Monday, December 7, 2020

Times of Covid-19

 Hello Everyone, 

It has been over a year since my last Instagram post and even longer since my last blog post. The only reason behind this absence is the lack of motivation and inspiration. I will be honest, I have not had any itch inside of me to go out into the world to take pictures of my outfits or food or anything really. This feeling was present before Covid-19 was even a possibility. I was shopping less at the time because I was not finding any pieces that really spoke to me. It was hard to go into a store and shell out $100-$200 dollars on a dress that was not going to interest me in a year or so. I started thinking that I should invest in pieces that will last me a long time and can help build a wardrobe that will function. I also got caught up in school and my personal life and found that blogging was becoming a chore for me, which it never used to be. I used to truly enjoy going out with my sister in our town and creating unique outfits. I decided to take some time off to think about what direction I wanted to take this blog. I even thought that I could change the theme of the blog and make it more open and just about life and travel and food. Even that did not entice me at the time. 

Fast forward to 2020 and there is a pandemic at large, taking the lives of millions and changing the way us humans think about life. During this time I have been able to think about what is truly important to me. I was blessed enough to have a house to come home to, while my apartment in Philly was not the ideal situation for a high-risk individual like me. During the early days, I took my dog Captain for walks and played outside with him. I baked my heart out and learned that baking is truly one of my passions. I am an amateur for sure, but I take pride in my bakes and enjoy it because I get to share something that gives me and the recipient joy. I baked cakes for my family members birthdays and experimented with breads and sweet treats alike. This time was definitely a way for me to better know myself and become confident in the small things I do. I learned that I am very good at following a routine and can get many things done in a day which makes me feel accomplished and happy.

As horrible the pandemic is, I am grateful and blessed to be able to spend this time with my family. My family did movie marathons, ate good food, and had meaningful conversations about everything and anything. It is not often that a pandemic occurs, but I managed to look at the positive side to all of the negative parts of the pandemic. I worried though, about my parents and grandparents and all of the other people who had family friends affected by the virus. It made me appreciate the world I live in and the education I have. I am thankful that I am educated enough to understand the pandemic and how important safety was. 

As the year is coming to a draw, I want to reflect on the good and bad times this year presented. Times such as these provide for a great reflection on how we as humans live. I can look back at how much we rely on being able to go outside and have a drink at a bar or being able to go to the grocery store for a forgotten ingredient. I also learned that life is most definitely not the same for people around the world. The holiday season always makes me grateful for the life I live, but this year has been a constant reminder to never take my existence for granted. I hope next year brings happiness and health to everyone but a continuation of the gratefulness that I have now adopted. 

Enjoy some photos of my time during this year!

Love, Aashka 










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