Category Archives: Holidays

Let’s Be #TypicallyThankful for 24 Days!

Hi everyone, Happy November! ūüôāhello november

I hope that throughout¬†this¬†month, your days¬†will be filled with friends, family, pumpkin pie and… GRATITUDE!

When we think about gratitude OR being thankful in general, one particular holiday comes to mind. Thanksgiving, of course!

Thanksgiving is a holiday that is supposed to be filled with genuine gratitude for all of the things, people and passions in your life. When we think of Thanksgiving, all those things we love in life are supposed to come to mind.gratitude definition

But let the truth be told (from my perspective of course), it¬†seems that the first thing to come to mind is¬†a turkey? Stuffing. Cranberry sauce. Cake and ice cream.¬†ūüėõ

And let’s not forget about the ever-so-popular Black Friday sales!

I’m definitely thankful for food. Food is delicious! And I’m also thankful for great sales and bargains! But let’s be real. ¬†Society is a bit¬†hung up on these, and that doesn’t help which brings me to¬†the following question.

black fridayIs that all we’re really thankful for?

What about other things like memories, nature and music? Or quality time with family and friends?

It seems like we’re focused more on material things, getting the “latest and greatest” in technology, versus actual experiences or the gift of life.

Interestingly right after¬†Thanksgiving, people are vying for the same phone that’s on sale. The day right after expressing our gratitude¬†for everything we already have, we are willing to shove each other at stores to get that deal.

In my opinion, they’re just that– things.

And in my experience, it’s not so much the latest gadget¬†that’s left an imprint in my heart. But more so the promises, the memories, the quality time spent with family or friends. Showing someone, through your actions, that you truly and genuinely care.

The things that are priceless!

I feel like many of us are guilty for taking certain things for granted in life. Not just things that we already own, but we take people for granted as well.thank you

For example, I think many teens¬†can relate to taking their parents for granted. ¬†Or the time that our¬†parent(s) may spend with us on a day to day basis (yes my mom annoys me and she’s always around me but at the same time, I wouldn’t want it any other way).

we have so much to be thankful for one day hardly seems adequateThis month, I’d like to celebrate gratitude but¬†not just on Thanksgiving Day.

I’d like to celebrate it every single day this month!

I’m challenging myself and you to be thankful for 24 days!¬†#TypicallyThankful¬†that is! ¬†ūüėČ

there is always something to be thankful forStarting today, I’m going to share a status on social media on what I’m grateful for.¬†And I’m extending an invite for you to join me as well! ¬†ūüôā

All you need to do is post a status (on any social media site) sharing something you are grateful for, using the hashtag #TypicallyThankful.

There is always something to be thankful for. We have so many opportunities, experiences, things¬†and people in our lives that one day just isn’t enough to take pleasure in remembering these.

If you can’t think of a reason of why you may be¬†thankful, think of those in our¬†world who are lacking or going through challenging times (hunger, poverty, wars, homelessness, orphans, clean water, a family loss, just to name a few).

I¬†look forward to sharing in this experience with you,¬†and to reading your¬†posts! ūüėČ

Until next time!

~ Rina Raj



isnt is too early to blog halloween stuffHalloween is just around the corner, so I decided to write a post on some struggles we may have during the Halloween season.

Struggle #1: Who will I pretend to be this year?

The number one problem most people (including myself) have around Halloween is deciding who (or what) they want to dress up as. There are just SO MANY OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM.

Last year, a couple of friends and I decided to be deceased¬†Disney princesses. We made¬†our own costumes. ūüėÄ

We were so serious about this¬†that we¬†went to the store in August (yes, August) and¬†bought clothing items similar to the princess of our choice. Then we began destroying them so we’d look like we were deceased.

By the time September had come to an end, I was so annoyed with my costume that I decided to just reuse one of my old costumes and be a vampire (for the third time) instead.halloween photo 2014

Then Halloween came and I spontaneously decided to be a shadowhunter (from a book series called The Mortal Instruments) instead which meant wearing black from head to toe, carrying a fake dagger (so I could kill demons Рduh), and using a body crayon to draw a series of tattoos on my skin.

(My friends hadn’t stuck with the deceased princesses idea either.)happy halloween

One of them continued working on the costume but decided to change her mind at the last moment as well. Instead of impersonating a zombie Rapunzel, she was the cheshire cat.

The other friend had been entirely done with the idea of making a costume, and so she went out and just bought one.¬†Which brings us to…

Struggle #2: Buying a costume has never, and will never be easy.

We all know how this one works.¬†It’s the week (or days) before Halloween and you’ve decided to dress up as….. a pirate (gotta love my random hypothetical scenarios ;p ).

and when the clock strikes midnight halloween will be overNow, you want to be cool so you go to that Spirit Halloween store (you know which one I’m talking about) and try on that first cute pirate costume you lay eyes on. Usually you fall in love with the costume, try it on and it looks AMAZING on you!

Then you check the price tag (and maybe cry a little). Your costume costs $50. Nope, don’t have that.

Then of course you act like you didn’t really like that costume all that much (pshhhh) and you go check all the other pirate costumes they have in stock.

The only one that costs $20 is for a 3 year old kid.

Then you keep calm and go to Party City where unfortunately they have run out of pirate costumes. This usually results in choosing the cheapest costume that fits and just rolling with it. Even if the costume is a banana.

Of course there are always those planners who go online and pre-order their costumes.

But¬†then there’s that 90% of us. Who. Just. Don’t.

I’m going to be completely honest right now…. I still don’t know what I’m going to be for Halloween! ¬†ūüėģ

Struggle #3: Is the pumpkin supposed to look dead?


Pumpkin carving.

I think this one speaks for itself. ūüėČ

Every year, my friends and I boast about whose pumpkin is going to be better and what we are going to carve ours as.

surprise meThen we all go out and buy those little pumpkin carving kits with the stencils and that tiny plastic scoop.

Getting the stencil on the pumpkin is no problem.

Getting the blade to follow the design? Now we have a problem.

Usually¬†the results¬†(in my personal experience) involve what one can only classify as a ‘zombie pumpkin’ and two considerably orange and sticky hands.

Now, even though the struggles Halloween brings with it can sometimes be painful, I admit, I still enjoy the holiday.

And a lot of the kids at my high school do as well.  For example, my friend spontaneously decided to bring a mini skeleton to school the first week of October. Believe it or not, she started a trend. POOF! Mini skeletons here, there Рeverywhere!

I guess that just goes to show how much Halloween spirit many¬†people have. And how much they enjoy the month of Halloween leading up to the day itself. ūüôā

So, have you decided what your costume will be this year? Did you carve a¬†pumpkin? And if so, was it challenging for you, trivial for you,¬†and did you succeed¬†(TELL ME YOUR SECRETS)? Share in the comments below, I look forward to reading all about it. ūüôā

Until next time!

~ Rina Raj