Action Replay - May 2015

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Since May started with a vacation, it was a relaxing month to begin with. Cal and I came back all refreshed and rejuvenated. We love travelling and Goa is a place that we visit atleast once a year. Travelling is something that gives us immense peace and is something that we indulge in as often as we can. Travelling with Cal is a wonderful experience as he is the best ever travel buddy you can ask for. Both of us are no nonsense people and are very local. We do not like to stay in resorts or five star hotels, as we are out most of the time. We like to explore the hidden places in a city and create memories. Cal being a vegetarian finds it difficult to find some good veg food in Goa. But he goes out of his way to make sure that I get my full of sea food.

After a wonderful vacation we came back to the regular grind of work. And our latest passion, gardening. There are so many things that we have wanted to do together but were unable to do so before. But now we are more than making up for it. When our first hibiscus plant yielded a flower, both of us went crazy with joy. It was a bright orange flower and it stood out in our balcony. The next week, we got ourselves another hibiscus with white flowers. It yielded beautifully as well. Now we have five varieties of hibiscus in white, orange, red, pink and yellow and they are our pride. Everyday atleast one flower blooms and welcomes us every morning. We use it during our puja everyday and have become self reliant in terms of flowers at least. We plan to put in our seeds for tomato, chillies and ladies finger this weekend. Gardening is highly addictive and we cannot get enough of plants. This new hobby is something that we both are immensely enjoying.

Another thing that we are now taking up is fitness. Earlier we used to end up eating out very often and had put on loads of weight. But once we shifted to our own place, I have put in an unsaid rule that food now shall be fresh, healthy and home made only. We even go for walks every morning and work out at home. Not following any strict diet though. We eat healthy and in limited portions. It is working beautifully for us. Both of us have begun to lose weight and we look much better and healthier now. My health has miraculously improved after we came here and I cannot be more happier. My battle with PCOD seems to be ending and yes, I am winning.

Work was pretty hectic this month, but I maintained my sanity throughout and came out with flying colors. This stressful schedule lasted until two days ago. With just 17 posts during May and 5 in June, writing took a back seat. Usually it would have affected me a lot but this time I did not even have the time to care. Another hobby that has taken a complete back seat is reading. I started 'The Cuckoo's Calling' eons ago, but haven't got past the first 150 pages yet. The story is mind blowing, but lack of time is preventing me from picking it up again. A friend pointed out that J.K Rowling and I must have been enemies last birth as I haven't got past the first two pages of the Harry Potter series either. But the main reason I want to finish off this book is so that I can start with 'Rebecca' soon after it. I hate leaving books unfinished and shall not rest until I have finished a book I started. 'Lolita' still stares back at me from the corner of my book shelf. Hopefully by this year I get to complete that book.

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Now for the most important announcement. From now on 'Fashion And Beauty' will no longer be featured on LOL. Although I enjoyed doing fashion, beauty and style posts here, I think this place deserves more of poetry, fiction and my rants. And since I want to write more about fashion and beauty as well, I am starting a new blog solely for that. This was the idea initially, since I bought my own domain and all that. And since Life Of Leo was all about my life I thought fashion, style and beauty should be a part of it too. But I am not comfortable with it anymore. I want to write creative stuff and about fashion as often as I can and having them at the same place will clash and will become way too much to handle. A new fashion blog was the best idea that I could come up with. After six years I have started a new blog and I am so excited. Now all I have to do is set it up and customize it. I am all thrilled. You will hear the details soon.

But no matter how many blogs I own, this one will always remain my favorite. My first child. LOL has made it to the directory of the best Indian blogs for the third consecutive year and I am so proud of myself. I need to make more time to write more now. It has been long since I wrote a piece of fiction and I am dying to do so. I had a couple of ideas in my mind for a series, but none of them materialized on print. I shall write something soon. Very soon. We are halfway through June and I just have five posts until now. Such a shame. I shall try to have a post everyday from today so that I somehow mange to touch twenty posts a month. But then again, I do not want to write because I have to put up something. I just hope some good ideas flow and I get some good content to write about.

So, that was all about May and my ideas for June. What's your plan?

20 comments:

  1. I think it is a great idea to have a different space for fashion and beauty. Congratulations on the new blog and being featured in the directory of Best Indian Blogs. You totally deserve it. :)

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  2. Good to know that you had a nice month there. Gardening is addictive indeed. I am missing it now that I have to stay as a PG. I'm glad you are winning your battle against PCOD. Hope I win mine too. Have a great June! :)

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  3. Hi Soumya. I am excited to see your new blog. Congrats on making it to best Indian blogs.
    Good Luck for your new hobby. I understand gardening takes a lot of patience and time. You rock man!

    *Hugs*

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  4. Congrats on being featured on the best Indian Blogs list :) Your post reminded me that I need to pick up the book and soon, reading is being neglected by me too, and I do not like it one bit. Health matters, not the numbers as long as you feel healthy its awesome. All the best for the new blog, I like the logic of having a separate space for fashion and beauty :)

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    1. Thank you so much Jaibala and welcome to my blog :)

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  5. Yay! Can't wait to start following your new blog! :D

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  6. I totally agree with you that we cannot just write for the sake of putting something up. Good luck with your muse, hoping to read your fiction soon :)

    Congrats on the new blog Leo! LOL will remain my favorite because I am not that much into fashion.

    My last 3 months and even June is being consumed by the planning and efforts to move to the new place. I have decided to take my time and finalized that I will move only July end. I am gonna start with the gardening the day we are settled in the new place, I have been waiting so long for a chance to indulge in it. I was wondering who would give me tips about how to go about it, what to grow as a first timer and all, now I have you!

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    1. You have me always :)

      Good luck with the shifting.

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  7. Congrats ! I envy you about that gardening part ... We have a really big area outside our apartment with scope for partial sunlight as well, and haven't started anything yet. This post is an inspiration.

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    1. You should start it. It is awesome :)

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  8. I have never been to Goa. I wish to go there someday. Congrats on the new blog and as well as reaching directory of the best Indian blogs 3 times in a row. I am eagerly waiting for the new blog.

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    1. You should go there. Thank you Harini :)

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  9. Hey, Goa is very refreshing and congrats to be featured on top blogs. Great that you writing more of poetry. My June place may be some interesting short stories coming up and on blogspot, a monsoon love story:)

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    1. I cannot wait for that monsoon love story :)

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  10. Hi Soumya, Congratulations:)
    A new reader, I always feel sooo good reading your posts.I just love the various topics that you speak your mind on.They kinda inspire me,so please keep them coming :) All the best!!!

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    1. Hey Anitha, welcome to my blog :)

      Thank you so much :)

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