Quotespiration!

I celebrated my 10th milestone recently and asked my lovely readers to post their favourite quotes in the comments section as a way to celebrate the achievement! 😀

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Here we go: 

  • Sarah Alengton
    “Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.” -Mark Twain
  • theorangutanlibrarian
    “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by” -Douglas Adams
  • Hannah Garner
    “And one day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” -Mark Anthony
    “There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” -Jane Austen
  • Urban Tutu
    “When women see me, they wanna be me”
  • Sonia Aicha
    “I like my money right where I can see it…Hanging in my closet” -Sarah Jessica Parker
  • K.M. Sutton
    “Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly—they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” -Aldous Huxley”Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” -Rumi”I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” -Jimmy Dean
  • Renate
    “Riddle me this, Riddle me that, Who’s afraid of the big black bat?” -Riddler
  • icebreaker694
    “Never trust a duck.” -Will Herondale
  • Luna
    “My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice” -Newt Scamander
    “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” -Dalai Lama
  • Inge
    “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.” -JK Rowling
  • sophiethestark
    “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it” -Toni Morrison

Thank you so much for sending in your favourite quotes! I’m a huge fan of quotes and some of these quotes are really wonderful and deserve a space on my wall, haha. 🙂

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Welcoming 2017!

Happy New Year to everybody! I hope all of you had an enjoyable New Year’s Eve. 😀

It’s not uncommon to hear people say the phrase “New Year, New me” because we all hope for the future year to be better than the previous one. But, how can we as individuals contribute toward a more successful 2017?

  1. Set Realistic New Year Resolutions:

    Most of us set up New Year Resolutions but we fail to keep them realistic. When you set up your new year resolutions, make sure to be as realistic and simple as possible. This way, you won’t feel demotivated because you will *hopefully* be able to achieve your listed resolutions.

  2. Break bad habits:

    Whatever habit it is that you know is bad for you, it’s time to improve! I know, I know…Breaking a habit is hard, but try your best.

  3. Motivate yourself to be more productive:

     

     

    It’s always a good idea to increase your productivity levels.

  4. Use a planner:

    I don’t know how many of you do this, but I would encourage all of you to try it out because it’s a fun way to keep track of all the things you have to do. You can even create your own DIY planner. 🙂

  5. Want to achieve your goals? Set your mind to it from day one.

What are your ways of making the new year a successful one? Let me know in the comments section below. 😀

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 3

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Quote of the day:

Why I love this quote? 

A lot of us are afraid to speak our mind simply because we are cautious about what other people will think. However, I’ve realized that the best thing you can do is to be yourself and speak your mind because that way, you’ll be able to make new friends who accept you for who you are without any judgement. Speaking from the point of view of fandoms, you should be proud of the fandoms you enjoy being in. Remember, it doesn’t matter what other people think as long as it brings a smile to your face! It’s not uncommon to see people judging others based on their taste in music, TV shows, books, and so on. However, we must realize that we live in a diverse world, and we should appreciate the differences in people rather than judging them for it. Anyway, the point is:

  1. Speak your mind! Don’t be afraid. 
  2. Be a proud fangirl/fanboy!
  3. Be unapologetic because you are entitled to have your own likes and dislikes. 

Since it’s the last day of the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge, I want to know your favourite book quotes! Feel free to share your choice of quotes in the comments section below. 😀

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Thank You-5th Milestone!

Hi, everyone! 🙂

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I’m so excited to share with you all that I have now reached 500 followers! Words cannot describe how delighted and uplifted I’m feeling right now. I love each and every one of my readers because it is you guys who motivate me to remain active on my blog. 😀
*Sends virtual hugs to all of you.*

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I’m currently as excited as the baby in the gif above, haha. I had to put a lot of thought as to how I would celebrate this achievement, and I came up with an idea of hosting my very first Q&A! I thought this would be a good idea to engage more with my readers. 🙂

  1. What’s a Q&A?
    A Q&A is basically a Question and Answer session where my readers get a chance to get to know me better.
  2. What kind of questions can be asked?
    I don’t mind answering any sort of questions as long as they’re not too personal. You can ask me anything about my likes, blog, dislikes, favourite shows, and so on.
  3. Where can you put forward your questions?
    Feel free to comment your questions in the comments section below. I’d really appreciate it! 🙂
  4. When will I be posting my answers?
    I will be posting my answers to each and every one of your questions later this month.

