December has been a wonderful and eventful month. I got almost all of my work done and my writing too picked up pace with about eighteen posts this month. Well, I am happy. December gave me a good pay hike as well as extra income with my writing. Plus I finally won a contest on Indiblogger and that too the grand prize. The prize was an all expense paid trip to Kochi to attend the Nissan Safety Driving Forum and a Kindle paper white. Sadly, I could not attend the event hence I had to pass the offer to go to Kochi. But I will be receiving my Kindle soon. Of late I have seen a lot of Facebook updates where hardcore book lovers have fallen head over heels in love with the Kindle. I was against it and always thought that nothing can replace the concept of a good bulky book in my hand. But ever since I installed the Kindle app on my iPad, I am hooked to it! I love the ease and the feel of reading remains the same. I love the fresh bright font and the fact that it does not trouble my eyes. Although I miss the smell of the paper and the fancy bookmarks that I collect, Kindle is now becoming my new favorite. Cannot wait to receive it and jump headlong into the e-book experience.
Christmas was a very happy one this time. Secret Santa at office was fantastic and Cal and I got a much deserved break during the Christmas weekend. Four days of relaxing, catching up on sleep and exploring new food outlets. Cal has become immensely popular on Zomato and now I am slowly following his footsteps there as we both are keen on starting something related to food very soon. Most of you know about the Live To Eat page that we run on Facebook that tells you about the best places to visit in and around Bangalore for scrumptious food. If you haven't liked it yet, please go and like it now. We also want to take it further with an exclusive food blog. Soon, we shall. December made me realize about all the good things that I have been blessed with. An awesome job that gives me good recognition as well as ample time to pursue my other interests. I don't know where I got my writing skills from, but I'm so glad that I did. Special thanks to my wonderful friend Kirik, for giving me that extra push and pulling me into the blogosphere six years ago. Today, I cannot imagine myself without my blog. Without writing, my mind would have been a chaotic volcano ready to burst. I'm no Agatha Christie or Danielle Steel, but I'm glad I atleast have the basic talent to give life to my thoughts and words.
December ended soon with a wonderful get together with family. New years eve rocked and all of we cousins had a gala time. The night was long and we had such a wonderful time. Also realized that this is the fourth consecutive new year that I have celebrated with Cal. 2012 as friends and almost lovers, 2013 as an engaged couple, 2014 as man and wife and now 2015 as lovers, man and wife and most importantly the best of friends. I do not understand what I would have done if I did not have him in my life. He credits all his success in the food sphere to me, but I owe my life and everything else to him. It was he who understood my passion for writing and urged me to pursue it continuously even after marriage. I hardly found time to read or write after marriage as the household chores kicked in. He helped me with everything and made sure I have time to do whatever I wanted to do. He did not cringe when I paid huge amounts to buy books, he just smiled and helped me organise those books. What a lovely human being and a wonderful partner he is. He defines the term 'partner' in every way. Be it in pleasure, sadness or in crime. He has always been by my side no matter what. I have always been this strong headed, independent girl. But today he is my strength and everything else that I stand for. My life revolves around him and is for him.
2014 has been a miraculous year for both of us. In terms of work and everything else. 2014 is also the year that I made peace with all the demons in my mind. Be it with people or the random doubts in my mind. I stepped into 2015 with a clear mind and a clear conscience. Resolutions would be passé by now but I have a few things in mind that I want to follow and pursue in the new year. So brace yourselves, here is the mandatory to-do list for 2015.
~ Stay a workaholic. It gives me immense peace when I'm loaded and busy with work.
~ Read without a break. Finish a book and pick up the other immediately. I do not want to lose out on time.
~ Write everyday. Yes, everyday. Publishing it or not, will be a choice. But I shall write everyday.
~ Learn swimming this summer. I have been wanting to do this since ten years now, but this is the year I'm jumping into it.
~ Get back to some serious fiction writing on my blog. Poetry comes really easy now, but my stories need more importance. I have a couple of series idea coming up in my mind and I want to implement them soon.
~ Continue my book. It has been more than a year since I'm stuck with the third chapter of my own book. Time to start afresh and continue writing. By year end, I want to have a finished copy ready for publishing.
~ Do up my house all by myself. Cal and I will soon be moving out and starting to live on our own. Everything in this house will be curated by me and Cal. I want to paint all the paintings myself and stitch the cushions myself. I want to set up everything one thing at a time and in the best way possible.
~ Pursue baking seriously. It has been more than a year since I baked anything. Due to space issues at home, we had to let go off our oven and keep it packed. But once we go to our new place, I want to compensate for the last year and bake atleast once a week. I'm sure my foodie husband would be pleased.
~ Take health very seriously. I need to stop binging and work out. I want to get back to my yoga and tone down a bit.
Not too much of a list, but I'm trying to be realistic here. Hopefully I should be able to accomplish them in the next 364 days. Keeping my fingers crossed!
I want to take this opportunity to wish all my readers and my dearest blogger friends a very Happy and Prosperous New Year. May all your dreams come true and keep loving me the way you all do!