2016 – the year it was!!! The year I became interested in this whole fitness thing, started my blog, co-authored a book chapter, graduated from an illustrious international youth leadership program, had my painting selected to be a part of a permanent display at Hopkins, started meditating, started bullet journaling, got to see Adele live in concert, had the opportunity to be a part of a blog hop and meet fellow bloggers, celebrated my 5 year anniversary in Baltimore, spent quality time with family, to name a few. It was also a year of some pain. But, that’s life I guess. It comes with its ups and downs. After all, even a straight line on an ECG doesn’t indicate life.
Shoutout to the #bestnine2016 feature available for use on instagram for collating some of my most cherished moments pictorially.
While 2016 was a year when I achieved several personal goals I set for myself, it also largely helped regroup my thoughts, my priorities, delineate my needs and wants in a better fashion and achieve an overall balance in life. It taught me that life is always going to be busy. But, taking the time to do what makes your heart tick goes a long way in your overall well being.
2017 is going to be no less! More goals, more inspiration and more energy to attack the year ahead. So, here goes my blog post of goals for the year 2017 (how original are we bloggers!).
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in”
- Eating healthy and wholesome food: Basically eating food made up of real ingredients and made in my very own kitchen, with the occasional cheat day.
- Hydrating well: I am one of those who never remembers to drink water. I mean, it’s too much work. I did buy some pretty cute water bottles. Anything to help me work towards this goal.
- Working out: This seems to be easier now. My fear is life will get busy and it will take a set back. Training for my first half marathon is definitely keeping me on track (for now).
- Headspace: Health is definitely a triple alliance of the mind, body and soul. While my top three goals concentrate more on the physical aspects, using headspace (this amazing app for meditation) has definitely helped me achieve good mental health as well. I love headspace, yet I never seem to do it every day. I definitely do it on stressed out days. But, it makes me wonder, if I’d have fewer stressful days if I did meditate regularly. Maybe?
“Being creative is not a hobby. It’s a way of life”
- Reading: The best thing about my long commute is that it has renewed my interest in reading. Fiction, non-fiction, blogs, etc. Anything! I really enjoy the 20-30 minutes I get to read on my commute, and my goal for 2017, would be to keep up with it.
- Music: Ahhhh! This was something that definitely fell off the bandwagon in 2016. My sole priority was health and rest all came secondary. I love singing and scaring off my neighbors. I love playing my harmonium and waking up all the stray dogs. Yet, I never found myself willfully going back to it. To kickstart this year, I signed up for piano lessons. Hoping to hear back soon!
- Art: 2016 was definitely a good year in this aspect. I touched that paint brush after 9 years (read about it here and here). But, as the year winded down, this took a set back and I found myself doodling, but never doing anything constructive. Painting those intricate strokes definitely helps take the mind off the “hardships” of adult life.
- Blogging: A good advise I received from being part of Kristy‘s blog hop was that, to be a better writer, you need not post an article everyday. But, you will have to write everyday. I usually find myself searching for a huge chunk of time to sit and write an article. Some of those days click. Some don’t. But, in 2017, even if it’s a short paragraph, I would love to sit down for 10 minutes a day and write something. Anything. Regardless whether I publish it or trash it.
“Be more concerned with your character than reputation. Because, your character is who you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are”
- No complaining/More gratitude: I plan to have a one-line-a-day policy to list out my reason for a simple thank you to the universe for that day. I have done it in the past and it always feels heartening to go back to it several months later when life feels lull. The no complaining and have more gratitude kind of go hand and hand.
- Ego check: The head can swell at a pretty rapid rate. The saddest part is you don’t feel the swell until it reaches a stage where it can’t swell any longer. I guess, 2017 would include being more conscious about my ego and tame the arrogance.
I am so excited to see what 2017 can bring for me! With renewed hope, fresh optimism and extra bundles of motivation, I am ready to start 2017. Are you? So, what are your goals for 2017?