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Nisha K. Kulkarni  content strategist + writing coach | come here for gratitude, encouragement, books, bags + the big apple | photos taken on my iPhone 7 Plus

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This is @oprah's fancy way of saying that thoughts become things. ⠀

We live in a crazy, crazy world + on top of what we see happening all around us, we contend with the challenges in our own lives.⠀

It can all feel so hard, but we can choose how to see + approach our lives. ⠀

I choose to "dwell" on positivity, compassion + gratitude. It's not always easy, but it does make me feel like I'm becoming -- and sharing -- the best version of myself.

And being the best version of myself means that I can keep doing my best 🙏🏽⠀

What do you choose to "dwell" on? ⠀

#qotd #quoteoftheday #quotes #wisewords #wordsofwisdom #wisewednesday #oprah #oprahwinfrey #thoughtsbecomethings #positivementalattitude #pma #spreadlove #spreadpositivity #selflove #feelgood #doyourbest #motivation #encouragement #humpday #wednesday

Reading Dennis Lehane's "Since We Fell" was like watching a light thriller film: there's mystery, but it's not suspenseful nor is it particularly intense. Just entertaining.⠀ ⠀
It's about a woman who has become a "virtual shut-in." Her marriage + her career have deteriorated due to her panic attacks, but she learns to live with this + finds a new life for herself. However, that all changes one afternoon when she sees something that forces her to question her life + what she thought was true.⠀

This was a fun, easy read. The writing is very good + though the story hits a few cheesy, cliche notes, it was interesting. I was expecting something quite dark given that Lehane has written books like "Mystic River," but I actually didn't mind that this wasn't as "psychologically" thrilling as I'd expected. ⠀

I didn't love the way the book ended, but it's the main character's journey that really made this both a little different + worthwhile. ⠀

Good summer fare.⠀

#sincewefell #dennislehane #fiction #mystery #thriller #bookofthemonthclub #bookofthemonth #botm #booklover #bookworm #bookmonster #bookguru #bibliophile #reader #readingnow #onmynightstand #mayreads #bookreview #minibookreview #impressions #writing #storytelling #instabooks #bookstagram #sonixcase #prada #flatlay #musings⠀

Right now, I'm loving this cool spring rain ☔️ ⠀

Other things with a feel-good spin: writing, always 🌧🌈💫 "eating" books 🌧🌈💫 BFF insight, perspective + compassion 🌧🌈💫 intense + intensively gratifying workouts 🌧🌈💫 feeling at-home in our clean, comfortable home 🌧🌈💫 LOL-ing *hard* at Tracy Morgan's Netflix special 🌧🌈💫 fancy Italian takeout 🌧🌈💫 floral prints + shades of blue 🌧🌈💫 chatting with my parents 🌧🌈💫 dark pink nails 🌧🌈💫 guitar solos 🌧🌈💫 the "Koi" @shopsonix case 🌧🌈💫 my light-hearted ❤️!⠀

Small things are never that small if they make you feel good 🌟 ⠀

#gratitude #gratefulgeek #goodvibesonly #feelgood #happythoughts #loving #favorites #littlethings #positivity #joy #love #spreadlove #motivation #mondaymotivation #starttheweekonahighnote #2017 #spring #springrain #rainydays #rainydaze #dreambig #makeithappen #dreambelieveachieve #likeaboss #likeabawse #mondaymorning #monday #ilovemondays

Though I feel like I've been melting during this premature summer heat wave, it's hard to not to be captivated by the city. I mean, look at it this morning! It's almost like a cool Legoland-inspired painting 😋👍🏽⠀

