Monthly Archives: November 2019

A Beginner at Coloring

Yes, you read the topic right. Recently I wanted to give a try to Coloring. I am not a colorist or an art student. I am a hard core science scholar who completed her Research in 2017.

While waiting for a job or a Postdoctoral research position which is very hard to get, I thought of trying my hands at new things that once I wanted to do but couldn’t do till date due to my studies.

So, I started of doing some art work like drawing, coloring or painting. I am really bad at creating new pictures and figures and I even don’t know anything about painting. Coloring is one thing that each one of us has done at school level.

I knew I can color so I started looking for some coloring videos at YouTube. It’s the easiest thing to grab some knowledge about anything if you don’t have a clue about where to start from.

I acquainted myself with some adult colouring books 📖, color pencils ✏️, gel pens 🖊, and markers. Since I am a beginner I just wanted to start from the scratch and buy things that are just basic as well as cheap.

So I grabbed few adult colouring books 📖 from Dollar Tree and Walmart. I bought one set of gel pens and coloured pencils too from Walmart. Gel pens have always been my favourite since school days.

Then, I started to color pages from the books and initially it took 5-7 hours to complete one page on an average of 1 week because I could color only for an hour everyday.

Since, I am just a beginner my colourings might look childish but I give my 100% to each of these.

Let me share you some of my coloured pages from my colouring books.

These are not the best but I did my best. I really enjoyed colouring all this pictures and looking forward to colouring more of such pages.

I hope you will like these and would encourage me. Colouring is my favourite hobby these days and it acts as a relaxing therapy to me.

I think learning is a continuous process and we can learn at any phase. So I am at learning phase of colouring.

Happy colouring ✏️✏️ from a budding colorist.

Thanks a Lot…Once Again

I can’t believe what I just saw. I have 200 likes on my blog today. I know it may be a small thing for some but for me it’s a big achievement.

Thanks a lot to all of you who come to read my post and spread happiness with a like. It means a lot to me. It encourages me to continue writing and learn new things everyday. I am not a pro, I am just a beginner when it comes to blogging. So thank you 😊 🙏🏻.

Little steps everyday help us learn and grow. My blog is a baby which will grow day by day and for this I need continuous support of all of you and the Almighty.

Thanks a lot once again 🙏🏻🙏🏻.

Smile Please!!!

What do you observe when you smile at other person?? The other person also smiles…correct!! This is because “Smile is Contagious”.

You cannot ignore if someone smiles to you. You smile back to a person. This is because “Smile cannot be ignored.”

Smile spreads happiness.” If everyone starts smiling more than usual this world would be a better place to live.

What do you do when you look at a baby?? You smile. Right!!! At least I do the same. Babies 👶 are so innocent that no one can ignore them. They smile more than us because they are innocent. Similarly “Smile is Innocent.”

My Coloring

What do you think can change this world? One smile 😊. Yes, Your smile can change the world. This is because “Smile is Powerful.

Scientific studies have also proved that smiling has impact on our health. Smiling lowers blood pressure. Smiling enhances our mood and reduces stress level. Smiling can make you look more attractive.

There are thousands of quotes and quotations on Smile but my favourite ones are listed below.

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.

– Phyllis Diller

There are hundreds of languages in the world but a smile speaks them all.

-Unknown

Smile, it’s free therapy.

– Douglas Horton

Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

A smiling face is a beautiful face. A smiling heart is a happy heart.

– Mother Teresa

Sometimes a smile can also be suspicious. Many people carry a fake smile on their faces. But it’s easy to distinguish between a genuine smile and a fake smile. A genuine smile has a positivity around it. You will feel better with a good smile. Whereas a fake smile has a negative aura around it.

Let’s smile a little bit more everyday. Let’s make this place a better place to live in. Let me know what do you think about this.

Smile 😊 it costs nothing.

Snowing 🌨 Happy Winter

How do you feel when it’s snowing?? Many enjoy snow ⛄️ while others cuddle in their cozy blankets.

