It is the end of the year, and I am in introspection mode. Hence, this post.
- What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?
- I took up a short meditation class with The Art Of Living group. I haven’t been following anything they told me to follow, post the class, but it sure gave me an insight into yoga and meditation. I hope to go deeper into this in 2017!
- I delved deeper into the world of food blogging. I began to understand different types of ingredients and cooking processes better, started experimenting a lot more. I started attending various food-related events, and started getting to know the food bloggers’ community in Bangalore a bit better.
- We celebrated the kid’s second birthday.
- I experimented with a part-time job, quit after a short stint, and became a full-time stay-at-home mother.
- We visited Calcutta, a place I had always dreamt of visiting! We got to be a part of the Kali Pooja celebrations there, something that I will always cherish.
- We visited the Sai Baba temple at Shirdi, another place that I had always wanted to visit.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next?
The only two ‘sort of’ resolutions I had as 2016 began were: To lose weight and begin to lead a healthier lifestyle, and to figure out what I wanted to do with my time post baby.
I would say I haven’t succeeded at all, with respect to the first resolution. Today, I am even more heavy than I was at the start of 2016. 😦
With respect to the second resolution, I have been moderately successful. I still haven’t figured out exactly what I should do, but I can say I am on the way. 2016 saw me experimenting with a few different things, trying to understand myself better as a person. May 2017 make me see light in this regard!
Now, for 2017, I have the same two resolutions plus three new ones.
1. I want to seriously lose weight and move on to a healthier lifestyle (which is at odds with the food blogging that I do, to be honest).
2. I also want to delve deeper into myself and find out something that would keep me satisfied and productively occupied, without having to compromise on my time with Bubboo.
3. Moreover, I want to devote time, money, energy and attention to fulfilling those little dreams of mine, like travelling to a place on my bucket list or buying something that has always been on my mind.
4. I want to work on bringing Bubboo up really, really well – do what it takes for that. Not that I am not doing that already, but that is a large life area I’d like to dedicate more focus on in 2017.
5. Finish all those pending tasks that I desperately need to get around to doing. They have been pending for ever. Create a passport for Bubboo, for example, and get Aadhaar cards for us done, things of that sort. Hopefully, the house and our lives should run more smoothly once we get around to doing this.
3. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I would say there are a whole lot of moments from 2016 that will stay in my memory forever. Little moments doing silly things with Bubboo, for instance, or attending my first event as a food blogger.
4. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I began to accept myself the way I am, began getting comfortable with myself, began understanding myself a whole lot better.
5. What was your biggest failure?
I failed at keeping stress at bay. I failed at keeping mommy guilt at bay. I failed at keeping my weight under control.
I We failed at maintaining a spic-and-span house.
6. Did you suffer illness?
Yes, I did, off and on. Let’s just say 2016 wasn’t my best year, as far as health was concerned. In fact, I have been appalled at just how vulnerable my health is, in 2016.
7. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
To be honest, my family’s. We were at loggerheads through most of the year. This is one thing I hope will improve in 2017.
8. Where did most of your money go?
Baby stuff, the running of the house
9. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Nothing really, really, really excites me these days – there is always something or the other on my mind, things/events have been happening at the last minute, and I have been unable to really soak in the feeling that I am about to do something exciting.
That said, I was happy about attending the food-related events I attended, celebrating the bub’s second birthday, and visiting Calcutta.
10. What song will always remind you of 2016?
This song. I loved the wealth of meaning in it. And, yes, I heard this song only in 2016!
11. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
I think I am at the same level.
12. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Been more mindful of the voice of my heart, maintained a better home, maintained my weight, and paid more attention to my health in general.
13. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Eat junk food.
12. Did you fall in love in 2016?
Yes. I began to love myself more in 2016, I would say.
13. What/Who was your greatest musical discovery?
To be honest, we haven’t been listening to much music at all. There has hardly been any music playing at home for the last 2 years, which does make me really sad. I can’t say I made any new musical discovery in 2016, except for the Mohabbat Hai Yeh, Jee Huzoori Nahin song I mentioned earlier.
14. What did you want and get?
Time at home, with the bub.
15. What did you want and not get?
Peace of mind
16. What was your favourite film of this year?
I didn’t watch many movies in 2016, but I caught up with some good ones that I had missed while living under a rock after childbirth. 🙂 Of these, I loved PK, Ki & Ka, and Piku.
17. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 34 this year. I had a mostly blah birthday – I got my periods the same day, I remember, and the hubby was working. The OH and I fought over some silly thing. We then went out for an Italian dinner, and the bub behaved – that was the only bright spot of the day. Oh, and my mom made me some awesome gajar ka halwa, just like the old days, and that totally, totally cheered me up!
18. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Losing weight, for sure.
19. What kept you sane?
Blogging and cooking.
20. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
I’ll tell you more than one!
- If you love something about yourself, your life or the people around you, acknowledge it. Be grateful.
- Keep doing the things that nurture you.
- It is okay to put yourself first, if you aren’t harming anyone else in the process, that is.
- Believe in yourself before you try to get others to believe in you.
- Acceptance is important, but make sure you aren’t complacent. If there’s something about your situation that you would like to change, work on it.
21. Which new places did you visit in 2016?
Shirdi. Calcutta. I saw Madras with new eyes, too.
22. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
That’s it for now, folks!
How has 2016 been for you? Do take up this meme and reflect on the year gone by!
This is not the first time I have taken up this end-of-year introspective meme. Check out my previous versions of the very same survey.