Sunday Letters #4

The one where I talk about all my thoughts and feelings on The Babysitter's Club reboot + some good links to browse though.
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Wow! This week seriously felt like it would never come to an end! Things were a bit busier than usual on the work front and I’ve also been hard at work behind the scenes on a lot of the blog admin.

I feel like I am taking the blog seriously for the first time ever since I started blogging. Like, seeing it for more than just a hobby, as something that I really want to get better at – so there is so much stuff to do. I genuinely want this blog to be some parts escape and some parts inspiration for whoever lands here. Anyway, still lots of things to learn and to do. It’s a good thing that I enjoy blogging so much. :P

I hope you’ll are having a sweet, happy and restful Sunday, wherever you are…

A NEW NETFLIX SHOW I DID NOT EXPECT TO LOVE SO MUCH

Growing up in a small town in India in the 90s meant that my exposure to western TV shows was largely limited to Small Wonder, Full House, and for some weird reason, Baywatch!!! I know, I know, that’s like a full-180 there. Point being, I didn’t watch a lot of American TV shows during my early years, and certainly not The Babysitter’s Club.

All this background to say, until a couple of weeks ago, my exposure to The Babysitter’s Club in any format – book, TV show, whatever – was basically a big fat zero. However, as the new Netflix show was about to launch, I did see it starting to pop up in my news feed. I figured it’s a show about kids and kid stuff (they’re not even teenagers yet!) but something about it had piqued my interest.

So, this past week, with absolutely no expectations, I started watching the show. And I could not stop till I finished it. It’s a highly bingeable little show – the episodes are less than 30 minutes long, and they’ve really done an incredible job with the casting. All the lead actors seem to be perfectly made for their roles.

If the title wasn’t a dead giveaway, the whole premise of the show revolves around a babysitter’s club that a group of feisty and enterprising young girls start in their neighbourhood, but the whole babysitting thing is really just a backdrop to an amazing display of genuine female friendship, and family ties.

Over 10 episodes they’ve covered a lot of ground, including adjusting to second marriages, periods, summer camp, using your voice, diabetes, and so much more, and yet, it does not seem overwhelming in the least. I stayed up late a couple of nights to finish the show and it was one of best “light” things I’ve seen over this lock down season.

CHLOE TING TWO WEEKS SHRED DONE!

Can I tell you that I am little proud of myself for getting through this workout challenge? Yes, I know there are far tougher challenges that one can face (and succeed). Yes, I know this probably sounds like a trivial thing. And no, I didn’t completely shred ALL of my body fat. Also, I took a 16 days to finish the actual challenge instead of 14.

And yet, despite all that, I am still proud of myself. Exercise and me have a complicated history. It’s too much to unpack here, but let’s just say that despite having known forever that having a regular exercise routine can do wonders for your physical and mental health, it’s not something that I’ve really made a priority for myself till very recently.

Knowing what I know about myself, the fact that I stuck through an exercise challenge for more than a couple of days is an achievement for sure. I’ll be sharing a lot more about this experience in the coming week, but for now, I am just super happy to report that I completed the last workout of the 2-week program today, and I finished somewhat stronger than what I started.

A SUBSCRIPTION TO MEDIUM

In the last few weeks, as I was clicking through weekly link recommendations from some bloggers whose opinions I trust, I found a lot of them being linked to articles written on Medium. Now, I am not a complete noob, so of course, I knew about Medium but until last week, I didn’t realize how much good writing exists on that platform.

After getting a few warnings that I only have 3 more! 2 more! 1 more! free article(s) left to read this month, I decided to explore the paid subscription option. As a content creator myself, I know the value of good content, and I know how much hard work goes into creating quality content. Seeing that was a very reasonable $50, I couldn’t hit that Subscribe button fast enough.

I’ve been browsing through the articles over the last couple of days, and I am pleased that I signed up for this. I can see myself utilizing and truly enjoying this subscription.

LINKS I LOVED

I’ve been craving chocolate cake lately, and it’s my mom’s birthday in a couple of weeks. I think I’m going to go with this recipe for the cake.

“You could be good today. But instead, you choose tomorrow.” Wow. This quote hit me hard. Ryan Holiday (author of The Ego is the Enemy, The Obstacle is the Way) covers many more such thought-provoking life lessons in this piece.

I’ve been fascinated by personality tests forever, and this summary of the Enneagram is one of the best I’ve read.

Always a sucker for a good reading list.

sounds intriguing.

What a gorgeous, dreamy escape this is. I seriously cannot wait to explore more of the world.

“You create your own reality”. This is something I’ve been grappling with for the past few months now, and I love how bravely Katie shares her experience.

This past week, I shared some amazing accounts worth following on Instagram. Anne goes a step further to show how you can actually train the algorithm to show you more diversity on your feed.

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Hi! I am Shirsha, and welcome to Sage & Bloom. I am a textbook introvert, and a hopeless dreamer! 🌻 Lover of books, rainy days, chilled white wine, fresh flowers, and personality tests! ✨

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