10 ULTIMATE BACKPACK ESSENTIALS FOR A FRESHMAN

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 Did you remember being a freshman? Is it fun, right? At times, not really!

 I’m Sana, a full-time student, mum of two, and now a blogger. I began a bachelor’s degree in 2012 and graduated three years ago with the support of my husband and his family. I’m studying a postgraduate course. Here’s my journey as a student.

I remember when I started college, I was just like any other student: Fun-loving, carefree and joyful. I was newly married at the time, so the only thing that I was serious about was to learn cooking (from my Mother in Law). But Oh, God! The first year of college was challenging, just as raising a kid, and that’s why I talk about coping with exam stress and studying with the kids so often in my posts.

When I was a freshman, I had few things missing in my bag (obviously I never collected them) and ended up borrowing from here and there (Now I realize that it was embarrassing!).

Apart from the stationery items and notebooks, there are essentials that you should consider keeping in your bag all the time. To make your first day of college easier, here’s the collection of supplies you should buy to prepare and organize for the coming days:

1. A laptop

The first thing you should consider buying as a college student is a reliable Laptop. With so many choices around at different prices, it can be hard to decide the laptop to suit your needs.

As a student, your laptop should have both long battery life and fast CPU performance. Most of you would like to save as much money as possible to pay off student debt. So, one of the laptops I do recommend is the Lenovo Yoga C940. With 16 GB RAM Size and Intel Core Processor, you’ll enjoy the dual feature of a notebook and a laptop to write notes with your hands and very slim, best to fit in your backpack. Other valuable options are Asus ZenBook UX333FA and Acer Aspire 5.

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2. Grammarly

I know that it’s not a backpack essential, but a must-have software for your assignments. Grammarly.com is a writing software that helps us to communicate effectively by making the documents mistake-free. Click the image below to signup for FREE!

I’ve been using Grammarly.com for years for free, and later opted for the premium version due to my blogging needs. It’s like another person’s opinion about my writing and helps me make the right impression on the reader (which was at the time, my tutor). The best part is that we can start using this software for FREE! Without any time limit. Later, when you think is best, opt for premium. Since Grammarly.com offers a significant discount on premium from time to time, I recommend signing up for their promotional offers.

3. A Planner

Back in the days when I was a freshman, I didn’t quite understand the need to manage myself. Result: poor organization, mismanagement, lower academic achievements, and overwhelming study pressure.

The student portal by my university helps to keep a record of upcoming assessments, though it didn’t help me to get organized and complete tasks on time. Then, I realized the importance of a diary, and I keep it in my backpack ever since.

Kitty Cats Student Planner (7/19- 6/20) Kit, Highlighters &!Neon Page Markers from eBay
Five Star Student 2019-2020 Academic Year Weekly & Monthly Planner Customizable
me & my BIG Ideas Happy Planner 

4. Sticky notes

Another great tool to organize is to keep sticky notes. Organize your planner, notebooks, calendar, and folders to save time and avoid the headache of getting lost. It also helps gather ideas, brainstorm on a topic, and memorize. You can get them in Bulk ad save money from eBay:

Arteza Sticky Notes, 100 Sheets – Pack of 12

5. Files/Folders

As you’ll print your notes more often and the tutor will hand you the printed notes, you’ll need to organize them, so you don’t lose them. I recommend keeping them in files/folders if you find trouble organizing them in your notebook. A file bag is a smart choice since you can keep notes safe and secure, and they’re super cute too! They’re available on eBay with a variety of colors:

A4 Multi-layer Student Organ Bag File from Ebay
A4 File Folder Document Bag Holder Bill Pouch 6 Colors Office Student Supplies from Ebay
A4 Multi-layer Student Organ Bag File Bag Data Book File Storage Folder 5 inPLUS from Ebay

6. USB Drive

In the initial days of my college, I was aware of the importance of a USB Flash drive in my bag. When I needed to save a couple of files from my online portal, fortunately, I had the USB drive in my bag because the printer was NOT WORKING!

You never know when you need a USB drive. I use it as a backup since I had to face a late submission penalty, three years back (Google Drive was experiencing some malfunction at the same time I was due for submission!).

I backup my data in SanDisk and Samsung USB drive because of compatible features with large enough space, reasonable price, and additional features such as waterproof. I’m linking down below a few that you could get from eBay:

USB Flash Drive SanDisk from eBay
Cute USB Flash Drive 64GB, Aretop USB2.0 Cute Miniatur Japanese Doll Shape USB M from eBay
DM Metal 8GB 16GB 32GB Micro USB otg USB 2.0 u Disk Flash Drive for Samsung from eBay

7. Highlighters

Highlighters are one of the essential tools for me while note-taking during the lectures. The highlighted text within a bunch of text saves time by detecting the principle information and concepts.

With a wide array of colors, highlighter is a must for my bag as a college freshman. More often, the highlighters are readily available in the local shops, with some being the large and the other pocket-sized. Regardless of where you buy it from, you should use a safe, benign, and long-lasting highlighter.

That’s why I trust SHARPIE highlighters, given the usage of highlighters during the trimesters. Depending on your preference, you can choose a mono or multicolor for all documents. eBay has the best variety to fit your desire.

Sharpie Fine Neon Highlighters 4 Pack 21399 from Ebay
Sharpie Clear View Highlighters 3 Fluorescents See Through Blade Style FREE POST from Ebay
STABILO Boss Original Highlighter 4 Assorted Colour Pastel Chisel 2mm 5mm 49692 from Ebay

8. Phone Charger & Earphones

I often forget my phone and laptop charger at home. It gets even more dangerous when I have to attend the classes all day long. Sadly the same happens to my earphones. But I crafted a checklist for myself to remind me what to take along (on my mobile phone).

As a freshman, you won’t hav many friends, and you may find it difficult if you don’t keep the chargers and other electronic gadgets in your bag.

9. Hand Sanitiser and Mask

Provided the seismic wave of COVID-19, ensure your safety when you begin as a college freshman. The precaution is better than cure. A disposable face mask and a tiny hand wash should always be present in your bag. And of course, following the social distancing rules is paramount.

10. Rain Coat/Umbrella

One of the essential items to keep in your bag from the first day of your university is the Rain Coat or an umbrella, especially in the monsoon season. A raincoat is your best mate if you’ve got to walk long distances from the train stations to college.

