Blogger’s World now has over 2000 Followers!

I got a notification from WordPress and saw that we now have over 2000 followers. Congratulations and gratitude to everyone who was/have been involved on the forum. It’s been a beautiful (although we have had some difficulties) journey so far.

Thanks to admin: Anand @dancinglightofgrace and authors: Rehan @lifeenhancer4all, RasmaSandra @yamarella, and Cherie @cheriewhite for your regular support to the forum.

However, despite the number of followers, our overall views and interactions have decreased in recent weeks. As an admin, I would like to apologize for being absent more often than I ought to. I am having an interesting (and somewhat difficult) time. I will share my experiences in due course of time.

Until then, I would like to request our followers and members to be more interactive.

Congratulations to all! Happy blogging!

Sandeept

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This Year In Retrospect!

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  1. I searched for the Dussehra post in 2020. It was done on 26th of October. I could see how the event was reported by reading that post.
  2. It’s a lunar year since that day. I didn’t go out to attend the event of burning of Ravana (antagonist of epic Ramayana) effigy in stadium this year. I saw that Ravana’s head was visible from the roof of this house.
  3. Compared to the last year I spent almost no money this year. Lockdowns and pandemic were big events. I didn’t go for long walks. I didn’t even publish much on this blog.
  4. To say that this year passed by smoothly would be inaccurate. One of the AI chatbots asked me about the most meaningful events this year: I replied that there were no such events which left any impressions on me. My memory is like a blank slate : without any impressions…

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1st Anniversary Blogging Party – Towards A Better Life


I just received a message from WordPress, saying, “Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!You registered on WordPress.com one year ago.Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.”

All I can say in response to the message is : “I am grateful to God for this. And thanks to all my readers who have been reading and liking my posts throughout the year.”

May God bless you all for the tremendous love you have shown to Towards A Better Life – A blog that aims to help people live a better and healthier life.

Thanks again it couldn’t happen without you all.

 

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Meet the mother who built global shoe business as she couldn’t afford footwear for her daughter

Not being able to afford shoes for her daughter led Moirangthem Muktamani to build Mukta Shoes. Her handcrafted footwear now sell in countries worldwide.

Adversity in this world is filtered through the strength of a parent, who bears all of the pain and does not reveal themselves until tested. Whether it’s due to financial constraints, illness, or a lack of resources, the willingness of parents to sacrifice is beyond comprehension.

Moirangthem Muktamani Devi did not give up when she faced difficult times. Because she couldn’t afford to buy her daughter shoes, she began knitting woollen footwear. This led to her Muktamani to become a well-known artisan shoe maker in Manipur, India.

This ordinary woman turned her incredible talent into a creative profession while working on her feet to raise her children.

Muktamani was born in December 1958, and her widowed mother raised her. She married one of her classmates, Kshetrimayum Naran Singh, when she was only 17 years old. They had four children together.

Muktamani would work in the paddy field during the day and sell homemade eatables in the evening to support their children and meet their needs. She was an expert at knitting and would make carry bags and hair bands at night to sell for extra money.

She didn’t have enough money in 1989 to buy her daughter new shoes. It had a strong impact on her, so she knitted one with woollen threads. That led to the birth of Mukta Shoes that was founded in 1990. The company now exports handmade shoes to countries such as Briiain, Australia, Mexico, and even some African countries. Mukta Shoes quickly became well-known and was registered in the District Industries Center under the wool embroidery section. She encountered significant challenges while raising funds for the business because she had not one, not two, but three children who required her constant care and attention.

Her determination pulled her out of the struggles over the years, and it was only a matter of time before her business expanded internationally, claiming awards and recognition along the way.

Over 1,000 people have been trained by Muktamani. Mukta Industry, her shoe factory, creates handcrafted and affordable footwear for men, women, and children.

This year, National Insurance partnered with The Telegraph to host the True Legends Awards 2018.

The ceremony was held to honour 11 people who have positively impacted society and their own lives. Muktamani is one of the winners of the award, and she said she would dedicate the honour to the women who have helped her along the way. She has also received numerous awards.

When one considers Muktamani’s family’s proud expression, it is clear that parenthood can be defined in ways other than hardship and struggle. It also demonstrates that an act of endearment can change people’s lives, inspire and give birth to change, which is the greatest gift anyone can give.