It snowed mildly yesterday. My kids enjoyed viewing it from the patio as it was too cold outside. When it snows outside, it’s beautiful to watch.

Nature relaxes in its own ways. You can spend hours just watching the serenity of the nature and can never get bored. At least this is what I feel.

Snow is not my favourite entity when it comes to nature but there is no harm watching it from the windows. Snow ❄️ always reminds me of the drop in the temperature and I can’t tolerate too much cold weather. I really get scared when temperature drops below 1 degree C.

Sometimes it’s quite depressing. You can’t go out. Kids can’t play in the playground. You are confined to your houses. You receive sunlight but it doesn’t give you the actual warmth.

To me sunlight is the real source of energy and warmth. I feel the places depressing that do not receive sunlight. So for me, sunlight is very important.

Sunny days are full of energy and positivity. I love sonny days. And when it is sunny after snowing 🌨 it looks good but weather still remains chilly 🥶.

Snowing 🌨 with chilling winds actually hurts the bones. To me it feels like the wind is passing through all layers of clothes and the skin.

It’s good to at home when it snows but it’s not generally that happens. You have to go out for work and for grabbing stuffs from shops such as groceries and produce.

How to enjoy in winters? Grab a coffee ☕️ and enjoy the chilling weather. Winters have just started. It’s going to be worse in January. Real winters are still to come.

Wish you Happy Winter ❄️.

Body Language – Are You doing These Common Errors?

Thank you for your encouraging response on my first body language blog post . Here is another set of body language act that has certain meanings.

Holding Objects in Front of Your Body – Do you hold your coffee mug, laptop in front of you? Believe me, this body language sign indicates that you are trying to separate yourself from others. Its also shows that you prefer to maintain distance from others. Try to keep the things on your side as much as possible when you are conversing with someone.

Checking the Time or Inspecting Your Fingernails – Well this is an easy one and I think any one can guess. If you think this is the sign of ignorance, then you are not right. This is sign of boredom or lack of interest. If you are talking to someone and he/she is looking at watch it shows lack of interest in the conversation and not ignorance.

Stroking Your Chin While Looking at Someone – This generally happens when people are in decision making process. This indicates that “I am judging you”. When someone is trying to make a judgement about you then this is the common body language.

Narrowing Your Eyes – This can be a bit rude towards others. This is a clear indication of “I don’t like your idea or you”. It gives a different posture to your face. Many time people may think that narrowing or closing eyes shows relaxing or calmness, but this can be a sign of rudeness. Slightly narrowing your eyes shows a sign of anger. It is strongly suggested to avoid this while talking to someone.  

Standing Too Close – Isn’t it that makes you uncomfortable when some is standing too close to you while talking? This language makes other uncomfortable. It might be unintentional, but it does make others uncomfortable. On the other hand people do stand close when they want to do back biting or gossips. 🙂 It is advisable to maintain a decent distance while conversing so that no one feels the discomfort.

Looking Down While in a Conversation: This shows the disinterest of the other’s presence. You should always have a direct eye contact when you are talking to some one.

Touching Your Face During a Conversation: Are you lying? If you are, you might be touching your face during a conversation. This act involves touching your nose covering your mouth with a hand. This is a clear sign that you are lying or you are trying to hide some information during a discussion. So when you are talking to someone please avoid covering your face or trying to put your hand.  

Resting Hands Behind the Head or on the Hips –  This is very common one. When people are doing these acts they might think that they are relaxing but this is a sign of superiority. This is the act which shows that you are trying to show yourself superior than the other person.

Not Directly Facing the Person You are Speaking To – Isn’t it very common that when you’re really interested in talking to someone you will actually face that person and talk? So, in other words, not directly facing the person while you’re speaking shows a lack of interest or discomfort.

Scratching at the Backside of Your Head and Neck –  This action shows that you are in doubt or uncertainty. When you are scratching back side of your head or neck it shows that you have 2 or more than 2 views in your mind.