I get into trouble for not carrying my raincoat along to anywhere in the highly unpredictable weather of Australia. That’s why the rain jacket is a must.

When buying a raincoat, you should consider whether it is durable, lightweight, and comfortable.

Final words

Being a college freshman is both exciting and delightful. Because you’re expecting a year filled with bonding with roommates, making new friends, and independence. But as a freshman, you’re prone to making mistakes that could lead to stress, anxiety, and poor academic performance. One of those mistakes is to not being organized from the first day. Being organized by bringing certain items with you in the college will help you eliminate the potential pitfalls for your successful academic year.

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THE ORIGINAL OUTSTANDING BLOGGER AWARD NOMINATION!!

In this unique journey of blogging, we’ve met beautiful bloggers whose topics were both extraordinary and exciting to read.

One of them is ‘Stephen Baragwanath‘, who nominated us for the ‘Original Outstanding Blogger Award‘. This award was created by Colton Beckwith.

We were pleasantly surprised that the two bloggers nominated us in the same month! And we apologize to Stephen that it took us forever to dedicate this thanking post for him!

We’d like to thank Stephen from the bottom of heart for recognizing and nominating both of us for this award. Thank you, Stephen, this is incredibly kind of you for showing respect for us.

ABOUT STEPHEN

Stephen is an incredibly talented blogger and a passionate Christian. In his blog ‘Live Christ Centered‘, he shares the true nature of the Gospel. His love for Christianity is inspiring, and his faith in Jesus is strong. You should visit his inspirational blog here: https://livechristcentered.com/

RULES

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (very important: see why in step 5)
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!
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QUESTIONS FROM STEPHEN

  1. Which of the 4 temperaments are you (Sanguine, Choleric, Melancholic, or Phlegmatic)? 

Our dominant nature is Sanguine. Depending on the situation, though, we can be Phlegmatic too. It depends on the situation. We faced several hurdles, where the life appeared pretty tough to deal with, we’ve been able to conquer the hard times with positivity and optimism.

Think Positive Mental Health GIF by Cat Willett

2. If living on another planet was an option, would you move there?

If we discover truth, respect, honesty, and natural habitat in a planet other than Earth, then YES we’d love to. Sadly, the Earth seems quite a difficult place to live with so much environmental destruction, extreme uncertainty, and widespread hate.

The World Hug GIF by Chippy the Dog

3. Is there a movie that you have memorized from start to finish?

Yes, there are quite a few. Though the one that tops the ladder is ‘The Titanic’. We’ve seen this movie like 100 times, if that makes sense 😉

4. Do you prefer to be a leader or a follower?

Again depending on the situation, we can be both. We’re quite flexible in that regard. For example, we are a leader at home, for our kids, even for each other. But becomes a follower of our parents, and again each other 🙂

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5. When you have a spare hour on your hands with nothing to do, what’s the first thing you would be found doing?

Quite frankly, we never have a spare hour! Kids, work, home, blogging, and family commitments keep us on the toes mostly.

But if we get this opportunity, we’d love to write a motivational book on our incredible weight loss. If you ever find us selling an E-book, remember we had that spare moment to write one!

6. What’s your favorite holiday and why?

Favorite holiday! umm…guess what? A week in a resort. Because we had one in the GoldCoast, which left its mark, and the trip became an unforgettable memory. Whoa, man! What an exciting trip it was. We’ll write a Walk of Life post on that too. But you can read pieces of the puzzle here.

7. If you could make a new law that everybody would have to obey, what would it be?

Whoever hurts the other, should get a hefty fine!

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BLOGGERS WE NOMINATED

Hey, beautiful bloggers! We’re nominating you for the Original Outstanding Blogger Award. Please read the rules and answer the questions in the next heading.

  1. Fatima Ali
  2. Ava Tripathy
  3. Vincent Ehindero
  4. Tangie T.Woods
  5. Bharath Upendra
  6. Manjul
  7. Anisha
  8. pensitivity101
  9. inaloveworld
  10. Anushk@

OUR QUESTIONS TO NOMINEES

  1. What are the best three phrases to describe yourself?
  2. Has your personality changed since childhood? What’s the reason?
  3. When you’re upset or angry, what’s the worst thing that you could do?
  4. What are you most proud of and why?
  5. What’s the biggest regret of your life, and why?
  6. If you ever win a lottery for $1 Million, what’s the first thing you’d do?
  7. If you’d go for a world tour which destination you’d go first and why?What’s the foremost thing you’d teach your child as a life lesson, and why?

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7 BEST WAYS TO MANAGE EXAM STRESS

Do you often face stress and feels burned out during the exam season?

I’m Sana, a full-time student, mum of two and now a blogger. I began bachelor degree in 2012 and graduated 3 years ago. With the support of my husband and his family. I’m studying a postgraduate course. Here’s my journey as a student.

I’m often asked by Mums that how I manage the exam stress with so many responsibilities in line. A while back, I used to get sweaty palms and anxiety during the time my assessments were due. I’d had an uncontrollable feeling of being lost within my everyday routine. But soon, I realized that the exam stress was hampering my capability to study and that I have to act upon it promptly. I learned the primary reason behind my exam fear, which could relate to you too, and that was ‘not being ready for the exam.’

I know some of my friends who excel well to manage the pre-exam revision period, and it’s a piece of cake for them to pass a subject with their eyes closed. Alas for the others, the heart palpitations are a permanent part & parcel.

Since I’ve been able to manage my exam stress, I became more efficient in my study. In one of my previous posts, I’ve provided helpful tips to study while raising kids. Though managing stress levels is another crucial factor to ace in your exams, so keep reading till the end, because in this post I’ll reveal the secrets by which I achieved the highest score in my English language exam while my college exams were due.

1. Prepare beforehand

My stress levels dropped straight after I began preparing myself for the upcoming assessments. How long before the exam should you begin preparing for the exam? The answer is: Even before your first lecture, as soon as you get access to the university’s online portal. This way, you’ll feel prepared for the final examination and significant assignments.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to what I always do (and this shouldn’t take any longer than 30 minutes):

  1. Log in to the online study portal of your institution and find the subject overview document.
  2. Print out the material.
  3. Staple/pin all the pages together in order.
  4. Highlight the necessary information such as assessments, lectures, tutorials, marking guides, and contact methods with the lecturer.
  5. Draw a separate planner of your assessments’ due date and stick it on the fridge door.
  6. Keep a reminder of each assessment in your smartphone.
  7. Keep each subjects’ printed guides in a separate folder and keep them organized (and away from the kids!).

