Tuesday, September 8, 2020

"Be Your Own Boss From Anywhere" - An online course for aspiring work from home fauji wife solopreneurs

WELCOME TO 'BE YOUR OWN BOSS FROM ANYWHERE'

An online course for fauji wives who aspire to be work-from-home solopreneurs, and would like to continue working through the unique challenges of the military lifestyle




Have you often looked for work-from-home jobs that you could work at from your remote area postings, and found none that suited your skill-level, talents and expectations?


Have you found yourself saying “I’m not able to have a career because I’m married to a man in uniform”?


Do you feel that you have the skills and qualifications to do well in a career, but cannot because you are a military spouse?



Now IMAGINE…



What if you could create a portable, work-from-home small business or passion project that you could nurture and grow as you move from one posting to another, without the overwhelm, anxiety and procrastination that often comes up when you’re thinking of being a solopreneur? 


What if you could work from the remote areas you are posted to, while also giving time to your military spouse commitments, looking after your home, spending plenty of time with your kids and doing the “solo parenting” routine when your husband is deployed?


What if you could finally stop looking for jobs that would let you work from wherever you are posted at And consider your unique military wife challenges (sudden postings, erratic internet, social commitments that pop up last minute)?




Testimonial:


“Thanks a ton for your guidance. What you shared really put courage in my heart and I’m now ready for the handwork to follow. Thank you again for helping me find my way.” Kritika, Army wife, Founder - PahadiKitty and illustrator





It bakes tried and tested methods into the process that a fauji wife can work on, to go from dreaming about having her own work-from-home solopreneur career to actually being her own boss.



Create your own work-from-home/online career around your passion and skills, And continue growing your offerings/services through the doable and simple steps outlined in this online course.



I’ve been self-employed for the last 14+ years, creating multiple micro businesses and passion projects online, from the remote areas we have ben posted to. 






Testimonial:


“It was morale boosting. You suggested some key points that have served as the impetus to get me working. What you have achieved is truly inspiring! Thank You!” Nandini Nitin, Air Force wife, mom, Kuchipudi dancer and new YouTuber.



I’ll share:


  • how you can get into the driver’s seat of your career and create an entrepreneur mindset


  • how you can zero down on which skills/passion to build your brand around 


  • ways to skill up even when you are based out of a remote areas 


  • how to launch your brand/passion project through a series of baby steps 


  • how you can continue working through the unique situations and challenges that our fauji life often throws at us, like postings, poor internet, long phases of solo parenting during deployments and multiple social obligations while juggling work deadlines



HOW WILL THIS COURSE HELP YOU (FINALLY) BE A WORK-FROM-HOME SOLOPRENEUR?





Many ladies aspire to have fulfilling careers while being married to men in uniform, but very few actually go ahead and fulfil their professional dreams. Most believe that it’s downright impossible to do so, while many get caught up in the tangle woods of how and where to start building a solopreneur career.


So, how will this course help you?


  • You’ll address the mindset issues that have been holding you back from being a self-employed solopreneur. You’ll face your fears, the excuses and myths that are your own or have come from what other people have told you. 


  • You’ll find out how you can choose a skill or passion to craft a career around and how you can visit it from different angles to fit your Fauji wife life situations.


  • You’ll discover ways to up skill and upgrade your qualifications from remote areas, before you begin building your career.


  • You’ll learn how to launch your passion project, put your products/services out into the world and build your own tribe through a series of simple steps, without letting fear hold you back. 


  • You’ll find out how you can continue working as a solopreneur even while juggling the unique life situations that are part and parcel of our military life. 


  • You’ll discover ways to manage your time better and work even when the kids are being homeschooled or if you have small children at home. 


  • You’ll learn how to take care of your health and nurture your own wellbeing while working on your career, taking care of the kids, looking after the home and contributing to the military community. 


  • You’ll learn how to build a career that enables you to not only work from home and market online, but also how you can tweak it as you move through different postings, challenges and portfolios. 


  • You’ll find out how to develop a successful Milpreneur (Military Wife Solopreneur) Mindset with my own tips from 14+ years as a solopreneur with an international freelance journalism/ writing career, a Certified Health Coach, creative writing teacher, authorpreneur and artist! 


