Appreciate Yourself

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It’s not unrealistic for some people to admit that they tend to appreciate others’ for the contribution they have made to this world but rarely take the time to appreciate themselves for the work they’ve done. There is definitely a thin line between appreciating yourself and being borderline pompous. When it comes to self-appreciation, don’t feel weird to pat yourself on the back every once in a while you achieve something that you’ve been working so hard for. I’m saying this from my own experience because just the other day, I was thinking how I always focus on the things I do wrong and seldom focus on the things that I’ve accomplished.

Anyway, here are a few tips on how to appreciate yourself:

  1. Think about all the things you’ve done this week:


    Sit, relax, and look back at all the good/bad things you’ve done this week. Focus more on the good things and tell yourself that you’ve earned this. However, this doesn’t mean that you neglect the bad things, just look at it from a different perspective. 🙂

  2. Treat yourself:

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    Feel like you’ve actually done something to take your lie one step further? Treat yourself to some ice cream! (That’s what I do, haha)

  3. When someone appreciates you for your work, thank them:


    Now, this happens way too often to me. When someone compliments me for my work, I tend to brush it off and say “It was no big deal, really.” But, in reality, it is a big deal otherwise why would someone compliment you in the first place…Hmm…

I hope you enjoyed reading this post! 

What are your thoughts on appreciating yourself? Let me know in the comments section below. 🙂

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Tried & Tested-Veggie Tacos

Today, I’m going to share a delicious Veggie Taco recipe with you all and I hope you love it as much as I do!

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INGREDIENTS:
  • Taco shells (I prefer using TexMex)
  • Kidney beans-1 cup
  • Lettuce-1 bundle
  • Red Peppers- 1/2 cup (chopped)
  • Ketchup (as required)
  • Salsa-4 tbsp
  • Olive Oil-1 tbsp
  • Hot Sauce-1 tbsp
  • Salt (for taste)
  • Cheddar Cheese-1 1/2 cup (grated)
STEPS:
  1. Keep a pan on medium heat.
  2. Pour the olive oil and saute the kidney beans and red peppers until cooked.
  3. Add the ketchup, salsa, hot sauce, and salt. Stir until all the ingredients are mixed together. Let it cook for around 5 minutes on slow heat.
  4. If you prefer using soft taco shells, then skip this step. However, if you prefer hard taco shells, bake them in the oven for 3 minutes on 180 degrees Celsius.
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  5. Put 1-2 tbsp of the prepared filling inside the taco shells.
  6. Top with lettuce and cheddar cheese (as much as you like, haha).

Voila! I hope you enjoy your delicious veggie tacos. 😀

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One Year Blogiversary!

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The Jouska turns one year old today! Whaaat?!

I can’t believe that I have been running my blog for one year already! Time passes by so quickly. I still remember the day I started my blog like it was yesterday. It has definitely been a rollercoaster ride filled with ups and downs. One of the best things about having your very own blog is that you feel like you have a place in this world and that people are interested in what you have to say. Blogging has definitely encouraged me to speak up more and stand for what I believe is right. It has helped me gain the confidence that I never thought I would have, it sounds crazy but it’s true. This platform has given me the opportunity to make new friends who have supported me and motivated me to stay active on my blog. Inevitably, there are the dreaded blogging slump days when you just have nothing to say and you’ve run out of creative ideas, but that is okay because as time passes by, you return back with a whole lot of positive energy and creativity. All in all, I want to thank each and every one of my readers for taking out the time to read my blog posts and interacting with me because that always make me smile like a goof, haha!

Here’s a little insight on what has happened over the past year:

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I believe that ‘The Jouska’ has grown over the past 12 months and that would not have been possible without the support of my wonderful readers and bloggers. Thank you so much for being a part of this journey. Here’s to one more year of blogging! 😀

In celebration of this milestone, I would like to hear from you guys! If you have anything to say about your favourite category of posts or if you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know in the comments section below. 🙂

THANK YOUUUU!

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Movie Marathon-Sing (2016)

I finally got to watch ‘Sing’ last week and I absolutely adored it!

Storyline:

Dapper Koala Buster Moon presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. An eternal optimist, and a bit of a scoundrel, he loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Five contestants emerge: a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine.

Review:

As always, animated movies never fail to bring a smile on my face. The plot of this movie was creatively depicted as the scenes were well developed and transitioned smoothly from one to the next. The story itself is so inspiring for all audiences and especially for children because it reminds them that anything is possible. My favourite thing about the movie was its character portrayal, I loved each and every character’s personality and style.

