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Go Ahead, Laugh at Yourself

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I am the first to crack a joke about myself. Why wait for someone else to do it, when you can, am I right? My family is full of jokesters, beginning with my dad who is always laughing at something or another. I think it is good to self reflect and pick up on funny or embarrassing things that you know about yourself. Heck, I can go down a list of things I make fun of about myself. My lack of exercise and stamina, eating too much but being super cool with it because I have weighed the exact same for 5 years now, my big eyes, my OCD, my germaphobia, my lack of job (this one is a bit touchy at the moment LOL), being a homebody, not being hip and happening, being single at 26, etc. etc.

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Banana Bread

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Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, well beaten
3 cups mashed bananas (about 6 ripe bananas)
2 1/2 cups of flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix butter and sugar. Add bananas and eggs. Sift flour, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to banana mixture. Mix, but do not overmix. Bake for 60 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Makes 2 loaves. 9X5 bread pan.

 

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Letting Go

I have a hard time letting go. I am a grudge holder and it’s quite terrible to be honest. They say that time heals all wounds, but I am frequently skeptical. Big or small of a wound, I always remember. I tend to  have that grudge at the back of my mind regardless of if I have forgiven you or pretended to let go. Since my early years, I have been like this. I mean, do people really change? When they hurt you once, don’t you think that just makes it more likely that they will hurt you again?

It is something I need to work on. I know this. My mother always says to let go because it only weakens the person holding on. It comes easy to her, maybe because of her sweet and lovable soul or because she believes this is what God wants. I know she is right, but some part of me just can’t agree with it.

Holding grudges affects me in so many ways. I lose sleep, i continuously play the situation over and over trying to understand it, it puts me in an awful mood and it affects relationships. I pick my battles of course and don’t always hold a grudge, but when I do, it is usually for the long run…..

What is your take on this? Do you hold grudges? If so, when is the time to let go?

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Unplug and Relax

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In this day and age, we tend to live on our phone more than in the moment. Is it that difficult to unplug or do we just choose not to? A couple of weeks ago, I went to a concert and I was shocked at how many phones were out the entire (or almost entire) show. Everywhere I looked, people were Snapchatting non-stop. Ok, I get it. You want to share your experience, but the entire concert? What happened to going to a concert and singing and dancing and drinking so much that you had to use the bathroom and miss your favourite song being sung?!

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A Cup of Cha, Anyone?

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My parents are from Northern India, so I have grown up being quite particular about what makes a good cup of cha (or chai).  My friends are always asking how a good cup of cha is made, so here you go! I am passing on the deliciousness! No matter how fancy or popular the coffee/tea shop, nothing compares to a good old homemade cup of cha. Let me know what you think when you make a cup! I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Ingredients:

1 small pot
1 tea strainer
1 cup
¾ cup of water
1 green cardamom, crushed
½ black cardamom, crushed
½ teaspoon of fennel
1  clove
¼ of a small cinnamon stick (optional)
1 orange pekoe tea bag (I prefer Tetley)
½ cup of milk (I use 1%)
Sugar to taste (optional)

Directions:

Put water, green cardamom, black cardamom, fennel, clove, and cinnamon stick in a small pot. On high heat, bring to a boil on the stovetop. Add tea bag. Boil for at least 2 more minutes. Add milk. Bring tea to a boil. (Make sure you watch the tea or it will boil outside the pot quickly and make a huge mess!). Pour tea into cup with a tea strainer on top of cup to ensure all of the tea spices and teabag do not go into your cup. Add sugar if you would like. Enjoy!

Tip: I blend all of my tea spices in a coffee grinder and put it into a mason jar, so when the time comes to make tea, all I have to do is take a teaspoon and add it to the pot.

 

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May 15, 2017

I have been looking for a job for 7 months. In fact, it was 7 months this past Friday. I have had little to no luck. Currently unemployed, I have applied to probably 100+ jobs and have had 14 interviews. I was offered one job at a hospital foundation, but the offer was just so low, almost disrespectful, that I had to decline. Let’s just say I got paid that amount when I was 17 working in a kitchen. Since I come from a non-profit background, money is not the main factor, the passion and love for the sector is. However, I had to decline that particular position because it was just impossible for me survive off of that. Besides this, I have gotten no offers and It has been bringing me down.

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Benefits of Volunteering

   ~A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under which they will never sit.~
-Greek Proverb

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I have been volunteering for various organizations for the past 8 years and it has made a huge impact on my life. National Volunteer Week was April 23-29 which is a week to thank all the volunteers that work tirelessly throughout the year to support social causes, advocate and raise awareness to help non profit organizations reach their goals and get one step closer their mission.

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5 Small Things

It really is the small things in life. Sometimes we spend so much time chasing big dreams (which you should keep doing, of course) or focusing on all the negativity in our lives, that we don’t slow down to appreciate the small things. Below are 5 small things that put a smile on my face. I encourage you to take a few minutes after reading my list to think about small things that make you happy.

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