Action Replay + Gratitude List: May 2018

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May has been a pleasant month and I cannot be more happier about it. Five months have already passed since the year started and I have seen myself change as a person month after month. 2018 is going to be a turning point in my life for sure. May has been a month of many learnings, many realizations and many vital decisions. In the end, I have a smile on my face and that's all that matters. Right?

Work has been crazy hectic, leaving me with hardly any time for anything else. I learnt many new things at work and explored new areas. As much as I crib about the stress at times, I cannot help but be happy about what I'm doing. Work has always been the topmost priority in my life and I think that I do more than enough justice to it. Because I was busy with work, reading took a hit this month. I could only read five books and most of them have been excellent. I will review some of them later, but for now follow me on Goodreads to be a part of my reading journey.

Apart from this one, I wrote eight posts on the blog which I think is pretty decent. Earlier, I used to set a target for a certain number of posts per month, but now I only write when I feel like it or if I have something to say. When I look back at the changes that have knowingly or unknowingly become a part of my life today, it feels like I have grown up so much in the last few years. I have mellowed down so much and patience suddenly seems to be a strong point these days. I have learnt to let go of so many feelings, so many grudges, so many people and so many memories, that, today I feel light and free. I often wonder why I did not do this earlier. Anyway, better late than never.

It is now time for my Gratitude list and here is what I'm thankful for this May.

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~ My Job: Keeps me stable, keeps me grounded. I wouldn't trade this for anything else in the world.

~ Books: While I only managed to read a few books this month, a couple of them were brilliant and they taught me so many life lessons. I am way ahead in my challenge on Goodreads, but I cannot wait to read more and more. I have some kick-ass books lined up in my TBR bucket now.

~ Health: I have made quite a lot of lifestyle changes over the past few months, but this month, I took a very important decision. It was on an impulse, but I have managed to hold on to it for the entire month. The idea is to give it a shot for the next couple of months and then go fully fledged from August 8th, on my birthday. More on that, later.

~ Exercise: I've been doing yoga regularly now and as much as I hate to say it, it has calmed me a lot. I always thought meditation was not for me, but once I started doing it right, I feel my head and thoughts becoming light. I have a long way to go in terms of flexibility, but I am enjoying my journey to get there.

~ Travel: Cal and I went on a road trip in the beginning of this month to Mysore. This was just for a night but the journey was so beautiful and we bonded so much on the long drive. We also stayed in a beautiful palace and we did get a bout of time-off that we were looking for.

~ Music: I have only recently updated my music list and this keeps me going while I'm stressed. I don't listen to music at work, but I do while getting ready for work in the mornings. It somehow sets the right mood for the rest of the day.

~ Friends: When my friends message me to say that my posts on Instagram inspire them and make them feel good, I feel so happy inside. Earlier, someone I know had mocked me for putting up quotes on Instagram every morning saying that what's the point in putting up copied content? Well, I now have an answer to it. I can't believe I had stopped doing it for a couple of days thinking of that person. Trying to stay calm has messed with my mind, looks like.

~ Millets: I have only been cooking with millets these days and I so love them! I am creating new recipes and it is turning out to be really good. Having a foodie for a husband helps too!

~ Love: I would not have been able to do half of the things that I did this month, without Cal. He's such a strong support and helps me stick to a decision once I make it. Together, we have come a long way and with each day I find new things to fall in love with him.

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How was your May?

Linking this post to Vidya's Gratitude Circle for this month.

18 comments:

  1. So nice to read about your May and yes I feel a certain thehrav in you, a calm that is very palpable which makes me so happy. I will be putting up my gratitude post tomorrow and it makes me realize that I really have been neglecting Rachna says since the past few months. My sons were asking when I am putting up the next post. 😊

    So proud of you for the reading goal! And work I totally get how important it is for you Work keeps me sane and sensible. I would be an out-of-hand tornado otherwise. Touchwood for the relationship you two share May June be as sparkling as May was.

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    1. Thank you so much for this beautiful comment, Rachna.

      A lot of things has happened over the past few months that is changing me as a person. Surprisingly, a clean lifestyle and clean eating is helping me too.

      I was looking forward to your gratitude post, like I do with yours, Sanch's and Vidya's post every month. I so glad you put it up today :)

      Thank you so much!

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  2. Good for you, Soumya, for the changes you made in yourself. Letting go of grudges, people etc gives us that much more space in our mind to think good thoughts and bring in some positivity in our Lives. That particular sentence of yours has influenced me so much, dear! Thank you! May you have an equally exciting and joyous June! <3

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    1. Thank you, Shilpa. As I'm growing older, I realize that my mind doesn't have the strength to carry the burden of these unnecessary things anymore. It is better to negate the feelings and the people from your life and stay clean. Doing this has helped me so much.

