Gratitude for the year gone by- Goodbye 2017

Rewind 2017 for blogging

As I look back, I realize 2017 has been a fruitful blogging journey! 2017 saw a lot of new beginnings for me and I am really happy the way things have shaped up. As I take stock and #Rewind2017 I know I have a lot to be thankful about.

Blogging opened a window of opportunities and I met a lot of interesting new people.

Took blogging seriously

I knew blogging and was doing it for clients for a really long time! This is my second attempt at having a personal blog! My first attempt died a natural death when I just did not invest time in it and kept coming with excuses for not being regular.

During the second attempt, when I started off, it was more like a place to vent it out or just write fiction without the fear of being judged! Yeah, I know this is like going in the opposite direction of being an author or a writer. Sometime during the start of 2017, I decided to take blogging seriously, like a project I am managing and promised myself to be regular. That was one of the best decisions I took in life, as it opened a window of opportunities and I met a lot of interesting new people.

Made new friends        

I made a lot of online friends, who are fellow bloggers and writers. I always loved observing people and understanding how a situation is seen by different people. Blogging and online interaction helped me realize I could do it online too! I saw people coming together for a cause, helping each other and sharing advice. I understood a lot about others professions and the way people have managed to keep blogging alive. It motivated me to keep going and that is a big reason why my blogging euphoria, did not crumble this time.

Campaigns

With various blogging platforms like Blogchatter and Indiblogger, I participated in a few contests and campaigns. These campaigns helped me read more; explore more and set mini-goals that I could achieve. It was another big factor that was a motivator for me. I even won a small blog award and that was another ego-booster for me and my blogging journey.

Practicing Gratitude

This is something that was taught to me right from childhood, but in the daily grind of things, I somehow seemed to have stopped doing it or wasn’t mindful enough about it. But then I came across a few bloggers who practiced gratitude and talked about it on their blog. This made me reflect and realize that it’s a wonderful thing to do! Thankful Thursdays was a linky party that helped me do it and I have been participating in it as and when I can. I do urge you all to participate too!

These are like the highlights of my 2017 blogging journey! I have a few things planned out for 2018 and I wish to make it a success. I will continue with my series #FridayFreelancer and #LearnNotEducate which saw some momentum in 2017. Stay tuned on my blogging journey in the coming year and lets all help each other achieve our goals for the next year!

Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous 2018!

Linking this post with Amrita and Tina

Tina Basu

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Thanksgiving Special – A Thankyou Note to my Friends

I was/am (a bit confused here!) an extrovert. Making friends, planning and going out, conducting events etc was never a problem for me. It came as second nature; hence there was never a dearth of friends or people whom I could confide in.

I always had different set of friends that I would hangout with and find time for. There were school friends, class friends, building friends, dad’s friend’s kids group and so on. I met and observed a myriad of emotions, thought processes and behaviors. Some struck a chord and stayed on, while some faded away.

But as I grew older, I saw a marked difference in my attitude. It was not that I met some terrible people that changed my attitude towards life and friendship. No Bollywood inspired story here! I guess, Life happened, nothing else!

I no longer wished to make friends. It’s not that I have become anti-social it’s just that I don’t feel that it’s a necessity. I am happy in my world. I take time to connect and if I do, then that is for life. Right from when I was a kid, I have a few handful of friends that are my 2am buddies. Those numbers on my phone, I can call any day and know that they will listen, find time for me and be my rock if I need. They have the same trust in me!

Funnily, none of these close friends, will you find on my recent call list! The other day, I called one such girlfriend and the first thing she said was “Is everything all right or are you in town?” So we either call to catch-up in person or when we are in a mess 😛

These are the people who have left deep impressions on me and have shaped me in one way or the other. Today, most of us are around similar mile-stones in life and are part of celebrations or problems of each-others life. We might not be highly active on What’s app or the staying in touch business, but we know we stay in each other’s mind and prayers. What more could a true friendship mean? Thanking all my friends who know the deepest secrets and the happiest moments of my life.

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