)
I’ve always been interested about this dance form. Unlike other dance forms, these not only serves as a basic dance form, but burns your calories in an amazing way. It has been heard from many people, who actually do zumba and are much into it, to make you sweat from and work those places of your body which you didn’t even know existed! Till the day you’re initiated into Zumba, that is. Zumba definitely does bring a new kind of a re-discovery of one’s own body, not to forget, burn those extra calories-translated-into-more-adipose-tissues.
More so, when it provides you a kind of workout where you not only get to work yourself hard but also get to learn exotic dance moves, I don’t think it needs to serve anything more as a stealer for the people! Often compared with Salsa, which is primarily a dance form, I don’t think people like me, who just can’t dance, can ever attempt a pro Salsa. But Zumba, in all probability, maybe. Given that there are different levels of the fitness program (there are 8, according to the article), it also goes on to suit the demands of various age groups. A win-win situation, eh?
However, staying in Calcutta, I find it disappointing that there are so few studios that offer zumba as a fitness programs. In fact, on searching, I found just 2-3 dance/fitness studios who offer Zumba, out of which, almost all the 3 are quite far away from my place. Calcutta really needs to up its ante when it comes to bringing in innovative fitness programs.
I hope the article perks up the interest of the fitness trainees and health-loving people. If you want, there are several other articles up there on the ‘Family Life‘ section of the website RewardMe. Do have a read.

THE INTRIGUING ORIGAMI

(I am participating in the ‘Ready For Rewards’ activity for Rewardme in association with BlogAdda.)

BlogAdda has in the past made me visit several blogs, sometimes for inspiration and sometimes out of admiration for the same. Because of the ‘Ready for Rewards’ activity of BlogAdda, I’d to surf through the articles of the website ‘RewardMe’ and as a result, ended up finding some pretty good articles to read through.
Going through the crafts section was a very natural move and the first place to take recourse to, for Me, given that I’m a crafts-lover. I specifically found this article on Origami to be very informative,  dwelling on one of the most innovative and interesting ways to get initiated into crafts. The link to the afore-mentioned article on Origami can be found in this link: Origami. (It is recommended that one goes through the article first, before venturing ahead to my article.)

I would, however, like to go on to the extent of saying that Origami however intriguing, might also not be the correct first step towards crafts as it needs a lot of patience and genuine interest to begin and most importantly, keep up with. Often people make the very common mistake of wanting to start crafts by some so-called exotic and reputed craft and end up leaving crafts altogether getting disheartened after the initial failures. For people who want to have a proper initiation into crafts, I’d like ’em to start with simple, easy techniques where they can work with cut & glue, which technically aren’t a part of origami.
Origami is a very beautiful craft and if one gets to actually learn to master it, will never be bored when left with just a paper to play with. Though the article does give a very basic idea about Origami, enough to interest a person, the article would have been a lot more exciting if there was one example of any particular origami theme shown how to be created. That would have been an excellent end to an otherwise good article. I, personally, would have loved trying it out and showing it here.
Chastise me if you will, but being a Grammar Nazi (that’s the word for people who’ve the nose for impeccable spellings and grammars), I’d like to point out that there are one or two spelling mistakes, yes, but nevertheless, a sore sight for the eyes. I otherwise have no other objections and would very much be thankful to the writer of the article for bringing in some attention to Origami.
You’ll find similar brilliant articles on the ‘Crafts‘ section of the website RewardMe. Do have a read.