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Quick Update

A photo from near the cottage I recently visited in Minden, ON

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve written; a lot has happened over the past few weeks. My grand mother passed away, my mother had stints put into 2 of her arteries due to 90% blockage, I took a break and escaped to a cottage for a couple of days and then I injured my back and shoulder at work. Needless to say, I’ve been busy, stressed and frustrated; which has caused me to stay away from most social media and my blog.

I’m doing physio 2-3 times a week and hopefully will begin some massages soon too. But I’m on so much painkillers and muscle relaxers and sadly nothing seems to be helping yet.

I’ve also been trying to lose weight and was doing great for a few days and managed to drop 10 lbs. being on the cabbage soup diet but all of the above events took place and I stopped doing what I was doing. However, I feel mentally stable today and have vouched to myself to get myself going again.

My brother is getting married at the end of the summer and I really want to look amazing in the outfit I’ve chosen to wear for the wedding. Plus, I need to find a dress for the reception, so I want to drop a size or two before I go dress shopping.

That’s what my life has been up to lately. I promise I’ll start writing again more frequently soon. But right now my priority is losing weight and recovering and healing my back and shoulder injury.

Hope you’re all doing great and enjoying the nice weather, finally! Have a blessed week and stay tuned for more posts (I promise their coming).

Xoxo ~ Tamana

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Quick Update

I know I’ve been away from my blog for longer than I am comfortable but it’s been a couple of busy weeks. Also, I fell a couple of weeks ago and have been taking it extremely easy so that I could heal. Don’t worry, I’m completely okay but had a nasty fall from a chair trying to reach something high on a shelf. I’m all better now with very minimal aches and pain.

Aside from that, it’s been the regular work and home craziness that has kept me busy and mentally preoccupied. I did however get a new tattoo!!! It’s my Mother’s Day present from Dev and Nid and it’s a present for my parents.

I got Maa and Paa written on my arm in beautiful Hindi and English. Here’s a picture; tell me what you think!

I saw a similar tattoo online and decided to draw it myself and get it inked on my forearm. It’s still healing but looks absolutely beautiful and my mother was so touched by it. My father on the other hand doesn’t like tattoos, so he didn’t comment much about it.

Anyway, my loves, that’s basically all that’s been going on at my end these past few weeks. I’ve got a new recipe I want to share with all of you this week and news about my never ending journey to weight loss and getting healthy. I’ll post about those later this week as I’m out of time now and need to get myself ready for work.

Stay blessed and have a fantastic week ahead. Stay tuned for weight loss details! Xoxo

~Tamana

Recipe Of The Month: Varth Wale Aloo Chaat (Potato Chaat For Fasting Days)

Happy Navratri to all celebrating. For those of you that don’t know what Navratri is, you can read about it HERE.

During these nine days of Navratri it’s hard to find and make recipes that are suitable for your fast, plus quick enough to make during weekdays; so here’s one I picked up from my mother. It’s my most favourable recipe and dish to eat during Navratri; although, I don’t fast and just enjoy these potatoes whenever I’m craving something savoury.

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 large potatoes
  • 1 tbsp jeera (cumin seeds)
  • 3-4 tbsp oil
  • 1-2 tsp hing (asafetida)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp red chilli powder
  • 1-3 tbsp kala masala (burnt cumin powder)
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp chaat masala
  • 1-2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves

Directions:

  1. Half boil potatoes just enough to be able to poke a knife through it
  2. Peel and cut potatoes into medium-small cubes
  3. Heat oil in kardai (wok) on medium flame and add jeera and hing
  4. Cook jeera until it begins to sizzle
  5. Add potatoes and cook until they turn golden brown and are easily mashable
  6. Add salt, red chilli powder and kala masala and mix well
  7. Lower heat to minimum, cover and cook for 5 minutes or until potatoes are completely cooked
  8. Remove from heat, allow to cool for 1-2 minutes, in a mixing bowl, drizzle lemon juice and chaat masala and toss
  9. Garnish with fresh chopped coriander leaves
  10. Serve hot with raita or on its own
  11. Enjoy!

I Got A Job

As you all know, I’ve been job hunting over the past couple of months. But I’ve also been very picky with where I apply and where I work. I didn’t want to just work anywhere and for the sake of money; I wanted to find an employer where I could be happy, where there was ample room for growth and where I could build a career.

After my clinical training in a long-term care facility, I was definite that I didn’t want to work in that environment. The caregiver to patient ratio is absolutely devastating. I understand that many people or their family’s cannot afford private care, but it depresses me to see one PSW working with 10, 11 or 12, 13, etc. patients.; its unfair to the patients and to the caregivers/PSWs. It’s physically draining for the PSW and the patient doesn’t get all the time, affection or compassion they need and deserve.