      I'm so glad I could be of help in someway. I hope everything at your end will be sorted soon. My prayers and positive vibes are with you. <3

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  3. Wow you seemed to have grown up and calmed down at the same time - kudos on that Soumya!! I too restarted my Yoga journey this year and added other stuff to the health list - more power to you for this girl as I feel our health is something we all have been taking for granted.
    I took a blogging break as my mind felt empty - its a great way to recharge these writing cells. So your idea to write only when you feel like it is just the way to do it as writing is therapeutic and not a task that we have set out for ourselves.
    Wishing you a joyful June ahead and I would love to try out some of the millets recipes - do share if possible!!!

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    1. And you are back! :D

      I know, right? Just focusing on my health has helped me sort out my mind too. I can't believe the difference I'm seeing :)

      I will share those recipes soon, I have another idea for it. Soon, very soon.

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  4. You should share your productive tips. :D

    I feel inspired by the way you are in love with work.

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    1. I will, someday :)

      Thank you Poonam. I've realized that once you learn to love your work, it becomes a breeze.

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  5. So nice, Soumya. You know what, I love the quotes that you share on instagram. They inspire me in many ways. So, I'm happy that you'll keep doing that.
    Stay happy and keep doing what you are doing.
    As for me, May was okayish with a sudden health scare for my dad. So, I'm a little anxious these days but I think everything is going to be fine.

    Hope you have a great June!

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    1. Thank you, Naba. It certainly helps me feel better and now that I know it helps many others too, I'll keep it going.

      Everything will get fine eventually, don't worry. I hope your Dad is doing a lot better now.

      Wishing you a pleasant June as well.

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  6. Sounds like a lovely month Soumya with much to be grateful for. As you said, in the end, you finished the month with a smile and that's the main thing. I'm impressed you've taken to meditation. I've tried so much but can't just mediate with my breath...I can be mindful when I exercise and do yoga but not with just focussing on my breathing. Hope June is awesome for you!

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    1. Thank you, Sanch! I'm surprised too. Breathing exercises has helped me with my temper and stress to a very large extent. I never believed it until I saw the progress on myself.

      You are one of my inspirations when it comes to fitness and that will never change.

      Wishing you a fabulous June too.

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  7. Sounds like a lovely month. I need to know about what you are doing ;) Can't wait until 8/8. Road trips are always fun. Ask me. :) Also,let me text you on Millets. For now - try brown rice, pearl barley and wheat rava. Keep Millets to once in two weeks.
    My May was good - a mixed bag with good stuff and crazy work. From June, I will work out of Manyata. Rather I should say all of Target will move there. I am just so sad :(
    Wishing you a great June and let's meet up one of these days.

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    1. Hahaha, you will have to :)

      Barley I use once in a while, yet to try brown rice and wheat rava. Send me recipes :)

      I'll miss you when you move, but this will also give us a chance to meet outside work and enjoy a good time. Let's meet soon. I need to tell you something really important.

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  8. YOu know Soumya, its something similar on this side too. I write when I want and read what I want. earlier, i had this silly target, but now Theres an ele,ent of calmness . I spend my hours doing what I like and write what I feel like when I want to. Its made me feel far better.
    I have been dabbling with Yoga, but am never regular. Need to work more on my fitness too.

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    1. I'm glad we learnt our lessons, Ramya :)

      Please take fitness seriously. We women owe it to ourselves.

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  9. I love road trips. There is so much learning. I love Mysore! T and I went on our first trip there. We loved it and that journey strengthened our love bond. Mysore is very special to us. I am so glad, my dear Leo, that you have let go of the grudges. I know it isn't easy for a Leo to do that. I am extremely happy you chose to do it and you have seen the beauty of it. My hubby loves Millets. I miss cooking some goodies for him now that he is on travel. However, Ilakkiya and I enjoy it once in a while. I missed talking to you in May. I always check your status in Whatsapp(since my visits to Insta has reduced now) and I know there is always a message for me in there. Yoga - Is crawling equivalent to cat pose? ;) Happy June Sou! I really hope we find time to talk this month.

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    1. Mysore is beautiful, indeed. We had such a nice, cozy time :)

      I know, right? Letting go of grudges and some people has helped my sanity so much. Millets are a boon, I know. I love cooking with them :)

      Thank you, Jay! We will talk soon :)

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