Read more such articles on Times Applaud

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Keeping the Mind Writing Active

One of the most important things for writers is to keep their mind writing active. This means to be able to write at anytime and get new ideas. You have to keep your mind sharp, your imagination dancing, and be able to always come up with ideas that will interest your readers. It also means avoiding writer’s blocks, keeping one step ahead of other writers, and being able to gain more followers who are interested in what you have say.

https://rasmasandra.medium.com/keeping-the-mind-writing-active-fbcafa961e54

American justice system disgusts as 2 to be sentenced under plea deal in murder case

 

Two people will be sentenced under a plea deal in the fatal shooting of Iron  Jailen Cannon, 27.

Under a plea deal, charges are dropped against a suspect. A murder suspect can also be punished on a lesser charge if he accepts a plea deal. I find such deals disgusting, when I come across them being a legal news writer. Normally, I hate it when a murderer who was facing a life sentence is given a shorter sentence after they accept a plea deal (yes such deals are offered to the culprits). There have also been cases where a man who had killed his wife or girlfriend was sentenced under a plea deal, leaving the victim’s helpless family disappointed.  A plea deal is common in the United States, and has been a successful method of avoiding protracted and complicated trials.

In the case where two people will be sentenced under a plea deal, Justin Hornbeck, 29, of Green, was initially originally charged with Cannon’s  murder. But he  entered a plea of guilty to involuntary manslaughter  in court on Monday afternoon, as part of a plea deal.

Autumn Knight, 28, who was also charged in the case entered a plea of guilty to charges against her on Monday.

The 28-year-old entered the plea to tampering with evidence, obstructing justice and gross abuse of a corpse. Knight was initially charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, but instead entered a plea of guilty to attempt to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity, which is a fifth-degree felony instead of a third-degree felony.

Prosecutors asked the judge to give Knight a 36 months prison term when she and Hornbeck would be sentenced on Dec. 20.

Police say Cannon was murdered  in the early morning hours of Oct. 18 at an apartment on the north end of Wadsworth.

Wadsworth Police Chief Dan Chafin said Hornbeck is believed to have shot and killed Cannon at a Wadsworth apartment rented by Tyrone Render.

Cannon was then buried in a grave in Summit County before being moved to Lake Milton in Mahoning County. Cannon’s remains weren’t found until Sept. 12, nearly a year after he was killed.

Police said there was an elaborate coverup after the killing.

In May, seven people were detained, and an eighth person was apprehended in September. Cannon’s remains were discovered in Lake Milton in September.

Prosecutors stated in court that as part of the plea deal, Hornbeck gave information regarding the killing and the location of Cannon’s remains. Hornbeck’s murder allegation was lowered to involuntary manslaughter, but all other charges remained.

Hornbeck was also accused of tampering with evidence, possessing weapons when disabled, obstructing justice, gross abuse of a body, and participating in a pattern of corrupt behaviour. He entered a guilty plea to all charges.He can be called as a witness in a later case because he contributed information in the case.

In May, seven people were detained, and an eighth person was apprehended in September. Cannon’s remains were discovered in Lake Milton in September.

Prosecutors stated in court that as part of the plea deal, Hornbeck gave information regarding the killing and the location of Cannon’s remains.

Hornbeck’s murder allegation was lowered to involuntary manslaughter, but all other charges remained.

Hornbeck was also accused of tampering with evidence, possessing weapons when disabled, obstructing justice, gross abuse of a body, and participating in a pattern of corrupt behaviour. He entered a guilty plea to all charges.

He can be called as a witness in a later case because he contributed information in the case.

Six other suspects have been charged and are awaiting trial.

Tyrone Render, 28, of Wooster, was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence with a firearm specification, obstructing justice, having weapons under disability, gross abuse of a corpse and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Marcus Y. Clark, 55, and Christopher J. Williams, 33, both of Akron, were arrested and charged with tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, gross abuse of a corpse and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Samantha P. McCune, 28, of Green, was arrested and charged with obstructing justice. She was scheduled to appear in court Monday, but her case was continued.

Walter Render, 29, of Mentor, was arrested and is charged with gross abuse of a corpse, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.

Antonio W. Moore, 39, of Akron, was arrested and charged with obstructing justice.

deal for murder – Towards A Better Life

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How Indian megastar Big B became a great example of resilience

Amitabh Bachchan, born on October 11, 1942, has a charm that hasn’t faded even after 50 years in Indian cinema. The Indian megastar, , lovingly called Big B, is still adored and admired by his many followers.

