Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Why expressing gratitude to our kids is important?



Today is a big day for me and I want to document it for umpteen reasons. It has been forty five days today from when I underwent the critical endometriosis surgery on 6th July 2019 and ideally I can now get back to every activity I did prior to the surgery. But honestly I am still not back to a perfect normal but yes I am putting my best put forward and getting better day by day.

No matter how many smiling faces I had flashed for the camera and flooded you all with happy pictures, last 45 days earnestly have not been easy at all. From wailing in pain the whole night after surgery which took two hours instead of an expected forty minutes, to taking a forced discharge within 24 hours of the operative procedure when a minimum three days is a must, to managing home all alone immediately with kiddo and hubby and domestic help, to moving around with a catheter attached for a fortnight which got pulled every now and then to land me in immense pain, to sleepless nights where I can only lie down straight, to my sore and painful lower back post anesthesia, to calls from relatives who have faced it telling me that the pain will soon come back and multiple surgeries await, to battling loneliness confined home alone, to trying to resume my academy sessions and failing to sit for long hours, to being able to pen very very few posts on my blog, it wasn’t easy but I did not give up.

There were moments I felt susceptible and nervous but then I gathered courage and meditated for long hours. But what kept me most sane what my husband(who cooked all three means for me with his own hands for the first five days after surgery) and son’s support who went to office and school as well as managed me especially the little one who has just turned ten. He has maintained his composure throughout, from the time I left him home alone on the surgery day before he was joined by my brother-in-law’s family two hours later to waiting patiently for my discharge the next day.

From the time I was home, he has helped me in every single thing even till today as I don’t find it easy to get up quickly or to bend down a lot to pick things. He has learnt patiently all that I taught him from making vegetable sandwiches to my green tea. He has managed all his work and school by himself too to a fair extent too. 

So, day before yesterday I expressed my gratitude to him for his continuous support and love even when dad is travelling most of the days and his eyes lit up with a beautiful smile.

I immediately realised how significant expression of gratitude is, even if it to our children. It really meant a lot to him and he genuinely felt he had done a great job and will now always be keen to help others for my expression gave him such positive vibes and confidence. Plus he himself will practice gratitude when someone will render him a favour. 

Otherwise too in our routine life, we ask our children a lot of little favours the whole day, like fetching you a glass of water, pick something up, make bed etc. One may argue, that’s their duty but let’s keep that debate for some other day. How about appreciating them and giving them a pat on their back and expressing our gratitude to them sometimes? My experience with kids says it will make them feel worthy and wonderful and we will lay a foundation of good future citizens. The next time they will be more eager to help anyone in need.

Gratitude is a beautiful gesture. The more you give it out to the universe the more you receive it back in abundance. Whenever you genuinely feel grateful to someone never hesitate to say so even if it is to your kids. I really feel it is vital to express our gratitude to them with immense love and a true heart to boost their self esteem and keep their goodness intact as they grow up.

Do you agree with me? Do share your views.

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How to Succeed in E-Commerce – 5 Success Stories

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The best way to succeed in e-commerce is to gather tips from different business ventures that have already made it. They’ve learned the tricks of the trade and dodged various risky situations. What’s more, many of them are more than happy to share their stories. That way they encourage rookie e-traders to find their own way to the top in this field. Likewise, we’re also eager to help beginners climb the ladder and become a household name. In line with that, we’ve analyzed dozens of success stories in e-trade and we bring the ones we thought would inspire online traders. 

1) Diamond Candle

They had an original business idea – sinking rings of different value into the wax of fragrant candles. Still, at the beginning they had trouble popularizing their brand, mostly because they couldn’t afford expensive advertising. After a while, however, Diamond Candle managed to make a breakthrough via engaged customers.
The incentive that made this online business take off were the rings. Namely, satisfied customers shared the photos of their in-wax findings across social media. The owners of Diamond Candle then had only one task – to streamline new customers from social channels to their website. 
What brought success to these entrepreneurs was a fresh idea that inspired Internet users to spread the word about it. Also, they went an extra mile to present their products in a favorable way, i.e. invested in product photography

