Welcome to WRITING happiness, previously known as Marya writes

Somebody asked me the other day, how long have you been blogging for?

I am thinking they were trying to suss me out, to see if I have got enough experience to be dishing any kind of advice – much less blogging advice.

My answer? A couple of months of actual writing – and 3 decades of building up to it.

This is my story. 

Totally unimpressive highlights of my life, that have been totally significant to me – in terms of work, life and successes.

My father was once in charge of a local library, he was actually a Naval officer at that time, and he had the coolest job on the earth. His job description meant that he would visit local stores and select books to be purchased for the library. He would also take his eldest daughter along, to pick all the books she liked for the children’s section. She was about 5 at that time. She also happened to be me!

This gave rise to a major obsession with books, reading and life long learning. I remember sitting with books piled high and reading well into the night.

As I got a little older, I started doing what every little girl did. Writing stories, pages and pages of them, which eventually turned into boxes. Not everybody does that? See, I didn’t know that. I wrote, and I wrote … and I never thought of making a big deal out of it.

I ‘published’ children’s magazines from home and got everybody to read them and give cool testimonials on the back. I still have them.

I started a library (of everything I owned) from home and kids from places far away – well not that far – came and borrowed books. A budding entrepreneur I was even then. Too bad, once when we were away, my library got broken into and more than half of my precious babies were taken away. I don’t know how long I cried for – then I closed my library. I was barely 13 then, I think.

And I wrote for every school and college magazine who would print my work.

Two things were very, very important to me.

To learn about things, and to share them with other people, be it through creating own magazines, opening up a library, or writing for the local magazines.

And then the magical world of web 2.0 was born – and I was hooked – for life.

Nobody could drag me away from the online communities, forums and any place with the word ‘interactive’ in it. I was a participator in it all.

I was lapping it up like my life depended on it.

I was studying, writing, teaching – both online and in my real world. I did post-graduate studies in Law, Marketing, and Education. All the jobs I held had a teaching and a writing component. I couldn’t do it any other way.

And all this while I did not think that I had to say something important to people like you and me.

And now I do.

I have found a place. I love it when kindred spirits come my way and decide to stay.

I am building a community of people who are passionate about life, have a desire and will to succeed at whatever has caught their eye. They are full of integrity, and best of all they want to blog about it all.

Welcome to my tribe.

Here you would not find money hungry people, but people who want to work hard, and ethically to earn their living – and get rich. Whatever being rich means to them.

You would not see people who are all about the gimmicks, and about following the ‘in crowd’ hoping to cash on their successes.

Here are people who want to have a life with a purpose, and live mind fully.

We all need such a place to hang out. Learn, share, blog.

Welcome to WRITING happiness!

I am writing for your success.

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  1. joymcdee Says :
    Posted on April 28, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    We may be worlds apart but we are of like mind. Keep at it. You do have something to say, and we lopve reading it. You get my day started. Thank you.

    • Marya Says :
      Posted on April 30, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      I am honoured! 🙂 Thanks very much for your kindess. Have a lovely day! 🙂

  2. Jennifer Says :
    Posted on April 29, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Au Contraire, your life IS impressive, and your blog is great no matter what you choose to call it!

    Choose Happiness & Success!

    • Marya Says :
      Posted on April 30, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      Thanks Jennifer, your kind words are much appreciated! 🙂

  3. KenBroad
    Posted on April 29, 2011 at 2:21 am

    Glad to see you “figured it out”! I wish my life was half as impressive as your is 😉

    I look forward to reading more of your great advice!

    • Marya Says :
      Posted on April 30, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      Aww shucks Ken, although it sure seems like I have this figured out, no guarantees that it will actually pan out like I want. I can only do my best and wait …

  4. Samyak Says :
    Posted on April 29, 2011 at 3:19 am

    all the best for your new avatar. looking forward to your great posts, as usual, under the new title.

    • Marya Says :
      Posted on April 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm

      Thanks very much ThoughtTavern. I look forward to posting. Brimming with ideas, but can’t find the time to actually sit and write without being interuppted … fingers crossed

      • samyak Says :
        Posted on April 30, 2011 at 11:51 pm

        tell me about it! i have been trying to put some notes from my diary to the blog but there seems no way! got to do it one of these days. cheers

  5. Tanya Says :
    Posted on April 29, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I recently celebrated my one year anniversary of my blog. Thanks to seasoned writers and bloggers like you, who encourage and inspire newbies like me, I refuse to give up and plug away at it.

    Thanks for your wisdom Mayra; I enjoy your blog.

    • Marya Says :
      Posted on April 30, 2011 at 7:39 pm

      That made my day today! Much love to you … 🙂

  6. Tom (Aquatom1968) Says :
    Posted on April 30, 2011 at 4:48 am

    Change ahead? Change is here! I like change! And I also like the direction you are taking your blog, Marya! 🙂

    • Marya Says :
      Posted on April 30, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      Thanks very much for that Tom. I am putting a lot of thought and effort into this. Hopefully that comes across. Cheers 🙂

  7. Rashmi... Says :
    Posted on May 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Good one…You are right, life is not successful if you don’t live mindfully and I am sure, whosoever decides to write and blog (like you) has some purpose in life, has some thought process behind it.

    • Marya Says :
      Posted on May 8, 2011 at 6:18 pm

      Thanks very much for your kind words. I do my best to live a simple, clutter free, mindful life. Not an easy task for so many reasons, but thats a separate story. Thanks for feedback! 🙂

  8. knot2share Says :
    Posted on May 4, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Looking forward to the change. You have a lot to share, unlike me!

    • Marya Says :
      Posted on May 8, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      Hi, I think everybody has got a lot to share. Its entirely different matter if they choose not to! Thank you! 🙂

  9. Tisha | tMedia Says :
    Posted on May 5, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Hi Marya,

    Thanks for sharing some of your back-story! I clicked over from the A-List Blogging club and it’s nice to connect with another up and coming blogger. It sounds like you’ve got a lot of great plans for this site and I LOVE your positive attitude and eagerness to keep moving forward with new goals for yourself. Best of luck to you! 🙂

    • Marya Says :
      Posted on May 8, 2011 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks very much for that Tisha. I think as you move into a slightly different direction, it is very important to let your readers know, hence the post. Glad you enjoyed it! And yes I try to be positive as much as I can. 🙂 Cheers

  10. Sandra Bell Kirchman Says :
    Posted on May 13, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Congratulations! You have been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award (passed through me) for your wonderful blogging.

    Go here (http://fantasyfic.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/versatile-blogger-awards/) for details on the terms for acceptance of this award. You rock!

    • Marya Says :
      Posted on May 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

      Thanks very much for that Sandra. I am working on it, to pass it along. Cheers 🙂

  11. amna Says :
    Posted on May 19, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I just love this post, its so beautifully written. You shouldn’t do anything else but just write.write.write.

    • Marya Says :
      Posted on May 26, 2011 at 11:57 am

      Thank you so much. Wish you visit more often though 😉

  12. Sarah Batool Says :
    Posted on June 9, 2011 at 4:35 am

    I am new to blogging world, just made a blog to read some good stuff and glad to come across your blog 🙂
    We have some things in common too, I’m also a teacher by profession, love reading and writing 🙂

  13. Marya Says :
    Posted on June 12, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    HI Sarah, good to see you. Hope you join my blog. See you soon. 🙂

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