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Do You Ever Feel Like Disappearing?

As I look out at the endless horizon ahead of me in the above picture, I realize that lately, I’ve felt the need to get away, disappear or just be forgotten by everyone. I want to quit my job, sell all my belongings and take my child and husband and disappear somewhere far away; maybe start a new life.

It’s not that I’m depressed or sad or even mad at anyone or anything in my current environment and life; I’m just bored. I’m tired of the day-to-day challenges, responsibilities and routines. I need some change and excitement in my world and as much as I love my city, I’m a little tired of it and bored by it.

But with a growing child, who needs to be educated and probably requires some stability, I don’t see myself or our family going anywhere anytime soon. Plus, I highly doubt I could convince Dev to leave everything here and start anew.

Going on vacation won’t satisfy the urge for excitement either because I probably won’t want to come back from wherever I end up going/if I end up going. I need a more permanent change.

Any suggestions? Have any of you just closed all ties in a city or country and suddenly moved somewhere new and started all over again? Share you stories with me!

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Senior Kindergarten Graduation Day

Two amazing teachers!

My love graduated from Senior Kindergarten on Tuesday and today was the last day of school for her. I can’t believe how quickly time has gone by and she has gotten so big. She’s going to grade one next year! Can you believe it? It’s like it was just yesterday when I left her for the first time at daycare and now she’s starting grade school soon.

Here are some pictures from her graduation. I cried through most of the ceremony.

I don’t know why, maybe I’m a proud mom or the utter shock of her growing up so fast had me in tears. Either way, I am so proud of her and everything she has accomplished this year. She has learned so many French words and songs and has showed such discipline through all the challenges and obstacles.

We’re beginning her summer break by a breakfast at her favourite restaurant and the. A trip to the public library to join the summer book club and pick up some books. I think we’re going to also drop by Dollar Tree and pick up some new mathematical activity books, so that she can begin practicing her addition and subtraction like she did last summer.

Anyway, I’ll share some of our summer adventures as they happen. Let me know how you are spending your summer with your little ones!

Xoxo ~ Tamana

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

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, aunts and grandmothers out there. I hope your loved ones spoil you rotten today and all year through.

I am spending my Mother’s Day at work but spent my Saturday with my mother and sister. I got them a cake and a beautiful hanging plant for the house and made them lunch. It was a good day and time well spent.

My little munchkin grew a sunflower plant at school and made me a beautiful card; which was the best present ever. This evening when I get home from work, I’ll spend more time with her and maybe we’ll have an early movie night or a walk to the park if she wants.

How are you spending your Mother’s Day? Are you doing something special for a mother or woman in your life today or are you the special woman in someone’s life and are being spoilt today? I’d love to hear how you spend your day!

Have a blessed day and give lots of love to the women in your world today. Xoxo

~ Tamana

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

Positive People Army

Have you heard of the Positive People Army? Maybe seen their founder, Heidi Allen on Global News? Well, she’s a friend of mine and she began a journey a couple of years ago to make the world better and not only better but full of better, positive people.

You’re probably wondering what the Positive People Army is and why I’m suddenly writing about it. This Army is a group of people working to positively support one another and bring positivity back into the world.

“The PPA is a positive group, providing positive posts to uplift our daily lives. The Positive People Army’s goal is simple: to bring positive voices, stories, quotes and videos to a growing army community.”

I’m writing about it today because I believe through Heidi’s vision of a positive world, I too can make a difference in people’s lives by introducing them to this Army.

I’m not shy of admitting I’ve dealt with enough negativity in my life and have taken bits of people’s positivity and guidance to help deal with my issues. And although I am not fully involved in the Army as much as I’d like to be, I wanted to share it with all of you with the hope that the Army’s positivity and support might assist you during a rough patch in your life or inspire you to become a leader in positivity.

“The EMPPACT leadership program is an extraordinary course designed to help you discover yourself and truly learn what it takes to become a positive leader. The program is geared to coach and prepare leaders to successfully run their very own Positivity in Practice Workshops within their community and worldwide. It’s an opportunity to make spreading positivity a new and exciting job or career! The journey begins as a two-day program packed with remarkable leadership tools, powerful exercises, astonishing self-discovery experiences, as well as many “A-HA” moments that will change your life!”

Click the link below to read more about the leadership program and/or join the group on Facebook and gain an Army of support!

Positive People Army Empact Leadership Program

Recipe Of The Month: Aloo Ki Tahari (Potato Rice)

I was recently searching for a potato-rice recipe and stumbled upon an Awadhi recipe called aloo ki tahari (can also be spelled tehri, tayari, or tehari). Awadhi cuisine is a native cuisine of Lucknow, India. I’m from Delhi, so I don’t know much about preparing dishes from Lucknow, but as many of you may know that Lucknow is famous for their biryani, kabobs and cuisines overall.

Of course, I had to try the recipe and of course I had to share it with all of you (lucky you) and this time I even managed to take photos as I was preparing the rice. You’d think after blogging for 9 years, I’d get the hang of photographing or recording my recipes on video. This time I did and I must say I’ve done a good job at it (😂).

Here’s the recipe. Try it out and let me know what you think!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 2-3 tbsp finely chopped ginger and garlic
  • 1-2 green chillies finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato diced into small cubes
  • 1-2 medium sized potatoes diced into cubes
  • 2 cups basmati rice rinsed and pre-soaked in warm water
  • 2-3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp turmeric (haldi)
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder (add more for a spicier taste)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 cardamoms
  • 1 stock of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander
  • 4 cups water

Here’s what you do:

  1. Chop ingredients, rinse and soak rice in warm water
  2. On medium flame, heat oil in a wok (karahi), add cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and allow to sizzle
  3. Add onions and cook until golden-brown
  4. Add ginger, garlic and green chillies and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes
  5. Add tomatoes and cook until slightly mashed
  6. Add turmeric, salt, red chilli powder and sauté until oil begins to separate from mixture
  7. Add potatoes and sauté until they are about halfway cooked
  8. Add water and once it begins to boil, add rice
  9. Turn flame down to minimum and cover
  10. Allow to cook covered for 10-15 minutes or until water has completely evaporated and rice and potatoes are fully cooked
  11. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with yogurt or mint chutney (need a mint chutney recipe? Check out this one!)
  12. Enjoy!