  • Testimonial:

“Thank you so much for all of your helpful tips and content…I have finally become a Tarot Card Reader. I am simply loving it and I am very grateful to you. Thank you for being there.” - Sanjna Nayar, Army wife, mom & a happy Tarot reader



WHAT'S INSIDE THIS COURSE?


Be Your Own Boss From Anywhere is a step-by-step guide that takes you through the process of creating a work-from-home, online solopreneur career on the move. 


From creating an entrepreneur mindset and working through what’s holding you back, managing your time better, choosing the right skill/talent to build your business around, upgrading your skills from wherever you are based, launching your passion project through doable baby steps and gathering skills to help you work through the thick and thin of this military lifestyle, this course is packed with tried-and-tested (first hand by me) tips and guidelines delivered in a user-friendly way.






Module 1: Create An Entrepreneur Mindset


Find out your real reasons for building a work-from-home solopreneur career


Figure out why and how you’re coming in your own way


Slash through those excuses


De-mystify the myths about being self-employed


Work through self-sabotaging beliefs

Get to know what a work-from-home lifestyle is all about


Module 2: Building Your Solopreneur Brand/Passion Project Around A Skill/Talent


Zeroing down on the skills/passion to build your project/brand around


Ways to upskill


Where to learn online


Turning your passion into a micro business



Module 3: Setting Up Your Home Office


How to create a space dedicated to your work


Importance of a Home Office


How to stay focused amidst the distractions of daily life


How to set up a makeshift office in your transit accommodation and work effectively



Module 4: Launching Your Solopreneur Brand As A Military Wife


Baby steps to putting your work out there and launching your solopreneur business


Balancing work with your military wife commitments


Working with rules at military bases


Caring for your own health and wellbeing



Module 5: Work-Life Balance


Managing work when your husband is deployed


Working when your kids are small


Working through postings, erratic Internet and other unique military life challenges



Module 6: The Path Ahead


Traits of a successful Milpreneur



IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?




This course is right for you if:


You’re married to a man in uniform and have been wondering how to set up a portable career online, from home


You want to utilise your skills/qualifications/talents to create a passion project 


You want to have a career that you won’t have to give up because of postings and the other unique challenges that come with the military/para military lifestyle


You want a career that you can juggle along with your military spouse commitments and duties


You don’t want to wait for years till your husband retires to finally give your dreams a shot


You would like to carve out your own identity, earn from your skills and be a military wife solopreneur




This course is Not right for you, if:


You are looking for work-from-home job openings/listings


You are looking for a readymade work-from-home job


You would rather be an employee rather than be your own boss



Are you ready to FINALLY set up your work-from-home solopreneur passion project/ micro business/ brand?





Be Your Own Boss From Anywhere is like a handbook for my fellow military wives, with baby steps to everything from starting with an entrepreneur mindset to launching that work-from-home brand to juggling work with all kinds of life and military commitments. 



Testimonial:


“Got to know many points that had been blocking me and how to rectify them. Main was time management because since I work from home, there are a lot of distractions. The know-how shared was very helpful!” - Rekha Prabhu, Air Force wife and artist & solopreneur





To make this online course easily affordable for military wives with a dream, I am offering this course at a minimum fee, as compared to the fee that a premium and in-depth course like this would generally be priced at.



You will have lifetime access to this material and can download the presentations and checklists, and save it on your device for easy access too.


You can work through the course at one go or at your own pace.



GET STARTED TODAY


ENROL NOW (Scroll down for the SPECIAL Pre-Launch OFFER!)


To enrol in this course, email me chandanabanerjeewrites@gmail.com or WhatsApp me at 842790938.




About Chandana Banerjee: Hi! I’m Chandana Banerjee, an author, writer, artist, Certified Health Coach, and Micro Biz Coach for stay-at-home moms and military wives. I am also a military wife and a homeschooling mom, who lives and works from remote corners of the country, through the same unique challenges of a military wife lifestyle. 


