From India, With Love

And I’m finally back! How’s everybody’s summer going? I don’t know about yall, but that trip to India was exactly what I needed. I feel so refreshed and I’m ready to get back to business. I made so many friends and memories there. Exotic is not a strong enough word to describe it.

I ended up going to 4 places in India. First, of course, it’s capital, Delhi.

It was an amazing city and all I did was shopped till I dropped. There’s no dearth of malls and the exploding variety in Delhi. I was totally floored.

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The night life in Delhi was a sight to behold. The energetic vibe was all you needed to get high off the atmosphere. It was enough to keep me going all night! All in all, Delhi was just astounding.

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Next stop, Lucknow. Now, unlike Delhi, this was not a metropolis. It was more of a cultural city. It’s rich heritage and history was palpable in every street, building and monument.

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Museums, parks and architectural sites filled me with so much wonder and I gained a lot of unforgettable information about this ancient city’s past. I was pleasantly surprised at the kindness, generosity and friendly nature of the people in this city and I was less than willing to leave.

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After that I flew to Mumbai, the city where all the magic happens. They say Mumbai is the city of opportunities. Where everyone gets a second chance. It is an industrial hub. Luckily for me, it rained a lot in the few days that I visited, so it kept me from being too homesick. It was a very busy city with so many people with so many stories. In one word? Incredible.

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And last but definitely not the least, the highlight of my trip, Goa. This was, without a doubt, my favourite place in India. With its unending and refreshing greenery, rolling hills and breathtaking lakes and beaches, it was certainly a sight to behold.

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From cruises to improptu flash dances and the fun and frolic that the peoples’ vibes emit, this place was unforgettable.

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Not to be outdone culturally, Goa also offered a variety of forts, museums and churches brimming with interesting historical backgrounds.

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And let’s not forget the stretches of beach and all the fun that comes with it!

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And believe me, you have not truly lived until you have ridden an actual elephant. My mind was literally blown.

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I even went kayaking, hiking and paddle-boating! Not to mention, the churches and museums. Only Goa could make field-trip-like spots like that interesting.

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And of course, some days, all I did was lie out by the poolside with a drink.

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From little streets and allies, to malls and spas, India truly had me blown away. I hated leaving.

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I can’t wait to go back…

Stay adventurous,

Deliya x 🙂

 P.S. Unless stated otherwise, all pictures have been personally shot by me. Please refrain from using these pictures without due permission.

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You’re A Fighter

Yes, you read that right. You’re a fighter, and don’t you ever forget it. Life may be tough right now but you’ll get there. You’ll make it, I promise. I believe you can do it. You have what it takes. I see it in you – you have the power to do whatever you imagine. You’re smart enough, pretty enough, tough enough to make it through.

God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers. Hang in there. Don’t give up now. Not quite yet. Just a little bit longer. Just a little bit harder. You’re getting there. You’re on your way to victory. You don’t always need a clear-cut plan, a laid out map to tell you exactly which way to go. Sometimes you need to just trust your instincts and keep going – see what happens. You might even surprise yourself.

Create a vision for your life. Do something you love. Do something that makes you want to jump out of bed every morning. This fight is worth it, and so are you. These battle scars are only making you stronger. Do whatever it takes to see your dreams through.

The walls that you see that separate you from your dreams are meant to see how badly you want to achieve this. They’re not meant for you. They’re meant for the other people who don’t want it badly enough.

It’s a revolution – the time has come for you to win. Don’t give up now when victory’s so close. You can beat this. I see the fighter in you, dying to break out. Breathe, take a break. Get back at it. Don’t lose sight of the finish line, you’re so close.

Don’t let it get you down, if you don’t make it the first time. You have your whole life ahead of you to prove yourself, so stop beating yourself up. Promise me you’ll smile today. Promise?

Stay strong,

Deliya x 🙂

How To Get Fit This Summer

“I wanna look fit this summer.”

We’ve heard it all before – from our friends, family and even ourselves, but somehow we never seem to get around to it. It’s hard to motivate yourself to get off the couch, switch off your laptop and start working out. Keeping fit and looking and feeling healthy and strong are not easy and it’s a long road. But you’ve got to get started. For your sake. Teenagers nowadays are unhealthier than ever with obesity rates sky-rocketing.

Studies say that you need to get at least an hour of exercise in your daily schedule. That may seem like a lot, but you don’t have to do mundane exercises. You could do sports or activities you enjoy (like dance!) for an hour to keep fit.

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1. Create a Work-out Playlist

Exercising can be stressful and even more so when you have nothing to distract yourself with. Fast-paced music (urban, dubstep, pop, etc) are great for work-outs because they distract you from what you’re doing. So don’t forget to create a playlist that makes you want to move!

