Pushing Past It All

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

If I am being completely honesty, I don't want to write this post. There is so much I want to write and share in this space but none of it feels "good enough." As I mentioned in my last post, I was incredibly anxious about my big move to China. Even if I didn't mention it in the post, I felt like it would it would be okay. I might be anxious for the first week or so and I would get over it. This was probably the worst mistake about this situation on my part and has led me here.
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Anxiety and Big Life Changes

Thursday, August 1, 2019

I'm not sure if I've mentioned on this blog that I'm moving to China at the beginning of September of this year so: I'M MOVING TO CHINA IN SEPTEMBER.

I'm going to be teaching English to a bunch of kids in Shanghai and I could not be more excited. As I'm from India, I like to think this is almost like going back to the motherland but in a completely different country. I have always wanted to visit China and teach English abroad so this was the perfect opportunity for me. I'll be going with Disney English which adds even more excitement to this endeavor.

However, and this is a big however, I am really anxious about this move. My first big move was in 2001 to come to the US from India and I've moved states since then but neither of these circumstances hold the same anxieties. For one, I was a child when I moved to the US and I can't even remember half of those emotions. That culture shock was a lot, yes, but I was able to work through them. Second, any moves between states isn't the same as moves between countries so I don't really have that much experience in this regard.

Third, my study abroad experience is also not comparable in my option for a variety of reasons. The US and England are both majority English speaking countries and Western countries that have a lot of similarities in cultures. China, on the other hand, is a very different beast.

I am so anxious about everything. What if I'm not a good teacher? What if the kids don't like me? What if I mess up? What if I can't get used to living in Shanghai? What if I don't make friends? What if I miss hope too much? What if what if what if?

I'm an extensive list maker and have created mine for packing but I'm so anxious that I'm going to miss something important. On the other hand, I'm also anxious that I'm going to take too much stuff to China which is also not a good thing either.
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the writing diaries (1)

Monday, July 29, 2019

If you don't know by now, I love creating different features on this blog. From my love for reading to television and movies, I want to be able to share all of that with you all. But as someone who likes to make lists and keep everything organization in some fashion, creating features was the best bet. And today I want to share another aspect of my life that is very important to me and that goes hand in hand with having this blog: writing.
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Review Round Up (#): Reluctantly Royals

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Alyssa Cole and her books have been an author that I've known about for a long time but only read recently. I've had An Extraordinary Union on my shelves for a while but it wasn't until A Princess in Theory came on my radar. I love fluffy, cute romances and there's something about romances with someone royal that gets me very excited. While I didn't love all of the books in the series, the Reluctant Royals series was worth every minute. I would highly recommend most of these books to everyone! 
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What I Wish I Knew Then

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Recently, I finished working as an after school teacher at an elementary school that got me thinking about my experience in school but especially from the 1st to 5th grade. There are incredibly formative times in our lives and can really change how the rest of our lives play out. Personally, I started school in the US in the 1st grade after having moved here less than two months prior. It was fitting that the grade I was working with were the 1st graders. While most of my thoughts are based around the 1st graders I worked with, I did interact with children from other grades so it's very versatile. Here are some things that I wish I knew in elementary school*.
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Review Round Up (3): Scandals & Scoundrels

Monday, June 3, 2019

Sarah MacLean is the reason I fell in love with romance. Her Love by the Numbers and The Rules of Scoundrels were the first romance books I read and loved but somehow along the way I stopped reading her work. I recently fell back in love with her work thanks to Wicked and the Wallflower and I wanted more of her in my life. As I hadn't read her Scandal & Scoundrel series before, I thought it would be best to remedy that! So today I have the review for the three books but unfortunately I didn't love them all that much. This series goes to show that you could love certain works by an author but it doesn't mean that you will love everything. Overall, I wasn't as impressed with this series as other works by Sarah MacLean. I'm glad I got to read the series because I enjoy Sarah MacLean but it won't be a series I'll be returning to!
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On My Screen Lately: Fleabag

Friday, May 31, 2019

Twitter was buzzing about this show I had never heard of and after avoiding it for about two weeks, I decided to just watch the show and get it over with. Well, to my surprise I ended up watching both season 1 and 2 (they are each 6 episodes so it's not that bad) in one day. While I had a lot of thoughts about season 1 and not all of them good, season 2 was far better and my favorite of the two. So, lets talk about Fleabag! 