Other cool things I'm grateful for: framing choices 🌺⚡️ writing daily Talk + Engage Letters with the 28-Day Experiment {sign up using the link in my bio! ☝🏽☝🏽☝🏽} 🌺⚡️ palm-sized juicy strawberries 🌺⚡️ intense evening workouts 🌺⚡️ Netflix's brilliant "Anne of Green Gables" revival 🌺⚡️ ice-cold cans of @lacroixwater 🌺⚡️ the cutest little blue find on @farfetch 🌺⚡️ getting wrapped up in Dennis Lehane's "Since We Fell" 🌺⚡️ Chris Cornell's music 🌺⚡️ a pale grey manicure 🌺⚡️ embracing silliness 🌺⚡️ parental catch-up time 🌺⚡️ fun with koala filters 🌺⚡️ more frequent BFF time 🌺⚡️ "blue skies smiling at me" 🌺⚡️ morning cuddles with my ❤️!⠀

Have a beautiful weekend 🎉⠀

#gratitude #gratefulgeek #goodvibesonly #feelgood #smilebig #happythoughts #positivity #pepinyourstep #favorites #thingsilovetoday #loving #spreadlove #love #sweetmoments #littlethings #spring #atasteofsummer #summeriscoming #springandthecity #summerandthecity #NYC #ilovenewyork #ilovenyc #Friday #friyay #weekend #2017

I've been listening to Chris Cornell's primal voice sing pure poetry since I was a teenager + don't think I'll ever stop. ⠀

What incredible talent. What a loss. ⠀

Godspeed 🙏🏽

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#RIPtalent #chriscornell #soundgarden #audioslave #music

An oldie but perennial goodie: classic, compassionate Winnie the Pooh encouragement in case you need the reminder 🌟🌟🌟⠀

#qotd #quoteoftheday #quotes #wisewords #wordsofwisdom #wisewednesday #winniethepooh #aamilne #brave #strong #smart #positivementalattitude #pma #selflove #feelgood #motivation #encouragement #humpday #wednesday #onedaylate

About halfway through "Into the Water," I realized that this novel is nothing like author Paula Hawkins's first critically-acclaimed mystery "The Girl on the Train." ⠀

And readers who loved her first book may not necessarily like this one. ⠀

This one is about a series of female drownings in a small English village. They've been classified as suicides, but the latest two bring up too many questions. The story unfolds through the narrative of several, mostly unlikable characters who have their own secrets to keep.⠀

"Into the Water" is a slow-burn; it reminds me of a BBC mystery more than a fast-paced psychological thriller. But it's too bad that this novel isn't as gripping as a good BBC series: it's an average read that's not as suspenseful or unpredictable as promised. ⠀

An okay pick for lazy days at the local park or on an exotic beach, so you can look up from your book when the story isn't as captivating as the scenery 😋⠀

#intothewater #paulahawkins #fiction #mystery #psychologicalthriller #thriller #bookofthemonthclub #bookofthemonth #botm #booklover #bookworm #bookmonster #bookguru #bibliophile #reader #readingnow #onmynightstand #mayreads #bookreview #minibookreview #impressions #writing #storytelling #instabooks #bookstagram #flatlay #musings⠀

I love how I can pretend the sky-view from our little balcony is actually the serene sea 😍🙏🏽⠀

Other things keeping me positive for the week ahead: experimenting with new business + writing projects 📝💗 scribbling in my agenda 📝💗 matcha soy lattes 📝💗 kitchen adventures 📝💗 how funny + romantic "Master of None" season 2 is 📝💗 ...and thanks to @azizansari, feeling inspired to dust off my Italian language skills 📝💗 soft bedsheets 📝💗 cracking the spine of "Into the Water" 📝💗 coveting fun, pretty accessories by @gucci + @dolcegabbana {swoon!} 📝💗 ogling Insta-posts of Japan {on my travel bucket list!} 📝💗 gut-busting LOLS from good comedy 📝💗 three-minute meditations 📝💗 my mom + my girlfriends 📝💗 home spa evenings 📝💗 fresh powder scents 📝💗 the universe conspiring + moving things around so that I can soak up more quality time with my sweet ❤️! ⠀