Foot and Finger Tapping – This body language sign shows that you are getting bored, your disagreement or you are in stress. When you landed in a discussion where you don’t want to be, this might happen with you.

Stay tuned for more on body language and thank you once again for encouraging the writing.

—- Raghu

Moving Places, Pain or Fun??

Shifting from one place to another can be exciting for some and painful for others. When you have a family with whom you have to move to another place, moving really hurts. Moving places alone might be exciting.

It’s good to explore new place, to live at a new place, to be in a new state, new city, to see new streets, to shop at new shops, to organise a new house and lastly to meet new people. Everything is new. Then what’s the problem??

Problems are packing, loading, receiving, unpacking, reorganising, missing old friends, etc etc. For kids, it’s even harder. They have to change school. They have to leave old friends. They have to make new friends.

If you guessed that we are moving, you are right. We are moving. We are moving to a new state. We have never been to that place. Kids are really excited when it comes to moving but they will miss their school and friends. They like their school a lot but they are strong and they will come out of it.

What do you think about moving places or shifting to a new place? Is it exciting or depressing? How do you take it and how do you make through it? Please let me know in the comment section because I am confused.

I don’t know how should I feel. I should be happy 😃 or sad ☹️?? I like this place. I don’t want to move but I have to. I don’t have a choice.

God is great. He has his own plans. He must be having great plans for us. Keeping this faith, I am moving.

Wish me luck🤗.

Book Review : What the Wind Knows?

A romantic love story that shows that love has no boundaries. Even time can’t be a barrier in love.

I quote “In Love Time is Not a Barrier” – Amy Harmon.

This was my first book of Amy Harmon and I really loved it. It is a romantic love story ❤️ that crosses the time to find love and creates a magic that is spelled in the air. The surroundings, people, streets, trees, houses, lake and even the wind is the witness of love between Thomas Smith and Ann Gallagher.

The book holds the reader. I never wanted to keep the book down. It keeps you thinking about the story even when you are not reading it.

The story is all plotted in New York, The USA and Cities of Ireland such as Sligo and Dublin. The book revolves around the independence movements in Ireland 🇮🇪 in early 19’s.

It’s a good read if you like love stories. I enjoyed reading the book and looking forward to reading another book of the same author.

Happy Reading 📖.

Veganism Vs Vegetarian

This is most common discussed topic when it comes to what type of food people are eating. Just like non-vegetarian, vegetarian also has many types.

Let me start with the core difference between these two. The vegan eats no animal product on the other hand vegetarian do not eat meat but they do consume animal products such as diary products or eggs.

Vegan
Vegan + Dairy

In actual veganism is more strict than vegetarian. People who follow veganism avoid complete set of animal products, that includes the products like leathers, silk and bee wax.

Vegans strictly avoid consuming any food or beverages that contain:

  • meat
  • poultry
  • fish and shellfish (sea food)
  • eggs
  • dairy products
  • honey
  • insects (like crickets)
  • rennet, gelatin, and other types of animal protein
  • stock or fats that are derive from animals

Strict vegans also have some principles in their lifestyle where they avoid any product that directly or indirectly use animals. These products can include:

  • leather goods (like belt, purse, handbags, shoes, etc)
  • wool (like sweaters and shawls)
  • silk (different clothing items)
  • beeswax
  • soaps, candles, and other products that contain animal fats, such as tallow
  • latex products that contain casein, which comes from milk proteins
    cosmetics or other products that manufacturers test on animals (animal testing)

On the other hand below are list of things which vegetarians do not eat:

  • meat such as beef, pork, and lamb
  • poultry such as chicken, turkey and duck
  • fish, shellfish and other sea foods
  • insects
  • rennet, gelatin, and other types of animal protein
  • stock or fats that are derived from animal slaughter

However, many vegetarians eat some animal products that are derived from animals and which do not require slaughtering of animals. These include:

  • eggs
  • dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt
  • honey

In general, vegetarianism is a less strict term than veganism. There are many types of vegetarians in this world on the basis of what animal product they consume.

