April started off as one of my favourite months, as always. It was my birthday month, after all. And I had big plans for the whole month. However, you’ve heard of that adage, “Man proposes, God disposes.” If ever I needed a reminder of life’s checks and balances, April did that for me.

So, in true ledger style, I am going to post the good, the not-so-great and why I am grateful for all of it anyway.


You already may know that I opted out of the A to Z challenge since my startup took off in March. But I didn’t want to completely give up on my chosen theme either. So, I decided to write the posts on my parenting blog over a two-month period. That would mean 3 posts a week, if I wanted to finish it by the end of May.

But, of course, the best laid plans never work out, do they? By week 2, my laptop burnt! I’ve already written a gratitude note on that, so you may want to read that to know why I was grateful for a burnt laptop! Or rather, why I was grateful for the most amazing man in the whole world.

So this means that my blogging took a slow down and I am actually glad because it means I get time to work deliberately and lovingly on the posts. Win,isn’t it?


This was a landmark birthday and I was really looking forward to it. Big plans, stars in my eyes etc. Until I found out that V would be travelling and not in town for the big day. I was a bit upset but cheered myself up by deciding to spend it with my folks. They insisted I come over for a much-needed break and I gladly accepted.

What made it fantastic though? The fact that they went to extraordinary lengths to throw me a surprise breakfast party and invited close family to attend. Yep! I had cake, candles, music blaring on the speakers- the whole nine yards. I may have been grinning like an idiot in the pictures though.


The day I turned 40, I looked at myself in the mirror and made a resolution. I HAD to take better care of myself. A year ago, I was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic. The doctor said that with regular care and some physical fitness, this could be definitely kept at bay. This would mean better eating habits, more conscious workouts and a committed aim to being fitter as the months roll by.

I managed to swim regularly during the break, walk regularly and eat healthy too. While the results may not be visible yet, I can already feel the difference it’s made to my mood and my feeling of well-being. My intention is to wait for my annual check up this October and hopefully note that my health/stamina has improved. I am grateful for the ability to walk on my own two feet, stay positive and work with purpose and intention towards a goal.


Technically, I was on a break for the latter half of April but I didn’t want to let my clients down, the ones who had signed up in April. I worked hard for the first 15 days and then phased it out in the second half. I am grateful for the kindness and understanding of my clients and also immensely touched by their warm and wonderful feedback. It’s heartening and deeply satisfying when the work you love is appreciated.

As a part of work, I attended a lovely networking event organised by Women’s Web and met fabulous women who’ve done so much in their spheres. Their stories were both inspiring and entertaining. I was grateful to be able to listen to them and learn from them.

Books and reading:

I’m back to reading with joy. Currently enjoying two non-fiction books,Β  ‘Deep work’ by Cal Newport and ‘The Power of Habit’ by Charles Duhigg. The books reminded me that we all used to be so good at deep work, meditative effort and long term success. They have brought me peace and joy and reinforced my belief that everything has its use, as long as we don’t abuse it, including social media.

I also met a dear friend this month and she gave me a copy of Margaret Atwood’s book, ‘Alias Grace’. The plot is intriguing and I am waiting to dive into it.

Personal growth:

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that I have changed as a person. Six months ago, I was stressed, a little bitter at the way life was hurling changes at me and very unsure of where I would be.

But January and the vision board I made at the beginning of this year transformed me. It gave me a sense of purpose. Every little step I’ve taken on my entrepreneurial journey so far- the launch of my business, the clients, the Facebook support group, the online training, the face to face workshops, the feedback- has strengthened my resolve.

And my daily/monthly gratitude habit has now rubbed off on my daughter! She writes a page in her diary every night about the things she is grateful for. How marvellous when kids act by inspiration instead of instruction.

It’s as if the Universe has come together to make things work and I am extremely, deeply and forever grateful for every single moment this year and in the last month.

How was April for you all?

Gratitude for April- Checks and Balances

Linking up with Vidya’s Gratitude Circle

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14 thoughts on “Checks and Balances: Gratitude for April

  1. Happy birthday Shailaja πŸ’. Touchwood, you don’t look like 40! I wish you healthy and wonderful year ahead. Happy to hear that your daughter is writing down gratitude list daily night at such early age – one of the best habit!