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2. Do what you love

You don’t have to go to the gym if you don’t feel like it. Do an activity you enjoy. Whether that’s football, dancing, swimming, basketball or track, do what you love so that exercise won’t feel like a burden. Rather, you’ll have fun with it!

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3. Bring your friends along

Everything seems that much more fun when you have friends to keep you company. Get some like-minded friends to work out with. Not only will your competitive spirit make you want to do as good (if not better) as them but you’ll also have a great time while you’re at it!

P.S. Investing in cute (non-expensive!) work-out clothes are also a great motivation!

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4. Burn baby burn

Get 60 minutes of cardio most days of the week – something that increases your heart rate and breathing. Don’t be afraid to break a sweat (or a nail)! Eating healthy and clean (no junk food, no soda!) as well as exercising are the killer combo that will have you looking fabulous in no time. Drinking loads of water is also a must not only to digest all your food and fend off acne but also to avoid dehydration during an intense work-out.

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5. Strength Training

Building your bones is also super important. You don’t want to be fighting of osteoporosis when you’re older. For this, you’re going to have to pump some iron. At least two times a week, you need to lift weight that pushes you to your limits on the last couple of reps.

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6. Crunch Time!

It’s not unheard of to want a flat stomach. In fact, most of us watch Kaley Cuoco in jealousy wishing we looked as fit as her (is that just me? I dunno). Bicycle crunches, leg lifts, planks, crunches and side twists are great ways to work out your abdominal area. Aim for 10 to 20 reps for 4 to 5 sets.

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Most of all, you should just have fun with whatever you’re doing. Also, remember that loving yourself and your body and accepting it is very crucial. You aren’t exercising because you hate your body. You’re doing it to feel better.

Remember not to starve yourself in order to lose weight because the objective is not a thigh gap but to be fit. That is in no way the same thing as being skinny, and to be honest, girls with thigh gaps and skeleton-and-skin look sort of scary and ugly, if you ask me. Remember to stay healthy and ask for help and suggestions from your doctor and parents before you start!

Stay amazing!

Deliya x 🙂

My Summer Bucket List

It’s summer time, and that can only mean one thing : summer break is round the corner! So much time, so little to do. You know this summer is going to be amazing – you don’t know how or when or why, but it’s gonna be great! Here’s a couple things I’m going to be doing this heat-down before my summer kicks its proverbial bucket and if you’re looking for a little inspiration, I hope this helps!

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1. Go to a concert

2. Read a book every week

3. Go to the beach

4. Go to a carnival

5. Have Movie Nights

6. Learn that sport you’ve always wanted to

7. Volunteer at the animal shelter

8. Have a bonfire night

9. Have gaming marathons

10. Hit the mall

11. Have water fights

12. Have a picnic with friends

13. Buy a Bubble Gun

14. Go camping

15. Learn how to bake cookies

16. Go hiking with my family

17. Have a fireworks show

18. Write a story

19. Finish reading all my wait-list manga

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That’s all for now!

Stay amazing!

Deliya x 🙂 

You Are Strong Enough

There are so many times in your life when all you feel like doing is giving up. It’s been too hard for too long and you just don’t think you can take it anymore. It would be so easy to just give up.

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But that’s not who you are.

You’re meant for so many bigger and better things. Don’t you dare go give up on yourself. You’re all you have and you are the best and most unique thing you can offer to the world. Don’t let your struggles overwhelm you so easily. Give it a fight. So what if the whole world gives up? They’re not you. They’ll never be you.

You’ve got to do it for you. Whoever you are, wherever you are, you’re worth it. You can do this, I believe in you. You were given this gift of life that you get to open everyday and you’re so lucky, you don’t even know it. Keep working hard towards your goals, and destiny will be on your side.

Let your struggles be part of your story. Some day, other people will hear of how you worked your way through seemingly impossible odds and you’ll be an inspiration to them. Just imagine all that it could be!

Stay Strong!

Deliya x 🙂

Teen Suicide And What I’ve Learnt From It

Recently, I’ve had one my classmates attempt suicide and it really changed my life. You wouldn’t think so, because we were never close but this sort of thing always scars you a little. Obviously, when I got the news, I was shocked. ‘Why in the world would she want to kill herself?’ and such obvious questions popped into my mind but then it isn’t like I’d never though along those lines ever.

There was a time when I felt that my life was so bad and out of control that I wondered if it was really worth it at and why I couldn’t just end it all. But the sob-story’s all behind me now and the lessons I’ve learnt are some of the most important I think I’ll ever know.

First of all, the thing about suicide is that nobody actually wants to die. People just feel like they’re in a bad place or situation in life and looking for an escape because it’s all too overwhelming and impossible to handle. They want relief from the depressing thoughts that ceaselessly haunt them and they don’t know any other way out.

