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Hello! You maybe familiar with the India-based jewelry label Aaraa By Avantika. If you aren’t yet, it is my great pleasure to share with you the work of jewelry designer and maker Avantika Kumar. (This post has been months in the making, but I am a firm believer that everything has a way of coming…

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How was your Monday? I hope it was lovely. I am currently taking a 3 month course on happiness (it’s an early birthday present I gave myself) and the biggest lesson that I am learning is to let it all go. The hurts, anger, disappointments, the worry, the he-said, she-said, that thing that happened to me so…

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  Honestly, what is one most grateful for on a hot summer Friday night? I will tell you what- a lovely, home cooked dinner, fresh fruit for dessert plucked right off the tree (plums are here!), shared cups of chai, air conditioning, and the sweetest people in the world to share it all with. I…

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A big thank you for your kind words letting me know that the dullness will pass. I am doing much better. Do you know the poem A Blessing by James Wright? It’s ostensibly about horses, but it’s last lines go like this.. “..Suddenly I realize That if I stepped out of my body I would…

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  Hello and welcome! If this is your first time here, let me give you a little background. Collectivitea is about finding, and celebrating creativity, mine and yours. I share my journey and hope that it resonates with you, and that we can learn from each other. Today I want to talk about feeling uninspired…

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  TGIF! Friday evenings are especially deserving of gratitude. Not because they signify the end of the work week but because they open up extra time to explore other interests. So here’s to finally binge watching the latest season of the House Of Cards, spending time with books with the most intriguing titles (see below…

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  The first thing that I am grateful for today is a housecleaning service, a mundane but useful luxury. A clutter-free environment has been found to be important to our ability to focus and be productive, and a good clean up is always welcome! I feel that I get more done when everything is exactly…

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  Sorry, I am a little late in posting yesterday’s gratitude journal entry! I have been jet lagged and yesterday I fell asleep in the evening before I wrote in the gratitude journal. Anyway, here I am, bright and early on Thursday morning. I am grateful today for a good night’s sleep. I am also…

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It’s back to work with a vengeance, and I am happy to be in the middle of it all. Summer is not really my favorite time of the year as I prefer fall with its cool winds and gorgeous colors. But today I am grateful for summer for it’s easier morning routines, and for the…

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  Hello! I am glad to be back here after a couple of weeks of vacationing, and sporadic posts. One thing I am immensely grateful for today is that the summer solstice is over. From here on the days will get shorter and if that seems like a strange thing to be grateful for, just…

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Jun 18

Kalamkari

Kalamkari is enjoying a big comeback in all the stores, fairs, exhibitions that I’ve been to on this trip to India. It’s always been popular but seems to be more so right now. Big, bold graphics, colored with vegetable dyes and available in cotton and khadi silk. Elaborate scenes from mythological stories, depictions of the…

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Welcome to today’s entry in my gratitude journal! Grateful to spend time with my parents for a 3 in 1 celebration of birthdays + Father’s Day. Grateful to spend an afternoon browsing sari stores with my Mom, then visiting with the tailor who promised to have blouses ready in a magically short time. Grateful for…

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It’s almost time to go back home. What a difference 2 weeks of travel can make! A change of scene, a fresh perspective, and a renewal of spirit. We get set in our ways and in spite of our best intentions, become a little inflexible. Travel shakes up all that and takes us out of…

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Today’s ☕️#onceuponateatime A post shared by Studio Collectivitea (@collectivitea_studio) on Jun 14, 2017 at 7:59am PDT Hello! When I started the gratitude journal, my hope was that at the end of each day I would reflect on the good. The good that I may be taking for granted. More than a month into the journal,…

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I posted on Instagram today that happiness looks like this – books, the beauty of them, and the stories they tell. Happiness is sitting down with a cup of tea and these books, and reveling in them. Today I had a moment when I sat surrounded by family, enjoying a cup of tea together, and…

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The days are really long and action packed. I’m on vacation but it’s a busy one. One of the writer-teachers whose work I follow wrote that helping someone is not an unidirectional act, that of you helping someone in need. Instead the person who is being helped is actively involved because they allow themselves to be…

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  Hello! I want to apologize for the short break! I am traveling and have been very jet lagged. The jet lag is inconvenient but I am also finding that heavy, dead-to-the-world sleep really refreshing. Hope you have been doing well. I know many will have started their (or their kids’) summer vacation. I am…

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We all look forward to vacations, but seriously, getting ready for them can be so much work! I’m going to be traveling for the next few weeks and I am grateful for the opportunity. I am also grateful to have called, over the years, so many different places home. It’s like we are a patchwork…

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  As I sat down to type out today’s gratitude post, I was wondering if it’s okay to just feel grateful for myself. Grateful for me, or in your case, for you. Because that’s what I am grateful for today- for myself. We work hard, do the best we can within our individual circumstances, and it’s…

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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!…