Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles. Writer | Editor | Blogger 2

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?

13 Comments
  1. Lynne Huysamen 4 months ago

    Oh my word Vidya, I am so inspired reading your introduction. We have been chatting online for a while now and I have been following you on social media and reading your blog posts but I really had no idea about all the challenges you faced and your mother. She sounds like an incredible person that has overcome so much in her life. I cannot imagine being married at 13 years old, it is horrifying.

    Thank you for sharing all of this with us, I love that you are giving to others in such a huge way. The world would be a much better place if more people did the same. I write to make an income for me and my family but I try and write things that help others and inspire them to make the changes they need in their lives.

    I’m just wondering about the Amazon Influencer program – I’ve looked at it myself but I haven’t signed up since I promote Amazon products anyway but as an affiliate marketer. Have you looked at being an Amazon affiliate? I’m not really sure what the difference would be to be honest. Now that might make a great discussion point here!

    I’m so happy to have you here as part of our tribe!

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    • Vidya Sury 4 months ago

      @lynne Thank you so much for your kind words. I am truly blessed to be here and connected with wonderfully inspiring women! I learned from my Grandma and Mom that we must give without expectations and it all comes back manifold!

      Yes, I’m an Amazon affiliate (a lazy one!).

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      • Lynne Huysamen 4 months ago

        It will always come back for sure… I am also a lazy Amazon affiliate – I do like affiliate marketing though. I love seeing a nice product and being able to include it on my blog!

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  2. Felicia Austin 4 months ago

    Wow Vidya,
    I just can’t fathom the struggles your mother must have faced. My daughter is almost 13 and I cannot imagine her being married! You are such and inspiration to us all. I can tell you have a Huge heart and I love reading your blog posts every time. Happy Blog Anniversary! I just started my blog, so I hope I make it to where you are some day. I love traveling and hope to meet you ladies in the future! And yes, thank you for making me smile today 🙂

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    • Vidya Sury 4 months ago

      Meeting up would be so great, @fosheela! I may have been around for a while but I learn something every day! That’s what I love about blogging! Thank you for your kind wishes and being connected!

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  3. Nicole Steyn 4 months ago

    Wow Vidya! What an incredible story. You’re a true inspiration.
    I definitely smiled reading about the many blogs you have and all the ways in which you contribute your knowledge through writing to the rest of the world!
    So happy to have you in this group and get to know you!

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    • Vidya Sury 4 months ago

      Thank you @nicoleks – I am thrilled to be here too! I am blushing here at all the compliments! My goal is to make a difference even if I am a drop in the ocean!

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  4. Karmen Tripar 4 months ago

    @vidyasury you really know how to move a person. I was crying and laughing at the same time while reading your introduction. I am so glad that I met you and I really hope one day we will meet in person too! I love connecting with exceptional ladies like yourself because I always hope some of that will rub on me too 😊 I am truly glad you are here 😊

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  5. Rubitah Abraham 4 months ago

    Hi Vidya!

    Happy to find you here! 🙂

    Your life and your work is truly inspiring. I have been following your blog, even without subscribing (I’m a little shy in communicating when I like something) long before I started mine. I can’t even imagine the amount of hard work that must have gone behind your achievements today.

    Hoping to connect with you in person some day! 🙂

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    • Vidya Sury 4 months ago

      Thank you @beingrubitah! I am excited to see you here – I was going to invite you over! I am so touched by what you said! I’d love to meet you. Do you visit India?

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      • Rubitah Abraham 4 months ago

        Yes once in a year. It would be great if we could meet! Can we connect on this when I plan a visit for next year?

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