2) Common Projects 

Footwear tell a lot about people in general. The founders of Common Project had that in mind when they launched the eponymous business in 2004. Their initial target audience weremen who like wearing classy, but inconspicuous sneakers. Due to their narrow audience and an interest-raising product, they have gradually gained recognition from a larger number of people. 
Only when they became an established e-commerce business did they increase the number of items they sell. For instance, it took them some time to include women’s shoes into their assortment of products. 
Nowadays, they sell simple but top-notch men’s and women’s shoes, as well as classy accessories. Their desire not to offer too many products is still predominant, which turned out as a great move to attract chosen customers.  
Additionally, they accomplished their goals with the help of clothes designers and branch influencers. All these steps will help you increase your sales. Also, when selling clothes online, go for a simple checkout page and smart invoice templates.These little details can make a significant difference in ensuring a fast and convenient purchase. 

3) Seismic Audio 

Another business started in 2004, more as an attempt on eBay than a serious venture, Seismic Audio now brings about $10 million. The key to success of this business was its focus. On the one hand, its founder was concentrated only on one platform – eBay. On the other, this business offered a handpicked number of high-quality audio products. 
The former strategy has generated a tribe of loyal, repeat customers. The latter tactics has skyrocketed the reputation of the brand. 
After the initial success, Seismic Audio expanded its work to Amazon in 2007. 
What you can learn from this example is that you should first get familiar with one e-commerce platform and later spread your work to other channels of e-trade.

4) Edible Arrangements 

Some categories of e-commerce need to deliver their service as soon as possible. Food businesses are probably the most prominent such group. The owners of Edible Arrangements did their marketing homework partly right. They offered their customers an instantaneous delivery, but it didn’t increase the number of sales. As they later realized, their shoppers didn’t notice that useful service. 
Therefore, they highlighted this momentous delivery with a special banner on the homepage with a clock counting down the remaining time for such deliveries. The outcome of this strategy were increased sales and greater contentment of shoppers. 
The morale of this success story is that sometimes adding a minute change can result in better sales results – especially if it’s accompanied by a countdown timer that’s creating a sense of shopping urge. 

5) Black Milk Clothing

Just like the owners of Diamond Candle, the founders of Black Milk Clothing couldn’t afford an abundant marketing budget. This is where they experienced the power of social media in e-commerce promotion
Namely, they created several Facebook groups to promote their main products – original leggings. Via those groups, they also succeeded in raising interest in their brand. As a result, those groups have become real communities of brand lovers who buy items from the Black Milk Clothing website. At the same time, they popularize that brand in social media. 
This case study shows that you should seize the opportunities offered by the communality of social networks. The more followers you convert into satisfied buyers, the more other potential customers will see your brand. Once your brand becomes one of your customers’ daily online topics, you’ve hit the bull’s eye. 

Conclusion

Learning from other people’s experiences will encourage novice online traders to launch a business of their own. At the beginning, you can place your e-commerce cruise on one of numerous existing e-commerce platforms. As you reach some success, you can go for a website of your own. 
As opposed to that, opening too many e-commerce fronts will soon exhaust your limited initial resources. But if you gradually build your online brand, you’ll have enough time to improve your business and become a success story, just like the enterprises presented in this article. 



AuthorBioMark Thomasson is a biz-dev hero at Invoicebus - a simple invoicing service that gets your invoices paid faster. He passionately blogs on topics that help small biz owners succeed in their business. He is also a lifelong learner who practices mindfulness and enjoys long walks in nature more than anything else.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Boost your blog and take it a notch higher with #MyFriendAlexa



Many years ago, cajoled by a dear friend, I started my blog with the name ‘Straight From My Heart’. True to its name it was all about me penning all my thoughts down in it straight from my heart. This was all I knew about blogging then. I shared it with my friends and relatives on FB or via email and there appreciation as well my own contentment to having expressed myself was enough for me. 

There was nothing professional about it nor was monetisation a goal. I did create content for websites but that has nothing to do with my blog. I did a lot of work but had no clue about my reach or SEO. I had a dedicated set of followers and their love would satiate me.

