Hello 2014 !!

The last year was a wonderful adventure – lots of travel , the Big Fat Indian Wedding , changes , adjustments and of course spending great time with my new and old family ! I am super excited about 2014. My theme for this year is to stay positive and look at the brighter side of everything. I also made a promise to myself to stay calm and learn to believe !

Apart from the above , I have promised to do/be the following :

1. Be cool – patience , calmness & belief are key ingredients to a Happy 2014

2. Get fit – I have never been this unfit in my life and I have promised myself to take up running / walking again ( after almost a year long hiatus ).

3. Meditate – yoga & meditation will be a part of my weekly , if not daily routine.

4. Cook more – I love to cook & try new recipes and the fact that my Mr. Right is a foodie only helps ( I have an ever ready audience to showcase my ahem , skills to)

5. Paint more – Last year I took up painting and made only about 5 paintings and bought 3 wonderful pieces of art ( my 3rd acquisition is a beautiful original ‘Pichwai’ painting from Udaipur)

2014!!!!

6. Try to be a better home maker – be more organised , planned out and work harder towards being a better host and a better wife.

7. Work harder – This year I will be launching a website , it has always been my dream to start something of my own and work on something that I am passionate about so I am super kicked about being able to inch closer to my dream .

8. Eat healthier – after a year of binging and enjoying the good & sinful foods I have promised myself to eat healthier. My friend introduced me to the loose it app during our trip to Udaipur and I started working on the app already !

9. Click more – yes I promise to use my camera more ! Follow me on instagram : @aartickapoor

10. Save more – theme for this year , post a year of wedding expenses & lots of shopping will be to save more and work towards setting out a retirement plan so that I have it ready before I hit the dreaded 30’s !

11. Read more – Running a book club with a friend is a lot of fun ! Especially when the people who are part of it are as excited about meeting up and exchanging notes on books to read as we are ! So I have resolved to read 12 new books this year ! ( totally doable I guess , even if I am travelling). Follow the book club @btbbookclub and Bound Together Bombay (Facebook)

12. Plant more trees ! – Yes I think it is time to plant more trees people ! If we plant a tree every quarter thats 4 trees per person per year ! Maybe it will help reduce the harmful effects of global warming a little.

13. Learn more – I resolve to be more open minded about learning from people around me !

14. Travel more – needless to say I always have this one on my list and I will love to share my adventures through this blog !

15. Write more ! Yes I had a very inactive year last year and I promise to be an active blogger this year !

16. Last but not the least I want to learn a language – I did a bit of French in High School and started off with Spanish , but that did not really go anywhere. So I will sign up for a do it yourself program for Spanish / Italian and try and get the basics of the language in place in 2014 !

What are your resolutions for 2014 ?

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Being Robin :)

“And then, just like that every once in a while something extraordinary happens that makes you realize that Life is Beautiful” – Tiara 

  If 2 weeks back somebody had asked me if I was fond of kids I would’ve said umm yeah I guess but I love dogs! Ask me now and my revert to that is I love kids and dogs! What is it that happened in 15 days that changed my opinion?

 

I became Robin!

 My friend VA (often mentioned in my posts) had her sister and niece and nephews visit her from NYC in March. When she first mentioned their plans to me in February my first reaction was “oh! Guess that means I’ll see you after they’re gone”. Little did I know at that point that something would change for me forever! I would go from being just Tiara to being Robin (massi/aunty).

 

Enter ILA (8), Avi (7) and Ari (15 months): the 3 most adorable and wonderful children I have met. I met them while walking Annie one evening and the fact that they had taken to Annie so well (they hugged and kissed her and fought over who would walk her) touched my heart. Annie of course loved the attention!

 

What started off with an evening out walking Annie (accompanied by 2 kids and 1 baby in a stroller) went on to become 2 amazing weeks of pasta, waffles, lucky charms, diapers and fro – yo. Food did dominate our evenings but so did taking Annie out for a walk and movie rental plans J One evening out with the kids on our way for Fro-Yo @yougurtbay the kids realized that Va is Batman and I am Robin and my car is the Bat mobile (since its black and all that) and that’s how I became Robin (massi). I kind of love the name and now in that household that is what I am called….. 🙂  

 ILA is a wonderful little girl. As you can see she is gorgeous and will grow up to be quite a stunner. Responsible and kind, ILA helps her mother a lot especially with the baby – which in my opinion is wonderful for an 8 year old. She’s pretty but isn’t one of those girls who would spend hours in front on the mirror – she is more like me , ready to make a fun plan and go running and use her time productively. What is really special about her is that is gentle with her brothers but will not be bullied by them 🙂 patience is a virtue she has been gifted with and though she is quiet and takes time to open up , I think once she does she will love unconditionally. I think the inflection point for her was somewhere between the evening out in my Bat Mobile as we drove out for Fro-Yo singing loudly (totally out of tune) and the afternoon when I was chatting with her and braiding her hair (when she said she hates braids and I was like yeah me to! lets do something fun!)