2. Know the expected topics

There was a time when my anxiety levels caused me to feel lost, and at one point, I was on the verge of breaking and tearing apart. Then, I learned the secret to get through the exam worries by observing the exam patterns in each subject. I found out that preparing for the expected topics to appear is yet another fantastic way to prevent the exam stress.

It’s not rocket science to get an understanding of the expected exam topics. Here’s what you should do:

  • Attend all the lectures, especially those right before the exam. These lectures contain critical information as most lecturers reveal crucial topics in the last lectures.
  • Sign in to your online portal and briefly read the assessments section in the subject guide.
  • Get to know the relevant topics of your course and briefly read them before your first lecture.
  • Highlight the topics related to your assessments.
  • Have a brief look at each topic even before your lecture and pen down the questions as it will help you clarify any confusion and ask questions with your lecturer.

3. Find a separate study space

I understand that it could be challenging to find an independent space at your home, especially when there are little ones around or if you live in shared accommodation. But trust me, designating a specific study corner is potentially the best step you can take to prepare yourself well for the exam and eventually, to avoid exam anxiety. You don’t have to organize a large table and a high-back chair for that. All you need is a quiet, comfortable space, and you can find this space in a little corner of your home, even by keeping the compact side table alone.

I used to study in my living room and sometimes, even in the dining area. I also prepared for the exams straight lying on the bed! But I felt both exhausted and distracted within a few minutes.

I did not have a separate study space; I looked for one at home, and I eventually found one in my Backyard, right on the outdoor table!

Here’s what you can do:

  • Look around the home for a place where your kids are least likely to enter.
  • Get help from your partner or a family member to engage kids and study in a quiet corner.
  • Give them the smartphone for some time (You shouldn’t encourage this always though sometimes, keeping them busy is necessary to fulfill other critical responsibilities).
  • Go to the local library, if there’s absolutely no space to study at home.
  • Or you can even find a quiet area in a nearby park!
  • Another great option: study at your college library before or after the lecture.

4. Schedule specific days to study

Here’s yet another way to decrease the chance of facing exam anxiety. Dedicate a particular day and time for your studies. Challenge yourself to stick with the schedule right away if you regularly get stressed out during exams because once you get into a routine of preparing, you’ll more likely feel prepared for the exam day.

I had a habit of delaying my study and prioritizing other commitments over study time. Later, I realized that I could’ve achieved better grades if I were more dedicated to the study schedule.

Here’s what you can do to hold with the study time:

  • Find out whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, since you can learn the best based on these factors.
  • Keep a reminder on your smartphone to remind you of the next day’s study schedule in advance.
  • If you choose to study in the morning, get a good 8-hour sleep the night before.
  • Begin your day with a strong cup of coffee/tea.
  • Set a number of topics you should cover on each scheduled day.

5. Take lecture notes

You’ll be the luckiest person on Earth if you adopt the healthy habit of taking notes. Since writing helps in memorizing, it’s pretty much apparent that the same applies to the lecture.

If your life was an absolute mess and you didn’t practice at all during the semesters, grab the notes you’ve made during the lecture and begin preparing instead of chucking them in the bin. You can even ask your friend to lend you its lecture notes just for exams. But you won’t stress much if you revise your own-written notes.

Here’s the guide to organize your lecture notes:

  • Do not take the dictation during a lecture. Instead, pen down the key ideas and keywords.
  • Grab a pen with the smoothest tip and a fancy notebook to write your lecture notes (It motivates me to keep fancy belongings organized, even if it’s a stationery!).
  • Get your pencil box organized and clean. Keep highlighters and use them frequently in your notes to highlight the keywords. This way, you’ll understand the crucial ideas of the lecture with minor effort during revision.
  • Use paper clips, Foldback clips, Static notes, and sticky flags to organize your lecture notes.
  • Make a table of content. It will help save you time to search for a particular topic in your notebook and ultimately reduce stress.

6. Take frequent pauses while studying

Okay, just because you’re stressed out with the assessment, doesn’t mean you stop eating or ignore your thirst! Take frequent breaks between your revisions to avoid overstressing and getting fatigued.

Since I used to pile up all my study load for the exam season, I often got so stressed in the exam season that I stopped feeling hungry! That was an awful feeling because back in the days, I could eat a horse! It affected my overall health, leading to more health problems.

My best suggestion is to keep eating well, stay hydrated, and follow these steps to avoid exam stress:

  • Go for a quick walk for 5 minutes.
  • Get Vitamin D from the Sun.
  • Look for a window at home with beautiful views of outside. It will entertain you from time to time while revising your exam notes.
  • Refresh yourself with an instant makeup and apply your favorite fragrance.
  • Quickly chat with someone, call a friend, or talk to your partner and kids about your preparation.

7. Give yourself a pat on the back

Last but not least, appreciate yourself for what you’ve gained throughout the semester. You’ve memorized, kept making your effort, and struggled day and night to ace in your exam.

On the exam day, most students experience the highest stress levels, including myself, though I saw others setting up a spa to relax (that’s a rare story!). Consider all the struggles you’ve made preparing for the ultimate day of assessment and trust yourself.

As I often belittled myself, assuming that I haven’t prepared enough made me more anxious for the final exams. But I eventually trusted myself. Here’s how:

  • Take a deep breath and calmly look if you’ve already prepared the major topics for the exam.
  • Celebrate the last day of your semester by treating yourself. Cook your favourite food, or even dine out.
  • Keep trust in yourself that you’ll attempt the best of your knowledge.
  • Know that this isn’t the end of the world. Exam is just a tiny drop of your life’s ocean. Don’t spoil your valuable time in stressing out for this miniature.

In a nutshell

Managing exam stress is all about planning, being organized, and looking after yourself. Stay focused to get prepared for the exam and keep a good faith in yourself. It’s a massive work that despite the busy schedule, you’re attending the lectures and submitting the assignments on time. It could be tough to balance between studies and other commitments, but believe me, it isn’t impossible. Even implementing a few of these in your routine ways to avoid exam worry can boost your confidence and efficiency during the exam.

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LIEBSTER AWARD NOMINATION!!

In this unique journey of blogging and with a super-busy routine with the kids, job, and family commitments, we’ve taken another role to blog every week. Along the way, we’ve met beautiful bloggers, whose topics were both extraordinary and exciting to read.

