Adventures of Goaaa…

finalHi friends! I know, it is shocking to see me, time and again updating my blog, right? This time I will chase my laziness miles away from me and write whenever I can. I have promised my hubby that I will take my passion one step above my laziness, so, here I am! 😊 I believe that one must try till the end and not give up. So, I will try and try, until I succeed. Moreover, the Bullet Journal has helped me to a greater extent in planning and organising. It’s been about a week or ten days since I started using it, and believe me it has sorted so many tiny things for me and made my life easier.

IMG_1137This is not the first time I am writing about Goa. I have written about it last year as well. It might not make sense to people who haven’t gone to Goa, but, believe me, once you go and get the hang of the peace and serenity there, you will run back, like how we do. It feels so nice and rejuvenated. We make it a point to go to Goa once a year to unwind. We have found a hotel that is located well away from the crowd, in a residential area, which makes our holiday even more special, because the place is like a home away from home. I have dedicated a post to Jasminn by Mango in my blog. The hospitality at this place is something which I haven’t seen anywhere else.

This time we took a bus to Goa from Mysore. It was a super long journey. What I have to mention here is, one should never take a Paulo Travels bus. We have taken Neeta Travels before; it wasn’t too great, but it wasn’t this bad either! Everything seemed fine until we reached Bangalore. When the bus stopped at Paulo Travels office, they just randomly told us to get off the bus with our luggage and move to another bus. The bus was one size smaller than the previous one and there was lot of confusion with respect to seats, as the seat numbers were different from the ones allotted to us at the time of booking. So, with all the confusion we left Bangalore at say 9.30 pm. They did not stop for dinner until 10.30 pm. When we asked them, they told us they will, after going out of Bangalore City. At about 11.15 pm they stopped for dinner. I am sure, most of you will agree with me, 11.15 at night is not the time to have dinner. Everyone in the bus was angry. They did not stop at any proper place in the morning to freshen up. In fact, at about 7.30 am, when we were about to enter Goa, the guy just randomly said, ‘there is an open space for bathroom, whoever wants to go can go.’ Are you serious? You are asking a bus full of people especially women to go to an open area. I thought, they might be kidding, but unfortunately, they weren’t. I am going to report this anyways 😊 Somehow, we managed to reach by 10 am.

IMG_1184Apart from the great bus adventure, we had more adventures waiting for us. We wanted to relax completely on the first day. We wanted to take it easy. So, we randomly sprawled around trying to recover from the lonnnnnngggggggggg bus journey. The hotel has a shuttle to the beach every hour. After relaxing and making up for the lost sleep, we went to the beach in the shuttle at 5pm. The last shuttle back to the hotel was at 6pm. The shuttle was to the Betalbatim Beach. We did not want to be bound by the short time frame. So, we decided to walk back. It was a good half an hour walk. We spent about two hours in the beach. While Mayur went around clicking pictures of the beautiful sunset, I sat in one of the shacks and wrote. Probably, one of my stories coming up will have the plot I outlined in Goa. We left the beach at around 7 pm. I guess, it was a little late. Though, it is that way very safe in Goa, we were scared. The main thing that freaks you out there is that the roads are pitch black. No lights at all. Though it was a scary walk, we enjoyed it. I freak out faster than Mayur. I guess, it is natural. Being a girl and seeing how things are nowadays, I scared Mayur as well. After we reached safely we thought about the entire thing and laughed out loudly.

IMG_1178After an adventurous evening we wound up our day with a relaxed candle light dinner. The next day we decided to take it easy in the morning as well because it was too hot outside. We decided to go later in the evening. We had heard about the Sunset Beach before. We always thought all the beaches located near Betalbatim Beach are famous for sunset. We were, however, wrong. We realised on this visit that there is a beach called Sunset Beach, which is located next to Benaulim Beach. As I stated earlier, all these beaches are located next to each other. The Sunset Beach had a beauty of its own. It was very calm and silent. The sand was silvery and soft. It was absolutely empty. There were people, but on the other side. The side from which we got in, there was absolutely nothing. We loved it to the core. We walked in the water, hand in hand and just enjoyed the tranquillity and peace. It is at this beach that my husband clicked the picture of sunset through my eye! You can find that picture on his Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/mayur_sarma . From there we went to Dominos for Dinner.