  • Lacto-ovo-vegetarian. Such vegetarians avoid all types of meat and fish but do consume dairy products and eggs.
  • Lacto-vegetarian. People avoid eating any meat, fish, or eggs but do consume dairy products.
  • Ovo-vegetarian. Such vegetarians avoid any meat, fish, or dairy products but do consume eggs.

I am a vegetarian and include milk and milk products and sometimes eggs too in my food. Let me know in which category you fall. Its perfectly alright to fall in any category because its our choice, what we what to eat and what not.

–Raghu

Body Language – Says More than Your Words

We all know that the way we present ourselves make a difference in perception of others. It needs no evidence or scientific proof that the way we express or we act while talking to others, sitting or standing people around us observe us and makes a perception based on that. For an example – if you look confused in a discussion people in the room are not going to value your thought even though your point may be best. Or if you are not steady in a meeting it shows that you disagree or have conflict of interest in the agenda of the meeting.

Confused

Style or Defensive

If you are wondering how come crossing your arms around your chest and talking to some one shows you are defensive, let me explain you this later in the post. You might wonder why even after doing all right in an interview session you weren’t able to crack it. The one line answer is “your body language which express your inner personality”.

In this blog we are going to talk about the different body position and what it means.

Arms crossed over the chest – This indicates that you are trying to be defensive. This also demonstrate the action of disagree with the opinion with whom you are communicating.

Nail biting – Well this is most common and everyone knows about it, and trust me this action we all do unintentionally. It shows stress, nervousness, and insecurity.

Pulling of the ear – This motion shows the inability to come to a conclusion. This is also a common problem where a person pulls the one ear lobes.

Pursed lips – Tightening the lips indicate the distaste, disapproval, and distrust.

Lip biting – Biting lips is the sign of worry, anxiety, and stress.

Covering the Lips by Mouth – Covering the lips by mouth is the action of people want to hide an emotional reaction in order to avoid smiles or smirks.

Hiding Emotions?

Eye gaze– This is a best way to present yourself when you are talking to anyone. If a person looks directly into your eyes while having a conversation, it reflects that he/she is interested and paying attention to the conversation.

Hold on, it also has a different meaning sometimes. Prolonged eye contact can feel threatening and irritating.

While breaking eye contact and frequently looking away might indicate that the person is distracted, uncomfortable, trying to conceal his or her real feelings and not paying attention.

Blinking – Blinking is the action which goes unnoticed when done. Point to be noted is that, is the person blinking too much or too little? Blinking more rapidly (frequent blinking) give the feeling of distress or discomfort. Infrequent blinking may indicate that a person is intentionally trying to control his or her eye movements.

Blinking

Body language is a huge topic in itself and needs elaboration that can’t be done in a single post. Please stay tuned with my blogpost for more updates on this interesting topic.

— Raghu

For more on this topic please visit https://penofhearts.com/2019/11/25/body-language-are-you-doing-these-common-errors/.

It All Lies in Perception

When we see problems all around the world what thoughts come to our mind?? Should we ignore and just don’t react? Shall we just leave the problems as it is because its not related to us? Or can we do something? Can we make a difference? Can we do one step every day to change what we don’t like in our surroundings? Can our little steps make a big difference in the society?

Today, while I was scrolling through my Facebook, I found this.

Changing the way we look at things can cause a difference in how we think. Looking at an issue as a problem makes that issue a problematic issue. If we look at an issue in a positive way the issue might be resolved easily.

May be Max Planck, the German Physicist tried to tell us that “it all lies in the perception”. How we perceive things or issues makes a hell lot of difference.

We often come across such situations in our day to day life where just changing the way we look at some issue, the issue itself changes. Problems don’t look like problems when they are not seen as problems.

This was what I understood about this quotation. Please let me know what you think about it.

Have a Good Night 😊.

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