Have a stellar week ✌🏽🌟⠀

#gratitude #gratefulgeek #goodvibesonly #feelgood #happythoughts #loving #favorites #littlethings #positivity #joy #love #spreadlove #motivation #mondaymotivation #starttheweekonahighnote #2017 #spring #summeriscoming #skyview #myview #dreambig #makeithappen #dreambelieveachieve #likeaboss #likeabawse #mondaymorning #monday #ilovemondays

Two loves of my life: my city + my ❤️! ⠀

#TBT #love #truelove #mylove #NYC #myview #ilovenewyork #ilovenyc #nofilter

e.e. cummings was so right! ⠀

Laughter is one of the best ways to be present + put stress in its place. ⠀

Are you making enough time to laugh every day? 😂😉👌🏽⠀

#qotd #quoteoftheday #quotes #wisewords #wordsofwisdom #wisewednesday #eecummings #laughter #laughteristhebestmedicine #bepresent #stressrelief #positivementalattitude #pma #selflove #feelgood #joy #motivation #encouragement #humpday #wednesday #onedaylate

Reading David Grann's "Killers of the Flower Moon" is an unexpected treat 👌🏽⠀

It's the true story of how the Osage tribe -- once the richest people per-capita on Earth -- was slowly being murdered in the early 20th century because of the oil-rich land it occupied. ⠀

This real-life mystery is a page-turner in the best sense. Grann weaves a compelling story about the Osage tribe, the community they lived in + the FBI. He's obviously done a lot of research, but he doesn't overwhelm you. He's told a complex tale using simple, straight-forward writing. ⠀

Through it all, Grann highlights the investigative flaws, greed + pervasive prejudice that hijacked this case. ⠀

How does it all end? I'm pages from finding out, but you'll have to pick up your own copy to believe this story. ⠀

An absorbing + fascinating read 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽⠀

#killersoftheflowermoon #davidgrann #nonfiction #mystery #truecrime #bookofthemonthclub #bookofthemonth #botm #booklover #bookworm #bookmonster #bookguru #bibliophile #reader #readingnow #onmynightstand #mayreads #bookreview #minibookreview #impressions #writing #storytelling #instabooks #bookstagram #flatlay #musings⠀

These days, I've been taking more frequent breaks from all things social media 'cause sometimes a girl needs to spend more time living her life rather than just sharing, y'know?⠀

And all that living makes for so much more positivity + gratitude 🙏🏽⠀

Here's what's making me feel really good: the prettiest purple roses 💕 getting soaked in an NYC "monsoon" 💕 baked samosas 💕 page-turning nonfiction 💕 French election results 💕 @emmawatson's gracious MTV Awards speech 💕 a sky-blue manicure 💕 cloudless, sunny skies 💕 matcha soy lattes + @yogitea 💕 {more} spring cleaning 💕 putting new ideas to work 💕 morning mindfulness 💕 scheduling dedicated LOL time 💕 loving, supportive, life-affirming friendships 💕 singing in the shower 💕 candles, candles everywhere! 💕 experimenting with creativity 💕 perfect new jeans 💕 home spa Sundays 💕 ogling pretty @chloe details 💕 "Friends" reruns + catching snippets of one of my all-time faves "The Princess Bride" 💕 accountability 💕 nearly one year of @weightwatchers! 💕 @Oprah inspiration 💕 curating safe, inspirational spaces 💕 learning to let go of the small stuff 💕 basically sharing a brain with my ❤️!⠀

Think of five things that make you feel good. It'll lift your mood to new heights! ⠀

And make this week a great one ✌🏽🌟☺️⠀

#gratitude #gratefulgeek #goodvibesonly #feelgood #happythoughts #loving #favorites #littlethings #positivity #joy #love #spreadlove #motivation #mondaymotivation #starttheweekonahighnote #2017 #spring #springishere #freshblooms #roses #socialmediabreak #dreambig #makeithappen #dreambelieveachieve #likeaboss #likeabawse #mondaymorning #monday #ilovemondays⠀

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