Both the beaches which I mentioned above, Betalbatim and Sunset are located near the hotel. The sunset is the same at both these places, since the beaches are located near each other. Betalbatim Beach has a lot of people especially foreigners, but Sunset Beach is quiet and has very few people. If you want a silent, be to yourself beach then Sunset Beach is the one.

If I continue writing, I might end up writing a book. So, I will stop it at this and get back with another post in two days summing up our Goa Adventures. Hope you enjoy reading this.

Cheers!!!

Note: I hold the Copyright to all the pictures published here.. The eye picture is clicked by Mayur and the rest are captured by me!

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Oh yes, I am moving towards being organised!

imagesHi friends!! Let me tell you in the beginning itself that I am not a very organised person, though I always start off being organised and then it just goes off in a few days. Probably, I am very lazy to stay organised. I have tried many times and failed miserably. This time, however, I have made a pact that no matter what, I am going to stay organised. It makes life simpler and also you do not have the stress of losing things.

I have always had the craze for self -improvement books. Whenever I go to Crossword Bookstores I always end up reading a self-improvement book. Even after reading many self-improvement books, I don’t seem to have improved 😊. The book that actually made me think twice about being organised is ‘HOW TO BULLET PLAN’ by Rachel Wilkerson Miller. I love stationery and I love writing. This is one of the reasons why I picked up this book. I use about 5 diaries to record various things happening with me daily (yes, I agree I am insane, but I love stationery). So, whenever I travel, I have to carry these five diaries with me. This book changed the entire perspective of maintaining different diaries for me. In just one simple book, you can have everything you want. The thing that pushed me towards Bullet Journaling is that you can customise it the way you want. There are no restrictions at all. For me, starting off with my first Bullet Journaling is the first step towards being organised.

Once I started off with my Bullet Journal, I realised that being organised is not difficult. If you follow few simple things on a daily basis, believe me, your life will get sorted. I have started off with as simple a thing as tracking how much water I consume everyday (I do not drink water at all, unless or otherwise required). Now, updating my Water Tracker in my Journal makes me drink water. It may sound stupid, but it has made a difference to me. It has made me gradually move towards a healthier me and will, in turn, result in lesser medications and fewer hospital visits in the future.

This was just an example. Like the water tracker, I have included sleep tracker, a Selfcare Routine, a To-do list, Habit Tracker, list of things I love and hate, Gratitude Log, etc. Jotting down on a daily basis the various things that matter to me, will reduce the pressure on my brain (I might not have one, but, by chance, if there is one, then it would really do the job).

I don’t have to unnecessarily remember things. I can write it down and in turn, I can use the storage in my brain for other things. Writing down on a daily basis also gives you a little confidence because you know where you are headed to and you feel like you have little control over your life. I had a very good memory few years ago. In the past year or so, my memory has gone for a toss.  One of the reasons, probably, is I haven’t tried hard enough to get it back. A Bad Memory is one of the worst things to happen if you want to organise yourself. There have been instances where I have totally forgotten where my keys were and as a result I have ransacked the entire house in search of it.

Bullet Journaling has made me take my first step towards being organised. After I started off with it, I started realising that the things are falling in place slowly and I am sure I will one day get my super memory back. The only important thing that needs to be done is to shed your laziness and update your journal every night before going to sleep, so that there are no issues pending at the back of your mind, which will in turn would have given you a restless sleep. A disturbed sleep is the major cause for everything. If you get a restful sleep, then majority of your work is done. You will feel fresh and less lazy, which in turn leads to you being very organised.

Yeah, my sister might be laughing loudly, probably, falling off the chair/cot, but believe me Madhi, ‘you will see a new me’. Yes, I know I have made these statements every single day, but this time it is on a more serious note.  As I already stated earlier this is my first step towards self- improvement and in turn, getting organised, you will get to read more and more posts under this new segment ‘Self-Improvement’ from now on. I know, I am running for my life before my sister beats me up. See you soon..

Cheers!!!