Resilience or toughness is the quality of a person to recover from all sort of difficulties. Big B, recently celebrated his Golden Jubilee, in the Bollywood industry, after fighting all odds, including bankruptcy and health concerns.

Big B rose to prominence with his 1973 picture Zanjeer and went on to have a string of hits throughout his career. From health crises to declaring bankruptcy, he has seen it all.

In an old interview, Amitabh Bachchan stated that he was enjoying his catastrophic fortune in the year 2000, when the rest of the world was celebrating the new century. He went on to say that he had no films, no money, no company, and that he had a million legal claims against ABCL. This occurred following the failure of the ABCL-organized Miss World Pageant in 1996.

Big B made a comeback with Mohabattein and Kaun Banega Crorepati and has been unstoppable since.

Amitabh Bachchan was left penniless, and all of his possessions were encumbered. He admitted that it had been one of the lowest times of his life.

One day, he approached Yash Chopra and begged him to give him a film. Big B’s return to success started after Yash Raj offered him Mohabattein in 2000.

The movie was a box office success, putting the actor’s career back on track.

Amitabh Bachchan later hosted Kaun Banega Crorepati, which was a watershed moment in his life. The reality show helped him recover from a financial crisis and he apparently paid off a debt of ’90 crores. In an interview, he remembers creditors threatening him. Recognizing the importance of KBC in his life, he stated that it arrived at a time when he needed it the most. It fast-tracked Big B’s return to success,both professionally and financially, according to the megastar.

His resilience then helped Amitabh Bachchan to star in other popular films such as Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Baghban, Black, and many more. The actor will appear in a number of films in 2020, including Gulabo Sitabo, Ghoomketu, Chehre, Brahmastra, Jhund, and others.

For more inspiring articles visit https://timesapplaud.com

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Co-working spaces can help if work from home makes you feel isolated

People who want to escape the isolation of a home office can now work together in co-working spaces. Here’s all that you should know about co-working spaces.

Immediately after walking into a co-working space, you’ll notice that it’s not like a conventional office. The scent of fresh coffee in the air is second only to the electrifying ambiance created by the space’s lively and eager occupants. You’ll notice a mix of people working hard at private desks and others engaging in lively conversations at large shared tables.

Co-working spaces are communal workplaces that provide low-cost office space for anyone looking to break away from the isolation of a coffee shop or home office. Entrepreneurs, startups, freelancers, and small teams are common occupations.The option to rent only what you need rather than a complete private office space is one of the benefits of co-working space.

Private conference rooms, hot-desks, kitchens, and other office-like amenities are available at these co-working spaces. They frequently provide a sense of community as well. Aside from culture, pricing is a major lure. Costs vary and are flexible with various membership-based structures. There are alternatives for daily or monthly prices. Membership rates vary depending on whether you utilise a shared desk or want a dedicated one.

Co-working space are an excellent fit for these types of small businesses. There is a natural fit between what the venues provide and the aspirations of freelancers and start-ups.

A group of experts has been examining the benefits of Co-working on productivity, and some of their findings were recently published in The Harvard Business Review. Their research found a strong correlation between employees thriving in these open workspaces and employees thriving in traditional offices. So much so that they decided to investigate Co-working spaces further. The study discovered that persons who use Co-working spaces had distinct views as a result of their surroundings.

People enjoy feelings of more meaningful work, more job control, and a sense of community in co-working spaces

Co-working space have recently been adopted by larger enterprises due to their success among the usual suspects. Forward-thinking businesses are already utilising Co-working spaces when possible.

Firms such as WeWork (which was recently valued at $16 billion) are attempting to entice larger organisations to its Co-working facilities. Bloomberg says KPMG, General Electric, and Merck all use the area. Some companies see the 75 desks they hire as a strategic asset.

Employees of KPMG at WeWork are active in business consulting to start-ups as well as tech innovation research.

Others see the flexibility given by the spaces as a benefit when it comes to managing real estate and costs. Longer leases are not required because they necessitate projecting real estate and company needs.

You can read more such articles on https://timesapplaud.com

Source: Co-working spaces can help if work from home makes you feel isolated – Towards A Better Life

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How woman became Yoga teacher after losing her legs in crash

Arpita Roy has come a long way since a 2006 crash in which she lost both her legs. She is now a Yoga teacher who even tried a headstand for her social media fans.