In a couple of years it got better and I ended up working with some good brands but the upward progression was as slow as a snail.

In next few years I upped my game with Blogger Support Platforms like Indiblogger and Blogadda and thought my world expanded a bit after I purchased my domain name.

But the eureka moment for me was when I first came across Blogchatter in early 2016 for the A to Z Challenge. I had never realised then, how through them, I took my first steps into professional blogging. From something as trifle as having my blogging calendar set for next two months to publishing my 4 books with them in ebook carnivals through their 4 seasons of A to Z challenges they have aided me evolve to perfection in every way they could and can I be more grateful. They taught me brand building and I rechristened my blog baby. They were and still are my torchbearer and a guiding light in the right direction.

I am saying this for the umpteenth time that what I love the most about Blogchatter is their wonderful vision for the community always which has never gone wrong till date. Thus I have looked forward to each of their campaigns most sincerely and have reaped great benefits not only in terms of making my blog soar higher and higher in stats but also in terms of individual growth.

One of their most successful campaign ever is #MyFriendAlexa which aids in making our blog soar higher in terms of a global metrics called Alexa Rank by giving us a wonderful readership as well as our work getting global exposure. 

This is my fourth consecutive year in #MyFriendAlexa and I know if done religiously it is the biggest boost we can give our blog and I am ready to take the plunge despite of many other critical preoccupations this month.

 In this campaign, all you got to do is publish biweekly entire September and read and share the 10 blogs you are given each day, yes that simple. You will get all support from your exclusive whatsapp groups.

At the end of the month you will be amazed to find out how many wonderful writers have become your friends and have enriched you multi-dimensionally apart from the stats of course. 

It is a campaign where you have no loss and all gain as it gives your back your mojo to write and read religiously. Both these skills are vital for a professionally evolving blogger. 

Like A to Z challenge, you don’t need a theme here or start from an alphabet, all you need is to create good content to retain your readers, read good content and spread good content by sharing it. 

If what I have written above has struck a chord with you, I will recommend that you join the campaign by clicking here. The last date arrives soon so you got to hurry.

Also if you are a blogger and not a part of our Blogchatter family yet, do join it now by following Blogchatter on Twitter and I promise you will only thank me later for it!



Truly Yours Roma

If you like what I write, you can grab the copies of my four published books here: The Fragrance of True LoveDestiny's Favorite ChildDare to Defy The Destiny and Empowered Women Empower Women


Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Mindfulness Yoga Beginners Guide

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meditation guide

No wonder we women are multitaskers which also means we almost perennially have a lot of mental clutter going on in our brains which often deprives us of our well deserved mental peace and equilibrium. Along with it are certain negative feelings that may arise of a particular situation and refuse to leave us or plain boredom culminating from the monotony of life. 

Sometimes venting out to a near and dear one helps but you may not always afford the luxury of having an earnest ear and a guiding light instead you may become your own guiding light, your own way to optimal peace in your life. I do so by practising Mindfulness Meditation. It has immense therapeutic healing power and I can’t express in words how wonderfully it has helped me. 

Wanting to share it with all of you, today I commence a series on ‘Mindful Meditation’ in which I talk about some really worthy, easy and useful techniques I adopt to meditate and rest my mind and soul and pamper it with all the calmness of the world. It also empowers me to take the most difficult situations in my stride.

When: I practice it early morn, you may choose any time of the day when you won’t be disturbed and it’s your own personal time. Try as much as possible choosing the same time everyday. It further aids in training our mind over a period of time and it automatically seeks this devotion time and space going forward, pacifying our mental pressures further. Even if you are able to do it thrice a week to begin with it is ok, I will urge you to take the first step.

Where: Choose a comfortable place, I do it in my balcony sitting on my Yoga Mat with the cool monsoon breeze caressing me and supporting me unnerve and free myself from the bothering thoughts which are adamant not to abandon us. However for the last one month after my Endometriosis surgery, I was practising it lying down with my spine straight and limbs relaxed. So sitting, may be with a cushion to comfort you, or lying down relaxed is your choice, choose the position which is most comfortable for you. 

