Milestone: 500 Posts

Milestone: 500 Posts

Milestones are always special, and I just hit the 500 post mark on my little nook of the internet, this site (for which I’m eternally grateful), but I only figured I had reached 500 posts (the previous one was the 500th one) after posting it. I guess sometimes you don’t notice something till after the moment has passed. Regardless, it calls for celebration. And that’s precisely what I intend to do.

A huge thank you to everyone who has ever stopped by to read my musings.

Thank you so much!






In exactly one month I will be celebrating a milestone birthday, the big Three-Oh, and unsurprisingly I am completely freaked out! I felt exactly this way when I was turning 20 (and now I think, awww how cute, that I was actually worried about turning 20!), when I realized I’ll never be a teen ever again, and THAT was a decade ago. Where does the time go?

Milestone birthdays always give me a bittersweet feeling, it makes me feel like time is passing me by so quickly, even though it happens one day at a time, and I always countdown big events, it still manages to catch me by surprise and I can’t help but wonder how I got here.

Anyway, after the surprise (shock) has subsided, I generally tend to feel a little sad that perhaps some of the most fun moments are behind me, but I hope to heaven that I’m wrong and whats coming is way better than what I’ve left behind. After all life is about moving forward, even if we do sometimes look back just to reminisce for a little while.

Nonetheless, my 20s have been (and still is for another month) a very memorable decade, so many firsts, so many memories made, so many epiphanies, its been wonderful so far, and as I sit here making plans for the coming month, I can’t help but think of some of my favorite moments of the last decade.

In my 20s, I –

  1. learnt how to drive;
  2. got my first tattoo;
  3. met my Best friend/sister in law school – I don’t know what I’d do without her;
  4. graduated from Law School;
  5. got my first job;
  6. had my BIG heartbreak, and survived it;
  7. re-connected with my other best friend, after almost 10 years (or more) of having lost touch – and boy am I blessed to have met him again;
  8. reconnected with many many old friends;
  9. drove in my first TSD car rally and won;
  10. battled with numerous insecurities and overcame most of them;
  11. did my first bungee jump;
  12. drove a tractor;
  13. started this blog – my own little corner of the internet, which gives me so much joy;
  14. tried my hand at teaching – a lifelong dream;
  15. finally learnt to swim;
  16. solo-traveled for the first time, don’t get what the fuss is all about, I enjoy travelling with loved ones more;
  17. learnt some pretty major “life-lessons”;
  18. started to actually enjoy good White Wines – and even have a favorite one;
  19. started painting more, and I realized I love it – maybe this will turn into something more substantial someday, only time will tell;
  20. learnt to crochet – and now making a scarf for myself;
  21. dealt with chronic back pain, and realized the biggest thing needed for recovery is TLC;
  22. learnt that I can perform miracles when I am kinder to myself, and forgave myself for all the times I wasn’t; and
  23. finally fell in love with myself – and started my life long romance..

I’m sure there are many more of my favorite highlights of the last decade and numerous “full-circle” moments, but for now this is a pretty good list!

I am looking forward to the next month to cherish these last few days of being a 20-something, I obviously intend to make the most of it.

Life sure is full of surprises, ten years ago I would’ve never believed this would be my life, and despite all the challenging moments, I would never change anything. I get to wake up as me, and that is pretty spectacular.


Until next time, embrace your life. This day will never happen again, make the most of it.

Love more.


100 Posts in 100 Days

When I was counting down to this milestone, I thought, Hey ! couldn’t it be great if I wrote my hundredth post on the hundredth day ? And I don’t know how I managed it, But this right now is my 100th post and there’s still 40 minutes left of my 100th day !

Its amazing how everything lines up so perfectly sometimes !

I can honestly say, everything on here is something I love, hate or feel very strongly about ! I never do anything just for the heck of doing it. I can’t bring myself to do anything that I don’t feel strongly about… Isn’t it true after all that the price we pay for anything is the life we exchange for it !

When you do everything with love, it becomes part of us. It retains part of us within itself…

So here’s MY blog, something I love. Something I am proud of. Something I can come back and read many many years from now..

Until we meet again…


Day 100: Taking stock !

Happy 100th day of being in existence, my beloved effloresce23 !