Now, although I’m a firm believer in the fact that only you can save yourself, I think the best thing to do in case you’re a teenager with suicidal thoughts is too consult an adult, parent or counselor. It may seem unendurable and embarrassing but it’s better than ending your life.

No matter what‘s going on with your right now, what you’ve done and what you’re facing, it won’t be something you’re alone in. It’s all been done before and there’s someone out there who’s going through the same things you are. You’re not alone and talking it out with someone mature and calm will help you.

The only reason you’re feeling the way you are is because you’re focusing way too hard on the negative aspects of your situation. You’re emphasizing on everything that’s wrong in your life in your mind instead of thinking of the exact opposite. You may not see it now, but there are so many people that would be devastated if you were gone.

Apart from getting help, I’ve tried to put together a list of positive distractions that may be of some help to you.

1. Type aimlessly about anything you want until you feel better

2. Go outside for a walk or a jog

3. Go to a cafe and sit outside with a cup of tea or coffee

4. Dress nice (it’s proven to make you feel better about yourself…no more PJ Days!)

5. Force yourself to smile at those you see and enjoy the feeling of being smiled at.

6. Focus on the little things in everyday life that bring you joy

7. Pick up a hobby you love and invest in it

8. Put together some D.I.Y. Projects

9. Bake or cook a meal

10. Take a bubble bath and light incense

11. Compliment yourself

12. Realize that you’re strong and that everything will be OK

That’s all for now I think, but before I pen off, I’d like to list out some websites you should definitely check out if you’re considering suicide. Just click here, here or here!

Just remember this: You are important. You are beautiful. You are loved.

Stay strong,

Deliya x 🙂

21 Simple Joys of Life (To Be Contd.)

1. The Smell of a Bookstore

2. Doctor Who

3. Cool wind in your hair

4. Drinking coffee

5. Smiles from strangers

6. Sarcasm and burns (#sorrynotsorry)

7. Puppies

8. DIY Anything

9. Hair Bows

10. Reading

11. The Seaside

12. Getting lost in the city

13. Old Family Polaroid Pictures

14. Sunny Days

15. Polka Dot Anything

16. Scented Candles

17. Spring Time

18. Pretty Bedrooms

19. Bubble Baths

20. Old TV Programmes

21. Cute Cutlery

OK, so basically this is just part 1 of the many simple joys of life that are totally free and available to all of us and those we just don’t notice and feel happy about on a day-to-day basis but should remember to.

P.S. None of the pictures are mine, they’re all from the amazing one and only (you guessed it) Tumblr and Google!

Stay awesome!

Deliya x 🙂

What to do when you’re feeling down…

Life’s not easy. Noone ever said it was and you better stop believing it. It’s just not that way. You don’t always win. You have bad days. In fact, sometimes you have terrible days. Days that make you feel like giving up – packing your bags and going home because none of this crap is worth it.

But wait.

It gets better. I shit you not, it gets better. You’ve just got to keep at it.

Believe me when I say this, but it  does get better. I’ve been there, and I’ve done that. But this isn’t about my sob story, no. This is about what I learnt at the end. The thing about life is that nothing is permanent. The good times? Temporary. Bad times? Temporary. Things will change and life will come back round.

Just remember,

See, it’s all about the long run. You don’t want to have lived your life and at the end, feel like it was all a massive struggle. You want, at the end, for it too feel like you were happy. People are going to say mean things to bring you down, and bad things will inevitably happen. But you’ve just got to get up in the morning and ask yourself this :

No. You’re not. Because you’re better and stronger than that. You have a self-respect and opinion of yourself that nobody in the world can change. And to the people who bring you down you say,

Because clearly, you don’t need people like that in your life. They’re never going to help you out and you’ll never feel any better or become any better of a person with them. They will not challenge you and you just don’t need the extra baggage they bring.

Sometimes, you need to be a bit harsh on yourself too. Whenever bad thoughts start to take over, tell yourself:

There are people who’d be lost without you.

You are smart and thoughtful and kind and fun and beautiful and worth knowing. And all this coming from a person who doesn’t even know you. So, believe me when I say it, the people who have you in their life are lucky that they do. Because you’re a gem and you deserve every good thing that comes your way.

There are so many ways to pick yourself up when you feel down. One way, of course, is food.

Sing loudly and off-key. It doesn’t even matter. Just sing it out. You’ll feel better.

Because,

We all have guilty pleasures, don;t we, Taylor? Go ahead and do them for once.

Look through old pictures and relive those memories.

Do something ridiculous and funny with your best friend. Go out. Or stay in and wear mustaches all day, I dunno.

Go on a shopping spree. Go on.

And just remember that Tom Hiddleston says:

So whenever you feel like

SNAP OUT OF IT. You’re you. You’re alive. You’re worth it. And that’s better than anything else out there.

Stay amazing!

Deliya x 🙂