We’re incredibly delighted that in May, we were nominated by two bloggers. One of them is “Nabeela”. From the bottom of heart, we’re incredibly thankful for her for nominating both of us for the “Liebster Award”. Our lovely blogger friend! you’re so kind for making us proud and motivated. It means a lot.

ABOUT NABEELA

Nabeela puts her heart and soul into every topic she speaks about on her blog ‘Stay at Home Mom’. The slogan on her blog ‘Be an observer, and rock your life’ always inspires us to write better and keep focused on our passion. She’s undoubtedly a fantastic blogger. On her blog, Nabeela shares her life, lessons, experiences, and the ongoing problems of the modern world. You must visit her inspirational blog here: https://nabeesblog.com/

RULES

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  3. Nominate 5-11 other bloggers.
  4. Ask your nominees 11 questions.
  5. Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

  1. What is your favorite thing to blog about?
    We love to blog about everything related to Travel. Since traveling has shaped us in the past five years, our travel experiences were the first source for our motivation to blog. 
  2. Why is blogging important in our time?
    Well, blogging is necessary in modern times because more people rely on others’ experiences and exposure nowadays than in the past. 
    For example, the blog posts that review products are always so popular because they contain the valuable experience someone had with a particular product. In return, a positive review potentially increases the sales graph of the businesses.
  3. Do you ever think that you could have started this blogging journey much before then you actually did?
    Yes, 100%. In fact, we regret that many years we could blog for in the past went in vain. Though, now that we’ve finally blog, we’d love to grow it by every means.
  4. What’s your favorite book, and why?
    Not just one to be honest. We love reading about parenting stories.
  5. What is your favorite cuisine?
    Ahh! Food is definitely one weakness of us. Though we’re quite a diet-conscious as well, so we keep control of our cravings for fast food. Our favorite cuisine is the Pakistani food.
  6. What is the one characteristic you find in all your close ones?
    Our close relatives and friends have always been incredibly supportive. We’ve experienced major financial pitfalls in the past, but our family has been the optimal support system. We are proud of them. 
  7. Why is self-realization important for you?
    Self-realization strengthens us from the bottom. It’s an opportunity to learn and become a self-taught human.
  8. What are you thankful for?
    Pretty much everything we’re blessed with. But most importantly, our health. 
    Where there is health, there’s wealth.
  9. What is the source of your blog inspiration?
    To be honest, the Internet because we pass by many blog posts every day on search engines in the hope of finding the information and authentic opinions. 
  10. What is your life motto?
    Our life motto is straightforward: “Be simple; Live the way we admire”.
  11. If you had a chance to do something over, what would it be?
    We didn’t have the opportunity to build a school yet, for the underprivileged children in our home country.

BLOGGERS WE NOMINATED

Hey, beautiful bloggers! We’re nominating you for the Liebster Award. Please read the rules and answer the questions in the next heading.

  1. Live Christ Centered
  2. Daneelyunus
  3. Lifesfinewhine
  4. Rising Star
  5. Betul Erbasi
  6. Nandita Sampat

OUR QUESTIONS TO NOMINEES

  1. What are the best three phrases to describe yourself?
  2. Has your personality changed since childhood? What’s the reason?
  3. When you’re upset or angry, what’s the worst thing that you could do?
  4. What are you most proud of and why?
  5. What’s the biggest regret of your life, and why?
  6. If you ever win a lottery for $1 Million, what’s the first thing you’d do?
  7. What’s your strongest and most visible personality trait?
  8. What’s the foremost thing you’d teach your child as a life lesson, and why?
  9. What makes you the happiest and why?
  10. Do you think you’re good at overcoming your weaknesses? If yes, mention one strategy.
  11. If you’d go for a world tour which destination you’d go first and why?

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WALK OF LIFE # 6: THE ULTIMATE TWO-DAY PERISHER VALLEY TRIP VIA CANBERRA

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Since the news announcement by the authorities in NSW (New South Wales, a state of Australia), was made for lifting holiday travel restrictions within NSW, we’re looking forward to a much-needed break. It’s relatively positive to see Australia coming back to life, and people planning their long-pending travels. As exciting for everyone else, we’re too pretty excited about our next trip, and that’s why we dedicated this week to Travelling and Tourism.

In today’s Walk of Life, we’d like to share one of our trips to Perisher Valley, Kosciuszko National Park in NSW (New South Wales, Australia). Yes, you read it correctly: One of our trips. Because we’ve been to the Snowy Mountains once every year. Why? We’ll answer you later in this post, but let’s first know a bit about Perisher Valley.

REPOPENING OF THE VALLEY

Perisher Valley is reopening for skiing and snowboarding on 24th June 2020 for NSW residents. If you’re planning for a snow-covered adventurous holiday, knock off your bucket list with this place! Perisher Ski Resort is famous for its tourism because there’s a lot to offer. From skiing and boarding to chairlift, the tourists never get disappointed with their exploration.

TRAVEL TIME

We previously visited Perisher Valley in 2018. Our trip was super-fun, exciting for kids, and entertaining. Our total travel time by car (from Sydney West to Perisher Valley) was 6 hours. What comes along the way is the National Capital of Australia, Canberra. We stayed there overnight before continuing our way towards the valley, since the travel was long enough to exhaust ourselves and the kids.

WHAT TO PACK?

A single day trip to Perisher Valley is usually enough to explore the sightseeing. We packed a few clothes and snacks for the kids. The essential garments to take along were the Jackets, Sweaters, Mufflers, Gloves (the ski equipment is available on site for hire).

We woke up early, at 5 AM, and transiting towards Canberra by 7 AM. We rented a Mazda CX9, a super-smooth car, and perfect for the family since it allows ample space inside.

DRIVE TO PERISHER VIA CANBERRA

We saw Kangaroos, horses, and other farm animals on the way. The road trip was splendid. On the roads of Canberra, we enjoyed the nightlife and food (we’ll write a separate post on our tour to Canberra).

The next morning, we left Canberra early to arrive at the Perisher car park (As always; we continued to wake up early in the morning for a trip) to explore the place thoroughly. We arrived at 9 AM, while the kids were still asleep in the SUV!

Parliament House, Canberra

THE WEATHER

Given the time of the year, it was quite surprising to experience relatively warmer temperatures (15 degrees if we remember it correctly). We brought sweaters and jackets with us, but eventually had to keep them in the car’s boot, since a single layer of clothes was enough!

