I am a week late in writing my gratitude post for 2017 since Dhruv’s school reopened on Wednesday 3rd Jan after the Christmas holidays and I post my personal musings only on Mondays. There was no time during the holidays for blogging given our daily schedule of creative projects, playtime and outings.
It wasn’t going to be easy for me to write my post even today because he is down with viral fever for the last 2 days and I have not slept enough. Yet, here I am with my post not meaning to delay further in saying Thank you to 2017 for being a good year for me. The life lessons of 2016 laid down the strong foundation over which I built up my inner strength in 2017. Keeping the aches, pains and ailments aside, 2017 was a year of many positives and thus, I am grateful for it.
Physical Fitness –
The biggest blessing 2017 dawned upon me was the realisation to become a fitter version of myself. The efforts that began in Dec 2016 continued for the most part of 2017. The fitness journey began with correcting the diet and yoga later moving on to hiring a personal trainer and doing rigourous work-outs consistently. I paid the price of living in a state of inertia throughout my life with terrible knee pain in the initial days when I started gymming. It kept me away from exercises for 3 months but as soon as I recovered, I went back to hit the gym again. I could have fallen off the track but I did not. I am proud of myself for the exercising days were more than the resting days in 2017.
This is surely going to continue in 2018 as well.
Books and Reading –
My daily gratitude practice includes waking up every morning, sitting in solitude and beginning with saying thank you for the presence of books in my life.
In January 2017, I committed to the Goodreads reading challenge of reading 12 books during the year. Why only 12? Because knowing my reading pace, I wanted to keep it doable with one book a month. My reading updates on Goodreads tell me that I read 16 books in 2017. This figure doesn’t include the children’s books including the chapter books meant for Dhruv’s age and for middle graders, I read during the year and which I missed updating on Goodreads.
Therefore, I outshined myself.
My storytelling sessions –
I love to read stories to little children and nothing much makes me happier than observing the twinkle in their eyes when they are engrossed in the stories or when they talk about the books and stories they have read.
I used to conduct storytelling sessions for children from my apartment (primarily Dhruv’s friends) in the first quarter of 2017 which I stopped when the summer vacation started and I was not able to restart the sessions for many months after the summer vacation ended.
Courtesy the numerous requests from the moms, I finally worked out my schedule and restarted my storytelling sessions from October end. This genuinely makes a happy me.
- In 2017, I spent a lot of time with my blog, unlike the previous years. In the first part of the year, I only blogged on Mondays either for the #MondayMusings or #MondayMommyMoments link-up parties. As the year progressed, I joined the #WordlessWednesdays and #ThursdayTreeLove link-up parties as well and regularly began posting photographs from my travels.
- I participated in 2 week long blogging challenges. Who knew that a person like me who is majorly into writing personal musings can write for prompts too and can do it to self-satisfaction? The blogging challenges caused my blog stats figures to shoot up like never before and new followers got added.
- I received recognition from blogging peers and my blog’s visibility increased with 5 of my blog posts becoming top posts on Indiblogger. Additionally, a few of my posts got published on other web portals and online parenting forums.
- In the 3rd year of blogging, my blog got added to the list of India’s Top Blogs for 2017. This was the happiest moment for me.
- I also got the opportunity of paid work coming to me on the basis of my blog. I am grateful that this happened on its own without my preparing any CV or pitching for the same.
Wrapping up, I wish you all a happy and fruitful new year 2018.
Linking this post with #MondayMusings hosted by Corinne Rodrigues