Boymom · Health · Indian · Journey · Life · Lifestyle · Mom

Change is Coming

Hello!

What is it about a fresh and brand New Year that inspires change and the desire to start blogging again?

Well this time, I not only plan to keep up the blogging, I also plan to take this journey in a whole new direction.

2016 changed me. Gone is the weak person who cries at the drop of a hat. Gone is the person who thinks she cannot do something that is remotely challenging. Gone is the mom who blames herself or feels guilt when things are not perfect.

I am stronger, and wiser, and more resilient than ever!

So… Before we move on to what will be an amazing 2017, let’s do a quick recap of 2016:

In March, my mom got uterine cancer. As you can imagine, it was a nightmare and an emotional rollercoaster realizing BOTH your parents have this horrible disease. Luckily it was caught very early on and surgery got rid of it completely.

My divorce was finalized in June. Let me tell you, this was the most liberating, scary, strengthening experience of my life. The struggles and the insane joys of single mom life will be one of the focuses of this new and improved blog!

fullsizerender

In July, I traveled to London! Wow! What a beautiful city! I fell in love instantly and I am actually hoping to one day be able to move there.

In September, my dad went into remission! Having both parents go through the cancer battle is an inexplicable experience. Thankfully they are both okay and doing well.

Lets talk about Gavin.. the sunshine in my life.. that boy is AMAZING! He is getting smarter and funnier every single day. He has such a great little personality and really brings me so much joy! I look forward to sharing more about him here.

img_7006

This leads us to 2017!!! A brand new year, a chance to start fresh, and an opportunity to take this blog in a direction that shows who I truly am and to celebrate the people and things I enjoy the most.

So stick around and stay tuned!

Also, I added my blog to Bloglovin’! Come and follow me there!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Hope everyone had an amazing 2016 and an even better 2017!

Indian · Life · Mom · Traditions

Keeping Traditions Alive

About 9 years ago, I left the Philippines to come live in Texas. Being of Indian descent, this is not something that is normally done. Indian girls are supposed to get married, have children, and live happily ever after. But after a traumatic failed marriage, I knew I had to change things. I knew I had to make a life for myself and not rely on marriage alone to make me a complete person.

Fast forward 9 years later, and I feel like I have done well for myself. I am a certified teacher, small business owner, wife, mom, and now, newbie blogger. And while I love my life, I miss some things about home. I miss the people, the food, and most of all, I miss the traditions. Growing up, my sister and I were always immersed in activities that taught us more about our Indian culture and I started to feel like my son was missing out on that. I didn’t want him to grow up not knowing part of his heritage.

Lucky for me, my parents and sister decided to make the move over here. If there was anyone who could help me show Gavin some of our culture, it was his Nani (Indian for grandma).

Yesterday, we celebrated “Diwali”, which is also known as the Festival of Lights. Here is a quick definition: “a Hindu festival of lights, held in the period October to November. It is particularly associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, and marks the beginning of the fiscal year in India.”

I was so glad Gavin got the chance to learn a little something about his culture and it  just makes me even more determined to immerse him in more activities that he can learn from.

Here he is with his Nani, doing his part in the pooja (prayer).

IMG_0650