THE ACTIVITIES

We heard that Perisher is great for newbies for learning to ski, since the slopes across all four resorts are suitable for beginners. We traveled in July, typically considering a desirable season for skiing. We didn’t opt to learn to ski so far as there were a lot more incredible things to do beyond skiing at Perisher Valley. We enjoyed building a snowman and rode on the chairlift.

TOTAL TRIP COST

The trip to Perisher Valley is generally expensive if you choose to hire ski and snow gear. But since we didn’t ski, the entire two-day trip added up a little under $1000 for our family of four. That included meals, car rental (you can travel by your car too), chair lift tickets and accommodation (Finding how to travel with a low budget is easy, here is our post to guide you).

WRAPPING UP

Traveling is a lifetime experience, and quite frankly, you’ll regret the missed opportunity to pay a visit to Perisher Valley on your tour to Australia. Our latest trip to the Perisher Valley was both exciting and thrilling. People covered in round helmets, neck warmer, and reflective goggles are also the kindest from inside. The culture and spirit of Perisher inspires us on every visit.

We hope you loved reading Walk of life today.

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8 TIPS FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE TRIP

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Have you been planning to visit a new country and add another tour to your world of memories? We know that the lockdown brought many of you in a difficult situation as you’ve had to put your precious traveling plans on hold. 

While you’re waiting for the re-opening of the airports, flights, and various attractions, begin planning for your next tour. We’ve often seen people traveling to many beautiful destinations in the world and still feeling unsatisfied about their experience. We’re not pointing towards any unpleasant experience they had during flights or at the hotel, instead relating to failing to create an unforgettable event of their life.

Breath-taking views at the Blue Mountain Three Sisters, Blue Mountains NSW

Each travel of your life should be unique and memorable so that you gain the peace of mind and the confidence you’re wanting to achieve. Whether you’re traveling for a change of atmosphere or exploring new places, you’ll probably want to keep the unique memories alive when feeling nostalgic.

In this post, we’re so excited to share how we’ve been making our trips valuable and memorable without spending big bucks. Also, please read our post here to learn the ways to travel with a low budget.

1. Immerse into the locals

When you experience an authentic travel experience, you’re placing a high value on your trip. Perhaps you’ve planned to visit the major attractions, it’s a good idea to meet the locals to make your trip unforgettable.

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Naran Kaghan valley in Northern Pakistan, since we shed the tourist skin and immersed ourselves in the local culture during travel.

Here’s what you should do:

  • Research before you travel about local’s greeting styles, gestures, and clothing (as some cultures can be susceptible to what you wear!)
  • Learn a few words (if it’s a foreign language): Simple words such as ‘Hello,’ ‘Thank you,’ ‘Sorry,’ ‘Please,’ and ‘Goodbye.’
  • Visit historic and culturally significant places of the area to explore their values and traditions in the past.
  • Try local food to discover their taste and the spices that inspire the locals. For example, we saw the culture of street food in Murree, Pakistan.
Naran Kaghan Valley Trip: Cultural dress and hat

2. Write your experiences in a journal

Writing anything can make you remember the precise details. It helps you organize your ideas, improve your writing skills, and store memories simultaneously. So, why not keep a journal of your next trip?

Journal writing was a great pastime for both of us since we waited 6 hours at the airport for our flight from Gold Coast to Sydney. Later, the journal inspired us to start this blog! (We’ll share each tour in ‘Walk of life‘ posts).

You can use travel apps to create a digital travel journal. Or keep it hand-written, just like us. In a travel journal, you can include:

  • Maps
  • Itinerary
  • Unique interaction with the locals
  • Food culture
  • Photos
  • Unique jewelery, coins, etc

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3. Be adventurous

Do you want to create an unforgettable memory without getting out of your comfort zone? If your answer is ‘yes’, then most likely you’ll miss it. Because when you experience something special and unknown to you, you’re learning the uncertainty of life.

An adventure trip doesn’t have to be fearful, though something you’ve never experienced or something that generates adrenaline.

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”

Oprah Winfrey

Our Gold Coast trip was quite courageous since we took thrill rides in the Movie World (we both have always scared with the roller coasters and never experienced one before this trip). Quite frankly, we were terrified at the beginning, though later, we couldn’t keep ourselves from taking one ride after another! (and that made our trip to Gold Coast most memorable).

4. Collect coins and souvenirs

Foreign coin collecting has been a historic custom for decades. And yet, collecting souvenirs is as appealing for creating a long-term memory too!

Collecting items that represent your travels and adventures is the best part of your trip. You can find inexpensive souvenirs anywhere in the local tourist area.

Some forms of souvenirs you can find at local shops are:

  • Magazines in foreign language
  • Postcards
  • Stickers
  • Fridge Magnets
  • Key Chains
  • Shirts and Hats

Once you have a collection of souvenirs upon returning from your trip, organize them in your travel journal for your memory and reveal to your friends.

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5. Keep the trip short and slow

As a traveler, it’s unnecessary to visit many cities all at once because you’ll end up tiring and stressing yourself for each visit.

Slow and short trip can allow you to understand the culture, live each moment of your journey at fullest, and save money. When traveling with kids, you should always plan your travel slow due to the extent of uncertainty in their routine.

Melbourne City

Two years back, we’ve planned to explore all the Melbourne city on the same day, in the excitement of exploring the entire city. Our trip was not too bad to visit scenic spots, though exploring the city in just one day was relatively tough to manage and we ended up getting cranky and tired after spending an entire day in the city.

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6. Wake up early

Getting up early in the morning while exploring the world is crucial for you to keep the trip short and slow. If you’re planning to wake up after 9 am every day on your trip, you’ll lose a great deal of time, the exclusive hotel breakfast buffet, and the memories to create.

By visiting the tourist places early, you’ll beat the queue, escape from the heatspend more time to explore local culture and maintain a well-balanced routine. 

You can plan to rise early in the morning during your trip by:

  • Avoiding late night outs.
  • Setting an alarm that has a high enough sound to wake you up forcefully.
  • Make your bedtime routine, such as reading a book.
  • Avoid using a mobile phone until late.
  • Avoid intake of caffeine in the late evening.
  • Take a hot shower to soothe your muscles.