Life Lessons:

  1. Dream big: Never let anyone bring you down or stop you from dreaming big.
  2. Hard work and perseverance is all you need: If you have the determination to work for your dreams, you will definitely achieve the glorious fruits of your effort.
  3. Team effort: We must learn to embrace the differences in people and work as a team to be more successful in accomplishing our tasks.
  4. Pursue your talent: We all have a special talent and irrespective of how big or small you think your talent is, always pursue it and try to make the most of your strength.

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Overall, this was a great movie and I would definitely recommend it to all the animation movie lovers!

What are your thoughts on Sing? Let me know in the comments section below. 😀

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Happy International Women’s Day

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Today is a very special day for women all around the world. Today, we strive to celebrate womanhood in the most inspirational way. I believe that Women’s Day is about bringing together women from different backgrounds and cultures and celebrating the differences in an effort to unite them rather than to hold them against one another.

Irrespective of your role, you deserve to feel special on this day. Personally, being a woman brings me a sense of pride and strength. I strongly adhere to the fact that women deserve to be treated equally and deserve the rights that they were once refrained from. On this occasion, I would like to thank all the women who have played a significant role in shaping my life and making me the woman I am today. Of course, I have had the opportunity of meeting many wonderful ladies out there who have inspired me to become a better person. However, the most inspirational woman in my life is my mother. She has been my support system since day one. Never leaving my side, she has always motivated to chase my dreams and to never give up no matter what people say. It is safe to say that her belief in me has made me stronger and confident in myself whilst keeping myself grounded. She always says that if someone says that you aren’t capable of doing something, prove them wrong by following your instincts and doing the right thing. If it wasn’t for her, I would have never learnt the virtues of respect, humility, and empathy.

All in all, I would like to thank and appreciate all the magnificent women of this world for unapologetically being yourself and contributing to the community in a positive way! 🙂

Who’s the most influential woman in your life? Share your thoughts with me in the comments section below. 😀

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Review: Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor

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I recently purchased a few shades from the Revlon Matte Lipstick collection. Let me start off by saying that these are one of the best liquid matte lipsticks available in the market!

Pros:

  1. Beautiful shades for every occasion: They have about 16 shades ranging from nudes to pinks and reds. If you’re looking for the perfect shade to match your style, have a look at their website. It might help! 🙂
  2. Long lasting: I promise you that this lipstick will not wear off that easily unless you rub it off your lips. I wore it to a day-long event last week and I was surprised at how the lipstick stayed intact.
  3. Moisturising: It’s amazing how this lipstick gives you a matte look but still keeps your lips from becoming too dry.
  4. High-definition: It gives your lips a very defined and sharp look.

One of my favorite shades is ‘Passion’. It’s a beautiful berry color that looks good with almost every outfit!

I hope you enjoyed reading this review! 🙂

Have you tried these Revlon lipsticks? Share your thoughts with me in the comments section below. 😀

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DIY Turmeric Face Mask

This simple DIY face mask will give your face a fresh and youthful look! Apart from giving a nice glow to your skin, turmeric also has anti-bacterial properties that helps remove acne. 

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Ingredients:

  • Turmeric- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Rose Water as needed
  • Milk Powder- 1 tablespoon
  • Oats- 1 tablespoon
Steps:
  1. Take a bowl and add the turmeric, milk powder, and oats.
  2. Slowly pour some rose water and mix until the mixture has a paste-like consistency.
  3. Use a brush to apply the paste evenly on your face.
  4. Keep it on for about 15 minutes until the paste dries up.
  5. Scrub the mask off your face.
  6. Wash your face thoroughly with water to clean off the remaining mask.
  7. After you dry your face, apply a toner to soothe your skin.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post!

Do you enjoy applying face masks? Let me know in the comments section below. 🙂

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The Mystery Blogger Award

Hi, everyone! 🙂

I’ve been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award.

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I would like to thank emiliajayne and fadedrouge for nominating me. They post great articles on their blog. Do visit both of their blogs! 😀