It was created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (who also created Killing Eve) and she writes and stars in the show as well. The rest of the cast is just as incredible--from the likes of Bill Patterson to Olivia Colman to Andrew Scott to Sian Clifford, who is new to me! You can check out the IMDb page for more! 

I wouldn't read further if you haven't watched the show because there will be spoilers! 
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Review Round Up (#3): Back to Reading

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

My reading journey this year has been very much like a rollercoaster. I began the year incredibly strong by reading so many books before I hit a huge reading slump. The slump disappeared some time in April but came back in May. Needless to say, I'm hoping to get back in the swing of things by continuously reading books that capture my attention. I have a few of three books I recently read and loved, two in the Young Adult contemporary and one that is an Adult historical romance!  
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Goodbye, Game of Thrones

Monday, May 20, 2019

I do not have words to describe what I am feeling at this very moment in time. After 8 years, 8 seasons, and 73 episodes, Game of Thrones will be coming to an end. This journey has been a rollercoaster of emotions and I am prepared but unprepared for this end. 

I have watched this show since it first aired. I remember hearing that HBO was going to be adapting the books into a show. I remember hearing the cast announcements and all of the updates HBO gave us. I remember string with my laptop in April of 2011, a junior in high school, ready to transport myself to Westerns. 

These 8 years have not been easy. There have been several moments in this show that have tested me in so many ways. I have cried over these characters and their deaths. I have yelled at the screen over ridiculous story lines. I have anxiously waited for the new season to come on in the spring so I can relive all of these emotions over and over again. To think that I will no longer have a season go Game of Throne to look forward to is astounding. 

I have too many favorite scenes and characters to talk about but I wanted to talk about 8 of my favorite scenes, characters, and music from this series. They will not be in any sort of order but truly meaningful aspects of this show. 

***There will be spoilers obviously! If you haven't caught up on all 8 seasons, don't read the rest of this post!***
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And So I Begin Again

Sunday, May 19, 2019

If there are two aspects of my life that has never changed over the years it is my love for quotes and Spring. Anything and everything that comes with Spring is my favorite. I love when the flowers blossom and life just seems to come back to the earth. The thunderstorms and the smell of the earth after an amazing storm just make my day.

Spring to me means the resurgence after the cold, dark months and it's a big part of life as well. Even though New Years is the time for resolutions, Spring is when I fully allow myself to get back on track in case I fall off. It's my favorite time of the year and it's when I really want to go after my goal. 
But what is the point of all of this talk about Spring? Well, if it's not obvious already, I'm struggling to blog on here. I made a goal to truly get back to blogging because I missed it so much but I have only posted 8 times in 2019! That is not a good number! 

Along with what Spring presents for me, the tag line for my blog is this: 
I began this blog for myself. For my present self to get back into writing and sharing my thoughts with the world and being on this joinery of life. Like the Lao Tzu quote above, I wanted to begin with that single step to get myself on this journey.

This post and these two reminders are what I want to have in order to get back to blogging and sharing my thoughts with the world. I don't know who is reading (if anyone) but I want to begin again and take that step to get on this journey. I will probably have periodic updates about my journey so I hope you'll stick around for that. 
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30 Before 30

Friday, April 12, 2019

Hello all! I've been back from India for a bit now and I've been focusing on getting back to a normal schedule. I'll be sharing my experiences from my India trip in the next week! 
I saw several people make these videos about the 30 things they wanted to do before they were thirty and I wanted in! I was inspired by videos I saw b Sanne and Lucy Moon to create my own list of 30 things I want to do before I'm 30! I broke everything down into four categories: Work, Travel, Life and Experiences. 

