{J} is for Just Like That: #AtoZChallenge

{J} is for Just Like That: #AtoZChallenge

{J} is for Just Like That

Just like that, the month of April descended upon us. A quarter of a year already gone by! Wow! What were we thinking? No, I’m not going to use the cliché, “Time flies”. It’s way too overrated. So how have you utilised your last three months? Did your year begin with a bang, or did all the pages of your life go fluttering away in different directions? Either which way, I’m sure you will eventually get your bearings right.

In my case, I am beginning to feel my year just began with April. The last three months went by in a tizzy. Just like that April arrived, helping me define my goals and start afresh with renewed vigour.

Thanks to April here’s what transformed in my life:


  • Writing Goals: I owe it to the AtoZ Challenge to help me return to my writing goals, all reinvigorated . A big thank you to the AtoZ team for bringing this challenge year after year to us, and helping us get into the rhythm of writing when we have gone kind of awry. It had been over five month or so, and despite trying to blog regularly, I wasn’t able to; due to a few personal commitments. I’m glad my blogging buddies; ShailjaMayuriNidhi motivated and prodded me into taking the AtoZ plunge. Wouldn’t have it any which way without them.
A class in progress at Boot Camp Yellow
  • Exercise Goals: I returned to my favourite Boot Camp Yellow, strength training classes this April, after a break of two years. I was already strength training with a personal trainer. But Boot Camp is different. It entails waking up at 4:30 A.M., three days a week, and sweating it out in the lovely outdoors. Yes, the weather is holding up for now, but in a few weeks it will be blistering hot even at that time of the morning. But honestly, nothing like working out in the open, with the fresh morning breeze, the chirping birds and the lush greens for company. I am hoping to start swimming as well, in the coming weeks. Just like that I also made a small start by running a marathon this Sunday, with my nine-year old and DH. I made a small come back to running after a two year break. I’m not too sure I’ll be running regularly, but who knows for now. But I will definitely be cycling outdoors, as that keeps my adrenaline pumping, just like writing does.


  • Food Goals: I’m a die-hard foodie. No, I don’t stuff my face with junk, but I love all things that spell “good food”. So, just like that I decided April should be a month when I get back to healthier eating goals- basically portion control and more fresh, green vegetables and fruits. I’ve tried eating small portions in the past, but tend to slacken the noose time and again. But then it’s all about never giving up, so I’m giving it a shot once again. I’m not going to deprive myself, but I’m going to eat everything in smaller portions. I also turned vegetarian by choice this month – a forty-day challenge. I’ve also noticed when I don’t eat sweets for a week or so, my sweet cravings disappear. It’s going to be worth living up to my will power too. Wish me luck, folks.
Goals give meaning to our lives. They drive us to try just a little harder and the end result can be truly gratifying. Share on X

I believe we all should create a few goals, beginning each month and work with them. And if by chance we are unable to meet those goals, it’s alright to take them forward and work towards making them happen.

Goals give meaning to our lives. They drive us to try just a little harder and the end result can be truly gratifying. Ah! And we all know of the sweet taste of having accomplished our goals. It’s a feeling that cannot be described, but only felt.

So just like that, have you created some goals for April? If not, it’s never too late to get started. So what are you waiting for? I’d love to hear from you on your April goals. You never know how much more you would have achieved as the month ends.






My theme for this year’s Blogging from A-Z Challenge is April Anecdotes. These are twenty-six compelling tales of some real people, and some not so real people. These tales will be surreal, peppered with a dose of non-fiction, but some might just be a figment of my over active imagination. You can read my theme here.

You can read my previous posts from #AtoZChallenge2018 here:

A is for Anachronism or Misplaced in Time?

B is for Burden or Unburden?

C is for Control

D is for Destiny’s Child

E is for Enchantment

F is for Far from the Maddening Crowd 

G is for Goblins, Gnomes and Gypsy Spirits

H is for Heart, Mind and Soul

42 thoughts on “{J} is for Just Like That: #AtoZChallenge

  1. For me too April was kind of a milestone I have had been waiting to reach because I would be back from my annual vacation at my parents. And now I am ready to took up life with a fresh stride, just like that

  2. Very inspiring! Congratulations on what you’ve already accomplished and wishing you the best on the current goals you’re working on. I, too, can hardly believe we’re in April already. I secretly believe someone is turning clock hands and flipping calendar pages while we sleep. 🙂

  3. You are right buddy, it is an absolute must to have goals and yes like you I too haven’t written much for the past months but AtoZ is the magic wand which brings my writing back on track each year. No other goals sorted yet buddy but your post inspires me to set them right too 🙂

  4. Trying to stay away from sweets – isn’t that tough, Natasha, considering you are a foodie? But, the fact that you are doing it and working at it, says a lot about your resolve. I do feel I should reduce my sweet intake, but I fail, miserably!
    Great goals, there, Natasha. Each of them take you towards leading a healthy, happy life!
    Wish you the best!

    1. Yes, it’s not easy for a sweet toothed person like me Shilpa, but I’m trying. Hope I stick to it. Though I’m not on a route to deprivation. I did have that Rasmalai today, and an ice cream last week. Anything in moderation I feel is fine.
      Thank you for your good wishes, dear Shilpa. <3

  5. Goals are what keep me going and keep me motivated. I have a tendency to set extraordinary goals but that also makes me put in extraordinary effort. Most of my goals are related to my blog. I try to reach as many people as possible. Right now the goal is 500 wordpress followers and a global alexa rank below 700k

  6. A great post, Natasha! I like boot camps, sweating out in the outdoors is so much fun. We do that sometimes on the beach. Have been strength training for 4 years now, my gym friend and I train ourselves 3-4 times a week and take care of eating habits. However, like you, A2Zchallenge gave me writing goals and I am so enjoying it.

    1. Anshu great to hear about your fitness routine. Always makes me happy to meet another fitness enthusiast. All the very best for the days ahead at AtoZ

  7. While I relate to your goals, and am happy that you’ve been able to stick with them, I have been diligent about only one goal in the last one year- the writing ‘a story a day’ goal. Everything else I blame on my the fact that I am the laziest person in the world 🙂

    1. A journey of thousand miles begins with one step and you are doing so very incredibly well in your writing goals. Acing it all the way Doc. So you are pretty much sorted. Cheers!

  8. A fantastic post, Natasha and really inspiring too. I will try to add regular exercising and eating right to my April goals too.Thank you.
    I wish you good luck with your goals.
    Love and God bless!

  9. oh dear, this post is not just like that.. I rephrase for myself as “must for all”.. beautifully said.. and you reminded me to look back. awesome post. happened to see shilpa’s post and hooked to your post. wishing you all the best!

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