Gratitude List – January 2018

January, the cold month in Bangalore but with a lot of warmth. I have always loved the energy that January brings. There are experiences people want to share with each other and enriching conversations at lunch table. There are plans and resolutions. Though nothing is ‘new’, January always feels like a fresh start.

The month started on a happy note for us. My cousins were visiting us so there was love, laughter and food in our house. All things I love and cherish. For me, the month was also about reminiscing the year gone by. VT and I spent some dedicated time to talk about our lives, what 2017 meant to both of us personally and professionally and what we would like 2018 to be.

I do not make resolutions but I like to stay focused on things that matter to me. These include family, health, relationships, friends, career and blogging. At the start of the month, I picked up a new journal. It holds the dates to key things over the coming months but most importantly, it is now my new gratitude journal. I am listing a couple of things each day on this one that I am grateful about. Life, love, food and happiness in general.

I will continue to share my monthly gratitude lists here on the blog but with a slight twist. Let’s see if you readers notice it. Without any further ado, here is a list of things that I am grateful for in January.

A road trip to Lepakshi on day 1 of 2018. A good time with cousins, idli – sambhar on the way back, many pictures and lovely memories for life.

My help’s successful biryani attempt. I am rice lover and she is a good cook. Like I have always said, having food on the table is a blessing.

♥ A cup of tea. Whether it is a head that’s aching or a tired me after a long day at work, nothing is as magical as a cup of adrak wali chai (ginger tea).

♥  Discovering kashaya. Thank you SN for introducing me to it. I spoke of its benefits so much at home that VT got me a 500 gram pack to make it myself.  

♥  Home cooked gajar ka halwa. Seasonal and nut free. Grateful that my help did all the prep so that I could make what I wanted. Not as good as MIL’s but still edible and good to taste. 

♥ Our little champ has got admission in a school and this year she begins her schooling. Knowing that admissions aren’t so easy in Bangalore, I am grateful and happy for her and her lovely Mum and Daddy. Another plus, the school is close by so she won’t have to travel a lot. 

♥ Some kind words from the leaders I support and recognition at work. I love genuine feedback and it truly makes me soar with my strengths. 

♥  Junie and that she continues to be a darling. Grateful to realize that love has paws and a wagging tail. 

♥ MS is very thoughtful. I loved the scratch card she got for me from Rajasthan. It’s colorful and with a hand-scratched note, it makes me feel blessed to have friends like her. 

My yearly photo calendars have been a hit at both the homes. For the last four years, the joy a simple photo calendar brings to parents is unmatched. Zoomin  should be your go-to-place if you are looking for all things photo. 

Anger if uncontrolled, controls the person. Few words but I loved how VT said that to me. I am grateful to have him as a friend for life. 

An official work-from-home because of Karnataka bandh and a 3 day long weekend was relaxing. We pulled out the mattress and made our living room into a mini movie watching area. 

♥ Make hay while the Sun shines. Since VT wanted shoes for himself, I took advantage of the situation and got one for myself too. The cupboard is full but I can never have enough. 

♥ I have told you about ginger tea but did you know that I met Anamika at Tata Cha? I am always grateful for time on hand. Loved meeting her and D. 

♥  I was able to take up twelve yoga classes this month and a few other strength and conditional exercises. I am grateful that I have been able to manage my weak back well. 

January was also a good month at work. A few new things, a presentation that went well, some pats on the back and more happiness.

Every time I write my gratitude list, I see it changes to things that made me happy. Enough hints. Did you see what I did above? It’s a list of things that made me smile.

Did you notice the trend?

When you are grateful, you are happy with little joys around you.  You find meaning in small things and notice that life isn’t always about big achievements. It about those precious little ones that make each moment count.

What is that one thing that made you happy this month?


Linking with Vidya’s Gratitude Circle for January 2018 and with Sanch for The Month That Was. 

Gratitude List – January 2018

34 Responses

  1. Mabel Kwong says:

    Always lovely to read your gratitude lists, Parul. It is lovely to see you being greatful for a number of things all the time, the simple things in life that so many of us take for granted. Sounds like you are doing well at work and being a productive team member – feeling good individually and as part of a team. Also agree with you there is nothing like home cooked food. It can take a while to learn how to cook, not just cook something edible but a dish that actually tastes good. When I started cooking, my dishes tasted flat. It does take practice to get it right, but I find that cooking something you actually want to it makes cooking at home much more exciting 🙂

  2. Monika says:

    Really , little joys make our life complete . It’s gud to be always grateful . Even I m having a backache nowadays . Need to start yoga ., Thanx for motivation

  3. Esha says:

    So happy that you had a fantastic start to January, Parul. Travel, friends, family, food, love, work, health and relaxation—that kind of covers mostly all of it. These small and everyday moments bring so much meaning into our lives. So much to be grateful for, isn’t it? Wishing you an even more awesome February!!

