Saturday, January 13, 2018

Jan 13 - a place recently visited

The last place I've visited before coming here to karwar was Mangalore. We stayed at a resort a little outside of the city but we went into the city a few times to explore and visit some tourist spots and eat.

Beautiful tile roof homes, with flourishing backyard gardens. Almost every home has coconut, banana, drumsticks and lemon trees. Not uncommon to spot a couple of chickens and cows. A lot of the homes have an outdoor stove possibly to heat water. Going by the number of cars parked in every home, beautiful elaborate homes and the vibrant market and stores, Mangalore is a rich city.

It's a well equipped town, almost every big retail brand has a presence. Large old educational institutions with massive Infrastructure dot the city. Lots and lots of children and young adults playing in huge playgrounds. I loved the terrain of the city, slightly hilly because of the ghats so it's nice to go up and then come down on city roads Reminded me so much of vizag.

The food is fantastic anywhere you eat. But I found the famous ice creams a bit hyped up.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Jan 12 - a need you can meet

Having about 600 rupees between us and eternity (both of us had exhausted/ lost our savings) was a wake up call that shaped my last five years. The money was lost due to unforgiving circumstances and not carelessness.
From that day to today when in it's current need and shape I can comfortably take care of our family, it has been a journey that has been long, disciplined and rewarding in equal measures. It has made me ask myself to be more ambitious and less frivolous and I have obeyed.
I'm very proud of this.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Jan 11 - a challenge overcome

It's still a work in progress but Im constantly trying not to second guess every decision. I've been someone who has always indulged in PPD, it has exhausted me and made me regret the wasteful time spent in this.
To a large extent I'm in a place mentally and emotionally where I trust my instinct and back it with information and preparation more than second guessing and nervously reacting to every situation. It has made a huge change in how I function.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Jan 10 - one thing i learnt about myself in 2017

I've learnt that I can be disciplined. I used to be flippant. But I've learnt that given a goal I'm invested in I can get very disciplined and that has been a very pleasantly surprising thing I've learnt about myself. Building a financial kitty, running a business and taking on more familial responsibility as our parents age has been possible only because I've become more disciplined about what expectations I set for myself and what I want.
I never thought I'd enjoy this. And my 20 year old self would either be very impressed or find me very boring 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Jan 9 - do actions match words

Not all of the time. Not to sound like a hypocrite but there are times when a little diplomacy goes a long way. Age and experience has taught me to soften my approach and find a softer way of saying things. Trust me. I get a lot more done now with this attitude. I pick my battles and make sure they're important enough to fight. Everything else can be ignored.