100 days ago, I was seriously seeking to find a place for myself in this big virtual world, a quiet corner for me to be free to think, free to express, free to just be. And I’ve found it here. Ah, so much has happened in the last 100 days, and the best part is, it is far from being over… I know for sure that the best is yet to come.

One of the best decisions I’ve made (definitely makes my Top 5) is to start this blog. Staying true to my nature, I’m going to make (yes, you guessed right, a list !!) a list of things that I am grateful for that have become possible only because of this blog ! An assortment of things that make me Smile, and all because of this blog !

10 of the greatest gifts, this blog has given me:

#10- My love for milestones.

100th day, 50th blog post, 50 followers and so on.. I always find an excuse every single day to celebrate something… Or count down and wait in delicious anticipation to celebrate something… Someone very wise once (not so long ago) told me that “we should always live life in highlights”. I agree with him so much, It has now become a way of life.

#9- Readers from around the globe.

Where else or what else could have made this possible !! For this, I am MOST grateful..

#8- Improved writing

Well, maybe I am biased and maybe it isn’t getting better, I’m definitely feeling less inhibited than when I started. Either way, its a huge change for me and a pretty wonderful one at that.

#7- The Reader- A place to read other blogs.

I spend so much time every day just reading other blogs that (I know) are written so lovingly. I love reading them because I know how much love and thought we bloggers put into each post… I know the thrill when someone likes or comments on something that has taken so much of you to create. Reading opinions of people from around the world, Getting inspired. (hopefully inspiring others too… Or at least affect them in a positive way). Its all been possible only on here. For this, I am grateful.

#6- Playing around with the appearance !

Okay, I have to admit, appearances mean A LOT to me (In case it isn’t obvious enough already). I LOVE Makeovers, to always re-invent myself and everything that is a part of me.. And getting to customize my page, changing the colors, the themes, adding widgets (Yes, I know what these are now 🙂 and I know how to work it. Fancy-pants-me !!). In 100 days, I might have changed the themes about ten times and the current one, although a bit generic, is my favorite one… (to the person who created this theme, Twenty Eleven, Thank you !!!).

Not only changing the themes, I’ve learnt so much. I am a self-confessed technologically challenged woman ! I find technology extremely alien ! On here, I’ve learnt to do some very high-techie-techie stuff (they seem that way to me).

I recently learnt how to add links. At that moment I felt so proud of myself, I felt like I had written some complex code to solve all of the world’s problems. I wan’t kidding about being technologically challenged.. 😛

And each time I’ve learnt something new, it makes me feel so accomplished and proud ! And there’s so much more to learn. So much left to accomplish.

#5- My love for exclamation Points.

I’ve started to notice that I love using exclamation points (usually more than two). I love the drama it adds. I admit, I am a little dramatic (okay okay, VERY dramatic). What’s life without a little drama !!! Mundane, that is what it is 😉

#4- My love for brackets (Brackets)…

This list wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention my love for brackets (Aren’t they just wonderful)…I adore them. I feel like I’m letting you in on a secret when I use them. There’s always something to add mid-sentence… Always..

#3- A place to showcase some of my Photographs !!!

CatchLight is the brand-name I use for my Photography..

It is actually a technical term in Photography, that I came across recently, which refers to a light source that causes a specular highlight in a subject’s eye in an image. And when I found this out, I knew that If there is ONE thing I want in all frames that I create when I look through the lens, I wanted to CatchLight !!!

Being a self-taught (teaching is more like it, I’ve hardly scratched the surface when it comes to exploring Photography as a form of self-expression) novice photographer,to me, CatchLight is something dreamy and romantic. A must-have element in every photograph… (At least I think so)

#2 My love for the Written Word.

It has only gotten magnified and solidified over time !!! I love that this blog has brought me to the realization, time and time again that I love writing. I always have. I still do. And its very possible that I always will !!!

To write is one of the best joys of life !! 🙂


#1- My followers.

The people who liked my page enough to follow. The ones who take time to read my words. Knowing that someone out there is reading what I write makes me want to write more. Thank you for sharing this moment of your life with me..

As always, I have many many more things to add… But that’s all for another time and another post..

Until next time..

Celebrating 100 days of effloresce23