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 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.