I am Vidya Sury and I am so happy to be here with this amazing group of truly empowered women! I’ve read some of the introductions here and I am looking forward to learning so much.
I live in Bangalore, India, with my husband who is a mathematician. I have one son, 21, in college.
I work from home, creating content and blogging for businesses, and editing manuscripts for publishers and authors. I started my first blog, Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles in 2003 when Google acquired Blogger and just celebrated 16 years of blogging! I enjoy writing so much that I now manage six blogs of my own.
On VidyaSury.com I write about self-help, personal development, mindful living, health and wellness, parenting, books, travel, photography, food, and product and service reviews.
Your Med Guide is focused on health.
Cooking With Mi is about food–I am hoping to focus on diabetes-friendly recipes.
Coffee With Mi is a tribute to my Mom
Life Hacks for Diabetics is tips for managing diabetes and
Life Hacks for Happiness is about living mindfully, one tip a day.
My Mom is my inspiration and mentor. She taught me kindness and the value of appreciating the little things. She made me believe everything was possible. I am what I am today, thanks to her. She was married at 13 and pregnant at 17. My father left for the US three months before I was born and settled there, preferring to forget we existed. I was born when she was almost 18 after which she continued her education and chose a career as a teacher. Life was a struggle as a single parent but she was strong.
Professionally, I have an MBA in HR and Marketing and a diploma in Training and Development. I spent close to two decades in the corporate world, in sales, marketing and training. I quit my high-profile job when I was 33 and got married. My husband is a wonderful person. When my son was born, a change in priorities inspired me to consider working from home. I didn’t want to be a visiting Mom who traveled most of the time.
Thanks to my Mom and husband who encouraged me to pursue my passion for writing, I looked for writing work and connected with the right people. But it wasn’t easy to work from home—all I wanted to do was cuddle my son and play with him 😊 Yep—one of those moms who missed her kid when he was in school for 5 hours! Still, reality motivated me to be disciplined—also, house loans and big medical expenses to tackle, as my Mom had a chronic condition.
I enjoy helping people and my goal is to make a difference in as many lives as possible through my writing, spreading positivity. I donate all my blogging income to our local welfare homes, helping students fund their education, contributing to medical funds in orphanages and generally trying to “be there” when someone seeks my help. This is my motivation for what I do.
I am a diabetes contributor for the Abbott Global blog. I accept sponsored posts on my blogs and also enjoy doing paid product and service reviews. And now, I am trying to learn how to make Amazon Influencer work.
I enjoy cooking and housework. I know, right? But it is the cheapest way to keep fit and absolutely win-win. I also enjoy coffee, books, travel, photography, DIY, music, and interacting with people. I dream of traveling the world and meeting everyone I connect with. <3 (and that includes you!)
I am truly blessed with a lovely family and a friends circle and feel grateful for this, every single day!
I pray every time I hear the wail of an ambulance. I cry when I watch moving scenes in movies. I cannot bear to see children or the elderly being ill-treated or hungry.
On really busy days, my free time is restricted to chatting with my son, playing with my dust bunnies and showing my diabetes who’s boss.
I believe there is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women.
I look forward to supporting everyone here and growing together.
I always want to know: Did you smile today?
Writer, Editor, Blogger, Collecting Smiles.
I write about all the things I enjoy in life: parenting, personal development, health and wellness, books, food, travel, gratitude, mindfulness, happiness–and showing my diabetes who’s boss.