Why: Because we wish to take care of ourselves, of our mental health, of our peace and to be mindful of having a meaningful life full of happiness and dreams. It is vital for us to take care of our mind and soul as much as we care for our body through physical fitness. Combining Yoga and Meditation is the most brilliant idea to attain both mental and physical good for oneself.

What: To meditate, gently close your eyes, join your hands to pray or put them on your knees or wherever you find it comfortable. Plug your ears with soft meditation music if possible or just the sound of waves or waterfall or rain, you can easily find them on web. Set alarm for how long you wish to be in meditative state starting from 10 mins to up to an hour depending upon how much time you can manage. I normally do it for 30-60 minutes.

How: Once you are ready start meditating taking deep breaths inhaling at the count of four and exhaling at the count of six. Concentrate on the gap between your inhaling and exhaling counting them aloud (I chant Om each time) or better still opening 10% of your eyes and focusing on the tip of your nose. Some thoughts will undoubtedly come drifting, let them flow out of you in colourful balloons as you see them eluding you and rising high up in the sky.

With regular practice, you will be able to visualise these balloons going out explicitly  leaving your mind calm and filled with peace and you become more and more mindful of the  moment soaking yourself totally into it. We make no effort to rid ourselves of these thoughts rather make them our companion.  In it I am mindful of my present and gradually attain the wisdom to accept and act the best. It is termed mindfulness meditation. This may at times transport you to a deep sleep and you may continue to be in a meditative state even when the music gets over. Stay there for an extra minute and then gradually get to your routine with a calm and composed, positive brain.

I strongly believe Meditation is something which will benefit you all irrespective of your gender and these simple steps will aid you take a right step in the right direction. Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries on the same.

In the coming volumes of this series, I would love to discuss many other vital additions we can make to our meditation regime to let optimism and happiness flow in our lives like blood runs in our veins.



Truly Yours Roma

If you like what I write, you can grab the copies of my four published books here: The Fragrance of True LoveDestiny's Favorite ChildDare to Defy The Destiny and Empowered Women Empower Women


Sunday, 4 August 2019

Does PediaSure Really Work: A Mother’s First hand Verdict #GrowRight

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I am often asked by moms - How do I ensure my child gets all the nutrients  vital for his growth and does a health drink like PediaSure really work for him? In this blog post, I address all these questions of yours.

 Motherhood undoubtedly has been the most beautiful chapter of my life. It has touched my heart and tickled my soul like nothing else. Saying that it has also been the most difficult one, for despite being an instinctive mom, I have feared making grave mistakes which may adversely affect the growth of my little precious. It also perhaps stems from the fact that I had a preterm baby born at 32 weeks of gestation, though his birth weight was quite heartening.

But as my child grew up into becoming a playful toddler, he became an extremely fussy eater to the extent that he started looking extremely thin and lanky. So I decided to seek a Paediatrician’s help. Gem of a guy that he is, the doctor taught me four nutritious tricks that really worked for me in fortifying essential nutrients in my child’s diet.

He taught me to take him vegetables and fruits shopping with me and make him pick a lot of colourful ones. This really excited him back home to taste them and thus his intake of fruits and vegetables increased, gradually yet permanently.

He also asked me to include Ragi in his diet in the form of sweet porridge with jaggery or as laddoos with powdered nuts. I gave them in his school lunch box every day.

Based on his suggestion, I also made multigrain aata at home so that even if he had one chapatti, it would cater to many of his nutrient needs. I normally made a roll out of it, with vegetables and ghee added into it and we had it in the balcony watching birds or stars.

Most importantly, he also recommended PediaSure for him. It has 37 vital nutrients extremely essential to provide complete and balanced nutrition of the kiddo as it is almost impossible to fortify them all in a little kid’s meals. It did wonders to my kid’s growth. He had told me that it will surely help him in his growing years increasing his height and weight and help develop his immunity and brain True to the word, there has been visible growth in 90 days. It has high quality protein so is very good for bone growth too. 



I really understood that a shortfall in his growth today may impact his future and knew the importance of nutrition in his foundation years. So along with the above, I kept giving him PediaSure every day in milk, or in shakes religiously alternating between its different flavours, to keep my little angel’s taste buds appeased. By building in variety and choices, I was able to combat my fussy eater’s tantrums and was proud when he showed visible signs of grow right.