7. Get a GoPro

We rarely advocate spending additional money on your vacation, but believe it or not, a GoPro is worth for your bucks as long as you want to create lifelong memories of your adventures.

Go Pro is great for carrying along with you at various places compared to the large professional camera (it’s heavy, so great for shooting on festivals and occasions). The video quality is excellent provided the price, size and features it offers. They’re waterproof and tiny. But it’s primarily for non-professional use.

So, if you’re planning for hiking, skydiving, scuba diving, or some sports, GoPro is excellent in capturing your moments.

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8. Share your videos with friends and family

We’re talking about creating wonderful travel memories in this post, and we assume that you’re probably capturing all those memories not only for yourself but also for showing it off to your loved ones.

Sharing videos, photos, time-lapses, slo-mo, audios, a journal, or a compilation book will refresh the moments you’ve experienced being a wanderer. Again, you’ll be amused by your experience when you show it to your family and friends, as sharing gathers immense appreciation and confidence for yourself.

You can share your experience by following ways:

  • Invite friends and family for a travel show (a PowerPoint presentation, or a slide show)
  • Writing a travel blog
  • Recording the Facebook live sessions during your trip
  • Checking-in to the popular attraction on Facebook.
  • Making an impressive travel video and upload on YouTube.
Local culture, local food

Final words

Being a tourist offers a remarkable deal of exposure and explorationopens your mind, and builds stronger bonds. Keeping your memories alive after your dream is over will bring lifetime joy and pleasure to your ultimate travel journey. Share your thoughts about your tour with your loved ones, create memories by photos and coins collections, dive deep into the cultural heritage and keep the trip comprehensive. We hope that you enjoy your next trip! (once the lockdown lifts).

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

Saint Augustine

Share your thoughts to let us know what you would prefer? A GoPro or a Smart Phone to keep memories for your next tour?

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WALK OF LIFE # 5: OUR SON’S BIRTHDAY

Do you know that as parents, you’re likely to be the most significant influencer in your child’s life? Kids demand time, love, affection, and uninterrupted attention from their parents, and when they lack that attention, they can lose self-confidence and social interaction in the long run.

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children,”. Charles R. Swindoll

As parents, we’re responsible for our children’s training and teaching. We believe that we’re quite successful in doing that. Within our over-occupied schedule, we regularly attempt to make our kids feel special and loved. However, there are rare times when we feel guilty of neglecting our kids, too, such as during exams or with additional home/work consignments.

Children demands attention in routine days, and when it’s their birthday, their urge for our time rises even more! Our son hoped to visit the Taronga Zoo on his birthday since last year, right after returning from the opulent tour of GoldCoast. Though we’ve seen other zoos all around Sydney, visiting Taronga Zoo is still on our travel wish list.

You may have heard about the famous Taronga Zoo before. It’s the largest zoo in Australia and is located at a height, offering breathtaking views of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge at its highest point. We can imagine the splendid sights already, even without visiting.

Though sadly, we haven’t been lucky enough to make a trip to Taronga Zoo yet, because of the lockdown situation. The zoo is closed until further notice, so we’re waiting till it opens again. But since our son’s big day was arriving this week, we’ve chosen to make a mouth-watering, home-made Mud cake for him for the first time! (Our sons can go nuts for a mud cake!). A minor effort to make him feel special on his birthday.

The delicious, double-chocolate layer Mud Cake. Made by Mummy and Daddy.

Our younger son, Ayaan, turned seven this month! It’s so exciting for us to see him grow and developing maturity as the years pass by. Our son is an intelligent and talented, 1st-grade student. He’s working to building his channel ‘Ayaan’s Fun World‘ on YouTube. Please read the full story of initiating his YouTube channel Here.

We made the Double-chocolate layer mud cake with Green’s Cake Mix‘ in Chocolate Mud (we’ll review the cake in our upcoming posts). We celebrated his birthday at home, keeping the social distancing rules in mind. 

We’re pleased to see that our son enjoyed mixing, decorating and serving the cake, specially made for him by his Mum and Dad! He was full of the joys of spring. He showed his gratitude later in the night.

Cupcakes by Ayaan’s Aunt

Final words

As parents, there should be no excuse to neglect our kids even in the lockdown. What’s the big deal? If we can’t take them to the outdoors, park, play area, attractions or for sports. What matters most for your kids is your time, attention, care, involvement, and communication. Expressing your prudence by simple things such as cooking their favourite food, playing a board game, or watching their favourite movie, can be a real game-changer for your journey of parenting.

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7 TIPS FOR A “HEALTHY” MARRIED LIFE

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Are you considering getting married soon and wondering how life appears to be after that? Do you have concerns beforehand as you’re getting closer to your wedding day?

We can quite understand the anxiety you’re dealing with right now. If you read our story of How we met, you’ll better understand our thoughts when we tied knots nine years back. We were both thrilled and eager after our engagement, and we enjoyed every bit as a newlywed later. However, as the wedding day got closer, a flood of worrisome thoughts popped in mind: ‘Are we doing the right thing? Are we going to uphold each other’s habits and accept the change happily? Will our marriage last forever? And the list goes on!

Ever since we began watching Married at First Sight on channel 9now three years ago, we learned that along with the physical attraction, being compatible with each other is essential. Getting accustomed to each other’s habits and recognizing the real taste of marriage is challenging for most couples. In case you’re unaware of the show, it’s a social experiment where the relationship experts match the individuals to a stranger for matrimony. And the fun part is that the couples are matched based on their psychological study.

Couples often face confrontations and disputes, though the more frequent and intense they are, the less charming their marriage gets. It isn’t rocket science to overcome these issues through slight efforts. We’ve learned some tactics of a happy married life with our nine years of marriage, which we’re sharing with you in this post.

1. Be ready for the change

The foremost reason couples rarely get along is because they’re not ready for the shift that they’ll face after marriage. Marriage is a delightful experience when two people commit to each other. But that doesn’t mean that every other day might be a fairytale.

The most challenging time for both of us was the first year of our marriage, since we knew each other for long enough (about one year), but we were opposite personalities. We had arguments, fights, and disagreements quite often than in the later years. However, we expected these challenges and had confidence that we’ll ultimately get along to each other once we get accustomed to one another’s perspectives.

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2. Create transparent communication

Do you sometimes avoid telling your partner about something you should ideally communicate? Often it happens when you’ve done something your partner doesn’t feel comfortable doing. Understand the fact that marriage has zero space for secrecy. The more transparent you’ll be in your communication, the better you’ll get along.