I’ve created multiple micro solopreneur ventures over the last 14+ years. From writing and publishing several articles in magazines and publications across India and the world, writing a blog, coaching busy women to help them meet their wellness goals, publishing a green wellness online magazine, creating and selling my quirky art, and writing non-fiction books that have made it to the Amazon bestseller list in the New Releases section, my chequered self-employed career has been build around my passions and interests. 


I enjoy teaching workshops, both online and in-person, and helping women create joyful & purpose-driven lifestyles within their home and from wherever they are, on the map or in life. 


Join me in the ‘Be Your Own Boss From Anywhere’ online course, as I share everything I have learnt in this journey as a work-from-home military wife solopreneur, to help you Create, Launch and Manage a passion project or micro business from remote corners of the country.



ENROL NOW


Pre-Launch Offer (Limited Time Offer Till September 18, 2020!)


Wanna start your fauji wife solopreneur journey? Get this course for a very pocket-friendly price.

Rs 999 Rs 1,800



To enrol in this course, email me chandanabanerjeewrites@gmail.com or WhatsApp me at 8427989038.


Let me know your name and that you are interested in enrolling.


You can Register by paying the course fee via:

GPay


Online Bank Transfer


Hope you enjoy the course! :)


Note: No refund, unless there is a special circumstance

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Homeschool Art Ideas: How To Set Up Art Sessions In Your Homeschool

The very mention of "Art" can send a lot of parents into a tizzy. "I'm not an artist!!!" they exclaim. "I can't even draw a straight line, so what can I teach my kids?" ponder others. Art, whether as an after-school activity or a homeschooling activity, seems to be best left to arty Youtubers and drawing & painting classes. 

I'm here to tell you that whether you're an artist or NOT, you can still initiate happy, arty sessions with your kids, right inside your homes. 

Homeschool Art Projects

Yes, you may say that I'm a self-taught artist and enjoy art, and so like doing these arty activities with my son. But really, with the beautiful resources (tutorials and books) available these days, most of the time, what we need is some energy and enthusiasm to 'facilitate' these sessions. 

When your children sit down with your to draw, paint and create, often they are not looking for Pinterest-perfect creations from you; but the attention and bonding that comes with making things together. 

Homeschool Art Activities - working together


So, if you would like to Do Art At Home, here are some simple ways to begin.

You can see some of the art projects we do at home on Instagram at chandanamilspo or on Facebook at Chandana Banerjee Writer.

1. Put together a basket of basic art materials to work with. Over the years, doing art with my little boy at home, I've noticed that not having art and craft materials in one place can actually take the fun out it because you end up spending the better part of your day hunting down crayons, paper, paints and glue.

Some of the things you will need to begin are a watercolour set, marker pens, poster paints, a small set of acrylic paints, crayons or oil pastels, cellotape, washi tape, glue, a few paint brushes, a container for water and child-friendly scissors.  Also, slip in a packet of watercolour paper, a drawing book with normal paper and printout sheets with one side plain. I also like to collect cardboard packaging and discarded bubblewrap for recycled-reused projects. Tuck these in a place where you can easily access the material. Either in a basket or tote bag is good. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

A Book On Simple Living: Destination Simple by Brooke McAlary

Simple living isn't simple any more. Even for someone like me, who doesn't follow the standard pace (read: alway on the buzz) and trends of the world, simplifying takes some amount of thought and practice. 

Like a lot of you, I enjoy packing my to-do list with multiple tasks, can't help myself multi-tasking and feel a little lost when I have a spare moment to sit down and stare into space. As it turns out, living a slow simple life, does take some practice. Like meditation.

Destination Simple: Simple living ideas


Brooke McAlary's second book "Destination Simple" is just the book to curl up with for those of us, who are craving a measure of slow and a cuppa of simple living tips. Many of us intuitively know what it is we need to do to simplify but still need a guide to hold our hands and lead us into a simple way of living. 

McAlary of Slow Your Home, who champions the slow lifestyle, packs quire a punch in this little book of simple living tips. She lays out the basics to creating morning and evening rituals, unplugging from screens, initiating a gratitude practice and looking at our priorities and lifestyles from a perspective of "tilting" rather than complete balance. 

There are a few more rituals and ideas on simplifying, and I found each one of these relevant and necessary.