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Life Update

Friday, February 22, 2019

After spending the first week or so of January sick, I wanted to focus on getting completely better and preparing for my trip to India in February. Life had other plans because it was like the flip of a coin: I was sick one week and I was perfectly fine the next. Last week, however, things really took a turn when I got the flu. 

I had to go to the doctor, get diagnosed, and take medication which was great because I felt like I'd been hit by a truck the first two days. Every year for as long as I can remember I've gotten the flu shot and the first year I didn't get the shot, I got the flu. Over the years I developed a cough and congestion but it was normal for the seasons changing. 

Next week I'll be heading back to the motherland after nine years. I won't have as much access to the internet there as I do here so there won't be any posts going up. I had every intention of scheduling several posts per week during the time I was gone but life had other things in store for me. I will do the best I can before I leave to write up a few I had plans but if there aren't a lot of posts going up, that's why. 

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On My Screen Lately (1)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

I love watching shows. Like, I *really* enjoy watching shows. I keep up with the newest shows that are premiering either on television or a streaming service and usually give them a chance or two. There's something about telling stories on the small screen that just appeals to me. But I'm also an avid re-watcher which is both good and bad. It's good because it allows me to delve into a world I love and really enjoy myself if nothing new catches my eye. It's bad because I will spend far too much time re-watching shows instead of finding new ones. So here are a few of the shows I've been watching lately, new and old. 
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Review Round Up (2): The Hathaways Have Arrived

Monday, February 4, 2019

I have been a big fan of Lisa Kleypas for years. Her Wallflowers series is one of my all time favorites and I re-read the books often. While I've read several of the books that mention the Hathaways, my library just got all five of the books so I knew it was time to dive in. Little did I know that I would fall endlessly in love with the Hathaway siblings and their love stories. I read all five books in about forty-eight hours. If there was one thing that shines through all of these books it is the family dynamics of the Hathaways. I would recommend these books for the Hathaway family alone but their love stories are just as great! 
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What I Want From 2019

Thursday, January 31, 2019

I have always been someone that loves the stars. I love the constellations and astrology and astronomy and everything else that has to do with the universe that we are a part of. Thus, I believe in karma and putting positive vibes and energy out into the world. I really wanted to take the most out of my life in 2019 no matter what. Instead of posting this at the beginning of the month like many people, I thought I would post about what I want from 2019. I want to work with the universe to manifest a good year so here are a few things I want from this year.
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Review Round Up (1): First YA Books of 2019

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Writing reviews for the books I read was my introduction to blogging and I am always thankful to have found this amazing community. Even though I stopped posting reviews in 2016, I carried out my love for talking about books into every blog I've had since. Thus, it only made sense for me to create a feature where I could talk about any and all of the books I've read (or attempted to read). So here's to the first round up of young adult novels I've read thus far in 2019. 
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2019: A Year of Living Fearlessly

Monday, January 7, 2019

For the past four years I have chosen a word that I was to live by in the year. This word is what I want to strive for but it is also be a word that I think I need more of in my life. I want this word to be in my mind as I make small or big life decisions, whether the decisions affect just me or others as well. I'll explain the significance of the word of the year in a little bit but first: the word for 2019 is: 


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Welcome to As Told By Akchita

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

*This original post went up on January 2, 2019 but on a test blog and not this one.*

Today, I turned 24 years old. 

It always feels weird to simultaneously begin the new year and turn a year older. It wasn't until last year, my first birthday after not being in school, that this really hit me. There is something so incredible about the idea of new beginnings coming along with a new year of my life. 

That is probably why, after 9 (whoa!!!) years of blogging on and off, I have decided to close all of my previous blogs and introduce this new blog. As Told By Akchita has been in the works for well over a year and 2019 just felt like the best year to officially start posting on here. 
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