We’ve been practicing transparency by :

  • Developing mutual understanding. The first step is to communicate our plans to each other. There’s absolutely nothing to hide between us.
  • We both have full access to one another’s phone accounts and passwords. It develops trust in each other.
  • We prioritize each other, our marriage and family before career, money, and friends.
  • We talk about our issues to one another before anyone else, not even the parents.

3. Trust the other partner

Trust is the critical element of your married life. Ideally, you shouldn’t have any doubts about your partner, though you may find it hard to develop instant confidence in your matrimony if you’ve faced betrayal before. Trust is earned by the time, and it doesn’t happen by itself.

A few ways we’ve been able to develop trust for each other by:

  • accepting that it’s a lifelong relationship, and without faith, it won’t last forever (which is not an ideal situation for anyone).
  • Sharing our passwords.
  • Be open about our social gatherings, friends, and family.
  • Socializing together often, keeping phrases like ‘my life,’ ‘my money,’ or ‘my friends’ at the side.

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4. Avoid fighting over money

Our arguments go beyond the limits when we drag finances between our fight. Talking about budgeting is healthy, but when you compare each other’s monthly income, and conveys a bitter side of wealth, your partner will surely go crazy.

Believe us or not, we’ve fought over money several times since we faced financial problems after a few years of getting married. Though we learned to keep those problems by:

  • Keeping the phrases like ‘My money,’ ‘I earn,’ ‘I have hold of money,’ or ‘I’m the one who owns property’ away between our arguments.
  • Developing similar financial expectations-it happens by open and honest communication.
  • Prioritizing our family life over money.

5. Keep technology aside

As mentioned earlier in this post, honest and transparent communication creates a strong wedlock. Though with the rapid growth of technology in the past ten years, the conversation couples often made previously has declined, especially when they’re together.

In these times of advancing, it’s a struggle to keep us away from the charm of devices when we’re sitting together and talking. Often, the mobile phone acts as a supportive bridge to hang out after an explosive argument. Though we learned that it makes situations even worse, and now we’ve been communicating better by:

  • Allotting a time when to use our mobile phone for messaging and social media.
  • Disabling the notifications popping on the display screen, especially for Facebook.
  • Keeping us busy in some constructive activity such as cooking together, house chores or gardening together, rather than just lying down on the couch.

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6. Develop anger management skills

Screaming matches and slamming doors are always the worst approaches one can take to settle an argument. Anger is a natural emotion in humans but often interrupts the communication, transparency, trust and respect in a relationship. Managing your anger and an angry partner is a rear but incredibly helpful skill for the development of passion.

When we get involved in a heated argument, anger management is hard, but this helps:

  • Give yourself calming time, by telling the other person that you want some time apart and silent to cool down the situation a bit.
  • Avoid topics that ignite a fierce debate, anger, and complications.
  • Rule out the cause of anger and attempt to solve the underlying cause rather than fighting over words and blaming each other.

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7. Make a habit to appreciate

Often couples, such as us, focus on appreciating each other’s contributions more often in the early days, to foster a healthy relationship. Sadly, we take the other person for granted after being together for a while. The feeling of underappreciated and repeatedly getting criticized creates a lack of love, passion, motivation, trust, and confidence among couples.

Marriage is a highly sensitive and gentle relationship. Just as young children oblige an appreciation after behaving well, the adults also call for encouragement to foster romance. Recognition doesn’t have to be through exchanging gifts, as you can acknowledge just by practicing gentle phrases such as ‘Thank you,’ ‘I appreciate,’ and ‘I love you for doing that.’

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Final thoughts

The relationship of marriage is like a newborn baby, gentle and sensitive. It’s a thought process and takes considerable time to develop. Though with minor efforts, you can create an involvement and engagement for one another to carry out a long-term happy married life. Comparing your bachelorhood with the post-marital experience is a senseless approach as you move towards sharing your life with the one you love. Having trust, respect, and appreciation within usually dissolves most troubles in a wedlock.

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7 TIPS FOR MOMS TO STUDY WHILE RAISING KIDS

Considering going back to uni, but worried about studying with kids?

Hi, I’m Sana, a full-time student and a mum of two. I started studying in 2012 and graduated 3 years ago. With the support of my husband and his family, I’m currently studying a postgraduate course. Here’s my journey as a student.

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Let’s set the scene. You’re a stay at home full-time mum, and you love what you do. You’re fulfilling all your responsibilities towards raising your kids. Whether you’re thinking of enrolling in a course or you’re a returning student after pregnancy and birth, it’s like a fantasy to start your education, isn’t it?

As a mom, you have a few options, such as if you ask your husband to help with house chores, or you can choose to study part-time. But again, studies can be occasionally overwhelming.

I certainly understand what you’re more worried about: Studying with kids! ‘How can I concentrate on studying while the toddlers are around? Will I fail to balance between my responsibilities towards my children and study? How will I cope up with other chores and family commitments during assessments?’. These are the concerns you often have.

Hey Mom! Don’t worry at all. In this blog post, I’m sharing how I’ve been able to balance between studies and kids from the last 8 years!

1. Schedule your study time

I used to leave study time until the end of the day, in the hope of kids falling asleep at night. But it was impossible to make it a reality because after a long tiring day of house chores and job, I had no more energy left to focus on the assignments.

Then, I hung a day planner on the fridge door. Since then, I’ve been able to manage my study time within house chores as I get reminded of my day plans every time I use the fridge (Must be at least 100 times a day!)

This simple planner sheet I found on Nurse Clara’s Blog has been beneficial. Just write your tasks for each day, and tick whatever is completed. Ticking all the boxes provides a sense of accomplishment in general. You can also schedule your study time around your kid’s napping time. Find more ideas HERE.

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2. Study small portions

You’ve got a written organizer on the wall to remind you of everyday tasks, but remember, you need to plan it wisely. If you believe in studying all at once, consider changing this habit. Because it’s impossible to study for long hours when you’re a mum.

Formerly, I often set a specific day to study all four subjects. It was stressful, as I was continually running out of time to prepare for the assessments. Later, another mum in my college (now my best friend!) advised me to divide my week into shorter chunks of study rather than piling all tasks for one day.

Graduation ceremony 2017

I then achieved my study targets, and I felt prepared for the assessments way before they’re due, without rushing for time.