I hope you’re enjoying my blog so far! If there’s any category of posts that you would like to see more of on my blog, feel free to let me know in the comments section below. 🙂

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 3

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Today’s Quote:

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Why I love this quote? 

I’ve always been a fan of Michelle Obama because she has a charmingly positive personality. I like a lot of her quotes, but this has got to be my favourite one. We often stay away from making any decisions simply because we are afraid of their outcomes. In addition to that, fear takes over our ability to think and be decisive. How many times have you feared the consequences of taking a particular decision? I know I have. However, I’ve realized that there is no need to be afraid of taking decisions because there is no right or wrong decision in this world. If things work out for you, then great you’re on the right path. On the other hand, if things don’t go as expected, that’s okay because you’ll learn from your mistakes. Therefore, believe in yourself and take the plunge!

What are your thoughts on this quote? Share your opinion with me in the comments section below. 😀

-The Jouska

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 2

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Today’s Quote:

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Why I love this quote? 

I have to admit that I used to love reading Dr. Seuss books as a child because of the funny illustrations and the funky fonts. I believe that books have the ability to endow us with a lot of knowledge and facts irrespective of their genres. When we read books, we get a chance to broaden our horizon. We develop a positive pattern of thinking which motivates us to explore more about the world in general. Anyone for that matter can pick up a book of their interest so that they can gain a wider perspective be it arts, sciences, language, business, education, sports, fashion, movies and so on. In conclusion, I believe reading books is vital for our well-being.

What are your thoughts on this quote? Share your opinion with me in the comments section below. 😀

-The Jouska

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 1

Hi, everyone!🙂

I’ve been nominated for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge yet again. Since I love quotes, I’m quite excited about this challenge. 

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Before I start, I would like to thank justgeeklyfab and mayathebookexplorer  for the nomination. If you like posts that are creative and inspiring, then you should give these blogs a follow. 😀

Today’s Quote: 

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Why I love this quote? 

This is one of my favourite motivational quotes that I have framed in my bedroom. Generally speaking, this quote inspires me to become an achiever and to think positively. It reminds me that saying “I can’t do this!” is not an option. We should develop a mindset wherein we can accept challenges openly irrespective of their outcomes. When it comes to our individual and unique dreams, we shouldn’t just keep it as a ‘dream’ rather we should work hard and jot down a plan that will help us move step by step towards achieving our dreams and aspirations. If you are persistent and optimistic, you’re already one step ahead towards converting your dreams into reality. I hope this quote comes to your advantage!

Nominees:

If you’re interested in accepting this challenge, feel free to let me know in the comments section below!

What are your thoughts on this quote? Share your opinion with me in the comments section below. 😀

 

The Versatile Blogger Award

Hi, everyone! 🙂

I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award.VERSATILE 1

Before I start, I would like to thank Amy @ inkyspells for the nomination. If you love book reviews and tags, then you should visit her lovely blog. 😀

The Rules:

  1. Post the award on your blog.
  2. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate other deserving bloggers for the award.

Seven Facts about myself: (Since I’ve already stated some facts in my previous Award post, I’m going to share some not-so-obvious ones with you today, haha.)

