January is coming to an end.
Doesn’t it seem like the time is moving forward rapidly? It is like second nature to us that we live for some event which will take place sometime in the future. We pin our happiness and heighten our hopes on that particular event and say and believe, “Oh, I just can’t wait for it to happen!” And then, that fateful day comes and passes off. What do we do next? We repeat the same thing all over again, pinning our happiness on some new event, waiting for that day to arrive soon and then…that day also passes off. It has become a vicious circle.
What do we miss out in this whole process? The focus on today, the focus on this very moment.
A lot is going to happen to me in 2018. The stability in our life is going to get affected. We have to move to the UK, in April, to join husband. Although it is the same place where Dhruv and I have stayed earlier and things wouldn’t be as difficult as settling down in a new city. The weather, the markets, the streets, the system, all are familiar and yet there is an unsettling emotion, a slight twitch in the stomach due to the impending change.
I aim to counter this with practicing mindfulness. Daily gratitude will be my key in 2018 and I shall be posting my monthly gratitude post on the blog.
Here is all that I have been grateful for in January –
- I have blogged consistently in this month and this shows on the blog’s insight page. I started using a blogging calendar to plan ahead and to keep track of my reading and writing days. I have been scheduling the photo posts well in advance and in this way, I am finding considerable time to devote to my other writing assignments. From publishing one post a week, I have now moved on to writing/publishing a total of 5 posts each week.
- One of my posts written for another platform was discovered and picked up by NDTV for their website Swirlster. The people whom I work with for this other platform are highly appreciative of the efforts I put into my pieces in terms of research. I am grateful for the recognition I have received. You can read the post here.
- January saw Dhruv falling sick with viral fever. This kept me away from exercising for a whole week. Later, the trainer went on leave for a few days due to an injury. Thus, there were not many effective exercising days but I am still grateful for the few days I exercised vigorously.
- We had Republic day celebration in the apartment complex. A friend got the little boys (Dhruv and his gang of friends) together to prepare a dance programme. On the final day, the boys gave a confident performance and looked cute in saffron turbans. I am grateful for my contribution in helping Dhruv clean up his steps despite the fact that not a tissue in my body can shake and move when it comes to dancing.
- Although I have been blogging for close to 4 years now, I don’t get to meet bloggers often or maybe it is too much of an effort for me to get ready and move out of the house. Such homely, I am! But there are 2 souls in the city, friends more than bloggers, whom I am always ready to get together with. One is Esha and the other is Parul. While I met Esha on 24th Dec 2017, Parul and I met on 27th Jan 2018. There is always so much to talk about and the time is never enough. I am grateful for the friendship and connection I have found in both of them.
- Lastly, here is something which I keep within the closed realms of the family and parents and do not make a declaration about. But, since this is a gratitude post and I am immensely grateful for it, I will give it a mention. Dhruv has reached the 3rd round (the zonal level) of Spell Bee competition. Whether he is able to qualify for level 4 or not, he has already done wonders in my eyes.
Time to wrap up now. But, wait did I forget something?
How can I wrap up the post without thanking you, my readers? Hence, thank you very much for being my constant companion and especially for reading right until the end of this long post. Thank you.
Linking this post with Gratitude circle hosted by Vidya Sury
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