Slow down your life

As you read this short book, you realise that you probably know about many of the ideas, but even though these seem very basic, the art is in implementing them into your daily lives and creating a habit. 

Destination simple is a book that you may want to read once but revisit several times as you take baby steps towards creating simple and satisfying days.

When I was reading the book, I realised that even though I had dabbled in some of the ideas (like morning and evening routine, gratitude, tilting, brain dump), I had not been doing them consistently, which is why probably, I wasn't able to enjoy the measure of calm that I have been hoping to create. This book is a gentle reminder of all those little things that can enrich our lives considerably.

Get ready to wrap yourself in a blanket of peace and calm as you read Destination Simple by Brooke McAlary.

Call To Action: For more ways to create a joyful stay-at-home life, check out my new book "Queen Of The At-Home Lifestyle". You can download it here.

For more ideas on creating a simple and joyful stay-at-home life, which includes homeschooling and working-from-home as your own boss, check out my Youtube Channel.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Book Review: Slow Homeschooling by Milva McDonald

'Cinnamon Reads - warm books to curl up with': Slow Homeschooling: Short Essays About Mindful Homeschooling by Milva McDonald

Sometimes, you’re craving a good book and it pops out of the blue, just when you are totally ready for it. “Slow Homeschooling” is that book for me. While scouring the net, looking through slow living blogs and joyful homeschooling posts, I stumbled across Milva Mcdonald’s blog A Potluck Life, where she writes about her take on homeschooling and homeschooling 4 kids, the slow, relaxed way. It was after reading a handful of her posts that I spotted her book and downloaded it immediately.

Slow Homeschooling for new homeschooling parents
Slow Homeschooling book cover

As a homeschooling parent and an author, who writes about homeschooling, working-from-home and homemaking, the whole discussion on slow homeschooling really appeals to me. Since we are transitioning into an eclectic and more relaxed form of homeschooling ourselves, this book is just what I wanted to sink into, with a cup of rich coffee to enjoy it with.

Each of the 23 chapters in the book is a short essay on the various facets of creating a homeschooling lifestyle focussed on joy, your children’s interests and a learning-rich home environment. Since Macdonald’s four adult children have created interesting and successful careers and lifestyles for themselves, you know that the concept of slow homeschooling does not just sound good, but works in the real world too.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

6 Homeschooling Blog Posts That Newbie Homeschooling Parents Should Not Miss

Hey friends! Summer holidays are over and school sessions are back with a bang.
Are your kids enrolled in a school and doing classes online, or you are homeschooling in India for this whole school year? Maybe you are contemplating homeschooling in the long run and looking for homeschooling facts to begin with? Wherever you find yourself on the homeschooling smorgasbord, here is some homeschooling help for parents to start with. 


Make science fun with experiments - homeschool science project
N with a DIY Homeschool Science project: A solar-operated cardboard plane
Many of you - my dear readers, have been sending me your questions about the why's, what's and how's of homeschooling. As much as I'd love to, I do not have the bandwidth currently to get on a call with each parent to explain the vast landscape of homeschooling facts. So, I've decided to consolidate all the homeschooling resources that I have created and make some more, to help you transition to this eclectic homeschool lifestyle.

Note: Scroll below to find out how you can be the first readers to read a part of my upcoming, still-in-progress book about creating a relaxed homeschooling experience.

So, here are the first few questions you may have about homeschooling and my answers to that:

6 questions you need to ask yourself if you are considering homeschooling your child/children. Go over each of these questions in the post and jot down your answer. When you mull over your answers honestly, they will help you make the decision and then ease into a homeschooling life.

Simple things you can do to transition into a homeschooling life with your Kindergartener. Often, we tie ourselves up in knots, wondering how we can create a rich and stimulating educational environment for our little one. We want Pinterest-worthy teaching tools and state-of-the-art kiddie furniture to make our homeschool days shine. But honestly, all your need are a few things and plenty of enthusiasm to begin.