Answers to Emilia’s questions:
  1. What’s your hobby?
    I enjoy blogging (of course), reading fictional books, painting, cooking, binge-watching TV shows, and baking!
  2. Why do you love blogging?
    I love blogging because it gives me a platform where I can truly be myself and express my opinions freely without feeling judged in any way. Plus, I’ve met some amazing people here.
  3. Why did you start blogging?
    Well, I was considering the idea of blogging for a very long time, but I never had the confidence to get started. But! Last year, in March, I decided that it was time I gave it a shot and overcome my fear of blogging. I’m glad that I took that decision.
  4. What’s your dream job?
    I aspire to become a Marketing Director of a leading fashion company.
  5. What’s your favourite thing to do?
    My favourite thing to do apart from my hobbies is to be able to bring a smile on someone’s face. 🙂
Answers to fadedrouge’s questions:
  1. Winter or Summer?
    Winter! I love the dark, cloudy days.
  2. Hot chocolate or tea?
    Hot chocolate for the win.
  3. Earphones or headphones?
    I prefer headphones because my ears hurt when I listen to music using earphones. Plus, headphones erase all the background noise. 😉
  4. 3 things you would take to a deserted island. (A person does not count!)
    That’s is a hard question to answer, haha. Well, I do need clothes, food, and water to survive…Apart from the obvious, I guess I would take my laptop, pillow, and a book.
  5. Short or long hair?
    I’ve always had long hair, but I guess it would be nice to try out short hair.
Questions:
  1. What’s your best quality?
  2. What’s your worst quality?
  3. What’s the best excuse that you’ve ever made to get out of a meeting/event/party?
  4. Would you rather have the ability to become invisible or have an invincible strength?
  5. Are you fond of pets?

I nominate everyone! Feel free to post a link to your answers in the comments section below. 😀

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Thank You-10th Milestone!

Hi, everyone! 🙂

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I’m shocked and excited at the same time to share with you all that I have now crossed 1,000 followers! WHAAAAT?! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Honestly, this is a HUGE achievement for me, and I’m so glad that I was able to reach my goal with the support of my readers. It’s crazy how I’ve become so comfortable in the blogging community. Also, blogging has become a way of life for me now. I always like to appreciate my fellow blogging friends and readers for constantly motivating me to post more and encouraging me throughout my blogging journey, but this milestone certainly calls for something more special! 😀

To celebrate this achievement, I decided to have a little blogging celebratory party with my followers!

All you have to do is….

  1. Post your favorite quote in the comments section below. Feel free to add any other small note.
  2. Whenever I do publish a new blog post, I will add the quote/note as well as a link to your blog to thank you for your constant support. 🙂

I would really love it if all of you participated so don’t be shy! 

I know I haven’t been publishing a lot of new posts lately, and I do feel guilty for not doing so. But! I promise I’ll try my best to post more often. Once again, many thanks to each and every one of you for helping me make it till here. It’s truly overwhelming! 

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The Sunshine Blogger Award-Part 3

Hi, everyone! 🙂

I’ve been nominated yet again for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

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Many thanks to 
Renate @popcornandfilm for nominating me! She posts great stuff about movies, tv shows, and so much more. Do visit her blog! 😀

Let’s get started!

  1. If you could live in any country, which one would it be?

    I would love to live in England, London to be specific. There’s something about this city that makes me feel happy.

  2. Which movie are you most looking forward to watching at the cinema this year?

    So many of them! Some of the movies that I’m really excited for are…
    a) Beauty and the Beast
    b) Logan
    c) Wonder Woman

  3. If you could discuss one movie with a producer or actor, who would it be and which movie would you discuss?

    I would discuss a movie with Lauren Graham! I’m not sure of the movie, but we’d definitely discuss a movie from the comedy genre because she’s got a lively and witty personality.

  4. In which Hogwarts house do you belong? 

    Hufflepuff!

  5. Which is your favorite TV-Show atm?

    The Flash! I am definitely hooked, haha.

  6. If you could write a book about yourself, what would the title be?

    That’s a great question. Given the opportunity, I would love to write a book about myself. I’m pretty sure the title would be something unexpected, but I can’t think of anything right now. (This is what lack of sleep does to your brain…)

  7.  If you could go back to the past and change something in your life, what would it be? (but be warned that changing history can be very dangerous)

    I love how you’ve inserted a warning there, haha. Well, I would definitely erase all the mistakes I’ve made in life. Undoubtedly, we all make mistakes and that’s what makes life so interesting, but there remains a sense of regret of not being able to make things right.

  8. Would you rather go to HogwartsXavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters or Starfleet Academy?

    Hogwarts for life!

  9. Best thing that will happen in 2017?

    Increasing my productivity levels!

  10. The best food from your country that you would recommend everyone to try?

    Well, I love trying out new varieties of food. Here are some of my favourites that I would recommend everyone to try:

    a) Italian cuisine-Pesto Pasta
    b) Indian cuisine-Biryani
    c) French cuisine-Cheese Panini

  11. Which movie should everyone watch right now and why?

Questions for my nominees:

  1. What’s your personality type?
  2. What kind of movies do you enjoy watching?
  3. Do you prefer tea or coffee?
  4. If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? And, why?
  5. What song are you currently listening to on repeat?
  6. Who’s your favorite actor/actress?
  7. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
  8. Would you rather cook your own meals or just get take out?

I nominate everyone! If you decide to accept this award, feel free to drop a link to your answers in the comments section below. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed reading this post! 😀

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