3. Avoid longer travel time from home

As a mum, you have limited time to study. When you study on campus, you’re leaving behind plenty of tasks at home, including your toddler’s nappy change! If you’re considering enrolling in a new program at a university, your best bet is to search in your local area.

If you can’t find a preferred program around your residence, try to get as closest as possible to your area.

Shorter distance to commute between home and college saved heaps of my time. Such as it used to take 50 minutes from my former suburb to the city on a public train. It was such a waste of time! But instead of changing the college, we moved suburbs. The present house just takes 20 minutes total travel time. It was an utter relief, as I had the opportunity to spend more productive time with my family.

4. Be attentive during the lecture

I absolutely understand that the thoughts of your kids and home often don’t leave you alone when you’re away from them. Though you shouldn’t, you still feel guilty.

Trust me in my experience, if you focus on the lecture and actively participate in the class activities you’ve already prepared half-way for your next test. I adapted this strategy since I began studying.

You can prepare notes if you have gaps between the classes, search resources in the library, and brainstorm for the upcoming assignment. If you add up all, you’ll actually save multiple hours on studying at home, which in turn allows you to rest and brings the opportunity to spend quality time with kids.

5. Schedule shorter classes

On-campus study has its own drawbacks, including when you leave your kids behind at home. But you can still find the right balance between your tasks if you choose shorter classes. You can do this by dividing various lectures on different days.

Let me explain this further: A few semesters back, I selected two, 4 hour-classes for 2 days in a row, considering that I’d save money on public transportation. But quite frankly, I made a significant mistake, as I was away from kids for 8 hours straight! In the later trimester, I selected 4 lectures on separate days. With all honesty, I was better able to stabilize time around my responsibilities, as I was spending longer hours at home each day.

6. Keep the study pressure low

You were a high achiever of your school, you’re a strong competitor, and you study hard. But when you’re a mommy of young ones, the circumstances are entirely different.

As a mother raising a toddler and a 7-year-old, I find it especially tough to compete for high grades. A few years back, I continued to feel pressured to excel for a couple of trimesters, excessively craved for high grades, and urged to beat the competition in the classroom.

But one day, my husband felt that I was off balance between personal commitments and my study time. He saw me getting anxious, frustrated, and disrupted by kids. Of course, it was unhealthy to remain like this in the long run.

I followed my husband’s advice to stop fretting about grades and instead to just focus on what I’m achieving in the long run while balancing the study and personal life. His advice works really well, and since then, I’m learning to gain knowledge and understanding of the subject. I often feel eased, and I plan my study structure meaningfully.

7. Don’t wait until the deadline

Quite often, your lecturers and tutors have asked you to complete your assignments way before the deadline to ensure you don’t miss the due date. But right now, I’m advising you this as a mother and a homemaker.

Of course, you have to fulfill responsibilities round the clock, so you’ll leave the assessments for the last minute. Quite confidently, you’ll feel rushed, panicked, and upset as the due date will get closer.

Last year in April, I was busy socializing too much that I was leaving my assignments till the due date. It was pretty hard to catch up on all the unfinished work, along with caring for kids.

All in all, I don’t want you to get in the same sort of situation as mine. Plan ahead for your assignment and complete bits over the week. Specify a day for research & sourcing, and write at least a paragraph or two each day.

Final thoughts

Balancing your personal and study life is tough. You need planning, hard work, and the support from the loved ones to achieve your goal. As long as you’re willing to take risks and grab opportunities for learning that arises by the time, be confident you’ll gain what you dreamt of.

We hope these 7 tips will be helpful to you in this journey, and it creates value for your time.

In the end, I’d like to share a quote for all parents out there:

“Raising children is a creative endeavor, an art rather than a science.”

Bruno Bettelheim

Thank you for reading. We’d love to learn your thoughts on this post in the comments box below.

WALK OF LIFE # 3: HOW WE MET

Last Sunday, just after we ate our evening snacks, we comfortably lied on the couch and watching an entertaining Pakistani TV show. At the same time, the song ‘Hona Tha Pyar’ (‘There had to be love’ in English), from the movie ‘Bol’ (meaning ‘Speak up’) came across that delighted us!

We met 9 years ago, now happily married with 2 adorable kids. In today’s Walk of Life, we’re sharing our story to you, of how we first met each other. Want to know more of our journey? We’ll share our tips for a healthy relationship in the upcoming blog on Wednesday.

Bringing back memories

We imagine you’re trying to figure out “Why are we telling you about the song in the beginning of this post?” We’ll answer that shortly, but first answer this: Have you ever listened to a song or watched a film, even an old TV show that took you back in the good old days?

This song did precisely the same thing to us.

We later watched our wedding video once again. It’s enchanting and beautiful. It brought back tons of memories when back in the days we used to be younger, vibrant and carefree (though we still are!).

Looking different? Yes, we lost 55 kgs recently. Coming up in detail soon 🙂

Yes! The couple posing in that picture is us on the day of engagement ceremony! Do we look different back then? The truth is that since the past couple of years, we worked days and nights to make the ends meet but at the same time, made immense effort to groom ourselves, personal growth and development.

Love at first sight

Do you believe in love at first sight? When you meet someone at first, you could get attracted instantly, and you probably see a potential to fall for that soul. Your heart and mind speak your feelings. But hold on! That didn’t happen to us straightaway. In fact, our feelings grew by time, as we were getting to know one another.

We met through parents

Our story was pretty straight. Our marriage was arranged by our parents. If we don’t have someone else already in mind, part of our convention is that the parents jump in and choose the prospective spouse for us. It’s even favorable for them.

Meeting one another for the first time at our parents’ home was an entirely unique experience for us. Our parents were distant relatives to each other. Both families accepted each other, but now it was our time for further communication to understand each other.

‘YES!’ We said to each other, and we got engaged just after one week, in October 2010. Our engagement lasted about a year, which was enough time for both of us to get along, especially as we first met only a week ago. We later got married in November 2011.

Best part

We met over 9 years ago and together since then, we’re still learning about each other. And the more we discover, the better we communicate. To be honest, exploring each other’s passions, dreams, and personality is the most exciting part of a marriage.

We hope you enjoyed reading our “Walk of Life” post today.

Don’t forget to learn keys for a joyful marriage in our blog on Wednesday.

Leave a comment if you can relate our story to yourself 🙂