Friday, July 17, 2020

The Brigade That Builds Brands: Army wife Ujvalpreet Kohli shares about her home based baking business

Hello readers! I often get queries from military wives, who want to know about employment from home opportunities and are keen on exploring home baking business ideas on the move. So, today we have Army wife and home baker, Ujvalpreet Kohli with us, who tells us how she started her home bakery and manages to build & grow her work from home business as she juggles service commitments. Her story on starting a baking business from home with a few resources and growing it on the move will, I'm sure, nudge aspiring milpreneurs to start something of their own to earn money working from home as well as earn income online through gourmet workshops, cake baking business from home, food blogs and food photography.

For more ideas on real work from home opportunities and military wife entrepreneur stories, check out our archives here.

Ujvalpreet Kohli - military wife and mother and home baker
Ujvalpreet Kohli - Army wife & Home Baker

CB. Please tell us something about yourself – what do you do, where are you based and how long have you been a fauji/military wife (and which service are/have been part of i.e Army/Air Force/Navy).
UK. I am Ujvalpreet Kohli - known to my friends as Ujval. I am an Army wife since 2005 and mother of two lovely daughters. I belong to Dehradun presently based in Delhi. I am a passionate home baker, totally in love with my profession.

Home baking can be one of the work from home jobs for women
Birthday cake crafted by Ujval

CB. What has been your business or creative journey been like, how & when did you start your brand/business/creative career?
UK. I had been teaching since my college days and did that for some time after marriage also. But with two kids and husband away, it was difficult managing, so I called quits to teaching. I loved cooking and have been baking at home for my family since long. Hubby was posted to field and I took up Separated Family (SF) accommodation in Hyderabad. Kids started going to school and staying alone I had some time for me. 
I started honing my skills with a few online cooking and baking courses. I guess my passion for cooking and some inspiration from the lady who helped me refining by baking skills (she is a very successful profession baker now) I got motivated. My girls' gang coaxed me to bake for them also and I started taking orders within our little fauji society. Initially even thoughts of competing with big bake houses within 1-2 kms of our society was discouraging, but slowly my home baked products were a big hit and even started getting orders from a few corporates, which gave a kickstart to my initiative.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Can we Slow Down in a Fast-paced World? Simple slow living tips

With most of us in lockdown or in semi-lockdown, it is a good time to re-think our pace, hunker down into our stay-at-home lifestyles and learn how to slow down. Here's my take on slow living and how to slow down your life a tad.

I’m the kind of person who likes to have a productive day and feel compelled to pack my days, even weekends with all kinds of things. But lately, I’ve begun to question this…this running from pillar to post at home, trying to prove to myself that I’m doing a marvellous job of balancing my work-from-home and stay-at-home life. 

The lockdown made me question this constant need to be on the move, doing something, checking things off my to-do list. Though I will be the first to vouch for the importance of having productive, purposeful days, I also realise that there are lots of times when I need to slow down and enjoy life. That doesn't mean lolling in the bed the whole day or staring at the sky mindlessly (though when done in moderate doses, that is meditation in itself).

Slowing down or building in pockets of slow in our lives is actually healing at so many different levels.

Cupcake with a candle on a table - savour slow
Photo credit: Unsplash

“Being slow” can look different and be different things to different people.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Ladies Who Launch: Shweta Verma and her journey as a socialpreneur and co-founder of Ginny's Planet

Ladies Who Launch: A  “fireside” chat with women entrepreneurs, who launch micro businesses from home and/or create a change-making venture

Welcome to Ladies Who Launch at https://chandanabanerjee.com. This is a brand new series that features women, especially mompreneurs, who launch micro businesses from home and/or create a change-making ventures. 

Our very first guest for this series is Shweta Verma, the Co-founder of Ginny's Planet, a social enterprise that aims to create a planet where "no one is considered the odd-one-out".

I came to know about Shweta and her work through Ginny Doll - a cute, smiley cloth doll wearing spectacles and with an adorable fringe. I'd bought the doll for my son last month and really liked the concept of learning to accept each other as we are. I was intrigued by Shweta's journey as a socialpreneur and mom, and her work through this unique change-making business that she has co-founded with her husband Jamal. Here is what we chatted about.

Note: Shweta is hosting a GIVEAWAY for 5 readers. Check out the details at the end of the story.