Arpita Roy vividly recalls the evening of April 22, 2006. She was sitting behind a friend on a bike, mentally forming a list of stuff she wanted to buy in Kolkata. The city of joy was a 30-kilometer trip from her home in Barrackpore, and her life was permanently changed in an instant.

The bike crashed with a lorry, causing her to fall to the ground as the massive vehicle ran over both of her legs, leaving her a 20-year-old double amputee. The next thing she knew, she was hearing screams and saw a countless people looming over her head.

Arpita Roy was completely conscious but couldn’t pinpoint the source of her excruciating worrisome agony until someone pointed to her blood-soaked thighs. She struggled to walk as she battled off dismal thoughts. Fortunately, a hospital was located on the opposite side of the road from where the accident occurred.

Arpita Roy received pain killers but was advised to be transferred to a better hospital in Kolkata due to her precarious status. When she arrived, the physicians recommended surgery to preserve her legs, but it was postponed for 12 days due to the family’s financial difficulties.

A sad event like this would have shattered everybody’s spirit, but the lighthearted schoolgirl had inner strength and the objective of being financially independent so that she could not burden her family.

15 years ago, Arpita was able to stand up and walk with her mechanical limbs, as well as to conduct yoga like a professional.

Arpita Roy banked all her hopes on robotic limbs as she might walk again. But the way back was harder than the crash and the amputation, she says.

While performing the operation, the surgical team had to perform grafting, which involved removing flesh and skin from one of her limbs to cover the damaged region. Because of this treatment, the physicians advised her to stand for an hour every day to ensure her posture was correct.

A strong-willed individual Arpita overcame the agony and began walking a few months later. She started working in a call centre in July 2007. She worked there for 2.5 years before getting married. Her first few days at work were difficult. It was daunting to be surrounded by so many people after being at home for over a year. She would even cry on some days, but she could always count on her brother’s unflinching support.

If her physical agony was being exacerbated by the phantom pain, her mental trauma was not far behind. Arpita’s life was marked by stares, sympathies, and stigma. It was the last thing she wanted to be treated differently.

So, instead of being embarrassed when people mistaken her mechanical limbs for polio or injuries, Arpita told her storey.

During this time, physical activities came to her aid, allowing her to discover her true purpose in yoga. She began a fitness regimen to ensure that she was always the appropriate weight to fit into the mechanical limbs. Her voyage was made easier because she was in good shape.

She began to practice yoga in 2015, which demands flexibility, good knees, and, most importantly, legs.

Another liberating decision she made to overcome her worries was to make her social media debut without editing her photograph or hiding her limbs beneath a lengthy skirt. The great feedback she received on her posts encouraged and challenged her to do better. She even attempted a headstand for her audience.

Arpita Roy feels she has made a significant achievement, including becoming a Yoga teacher, since the crash. Her life motto of counting her blessings rather than worrying about losing her legs has taken her this far.

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7 biggest regrets people have in their golden years

Begin With the End in Mind

Dr. Stephen R. Covey, who died in 2012 when he was almost 80, wrote that in his popular book ”The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”

What Dr. Covey meant by saying “Begin with the End in Mind” is that we should start each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing your proactive muscles to make things happen.

We also save ourselves from a lot of regrets whether it be at the end of a project or of life. Elderly people have a lot of regrets in life, as they realize what they should have done when young. This article has 7 biggest regrets that people have when they are old.

You promise yourself to have no regrets as you move forward in life. However, your day-to-day life, may cause you to wonder: Am I making the most of my time while I am here?

Whether you accept it or not, all of us have regrets in life. Instead of evaporating with age, regrets tend to accumulate—in a 2016 poll conducted by the life insurance company Allianz, 32% of respondents said they regretted key life decisions they’d made.

We have taken the help of mental health experts, to round up 7 biggest regrets of old people.

  1. Regarding their role as a citizen of this world people regret not doing more for others.

You are living in a global village, and as a human being you are not just and Indian or American but a citizen of this world. When it comes to preventing regret later in life, a little altruism can go a long way.

According to Patricia Celan, MD, a postgraduate psychiatry resident, “contributing to society by volunteering, supporting important causes, or making a difference to the community or state of the world is widely valued,” but “realising they did not do anything significant with their lives is a very common regret.”