  2. Arrrrrrrey! My favorite part of your post is Gy.’s Gratitude List. I would love to see it.

    One doorbell while commenting and I forgot to mention the one thing I loved!

  3. Happy birthday again, and thanks for joining the Gratitude Circle… again πŸ™‚
    Great to see you had a happily eventful April–birthday, family, friends, and work that kept you busy! That laptop! Gosh. Glad you got a new one! Sometimes things happen just to open fresh space up for better things, no? Any travel plans for the summer?

    Have a happy rest-of-the-year ahead!

  4. I love how you can see the silver linings and that’s what I enjoy about keeping a gratitude journal. Even when things go pear-shaped, seeing the good out of it, or the lessons, can be helpful. Happy 40th again! And here’s hoping May is wonderful for you!

  5. No, you are smiling so sweetly in those pictures! πŸ™‚

    Looking at Life without bitterness at all that it hurls at us is, actually, the right way to live, but we do not always follow that. It’s only later that we realise that whatever happened, happened for the best.

    I hope Life keeps showing us how beautiful it is, albeit gently! And, we keep expressing gratitude for everything it brings to us.

    God bless you, Shailaja, for everything! May the coming months bring peace and happiness in your Life.
    Give a hug to Gy on my behalf, please. <3

  6. No, no, no. I still can’t believe you are 40. It cannot be true.

    Moving on.

    It’s a pity V wasn’t around for the big day, but glad you got to spend time with your folks. You look so pretty there πŸ™‚

    Blessings are something we need to count and be thankful for everyday. It gives us hope when everything looks bleak.

    My April was hectic and it exhausted me, but I survived and that’s all that matters.

  7. Your laptop burning down was an event that would stress out anyone. That you handled it so well shows your maturity as a person. It was lovely meeting you at the Women’s Web event. And I am so impressed with how organized and dedicated you are. Take the downs with the ups ’cause the downs will be aplenty especially when you do it on your own. I know you will handle both with equanimity.

    Counting blessings is very important for this very reason. I am so glad that you have made a commitment to your health. No matter what anyone else says or does, the motivation has to come from within. Since you are a goal-based person, I would suggest that you have weight loss or other goals maybe monthly or otherwise. When it comes to fitness, it is very easy to slip. You can always ping me if I can help in any way. Also do pay due attention to your diet and supplements. Remember what I said about entering the 40s.

    Not having V around was a bummer but you are immensely lucky to have such a caring family who live in close proximity. If I am lucky, I get to meet mine once a year. Keep taking breaks and just keep doing what you are doing. You are good at it and have the right mindset. So glad that Gy is writing in the gratitude journal as well.

    Have a lovely May, Shailaja!

  8. Happy Birthday on turning 40. Much as I would have loved to read your AtoZ posts, I can understand the busy schedule you must be having due to your new venture. Nevertheless enjoyed the letters you wrote to your daughter a couple of weeks back.

    I have tried to be as regular as I can for the last 6 months in writing gratitude posts. It sure does make me feel good. I must encourage my two girls to start doing the same. Definitely a good practice.

    All the best for the month of May. And surely you would rock it as always. Keep smiling :))

  9. It’s how we choose to see things, that makes a month or a year good or bad, doesn’t it.
    Your laptop burning up freaked me out, and I am amazed at how calmly you’re handling it. Bravo!
    I love the Health Resolution you’ve taken on, I’m inspired now!:)
    Wishing you a Magical May!

  10. Happy birthday once again. I adore your child-like enthusiasm for the ‘big day’. It’s too cute! But then birthdays should be special. Glad it was a happy day. You seem to have maxed the skill of prioritising things in life. It works to brings down stress. Trying to do too many things at the same time is a sure recipe for madness. Hope May is just as wonderful.

  11. What a wonderful month! Even the not so great parts managed to bring smile to you. Isn’t that lovely! I had a moderately good April, nothing extraordinary. In fact, I’m working on my gratitude post at the moment.
    Have a spectacular May, Shailaja! ❀️

  12. Such a wonderful month you have had. You look lovely in the 9 yards πŸ™‚ Belated happy birthday to you and lots of well wishes. April for me was good too, though I think I didn’t do that well in the A to Z Challenge. Coming to think of it, some were just a jumble up of words. May be i will try to enhance posts in May. Had a memorable month. πŸ™‚

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