 

Avi is a brat gone good! He is so cute and cuddly and really bright! I mean there is bright and there is really bright. Want an example? VA and I were with the kids at Lemon Tree Café in Bandra and post our meal (that comprised of pasta and fanta floats loll) VA was given the satisfaction survey to fill. VA was thinking aloud when she looked at me and said “I wonder why no matter where I go I am always given the survey form to fill”. To this Avi (7) replied – Massi (Aunty) maybe ‘coz you look like a millionaire and they want to know why a millionaire would eat here again so they can get more of those!!! I mean is that bright or what!?

 From what I hear Avi used to be a brat and has really toned down. Being the child sandwiched in the middle, I am sure he loved the attention he got from VA and me.  With really smart questions that ranged from marketing surveys to why Hulk’s pants should rip apart when he bulks up! (I mean they should, shouldn’t they) this boy is full of life and mirth and a LOT OF LOVE. I’ll be honest for me the first week was all about Avi (because ILA can be a little reserved initially).

Ari (15 months) got his name because he was born the month his folks got their Ferrari! For real! He is the yummiest little baby who is ever smiling (imagine I did not see him cry more than once in 2 weeks). Being the baby of the household with a doting granny, 2 aunts and 2 older siblings who love him he is not new to being in the spotlight and he LOVES IT! Between diapers and siesta time I did manage to hang out with him a bit ( Annie and he had this thing going on…he wasn’t scared of her and she was so gentle around him! ) but I guess the next trip he will be more grown up and less fragile so we can chill together 😉

Yesterday the kids left Mumbai to go spend time with theDelhicrew for a week, leaving Annie + VA + Me sad and depressed. As a parting gifts to me this is what they left behind:

When I saw these I cried! I did not realize that I had gone from becoming Va’s friend to half massi ( Avi called me that for the longest time ‘coz you see I’m not a blood massi) to a FULL Massi ( as you can see in my Thank You Cards !)  🙂

 My learning from the 2 weeks with the kids:-

  • Annie is really amazing around kids, even the ones under 2.
  • Kids just need love – once they feel loved they listen to you
  • I am a dog and kid kind of person! Especially if the kids are as fun and smart and cute as the ones above
  • There is such a thing as unconditional love !
  • Every once in a while something extraordinary happens – last year we found Annie and this year I met these kids..
  • I miss my cousins and their Munchkins who stay outside my city 😦 I am missing out on their best years #ineedaholiday

 I LOVE BEING ROBIN! I mean wouldn’t you ?!?!!


Catch 22

Have you ever been in a position where you feel there is no solution to the problem ? It may be a trivial one,but you feel trapped and silly at the same time ? Like no matter what you decide there is always a downside to it ?

I often face these situations….mostly when it comes to expectation management for people and for me. I guess using the following in the right context and time is the only way out for most situations.

1. Time is the decider – Yes , time will tell all. If you only have the patience to hang in there and see how things pan out without rushing into relationships, commitments on work front it will fare you well in the longer run. The catch here is an opportunity missed may never return ,but then again maybe it was never meant to be then. Being proactive v/s being aggressive , thin line differentiates these two but the outcomes can be very very different.

I guess this is true for relationships, I think learning to take it slow is key and getting to know people well is crucial. Be it  a romantic relationship or just friends. (3 rules of 3)

2. Think before you speak :- Often I have to catch myself from speaking my mind out.Not a cool thing to do,I was a believer of ‘ what you see is what you get’ makes life simple but maybe sometimes life would be easier and the world a better place if we din’t always speak our minds and say everything out aloud.Thinking before we speak v/s being fake and calculative. I guess it’s the motive that is the differentiating factor. I am still trying to master this one (far from it).

3. Less is more :–  I guess less is more is a good rule to follow but I am sure there are situations when less is less and more is needed. It’s important to learn to identify these situations and act accordingly….

I guess every situation demands something different and teaches us something new in life….

Are there any Catch 22 situations you have landed in recently ?

Sachin is my super hero !

Sachin Tendulkar is my hero ! I like cricket , nothing over the top but I enjoy the game once in a while.

Master Blaster,Kohli,Dravid and Yuvi are my fave ! While I have the biggest crush on Virat and great respect for The Wall it is Sachin who inspires me most.

Today’s century of centuries has once again made me believe that hard work, patience, perseverance and faith can get us to achieve almost anything !

Sachin you are my Super Hero and I hope to meet you in person someday so I may say it to you in person ! ❤

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