Hi! I am Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles

Vidya Sury ©

After more than a decade in the corporate world in sales/marketing/training, I took off my 4-inch heels, dumped my expensive handbags, donated my wardrobe of 300+ sarees, quit my corporate career, and got married to my soulmate, and moved to his city.

Of course, I imagined I would be back at work after a short sabbatical, but the most wonderful thing happened to me.

I became a mom. And naturally, much as I enjoyed my career, I preferred to be with him over getting back into the rat race of the daily commute and being away half the month on work. I didn’t fancy getting updates about my son.

Best decision ever.

When I decided to return to work, the job market did not cooperate and I decided to be my own boss as a freelance writer. Thanks to my family and friends always telling me I was a good writer, I actually believed it. Sent out feelers, connected with clients and the rest is history.

I’ve now been a freelance writer, manuscript editor, and business blogger since 2003, the same year I started my first blog.

I now manage six successful blogs of my own. During my blogging journey, I’ve been awarded many accolades, co-authored books whose proceeds go to charity, been interviewed several times, besides enjoying being an influencer.

More about my journey into becoming a freelance writer here.

What am I doing on Medium?

Besides self-publishing and writing for many wonderful publications, I am also an editor with ILLUMINATION, ILLUMINATION’S MIRROR, ILLUMINATION Book Chapters, The Shortform, Six Word Photo Story Challenge, Refresh the Soul, ’84 Internationale, Badform, and Dancing Elephants Press.

I also publish my own personal roundup of inspiring reads, usually every week on Sunday/Monday.

I enjoy the interaction, the engagement, and the connections. I love to write. And of course, the 7x Top Writer tags feel good too!

What I write about

I enjoy writing about various topics including mindfulness, parenting, travel, books, self-care, wellness, and diabetes. I especially love writing short form posts and photo posts.

Beginning November, I started writing about Diabetes Awareness and will continue to do so.

I contribute to The Daily Cuppa twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays.

I write to collect smiles and donate to charity. My mission is to better the lives of underprivileged children.

When I am not working, I enjoy playing with my dust bunnies and planning ways to show my diabetes who’s boss.

I love hanging out with children. I love coffee, travel, music, sketching, photography, cooking, DIY (I can fix most things around the house — I am the resident amateur carpenter-plumber-odd job woman rolled into one), sewing, books — and enjoy tinkering with just about anything.

I believe housework is therapeutic. I crank up the music and pretend to be a rockstar with my mop or broomstick.

I speak seven languages and read at least 3 books simultaneously.

I believe in staying fit and working out thrice a week, besides walking. Well, exercise is a non-negotiable for diabetics.

I believe that there is a special place in hell for women who won’t help other women and that kindness is the only way to deal with others.

I am open to collaboration

I welcome writing/editing/blogging assignments. Feel free to get in touch with me.

I made lists of some of my posts. Feel free to browse through these: (click the photos or the caption links)

I love Medium and the wonderful writers I engage with. Sadly, the Medium Partner Program is not open to writers based in India. One of the reasons I write is to support underprivileged children. Would you consider buying me a cup of coffee? Thank you so much!

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