Shweta Verma, Co-founder of Ginny's Planet


CB. Please tell us about yourself, what you do, your educational background and where you’re based.
SV: We are social work professionals based in Delhi. We were batch mates in MA (Social Work) course. Each of us has an experience of 18 years in the social sector. I have worked in the area of disability rights and mental health since 2002. My work has interacted with child rights, gender, & psychosocial support in post disaster scenarios. Along with this my research degree (PhD) helps me take the workshops on research & inquiry forward with children with ease. My entrepreneurial perspective was strengthened through SSE India fellowship in 2019. 

Jamal has the experience of working with diverse international organizations and a keen interest in the creative fields. He has developed documentaries, public service advertisements, behavior change communication aids and campaigns.  He was a fellow of 2019 cohort of the India Inclusion Fellowship Program which focuses on innovations in the disability field. He is also an alumnus of the Aritra Leadership Acceleration Program, organized by IIM-Bangalore and Phicus.  

Ginny Doll


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Book Review: The Chic Author by Fiona Ferris

‘Cinnamon Reads - warm books to curl up with’: The Chic Author by Fiona Ferris

Create your dream career and lifestyle, writing and self-publishing non-fiction books

Cinnamon Reads is our bookish series, where I review books that I've enjoyed and would recommend curling up with, and interview self-published authorpreneurs.

Here is a book that’s been like salve to my authorepreneur’s soul. The kind of book that I often flip through to assure myself that even though the hike up this hill is steep, it is worth every minute and every bit of hard work. 

A book on indie author lifestyle and self publishing ebooks
The Chic Author by Fiona Ferris

For the past few weeks I’ve been immersed in the self-publishing world. My second Kindle book, “Queen Of The At-Home Lifestyle: A gal’s guide to working-from-home, homemaking and homeschooling” is just out on the virtual shelves of Amazon; but before it could be officially released, there were lots of itty-bitty things to look into. As an authorpreneur, you’re in-charge of end-to-end production of your book. From ideating and researching to the actual writing and re-writing to getting the cover designed and the book formatted, there’s tonnes to do before you birth your book and send it out to the world and in the hands of readers. And then, there’s all the posting and sharing to create a bit of buzz around the book.

A lot of this work is satisfying; while some of it is a tad exhausting. But every time I’d been coming up for air, I would grab my Kindle and flip open “The Chic Author” for the prose, gentle advise and the firm reassurance that being a self-published non-fiction author is definitely a “dream career and lifestyle” to eke out and aspire to. 

The 21 chapters and the bonus one with 100 tips at the end have a lilting quality to them, taking the aspiring or new indie author by the hand and guiding them through the many phases of an authropreneur lifestyle. From Fiona’s own story of how she became a successful indie author to how to make time for writing your book to structuring a book, this book is packed with lots of goodness. 

The chapters where Fiona writes about how to visualise yourself as a successful author, self-edit a book and get a cover designed are some of my favourite ones. Though I’m not entirely brand new to self-publishing, with two books out on Amazon, I still enjoyed her tips on structuring one’s writing, writing fast (no writer can have enough of these tips), developing a flow and getting past your fears. Every nugget that she has shared in The Chic Author is precious and it is so heartening to follow her author journey. 

When I finished this book, it gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling, like a hand-knitted blanket around my shoulders. I carry Fiona’s reassurances and advice with me, as I begin work on my next non-fiction book, and visualise what my successful authorpreneur journey will look like, as I write and publish one book after another.

Call to action: If you’re an aspiring author or a newbie writer, and have been wondering how to take the plunge into creating a writing career, check out The Chic Author by Fiona Ferris. 

If you’re wondering how to craft a work-from-home career while homeschooling the kids and tending to the home & hearth, take a peek at my brand new Kindle book “Queen Of The at-Home Lifestyle”.

My new Amazon bestselling Kindle book
My new Kindle book

Note: If you’re an author and would like your book reviewed on my blog and Instagram, please write to me at chandanabanerjeewrites@gmail.com.



