10 Thoughts on Moving Out of Comfort Zone

After almost a decade of being a stay at home mom and a homemaker, I am thinking of pushing myself out of this comfortable, cozy zone that I created on a mental and physical plane by taking up a job. And lo, crazy thoughts are bugging me already! So, it is like I see a stern version of me (Scary Shivangi) speaking in an automated voice as I go about doing my daily work.

My automated voice talks to me about challenges of moving out of the comfort zone as well as other problems I might face. And I tell myself that mostly every mom or person faces many challenges after a big career gap. I know the professional world has changed since the last time I was there but still there is always a way out. However, the automated voice continues to throw googlies at me. Here are some of those questions –

1) Mornings are busy packing lunches and getting kids ready for school, how will you manage through the rush?

2) You love to sit quietly and just ponder, you will miss it in a rush to make it to work.

3) The weather conditions in Minnesota makes it unattractive to go out and work. Why should you harass yourself by going out in the snow?

4) Are you good enough to get a job of your liking?

5) If you do get a job of your liking, will you be able to handle the demands?

6) If you get an easy job that would be different from your skill set, will you go for it?

7) If you go for doing something on your own, it will take a lot of time and commitment to get monetary benefits. Are you ready for it?

8) Apart from leaving your comfort zone, will you be inviting stress in your life by taking on additional work?

9) In a rush to monetize your free time, will you become less creative?

10) Look at your career gap, it is huge. You will need an enormous effort to revamp your lifestyle!

So, there you go! You see, so many crazy, disjointed but relevant questions are bugging me. My working friends always tell me – sab ho jata hai (everything falls in place). And I hope they are right! I am sure there exists a harmonious path that will balance out everything. The only problem is I should be willing and motivated enough to take up the challenge of stepping out of the comfort zone.

I have written this post to vent out my thoughts. Thank you for patiently reading and understanding. And if you have any advice, do share, right away please.

(Images courtesy Google)

Experimenting with Lunapic

Yesterday, I came across the site Lunapic and was impressed with the digital filters and effects it offered. It had a variety of art effects, tools, animations, adjustments and combinations that could really transform an image radically. And the best part – it was completely FREE. You don’t need to even sign up (I know signing up is a big pain, especially remembering the password). So, today, after sending off the kids to school and hubby to office, I quickly returned to it. After applying a variety of effects on my random sketches, I discovered a treasure under the tab – Art. On clicking Famous Artistic Styles under it, I applied the painting styles of the master painters like Leonardo, Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso and I was mighty impressed. It was quick, easy and convenient. Do check out these –

Lunapic is really cool and I have read it works wonders on photos as well. I am hoping to continue with the experimentation until I get the style best suited for my sketches. Well, I have spent the entire morning and half of the afternoon in this ‘idle’ pursuit (lol) and I must attend to worldly tasks. Thanks for checking my blog out! BTW if you do know about Lunapic, kindly let me know what has worked for you. Thanks again and best wishes always, dears!

Frozen Minnesota

The legendary Minnesota Winters are back! Artistic trees stand still and bare, accepting the falling flakes. It is snooze time for little creatures, who are resting underground after a busy Fall. The wise Sun reigns supreme and his touch of warmth heals and thaws. Any small movement in the stillness gets noticed. And s.i.l.e.n.t.l.y, the disturbance becomes a part of the stillness. Not only those slippery roads but the frozen world makes you go s.l.o.w.l.y…. taking in, reveling!

Coats, hats, gloves and boots line up in the mudroom, while snow blowers get dusted off. Polite conversations end up in predictions about the weather. Festivity is in the air and things are building up for the Holy night. Everything is so white and crystal clear, covering all the darkness and dirt. Even the nights are white in Minnesota! Acceptance of the beauty of it all is what makes one enjoy and be grateful for the Frozen Minnesota.

Intrinsic vs Extrinsic Motivation for Kids

Today I came to know that there are two kinds of motivation for kids – Intrinsic and Extrinsic. As I read more I learnt why intrinsic motivation is far more superior to inspire kids and have a life long impact. Although extrinsic motivation is occasionally important too. The subsequent quotes will help you understand the difference.

And I loved this last one below that tells us how to encourage our children to be intrinsically motivated. Hope you will find these quotes as important as I find them. Good luck to you, dear parent!

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Small Things#24 – Mission Tom the Turkey part 2

It is that time of the year when Tom the Turkey needs to be rescued again from those who want to eat him during Thanksgiving feast. Three years back the older one made him into a Spiderman and saved him (read here).

This time, it is the little one’s turn and he thought of turning Tom the Turkey into Tom the Super Dog. He made it into a Super Dog with some assistance from us. He thinks nobody would like to mess with this Super Dog and he would be safe in his kindergarten class. Stay safe, Tom the Turkey… oops Tom the Dog, too many people out there are looking for you!!

Happy Thanksgiving and wishing you loads of things to be grateful for!

Crimson Sunset!

Divine magic of crimson sunset caught before it could vanish forever. No two sunsets are the same and each day brings new colour combinations on sky canvas – lovely lavender, rich purple, fiery orange, spiritual saffron, sensuous red, glorious yellow and more textures, varieties, patterns…endless! This sunset was amazingly different from all other sunsets.

Just a Thought – Rerouting

We only think about the impediments, the problems that are stopping us to expand. How about embracing the possibilities created due to those problems?

The road block may stop us from going on our familiar road but it cannot stop us from rerouting and finding a brand new path. And oh, the immense joy of discovering limitless opportunities on a path of your own finding…!