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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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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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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Thank You-9th Milestone!

Hi, everyone! 🙂

I’m a little late, but it’s better late than never… 

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Once again, my readers and fellow blogging friends have helped me achieve a milestone that has doubled my motivation, inspiration, and optimism. I’m so excited to share with you all that I have now crossed 900 AMAZING followers! A BIG THANK YOUUU to each and every one of my readers for supporting me throughout my blogging journey and for letting me know that you enjoy reading my posts and find them useful. When I read the comments that you all put forward, it sure does bring a wide smile on my face. (Also, achieving such milestones makes me go a little crazy, in a good way, of course.) 😀

To celebrate this milestone, I thought I’d share a few tips on how I made the best of blogging:

  1. Initially, it was difficult for me to blog regularly, but I set a schedule and that helped me post more consistently.
  2. Brainstorm ideas! Writing on topics that you’re passionate about will make you and your readers happy. It’s a win-win situation.
  3. Everyone goes through a blogging slump, and that’s perfectly okay.
  4. Last but not least, it’s awesome being a part of the blogging community because you get to know some fantastic people!

Let me end this post on a grateful note, thank you so much for helping me achieve this milestone! You guys are the best!

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Thank You-8th Milestone!

Hi, everyone! 🙂

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I’m so excited to share with you all that I have now reached 800 AMAZING followers! As always, I like to thank my lovely readers for taking out the time to read my posts and engage with me because that always brings a wide smile to my face. Once again, all of you have helped me achieve my 8th milestone! THANK YOU SO MUCH! 😀

To celebrate this special milestone, I want you to ask me any questions that you have related to blogging or something you’d like to know about me. Feel free to drop your questions in the comments section below and I’ll answer them as soon as I can! 🙂

Thank you all for your support! I’m looking forward to answering your questions. 😀

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Celebrating The Little Things Tag

Hi, everyone! 🙂

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There’s only a day left for the year to end, and I thought this tag would be a good way to end the year on a happy note. Thanks to Louise @geniereads for tagging all her readers. 🙂

Let’s get this party started!

  1. Who was your very first follower (if you can find out)? 


    I honestly don’t remember who followed my blog first, but whoever it is, thank you for bringing a smile to my face!

  2. What was the last milestone you reached?


    The last milestone I reached was 700 followers earlier this month! It would not have been possible to achieve this wonderful milestone without the support of my lovely readers.

  3. What was the very first post your posted on your blog? Share it with us, if you can find out!

    My very first post was an introduction to my blog. You can find it here.

  4. Who was your most recent follower? 

    My most recent follower was funfashionfreedom.

  5. What was the last post you posted and who was the first person who took their time to click the like button? 

    The last post I posted was a book review on Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. You can find the full review here. Uh…I don’t really remember who liked this post first. But, thanks to all the readers who took the time to read and like my post! 🙂

  6. How many months have you been blogging for?

    Nine months!

  7. Do you have any bloggers you’re friends with? 


    Of course, I’m friends with many bloggers! I honestly don’t know what I would do without their support. They have given me a sense of belonging in the blogging community, which I highly appreciate!

  8. Who originally created the last tag or meme you participated in?

    I haven’t participated in a tag since a long time now. However, the last tag I participated in was The Travel Tag. Unfortunately, I don’t know who originally created this tag, but whoever did, I love the idea! 🙂

  9. Have you got any social media related to your blog?

    Yes, I most definitely do! I’d love to connect with my readers on the following social media platforms:

  10. Last but not least, give thanks to all your followers! 

    Saying thank you isn’t enough for all the support and motivation my readers have given me this year. All of you have made my blogging journey far more enjoyable and smooth! I love each and every one of my readers who take out the time to read my posts because that motivates me to post something new every day. I think that the best decision I’ve made this year was to start my own blog because it has opened up a new world for me where I can truly express myself and connect with like-minded people. THANK YOUUU! 😀

I tag everybody! If you decide to do this tag, feel free to drop a link in the comments section below. I’d love to read your answers!

What’s your 2016 highlight? Let me know in the comments section below. 😀

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Thank You-7th Milestone!

Hi, everyone! 😀

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I’m so excited to share with you all that I have now reached 700 amazing followers! YAAAAAAAAAAY! Words cannot describe how ecstatic I’m feeling right now. I’m literally hyperventilating as I’m writing this.

Where do I start? The journey of blogging has not only been amazing and fun-filled so far, but has also taught me so much about life. My readers and fellow bloggers have supported me so much, and I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this goal without their constant motivation. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

How do we celebrate this achievement?

First of all…hugs each and every one of you. I love you guys so much!

Secondly, feel free to ask me anything. Post your questions in the comments section below, and I’ll make sure to answer them as soon as I can. Now is your time to be as curious as you want, haha! 🙂

 

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Thank You-6th Milestone!

Hi, everyone! 🙂

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I’m so excited to share with you all that I have now reached 600 followers! YAAAAAAAY!
Words cannot describe how uplifted and supported I’m feeling right now. It feels as though I have my very own family on WordPress, and it feels so good to say that.
 I love each and every one of my readers because you all bring a wide smile to my face. 

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This is literally me right now.

I had to rack my brain as to how I would celebrate this achievement with my readers, and it was very difficult to think of something innovative…

*Drum roll please*

I’ve finally made an account on Instagram! Username: thejouskablog

I think this will be a good way to connect with my readers and find new bloggers. If you have Instagram, feel free to comment your username in the comments section below so that I can follow you. 🙂

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Also, I know I haven’t been able to post much lately because university is keeping me busy throughout the week. But, I promise to try my best to post more often! 

Once again, thank you so much for all your support!

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