#indipublishing #selfpublished #selfpublishebooks #fionaferris 

Friday, July 3, 2020

The Brigade that Builds Brands: Fashion designer & Navy wife Tanvee Chaudhary on creating a self-employed & self-taught career on the move

Hello Friends! I'm so excited to share that my new Kindle book "Queen Of The At-Home Lifestyle - A gal's guide to working-from-home, homemaking and homeschooling"" is AVAILABLE on Amazon for all of you who're craving for a slice of purposeful home life!!! And the icing on the cake: it made it to the Amazon Best Seller List :)! Packed with tips on setting up a self-employed, work-from-home career and using homemaking rituals to boost your work-life balance, and also adding homeschooling to the mix - this book's for you if you're looking to carve out a happy, purposeful work + stay-at-home lifestyle, during the pandemic and beyond. Download your copy here (and let me know how you liked it).

Keeping with the rhythm of the book, in the Brigade that Builds Brands series, I'd like to introduce you to Tanvee Chaudhary, a sassy, work-from-home, military spouse Solopreneur. This young Navy wife has set up her own fashion label from home, and works her sewing/designing magic as she moves from one base to another. Yes, agreed that most of the time the Indian Navy has better posting places than our Air Force and Army ones, but this gal has the zeal to make her work work wherever she is on the map (hint hint: let's lose the emphasis on our geographical location and focus on what we can do, from wherever we are ;-)).

Fashion designer and Navy wife Tanvee Chaudhary
Tanvee Chaudhary in a Little Black Dress she has designed

What I Super Like about Tanvee Chaudhary and her Label Tanvee is her passion for her craft (she designs, sews, markets, ships out orders, models her dresses & connects with customers ALL on her own), her earthy designs executed on Indian handloom fabric, and her determination to carve out her own niche with joy. And of course, not to forget, her solo brand is just what earth-friendly, Slow Fashion is all about.

Let's dive into this interview and be ready to be inspired! And hey, check out the SPECIAL DISCOUNT that Tanvee is offering the first 3 readers of this story (offer at the end of the interview).

CB. Please tell us something about yourself – what do you do, where are you based and how long have you been a fauji/military wife.
TC. Hello, I am Tanvee Chaudhary. I am an engineer and marketer by education. However, my heart lies in designing and fashion. So, I founded LabelTanvee, a clothing brand where you can find eclectic mix of handmade clothing with a pinch of tadka. 
Since the last three years I have been married to a Naval Officer and we are currently based out of Goa. Yay!!

Monday, June 29, 2020

5 Ways to Savour this Lockdown Summer - What’s your favourite way + My new book cover

Summer is not the easiest of seasons for me to bear. The days are thick with heat and humidity, as thick as molten cheese and  often it feels futile to move or cook or do all the things that bring me joy.

If I could have my way, I’d build a small castle in a turquoise pool and spend my days like a mermaid soaking in the cool water. But with the lockdown and Coronavirus whirling around the world, I (and all of you) have had to find smart ways to cool down, stay grateful and savour this scorching season. 


My ebook "Queen Of The At-Home Lifestyle" and watermelon
Cool Treats :)

With oodles of determination ;-), I’ve come up with simple and small ways to bring my mojo back. 

  1. Start the day with a small pinch of slow and a dollop of gratitude. I try to wake up early, when the sun is still saffron and languidly rolling up the sky, still an inch away from its fiery sunniness. After I get ready, I sit down on a fat cushion for a few minutes of meditation and gratitude prayer. I play some meditation music and use this time to centre myself and start the day with a positive intention.
  2. Load up some good books on my Kindle. Now that we’re corralled in a single room with the air conditioner and trees around cutting out the heat (where we live, the temperatures are touching 50 degrees Celsius!), I love having a stack of books on my Kindle. A simple comfort that I can fall back on (literally), when I want to catch my breath and sink into a story. (I’ve been indulging in tonnes of wholesome Amish fiction by Amy Clipston and Tricia Goyer.)
  3. Create art with my son. As the summer started notching up its heat factor, we decided that sticking to the same old’ homeschooling routine was going to be tedious. So now we begin with a small bang - an art project to kindle joy and add colour to the otherwise fiery yellow day. (If you’d like to know more about these projects, do stay tuned for our arty homeschooling posts soon).

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