  1. Regarding relationships people regret not nurturing good relationships or ending abusive relationships sooner.

Relationships do not always work out, and they are rarely easy for either partner. Unfortunately, many people learn too late that they could have done more to maintain the health of their relationship.

According to Celan, people regret how they treated their spouse, parents, or children, whether it was inattentive and dismissive behaviour or abusive treatment in any form.

People also bemoan the fact that they did not exit violent relationships sooner.

Of course, not every relationship is a good one, and many individuals regret the time they wasted with partners who didn’t value them or were abusive.

Licensed therapist Eric Patterson, LPC, says, “Many feel remorse for allowing the relationship to go as long as it did. If they had to do it all over again, they would call it quits at the first sign of difficulties.”

  1. When it comes to their careers, many regret not taking enough risks.

The elderly people were far more supportive of career risk-taking than you might think.

Many people regretted letting go opportunities to better their career because they were frightened of taking a risk or were felt safe in their comfort zone.

Jeremy Bloom, the founder of Wish of a Lifetime, an organisation that grants wishes to the elderly, says, “Our oldest generation is reminding us that we need to live a life with a predisposition toward yes.”

You are far more likely to regret a professional decision you did not make than you are to regret trying and failing miserably.

Unless there is a compelling reason to deny a job opportunity, always say yes.

  1. People regret not taking care of their bodies when it comes to their health.

People in their golden years wish they had taken better care of themselves. Most people believed that if they had eaten better, rested more, and taken better care of their health and well-being, they would not have become ill. They wished they had prioritised self-care more.

Every day, take time to go for a walk in the woods, nap, or meditate.

  1. People lament not spending enough time with their parents and children.

You’ve probably heard the parenting proverb, “The days are long, but the years are short.”

One of the most common regrets parents have is that they did not spend more time bonding with their children when they had the opportunity.

According to Elisa Robyn, Ph.D., a Colorado-based psychologist and life transitions expert, “many adults regret spending too much time at work and not enough time with [their] children. We typically focus on providing or prospering, but we forget that our families will not always be with us.”

People also regret not spending enough time with their parents with whom we only have a small amount of years. Unfortunately, people take relationships with their parents for granted and even neglect them while they are still alive. But, they regret it once their parents have died. According to Robyn, many people afterwards question what else they may have learned from their parents.

  1. People regret not being more romantic with their partners. They also feel bad about being a careless partner.

Relationships end for a variety of reasons, but few individuals will admit that, when all is said and done, they wished they had been less romantic. People regret passing up those small opportunities to show someone how valuable they are to you with a romantic gesture.

When you’re in your 60s, 70s, and 80s, it’s unlikely that you’ll remember those nights spent toiling away at work as your partner attempted to connect with you warmly. We can’t turn go back in time and develop better relationships, says Robyn.

  1. When it comes to money, people regret not saving enough.

It may not be flashy or entertaining in the present, but putting money aside now may help you avoid regrets later in life. Money concerns, like not saving enough for retirement, turn out to be among the most common regrets people have later in life.

My advise is to the same as Dr. Covey gave in his book: Begin with the end in mind. Doing so will not only keep you on the right track but also save you from all the regrets that people have at the end of their lives. It will also save you from any regret when we will be raised from the dead by the One Almighty God in the after life.

Wake up early to become a better leader with more energy – Towards A Better Life

People who get up early gradually become better leaders as they have improved organizing skills. In this article you will find this and other benefits of waking up early.

Benjamin Franklin said there is gold in the mouth of the early morning. There is some truth in Franklin’s analogy getting up early brings with it several benefits.

Become a better leader by enhancing your organizing capabilities

When you wake up early you have uninterrupted time for yourself in the morning. Hence, you are not distracted and can complete any activity more quickly. You can utilise this tranquil and quiet time to plan your day ahead of time, allotting a specific amount of time to each of your chores.

You eventually become a better leader as mentally planning your day before you begin improves your organisational skills and promotes productivity.

The other benefits of getting up early are:

1) You remain stress-free.
2) Enjoy improved health and energy.
3) Feel more content with whatever the One Almighty God has blessed you with.
4) At the end of the day you enjoy quality sleep.

 

Read more: https://timesapplaud.com/benefits-of-waking-up-early/

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