Women's Day Special - Guest Post from Patricia from Colors Dekor

What better way to celebrate women than have a very talented home decor blogger do a post for us, here on The Keybunch! Patricia from Colours Dekor needs no introduction. Her blog is testimony to her many talents! We trusted her completely with a meaningful women's day post, and she has done it brilliantly!  Over to you Pats!        
                                                                                                               - Sharon

Hello everyone!! Happy International Women’s day to you and all the women who have touched your lives in some way…
I was wondering what to write today… and thought.. maybe I’ll talk about a few things that are important to me… and the various things I do (or am sure you do too!!) in playing numerous roles as a woman ~ a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mom, an aunt, a friend, etc.. etc..

Firstly… What I think about ‘life’…

“Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance."
Author: Unknown

Truly, I believe in enjoying the small pleasures in life… I like spending time at home, with my family…. Specially my kids!! I’d rather spend the evening watching them dance, than go for a dinner or party! I live each minute to the fullest… to my heart’s content. I do what my heart thinks is right and what makes me happy.. Be it setting up a tablescape just for myself and the girls… or camping on the terrace… 

Now… My formula for ‘life’…

My formula for living is quite simple.
I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night.
In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
Cary Grant

I like my day to be super busy and full of things to do. Often I have more on my plate than I can handle…. But I truly enjoy this!! From my regular day job, to playing mom, to chauffer to my daughters, to carpenter, painter, plumber… yes I often play these roles as well… *grins*..

My purpose in ‘life’….

When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left,
and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.
Erma Bombeck

I love to share the little knowledge I have … Actually… I truly love to share anything.. And this is one thing I hope to pass on to my kids too… Simply share whatever you have… Give to charity when you can… and above all… start your charity at home… 

My everyday ‘life’….

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world
and a desire to enjoy the world.
This makes it hard to plan the day.
- E. B. White

… I do!! I really do!! But… most days.. I’m super busy at work, then super duper busy at home…. And then come to my little ‘blog’…. Which is my moment of happiness…. And then I make a plan to improve the world tomorrow… *smiles*

What makes me ‘happy’…

Try to make at least one person happy every day, 
and then in ten years you may have made three thousand, six hundred and fifty persons happy, 
or brightened a small town by your contribution to the fund of general enjoyment.
- Sydney Smith

*smiles* Do you believe in passing on a smile… I do!! Try it!! Smiling at people makes you happy… and makes the other person happy… and if you top it up by asking ‘how are you’… and then listening to the person… All problems in life… are solved by the words.. ‘I’m fine thank you’…

I always talk to my girlies… about ‘passing on a smile’… and about doing something for someone… And its impressive with what little ones think they do… I’ve held the door open for Ma’am today… I picked up Khushi’s books… I helped Roshan swim… Its impressive the things they do!!

A simple ‘life’…

Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts
to finding peace of mind and happiness inside.
No matter what is going on outside of us,
there's always something we could be grateful for.
- Barry Neil Kaufman

This is truly the motto of my life… I believe.. in counting my blessing… and when I do!! … the problems look so worthless…

My motto for my ‘home’

What I love most about my home
Is the people I share it with

A few home ‘must haves’
1.       De-clutter your space… Give away what you don’t need… I’m sure you know someone else who can use it.
2.       This just means, that a clean and clear space is the most important
3.       Use colours lavishly… trust me… colours can change your mood instantly…
4.       Add a few lights and lamps in the corners… And watch the romance grow…
5.       Oh... throw a cushion on the rug… and a shawl on the sofa… that’s instant comfort…
6.       Don’t spend too much money on furniture or furnishings… It doesn’t have to be expensive to look good…
7.       Show off your craft and your kids craft… Keep it on a tray on the coffee table or dining table… or simply hang it on the wall..
8.       Make your home a reflection of yourself… Don’t do things for others to see… or coz someone else said it looked good… Believe in what you think or feel looks good…
9.       And if nothing works… brew a hot cup of tea… and invite me… *smiles*.. 

Have something to add to Patty's list? Tell us in the comments section!