  4. anupriya says:

    Your post is ideal example of how one can find happiness in simple things and happenings around us. Happy to have come across your blog through the Gratitude circle

  5. Denzil says:

    Oops I meant to include a link as requested

  6. Denzil says:

    Love positive post Parul, thanks for sharing and I wish you a pleasurable February too.

  7. Suzy says:

    Looks like you had a very nice January. Adhrak chai and Biryani – 2 of my favourites. Wishing you a fab feb.
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  8. Your blog is so aptly named Parul. I find so much food in your gratitude list and of course plenty of happiness. Te Biryani and the Gajar ka halwa as also ginger tea – all essential winter stuff.
    It seems to have been a good month.
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  9. Reading your gratitude diary is such a happy feeling for me as you list the mundane down to the last detail and make it sound so beautiful. It cheered me up to see that you are having a blast in the New year and I hope the year rolls on as one continuous joy train with tonnes of blessings for you!
    Loved the list mode – reminded me of Vidya’s as hers are equally beautiful like this too.

  10. Shilpa Gupte says:

    Reading Gratitude Posts fills the heart with joy – not only our own, but also other’s posts. Just goes to show how little things matter so much to every one and how much such Gratitude posts can help in noticing those little bundles of joy!

  11. Vidya Sury says:

    Such a sweet note from Minakshi!
    Gratitude journaling feels so wonderful, Parul!
    Lepakshi was great, wasn’t it? When we visited, they were expecting the CM and we were ushered out of the temple for security reasons and I vowed to go back again.
    I’ve been freakiing out on makiing gajar halwa too, it is a home favorite, Love to make it, but not a big fan of eating it. Congratulations to your goddaughter! How the time flies.

    Long ago I got an album printed via Zoomin. They did a good job.

    Lovely to see how joyous your January has been. Wishing you an even better February!

    Rather than split your gratitude post into areas of your life, you’ve made a list of the little things. I can see how you’ll simply transfer things from your gratitude journal to the post… I do that 🙂

    Love to you, Parul. Thank you for being part of the Gratitude Circle.
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    • Parul Thakur says:

      You got it, Vidya! I did that and it was so wonderful. Instead of recapping, I was able to list it all. Thank you for always being so inspiring.
      Lepakshi was crowded when I went too. And Zoomin is just amazing 🙂 come home – i will make some halwa for you. ❤️

  12. zainab says:

    Really enjoyed reading your gratitude list. I surly would like to make one for myself for Feb 🙂
    Congrats on the biryani!

  13. Shilpa says:

    Loved your small packages of happiness Parul. It was a great start of the year.

  14. Such a lovely list Parul! I agree with the final lines — once you start doing this regularly, you notice the small things. I have been doing weekly posts this year on the blog but more importantly, off it, I am writing every night in a journal — sometimes I have three things, other times I have five or ten. It doesn’t matter as long as I have something to notice even on a shitty day! And that’s saying a lot.

    Also, go you for all the yoga and strength classes!
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    • Parul Thakur says:

      I agree. 2 or 20, it’s about noticing what’s going well.
      Yes, I’m trying to keep up with workout. The non yoga days are hard since the type of workout scares me 😉

  15. This is one happy post with a long list worth being grateful for. Adrak wali chai, gur wali chai – aha the commonalities between us. I have realised that having adrak wali chai an hour after the workout relieves me of the soreness and refreshes me, keeping me charged up until night. The mention of gajar ka halwa is coming up for the second time this week, The first time was the recipe on Rachna’s blog. Now I surely have to make it this weekend. Let’s see how it turns out. Gifting photo calendars is a good idea.
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  16. G Angela says:

    Wow parul I liked the look of your gratitude page, and mouth watering dishes- there is still time for lunch, but I am hungry after looking these pictures above:) and what a lovely list, enjoyed reading your list. I agree its the small little things that matters the most in life, small joys precious… .. thank you for inspiring and generously sharing too…

  17. Rahul Bhatia says:

    Gratitude always leaves a feeling of happiness! A nice read

  18. Kat says:

    Hi Parul, I agree with you. It’s the small things that make our lives extraordinary. I sometimes forget this but reading your post has reminded me to reflect and also look at the smaller things in life! <3

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