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Hello to a new week and to the official start of summer! I have been missing from here the past two days because it was the long weekend here in the US, but also because it was high school graduation weekend. It feels exhilarating and joyous, but also emotional, and ‘end-of-an-era’ kind of heavy. Today…

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  Thursday which is usually the busiest of days to get through was not so bad after all. I have set up a practice, something like the practice that musicians do, to spend time with my camera every evening. It’s not part of work, and is just for fun. It’s relaxing yet challenging because the idea…

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  There are more things than I can count to be thankful for every single day. From the abundance in nature to man-made conveniences, there are just too many. But if I had to narrow it down to two things that I’m most grateful for every single moment of every day, it’s one, the people…

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  Hello! A very short note to let you know that today I am grateful for my smart phone and it’s ability to store so many books, from romance novels, to murder mysteries and biographies. I whip it out everywhere- in the dentist’s waiting room, in the parking lot waiting for the kids to get…

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  Hello. It was a lovely day, and a nice start to the week. I lined up more photography projects for later in the summer and by evening I was happy that I had an enjoyable and productive day. As it is for most of us, every day is busy, and by evening I’m also…

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Hello Sunday night! Summer is here with a vengeance! Grateful for a weekend where I got some chores done + got to hang out at the Maker Faire. Any place with makers and creatives is going to be fun but get so many of them in one place and the energy is infectious and inspiring!…

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TGIF. I am always grateful for Friday night. Also grateful that the flat tire on Albus yesterday happened in a parking lot rather than the freeway. Grateful for the company while I waited for the tow truck and for the ride back. Also for the lovely lunches this week, and making new friends (that probably came…

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Hello! I am excited to share with you a home tour from the city of Chennai in southern India. The home belongs to Sunita and Yogesh, and you are going to love it because it’s decorated in a cool, contemporary style that is a perfect sanctuary from the city. A house with good bones and…

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  I am grateful today was non-eventful. It was busy, but smooth in a way that felt just a little unexpected. I am grateful for the shampoo that made my hair feel normal today. Believe it or not, this has been somewhat a challenge the last month. It started the day off just right. I…

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Grateful to have done my meditation practice for 2 days in a row! I know that sounds like a super low number to be thankful for, but seriously it is hard, on a weekday, to keep 20 minutes aside to meditate + exercise + eat healthy (which means cook healthy) + work + parent the…

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The days are flying by, and maybe all I will remember about 2017 is that it passed by in a blur. It’s been a few weeks since I started this gratitude journal and I am increasingly aware of how many people, things, circumstances, and conveniences I take for granted every single day. (Louise Hay has a wonderful…

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Hello Sunday and a very happy Mother’s Day to everyone! I am grateful for my two boys who are my world. They are smart, kind people, and I am honored to be their Mom. Being in the role of a mother is definitely one of the hardest and most rewarding things I have done. This…

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Happy Friday! Happy to have made it through the week! Since the beginning of 2017, I have been making myself say ‘yes’ to opportunities and circumstances that come up, instead of a) smiling and shaking my head that this is not for me; or b) of saying No, I don’t think I am up to this;…

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It has been 10 days since I started the gratitude journal and it does feel like newness has worn off. I feel like a plane (bear with me as I explain this) that has an autopilot function. It’s just that an actual pilot (in this case, me) is flying it manually and whenever I veer slightly…

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Hello! On the surface, it was a regular day with the usual goings-on. But if I look at it closely it was a very special day. We are all creative beings and the only thing we differ in is how we express that creativity. Photography has always been at the center of all my creative exploration and…

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    A very short note tonight to say I am thankful for long walks, takeout dinners, hot showers, and TV. Also romance novels by Eloisa James!  The perfect way to unwind on a Tuesday. Alright, what are you grateful for? I would love to hear from you! To read the journal entries so far, click…

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  Hello Monday! I took a break from posts on Sunday and feel ready to tackle a new week. Is it too soon to feel a difference in my attitude towards life because I am maintaining a gratitude journal? I don’t know, but what I do notice is that when I am in the middle…

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  Hello! How has your weekend been so far? I thought I would write in the gratitude journal Monday through Friday and take a break on Saturday, but I found myself turning to write in it automatically. So here I am. I had a lovely day though it was busy. I hope you did too! What…

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  Day 5 of the gratitude journal! My list of people, situations, and things I am grateful for today is slightly longer, maybe because it’s Friday! I usually enjoy weekdays too, but Friday night holds so much promise of relaxation!  But first my list of grateful moments from today… To the lady at the local…

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Day 4. Thursdays are my hardest days of the week. It’s busy, I feel overwhelmed, and by the time evening comes along, the only thing I am grateful for is that Thursday is over. Not the best way to be, but I think we all have days like that. So to make the day into…

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Day 3, gratitude journal! The great thing is gratitude was on my mind when I woke up today morning. Maybe it was on my mind because I have to write about it here. Whatever the reason, it still felt very calming to get up like that. Instead of starting the day already mentally reviewing all…

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Hello Tuesday! So many things to be grateful for today! From being grateful for the air conditioning because it was a really hot day, to the large ocean of gratitude I felt for the time I got to spend behind the camera today. As you may know, I just started this gratitude  journal yesterday but…

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Welcome to this online gratitude journal. Today, I am expressing my gratitude for my family. For each and every one of them with their kindness, and their quirks and eccentricities.  What are you grateful for today? – Priya Image credits/copyright: Studio Collectivitea To subscribe to the Collectivitea blog, please add  www.collectivitea.com/blog/feed to your feed reader/aggregator. (Feedly, Bloglovin…

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  Hello Monday! Off to a late start because many times I am waiting for the words to flow, and an entire day can get away just waiting. Does that happen to you? Maybe not with words, but with something else- you are waiting for the perfect moment to do something, or for the thing…

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  Hello! So fun to share with you this DIY Lakshmi Devi – Wooden Indian Goddess Golu Kokeshi Doll Paint Coloring Kit from Studio Yali here at Collectivitea! I shared Studio Yali’s handcrafted dolls many years ago on the blog, and their creations were insanely popular! There were all kinds of dolls, from everyday men and women,…