So yes, PediaSure did work for my kiddo and made me a happy mom. I still give it to him once a day and he happily devours it because of its yum flavour. Especially in summer months, when the kids’ diet goes down drastically, adding a health drink like PediaSure, to his/her diet can work wonders in giving them perfect nutrition. As a mom, I strongly recommend it!



Truly Yours Roma



If you like what I write, you can grab the copies of my four published books here: The Fragrance of True LoveDestiny's Favorite ChildDare to Defy The Destiny and Empowered Women Empower Women

Friday, 2 August 2019

5 Practices that have Helped Me to Stop Worrying if My Toddler is Growing Right





 As a mommy I know that every single mom on this planet constantly worries whether her little precious bundles of joy are growing right. Are they getting all the essential nutrients? How can you improve upon it? Especially with the advent of monsoon when our children’s immunity goes for a toss, what can we do to save them from getting sick and continue to grow stronger both physically and mentally?

So today I’m sharing with you five practices that have helped me to stop worrying if my child is growing right. My child has been a fussy eater right from the start and ate only the bare minimum that is required for survival. Deciding to reverse the fussy eating, over the years I have meticulously worked upon what goes in his tummy and what else he needs to grow appropriately.


1. I want to draw your attention to food labels: When we go shopping for things other than fruits and vegetable, have you looked at the labels before you put an item in the cart? What goes into the processed food we are buying? The food label not only tells us the ingredients used in this food but also tell us the nutritional value of the food. Since I have started this practice, I have realised that Food Labels have helped me distinguish between healthy and unhealthy foods. I now always check that the food item I am picking up has enough proteins, vitamins, minerals and good quality fats like monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Labels also help me know the nutritional facts, serving size and storage instructions.


2. Make a colourful plate rich in seasonal vegetables and fruits: Little children love colours and are fascinated by them. To his balanced plate, I have added colours using various vegetables and decorated his homemade multigrain atta chapatis into a rabbit with ears of carrot, smile with bell pepper, nose of cucumber, eyes of black grapes and he started savouring a little bit of everything and his taste evolved with time. Trying to add one fruit or vegetable that he loves and let him finish the rest to get the same too has worked for me. Also, include ragi in their diet if you can, it is a rich source of calcium. Sit with them and have food. Children learn the best habits not by hearing what we say but emulating what we do. Take your child when you shop for vegetables and other food items. Let them help in the cooking process too. The involvement will get them more interested in what they eat. 



3. Nuts are a must: Nuts like almonds and walnuts contain healthy fats and loads of micronutrients to help our little ones grow effectively and build strong immunity. Include them alternately in your kids’ diet as whole or powdered form rolled in paranthas or in kheer. Also, try to give them dates and dry fig which are again dense in nutrients like iron.



4. Outdoor play is vital: One hour of outdoor play is a must for every child and can in no way be compromised with any screen time under any circumstances. I have kept that one hour fixed always whether he plays football, basketball or cricket. On days when it rains, we have a fun yoga or Zumba session for us in our balcony and these turn out to be special bonding times for us.



5. A worthy health drink like PediaSure: Last but not least is PediaSure, one of the most powerful tools in this mom’s kitty - recommended by my Pediatrician when my son was two years old. Many a time despite trying our best we miss certain extremely significant micronutrients in the diet we give our little hearts. PediaSure contains 37 such vital nutrients which result in visible growth in 90 days and I can vouch for the same. It really helps moms of fussy eaters like me, to breathe a sigh of immense relief with the support it gives to our little angels. Its super yum flavours can be alternated upon too to add variety and soothe our little ones’ taste buds further.



I follow the above religiously and ensure that my kiddo eats right and plays right to grow right and I trust you have found these points useful as well! Do share with us your tips and thoughts in the comments below.


Truly Yours Roma


If you like what I write, you can grab the copies of my four published books here: The Fragrance of True LoveDestiny's Favorite ChildDare to Defy The Destiny and Empowered Women Empower Women