Thank you 2017! #MondayMusings

Thank you 2017

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.

Blogging –

  • 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

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26 thoughts on “Thank you 2017! #MondayMusings

  1. Rashmi Shrivastava says:

    I am so happy for you Anamika. I wish I could also follow the disiplined path. I too need to develop a habit of excersising and reading. But I just think about it and do not take action. Either i am busy with my office work or busy doing nothing. Let me know if you have some suggestions. I also want to follow some routine for myself but just dont feel motivated enough.

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    • the bespectacled mother says:

      I can understand, Rashmi. it is not easy incorporating activities into one’s schedule when one is working long hours. To start with, you can give yourself weekends for exercises. Working out for an hour on Saturday and Sunday can be doable. Start slow. Join a group class.
      And, if the above pointers are not enough to motivate, then pay a hefty fee to a gym or a trainer. Then the middle-class value system of attaching utmost importance to money is sure to keep you on your toes. 😛 I am telling you my secret which was this.

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      • Rashmi Shrivastava says:

        I searched for this post to read your answer today 🙂 Had a moment free during work hours…lol.And just to update you on the progress I did what you have suggested here. Joined some group yoga classes.Lets see how long it goes.

        But I want to mention that while searching this post on your blog I traversed through the Blog and I must say you have done an incredible job of writing and managing the blog. Heartiest Congratulations for excelling so much in your passion.

        small observation: I was not able to find the list of the blogs posted so far. Also I was not notified when you responded to the comment (although I found the checkbox below this time). These are small but user friendly things to add ( if you like)… Ab thoda Product management skills dikhana to banta hai, apna yehi kaam hai din raat 🙂

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  2. Shilpa Arya says:

    Lovely roundup of the year Anamika. Good to hear that you are hitting the gym regularly and achieving your target. I love reading your weekly musings. Good that you again started the storysessions. Time spent with kids is never a waste. Thanks once again inspiring me the same. Happy New Year to you and your Family.

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  3. Shailaja V says:

    Extremely happy for you Anamika! The year seems to have been a fulfilling one on so many fronts and that’s the beautiful thing about gratitude posts, isn’t it? We look for the silver linings.

    Wishing you even more success with the blog, your reading and fitness goals in 2018. Shine on. 🙂

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    • the bespectacled mother says:

      Thank you very much, Shailaja. Your daily walking updates on FB played a role in keeping me inspired and motivated. I have to agree with the difference expressing gratitude and writing gratitude posts makes to one’s life. For me, I can only see the silver linings now.
      Thank you for being a kindred spirit in the online world 🙂

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  4. Mayuri Nidigallu says:

    This is the perfect post to read on a Monday Morning!:) Glad you wrote it.
    Hope Dhruv is better now and you’re getting some rest as well.

    Here’s wishing 2018 takes forward all that you started in 2017. Have an awesome year!:)

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    • the bespectacled mother says:

      Thank you so much, Susie for bringing in your warmth everytime you visit. I feel cherished 🙂
      I wish you a very happy new year. 2018 is going to a great year. Keep smiling. I still remember your post about your smile when you were 16 years old and I told you if you had it then, you have it still 😀

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  5. Rachna says:

    Your year seems to have been a very fulfilling one, Anamika. So happy for you. My favourite was how you showed so much resilience in keeping up with your fitness routine. Kudos to you for that! Also great news on the blog front, paid work, reading and storytelling. Though my reading speed is good, I am somehow not able to read as much as I’d like. Hence I don’t keep any reading goals. I go with my pace and the time on hand.

    Wish you a Happy New Year. Hope Dhruv feels better soon. Everyone is sick in my home too with terrible cough. At leas the fever is gone.

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  6. Obsessivemom says:

    Hope Dhruv is better now.
    Glad it’s been a happy happy year for you. Your fitness efforts are inspiring. That you went back after those three months is something I hope to keep in mind. And also the thought about having a personal trainer. Maybe.
    Congratulations on out performing your reading goals. I know how hard it can be with so much going on in our lives and having to handle most of it alone. So good going.
    Congratulations on all your blogging achievements. You deserve each one. Oh and that bit about getting work without a resume – so glad you mentioned it. It never ever ceases to thrill me when people approach me for assignments simply because they read and liked my blog. Such a kick that is! We do think alike on so many points.
    I hope the new year is even better.

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  7. Soumya Prasad says:

    2017 sure has been an eventful year for you Anamika. The storytelling sessions sound so interesting. Congrats on your blogging achievements and here’s wishing more of it for you in 2018.

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  8. Shalzmojo says:

    Fitness had been my mantra for 2017 too and despite a few hiccups am back in my full stride on it! Congratulations of having such a fulfilling blogging life – hope you continue the mojo into 2018 too! Wish you a blessed year ahead!

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  9. Rajlakshmi says:

    Kudos for keeping up with your fitness regime. I hope you emerge even stronger this year.
    I like how you kept your reading goals practical. I went over ambitious and couldn’t even do half of what I planned. This time I am being reasonable.
    Congrats on so many features. I love reading about you and Druv and his questions 😊… Wish him a speedy recovery. Take care.

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  10. Balaka says:

    Great post Anamika..I hope Dhruv is better now..I felt so happy reading your post. I am especially happy about your gym schedule..It is important to take care of health..my goal for 2018 is to get fitter..The goodreads challenge is also great..I have also joined it..and thankfully am reading 3 books now and hope to complete by the end of this month.

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  11. Parul Thakur says:

    Sounds like a fulfilling year and I am so happy that you are also seeing it that way. Health, time with books, Dhruv and his intelligent questions, story telling sessions and success with the blog are all happy things. I am happy for you and I wish that in 2018, the momentum continues.

    On your writing, you are doing really well. I have always admired you for how you choose to share a story and it always strikes a chord. May you continue to write and may accolades never stop coming.

    Hoping to meet again this year, Anamika. Hugs!

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  12. jyotibabel says:

    Great to know that you had a fulfilling year… all the efforts you have put in have yielded results. So, kudos to you. I hope your little one is better one. Even my LO was down with a fever while we welcomed 2018. So, I can totally relate to your state.

    Wishing you another great year in 2018.

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  13. rituprapanna says:

    Such an inspiring post and hope your son is better now, I love each point you had shared and I share most of them with you. big congrats to your for all blogging achievements and wishing u much more in the upcoming year. it is really great to get connected with you this blogosphere. wishing u had a wonderful journey ahead.

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  14. Aesha says:

    Anamika, we have had such a similar year. 2017 has indeed been very special for me too. I got to know myself more. It was a year of content and satisfaction. I hope to make 2018 more awesome . All the best to you too!

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  15. Priya Singh says:

    Loved reading your post. great that you incorporated fitness reading storytelling all together with such great efforts. So true to yourself and easy to connect with you on so many points. True each passing year we are connecting more with ourselves.

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