Don’t get me wrong, many of the PSW’s that work in long-term care are extremely compassionate and loving but when you have 10 or 11 patients that require you to do nearly everything for them and you’re on time restrictions to get everything done in time for breakfast, lunch, dinner or activities; it makes it hard to spend the time time comfort or reassure the patients.

Long-term care homes break my heart and when I think about why I got into this profession, I cannot make myself want to work like that, even if the money is better than in other places.

So, I searched for retirement homes that were hiring and reached out to friends in the industry to see if they knew anywhere that was hiring and hold behold, a friend came through and submitted my resume at his workplace.

I began interviewing before the holidays at this luxurious retirement home; I call it luxurious because it is so beautifully built and kept, it looks better than many five-star hotels. As the new year began, I was losing hope because I hadn’t heard back from the hiring manager; which was strange because the interviews went so well. Even one of my former office managers whom I used as a referral told me the hiring manager was thrilled by the feedback she gave her. So, why wasn’t the call coming?

The holidays and busyness leading up to them got her schedule completely full and she wasn’t able to get back to me until after the break. Thankfully though, I got the call and was hired as a permanent part-time resident care partner (RCP), it’s a fancier word for Personal Support Worker. But I’m happy with the title and position.

I started working a couple of weeks ago picking up causal shifts here and there and will officially start on my permanent shift starting this Sunday. I’m a little nervous but have faith that I will excel and be one of the best care providers that I can be.

Wish me luck and send me your blessings so that I may provide the best compassionate care to my residents and succeed in the vision I have of myself doing this job.

Xoxo ~ Tamana

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Love Day, my lovelies!

I’m celebrating my evening with my mini-me and hubby with a home cooked dinner, red velvet cupcakes, and chocolate hearts and kisses. Mini me and I are going to get dressed up, set the table and be all dolled up for when daddy/my hubby get home. I’m super excited. Mini me even had her nails painted yesterday and has a special Valentine for us.

How are you celebrating your Valentine’s Day?

Hope your day is filled with love, happiness, laughter and joy.

❌⭕️❌⭕️ ~ Tamana

Bell Let’s Talk Day: Mental Health Awareness

For the last eight years on January 31st, Bell Let’s Talk Day has opened up the conversation of mental health. It was an initiative to remove the stigma around mental illness.

In my culture and community, mental illness is still a taboo. We don’t openly speak about depression or mental health issues; you’d be quickly labeled as mental or retarded (for a lack of better word). Which is why the Bell Let’s Talk Day is so important for me.

It’s no secret that I’ve battle with depression and mental instability over the years. Anyone that’s read my blog or knows me personally knows what I’ve gone through and how I’ve struggled to overcome my depression. So for me a day to openly admit and discuss how mental illness affects my life is a day I can’t take for granted.

Mental illness is not a bad thing. Each one of us faces some sort of mental illness throughout our lives. It is now time we speak about it openly and stop hiding behind the masks that everything is okay and that if we speak about our mental struggles people will label or judge us.

Today, let’s check in with our loved ones and open up the conversation for mental health. Every text, tweet or social media conversation with hashtag #BellLetsTalk 5 cents will be donated towards mental health initiatives. Open up the conversation and do your part to make sure you and your loved ones have the support they need when they are struggling.

~Tamana

Quick Update: My Days

Happy Thursday! I hope all of you are having a good week. My week is going by, as are my days. I’m a full blown house-wife these days and part of me is enjoying the lack of commitment to get up in the morning and go to work. But the other part of me is also bored of being home all day, cooking and cleaning. Don’t get me wrong, all the power to all the stay-at-home moms/dads and housewives. But it’s just a bit frustrating for me and boring. I start getting depressed throughout the day and try to keep myself busy but end up procrastinating to do anything meaningful, aside from the daily chores.

I have been applying to jobs; however, secretly am also hoping to win the lottery, so I don’t have to work at all. Ridiculous, isn’t it! To be honest, I enjoyed going back to college last year and having to only worry about getting my assignments done and good marks. But its tough studying and living on a single income; which is why I need to find a job as soon as possible.

Aside from the job hunt, nothing else exciting to tell all of you. As you’ve noticed I’ve started posting more consistently these days; that was one of my resolutions/goals this year: to deliver more regular content, more frequently. I will post the one off stuff, as I always do. However, I will be writing more about the topics I am passionate about, more frequently: mommy stuff, recipes, current life status’, restaurant diaries and beauty/life hacks.

So, stay tuned for more consistent content and if there is anything you guys or gals want me to write about, please let me know in the comments below! Until then, have a blessed week and stay warm.

Xoxo ~ Tamana