Coffee Times Weekly Roundup — 17

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Bonjour, mes amis! How are you today? Are you busy making plans for Valentine’s Day? Are you planning to surprise your loved ones? Although we hardly need a special day to celebrate those we love . . . and yet, it is fun, isn’t it?

In other news, are you enjoying the “new and improved” Medium layout? 🤪

I enjoyed a lovely grilled sandwich with a strong cup of masala chai the other day. I don’t know if it was the timing or maybe the fact that someone else made it— whatever it was, I enjoyed every bite. It was just perfect! Veggie filled with melty cheese. Yum! (Sorry, Yana Bostongirl — I can’t help laughing!)

Vidya Sury’s yummy grilled sandwich and strong masala chai

Contest alert!

What!! Another one?! Hold on — this is easy if you enjoy music and movies! All you have to do is write about your favorite music, movie, or musical and stand a chance to become a Coffee Times editor. Exciting, eh? So get that music on and write!

Here’s a love song to listen to as you enjoy this week’s reads! Let Glenn Medeiros’ voice enchant you as he sings . . . Nothing’s gonna change my love for you.

Fun fact: I once sang this to a friend.

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Hannah To’s photography is as delightful as her travelogue — as she takes us on a trip through the Philippines. And she gives you five reasons why it is the most beautiful country in the world.

You’ve heard of Hygge. Have you heard of Niksen? Christine Vann, MSc. introduces you to this easy self-care method — and no, no expensive candles required.

I love a good Greek myth — thanks to my son, I know many more stories now than I did before, not only through his storytelling but also through his pictorial representations. And so, I enjoyed Jennifer Dunne’s post where she shares her favorite retelling of Greek myths.

Emily Richard talks about the one thing that kills your productivity and no, she’s not referring to your phone!

Daniella Cressman’s post filled me with guilt — but at the same time, it also kept me intrigued. There are some serious life lessons in there. She writes about how becoming a minimalist changed her life and gives her a greater sense of freedom. I am trying to get where she has. I have miles to go before I reach.

I simply loved bionicWoman’s post offering five unique kids birthday ideas that won’t cost an arm and a leg. The photos are delightful and the post itself has great takeaways regardless of whether you are a parent.

Alex Rosado’s post had me giggling. Hairdressers totally do that!

Mahgol J’s beautiful meditation is about . . . what if we applied the art of photography to our life . . . is a lovely read! You’ll enjoy it!

Honorable mentions and fantastic reads

Jeff PeirishAnother Reason Why the Advice “Never Give Up” Is Garbage

Eko BPFall In Love With A Person

Ray WirthStay Safe and Warm in the Cold — 3 Innovative Items That Can Help

Kevin ZuccheratoYou Can Be Open to More Than Just New Ideas

Lane HenryDouble Tasking Is The Enemy

Josephine CrispinThe Joke of Life Called Laughing

Divya GoswamiSing the Souls Back Together

Preeti RamachandranSelf-Care: Love It, Hate It, You Know You Need It

Across Medium

KiKi Walter is a fabulous writer and her posts are a delight to read. This one was no exception.

Kristen Stark’s post had me screaming with laughter. Laughter is still the best medicine, no?

And let’s continue to laugh as we read Srini’s post. Hilarious!

On a sober note, here’s all you need to know about the “better” Medium — from the Medium blog.

Here’s Radhika Iyer’s soothing read as she slows down on tree-lined streets of quaint little towns.

Prompts from our Coffee Times columnists

Yana Bostongirl — Life — urges you to think about self-care and write about how you practice it.

Sharing Randomly — Travel — wants to know if you are prepared for V day and where you would go with your partner or friend.

Marrisa W. — Books — asks: what’s your favorite romance book? A suitable prompt with love in the air, don’t you think?

Vincent Van Patten — Inspiration — has this prompt for you: try writing about subjective reality, what imbues life with meaning.

Ashley has joined us as the Editor of the brand new Entertainment column. Let’s give her a warm welcome!

Got suggestions?

Comment and let us know! We’re listening.

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Loved these comments on last week’s roundup!

I asked, what was the ONE thing that was memorable for you this week?

One memorable thing would be…that I had more time with the fam. =) — Sharing Randomly

Best thing ever, eh?

My one memorable thing this week…
Currently, I’m in Thailand, and on a bike ride the other night, I stopped to walk around the flower market. I was concerned about leaving the bike, as my experiences tell me (from my home country) that if you leave a bike unattended, even with a lock on it, it will be stolen, or parts of it will be anyway. Anyway, I left the bike, and on my return I found a cat guarding it. It really was the cutest thing. This experience taught me to trust in people and cats : ) A memorable bike ride, indeed. — Elizabeth Dawber

I love this!

I opened the dresser draw and our cat jumped out. I have no idea how she got in there but she really scared the stuffing out of me. — Vanita Cyril

Oooh! The cat truly let herself out of the….drawer!

Thank you ❤

Also . . .

Tell me: Did you celebrate Valentine’s Day? How did you celebrate?
I’ll feature your responses in the comments next week!

With love from the Coffee Times Team

Winston, Dr. Preeti Singh, Yana Bostongirl, Drashti Shroff, Marrisa W., Sharing Randomly, Vincent Van Patten, Ashley and yours truly, Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles

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Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles

Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles

Writing about Self Improvement, Mindfulness, Meditation, Parenting, Health, Travel, Life, Books. Showing my diabetes who’s boss. Visit: https://vidyasury.com