  1. I am a Vegetarian. And, no, I do not only eat raw fruits and vegetables. There’s a ton of yummy food that I eat.
  2. I’m a stationery addict. I don’t care how much stationery I have at home, I will keep buying more and more and MORE! (Oh, and, if they are vintage, there’s nothing that can stop me from raiding the store.)
  3. I love baking! One of my best creations is Chocolate Chip Brownies. Am I making you drool yet? 😉
  4. I know how to code simple applications using Java. 
  5. My favorite fruit is Strawberries because they taste heavenly dipped in chocolate! 
  6. I volunteer at the Special Needs Center once in a while. I enjoy volunteering there because it helps me appreciate the small things in life.
  7. I don’t know if this is weird or not, but I always play out scenarios in my head whenever I listen to a song. For example, when I listen to Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood, I imagine myself leading a mafia. Am I the only one who does this or…?

*Drum Roll Please* I would like to nominate the following bloggers:

  1. Louise @geniereads
  2. Urban Tutu
  3. Fatima @NoteablePad
  4. Marie @Drizzleandhurricanebooks
  5. Kat Impossible
  6. Adi in the Life
  7. Claire
  8. Quirky Victorian
  9. Lauren @Wonderlessreviews

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers!
Congrats to all the nominees! I’m looking forward to reading your answers.
 😀

-The Jouska

 

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 3

I’m not going to lie, choosing only three of my favorite quotes has been quite challenging for me.

Since it’s my last day of doing the challenge, I’ve saved the best quote for the last! 
Today’s Quote:
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Why I love this quote?
We all have dreams that we want to achieve sooner or later in life. While some people keep dreaming, others take a step forward to turn their dreams into reality. Diligence, perseverance, and commitment is all you need to achieve your dreams. It may not necessarily be as big as someone else’s dream, but it is as important as any other dream. Never underestimate the power of your mind, it can do wonders! There are many examples of famous as well as ordinary people who have gone a long way to come where they are today. Consider your favorite idol’s journey, it wasn’t smooth, was it?
I won’t hide the fact that there will be many ups and downs while you’re on your way to making your dreams come true, but in the end, it will all be worth it! 😀

Nominees:
As I said earlier, if you’re interested in doing the challenge, feel free to let me know in the comments section below.

What are your thoughts on dreams? Share your opinion with me in the comments section below. 🙂

-The Jouska

 

The Blogger Recognition Award

Hi, everyone! 🙂

I’ve been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award.
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Before I start, I would like to thank Sadaptation for nominating me. You should visit her blog because she posts some pretty creative and interesting articles. 😀

Rules:

  1. Write a post to show your award.
  2. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Give a brief story of how you started your blog.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Nominate 15 bloggers who deserve the award.

How did I start my blog?

Well, to be honest, it was a decision that I made after a lot of self-debate. Even though I had an interest in blogging, there was something holding me back and that something was fear. I was confused, to say the least. I kept asking myself questions like:
Where should I start?
What should I write about?
Will people like my blog? and so on.
Sooner or later, I realized that I had to stop being such a wimp and just go for it. Maybe, it was my sudden surge of confidence that motivated me to start ‘The Jouska’ blog. I’m glad that I made that choice because I really enjoy being in the blogging community now. Also, I’m not very chatty in the real world, so having a blog gives me a way to express myself freely without any judgement.

My advice to new bloggers:

  1. Never be afraid of the outcome:
    I know it’s hard to start something you’ve never done before. It’s scary. However, when it comes to blogging, don’t be afraid of what others think of your blog. You are the creator of your blog and there’s no one to stop you. Maybe your blog won’t do very well in the initial stage, but trust me, it will get better with time. Anyway, my point is, fear is your worst enemy so don’t let that get to you. Don’t think about what other people have to say, always be confident and sure of what you do.
  2. Be consistent:
    Always make it a point to post as regularly as possible. If it’s difficult for you to post something new every day, then follow a consistent timetable. I’ve seen bloggers come and go because they get bored of their blog and end up deleting it. Remember one thing, your hard work will pay-off in the end. 🙂

*Drum Roll Please* I would like to nominate the following bloggers:

I hope that my piece of advice helps you find your way in the blogging community.
Congrats to all the nominees! I’m looking forward to reading your answers.
 😀

-The Jouska