Warning: Long post ahead.
December was a pretty peaceful month for me. Work was stressful as usual, but it kept me busy and I was happy. The big change that happened this month was Cal shifting his job. How does that impact me? Well, earlier he worked close by and he would pick me up on the way back from work and we would spend the entire evening together. But now since he has to travel quite a bit, I go home early after work. This leaves me with a good amount of me time. Thanks to which, I managed to read around four books this month. Yes, I finally completed 'The Palace Of Illusions' and I loved it to the core. Having time for myself means I end up baking often or doing something creative. Cal asked me to start sketching again and I did. It gives me immense peace to doodle on plain sheets. The last I drew something was in school and except a doodle framework that I created two years ago, I was starting from scratch again. It felt nice and peaceful. So I now divide my me time between sketching, reading, baking or writing. All of which I love and all of which I give equal time to.
Not being able to spend enough time together during the weekdays means having twice the fun during weekends. Cal and I explored a lot of new places this month and ate away to glory. We also managed to watch a couple of movies. Dilwale was clearly a disappointment although Shahrukh looked super sexy with the beard. The movie completely relies on the chemistry between SRK and Kajol and has no storyline what so ever. Yeah I know it is a Rohit Shetty movie and expecting a story line is like expecting Rakhi Sawant to play Mother Theresa. But this movie was like none of his other movies. Even the action and comedy was below average and Varun Dhawan was overacting so much that I wanted to throw things at the screen. The other movie I saw was a malayalam one, Charlie. The first mallu movie ever that I have seen in a theatre. It was a breezy watch and I did enjoy it. Bajirao Mastani is something I'm yet to watch and I will sometime soon, thanks to the raving reviews I've heard of it.
So that was all about December. 2015 in entirety was the best year of my life in the last five to six years at least. The highlight being Cal and I moving out and learning to live together. Finding a rented place in Bangalore in the area we wanted was a nightmare, but we soon found a place to our liking and spent a lot of time doing it up. This house has given us so much peace that can just sit at home and spend hours together. Earlier, we couldn't wait to get out of home. But now we are at home and we love it. Exactly why we did not feel the need to travel much this year. We just took one vacation to Goa this year and that's it. Everyday in this house is a vacation and we are so at peace within ourselves. From the day we stepped into this place, things have only been good and we are marching ahead successfully. *Touch wood*
2015 was a good year in terms of blogging as well. With 200 odd posts for a year and a successfully completed A-Z April challenge, I am a satisfied writer at the end of the year. My blog made it to the directory of best Indian blogs for the third year in a row and made it to the top five creative writing blogs in the country for the Blogadda awards. I wrote a good amount of fiction, poetry and personal posts and most of my posts did not create a controversy this year. I'm as surprised as you are! I made a lot of friends in the blogging space and had quite a few meets with most of them. I did a good amount of book reviews too which mean that I did some good amount of reading as well. Reading 'Rebecca' and falling in love with it is something that shall be a highlight in terms of reading for me.
Food blogging turned out to be another successful passion and I started Yellow Mojito just to focus on food. But I might have to let go off it in the new year to focus on a food blog that Cal and I run together. It is not public yet, but we will have something by the end of January for sure. LOL will continue to run successfully as it did. March 2016 will see LOL complete seven years and I'm planning to completely revamp the blog for the occasion. Last year I got in a new domain and this year, I'm going to change the look of my blog completely. Reading, writing and food blogging will continue to be the focus next year as well.
2015 taught me a lot in terms of people and life in general. I found out the people who had a smile plastered on their face in front of me and held a knife behind me. I let go off a lot of meaningless relationships this year and I'm very happy today. Clutter free in my mind. 2015 made me realize how much I hate religion and the drama that comes with it. Initially I used to be fascinated by pujas and other religious occasions, but after seeing an over dose of it, I have begun to loathe the entire concept. Do I believe in God? I don't know. I believe in a super power and if you want to call it God then so be it. That's about it. I do not want to please God to get my things. I'm more than capable of working hard to get where I want to. 2015 also made me lose respect for a lot of people. I respect people based on their deeds and not their age. I will do a post on this solely next year.
2015 was a fantastic year professionally with me winning a lot of accolades and personally with the love of my life by my side. Resolutions are not something that I like to do and so I would not be doing it this year as well. I have a lot of things in mind for 2016, but I do not want to stop at that or put down unreasonable things. I will continue to work hard and do what I love, that's what makes me successful. Not ticking items off a list. With that in mind, I'm set to bring in 2016 with my man and the people who matter to me. It's gonna be an epic night and I'm sure it will be an awesome 2016 too!
Happy New Year, you guys! Drink, party, make merry and stay safe. Cheers and see you next year!