Thursday, February 20, 2020
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2019 – Year in Review

When 2019 arrived, I decided that I needed a change. More like, I decided to change. I did not want to feel like a failure, that nothing good is happening to me. So I decided to take matters into my hand.

I resolved not to complain about my circumstances or myself.

THAT was the best decision ever.

Because that decision put me in a path of self-growth.

I did things. A lot of things.

I set sail into the uncharted waters with no definite plan, but for the sake of trying out.

I decided that I would rather try and fail than deal with the ‘feeling of failure’ that has laid a king-size bed with cozy comforter set and all inside my head. And that worked. My head got rid of the unwanted occupant and its possessions.

Now I am only terrified like a normal person.

I am glad that 2019 happened. I’m glad that I still have a long way to go. 2019 propelled me with more than hope. It induced courage in me to get my feet wet. Here I am unsure and terrified, yet feeling a lot better about myself. One of the important lessons which I learned this year was to try it out before calling quits. As in, give a specific amount of time just for whatever is it that you want to do and work on it. Even if it’s not the best work ever, the satisfaction and the strength that will stay with you as a result of that will be incredible. 

2019 – Year in Review

 What I did

  • The most important accomplishment this year I had was giving importance to myself. A promise that threatened to break at times, still I was able to take care of myself. I could manage stress. Stress was always around, but I figured a way to deal with it. I remembered to tackle it before it got the better of me. My secret? Deep breaths. That’s it. A couple of breaths in and out focussing on the breath actually stopped stress on its tracks and by the time I was ready to focus on it after the breathing exercise stress changed its focus from me, as it turned out. This was a game-changer for me. 
  • Appearing for an exam I never thought I would clear – That discipline to sit and learn everyday among other chores was exactly what I needed. I learned that I need to set a specific time and deadline if I want to see results. This lesson can be applied in all areas of life. I no longer resort to I can’t or I don’t think I can, instead, when I fail to write a post or meet a deadline I say I didn’t do it. Because that’s the truth. I didn’t try it in the right way. It’s not because I couldn’t, it’s only because I didn’t. 
  • Publishing my poetry book. – Dreams will come true if I set out to make it happen. That was the lesson I taught through this book publishing experience. This book will remain as a sign to get off and do it before time runs out. And also that it’s never too late. Whenever I get that knotted feeling of no, it’s too late, my poetry book will remind me that it isn’t so. Void Thoughts is my symbol of ‘never give up‘. Asking too many things out of a small book that isn’t even selling much, huh? Let’s just say the representation that I associate with certain things is crazy as me.  🙂 
  • Launching my Podcast and YouTube Channels – I didn’t begin 2019 with these goals in mind. They were formed later on as part of evolution I think. I have a lot of work to do in being consistent, but I’m in no hurry. Taking slow and steady and time off when my circumstance needs me to. I am just happy that I started with these however imperfect they are. 

What I read

I don’t recall all the books I read, but there are a few books I did make a note of them in Goodreads before I forgot to again. The second half of 2019 saw a slow reading phase. These are the books that I finished in the first half of the year. 

  1. The Clue of the Tapping Heels- Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #16
  2. The Mystery of the Brass Hound Trunk – Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #17
  3. The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion – Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #18
  4. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
  5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  6. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
  7. The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story by Marie Kondo
  8. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  9. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
  10. Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
  11. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
  12. Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by  Hector Garcia 
  13. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  14. You Beneath Your Skin by Damyanti Biswas

I liked all these reads. There are a couple more, actually more than a couple more, which I started to read and couldn’t finish before the return date at the library. And yes the Harry Potter series which I read with Kanna. I am happy about my reading. 🙂 

What I learned

SO many things. The AWS cloud certification which I took in May, how to host a podcast, how to self publish a book, how to launch a youtube Channel, learning different editing softwares, Audacity for audio editing, software skills for my career one day – I learned quite a lot and I loved each and everything. If there was something I didn’t like to continue learning, I dropped it, because life is too short to keep learning what we don’t enjoy. There are millions of things to learn and do in this lifetime. I became a regular visitor of skillshare which I loved with all the different topics to pick up. 

I feel content overall. I didn’t earn or did anything brilliant. But I used my days to count this year as one of the good ones. I am super proud of myself for doing that. To think that it all started from the one decision to reduce complaining and to take care of myself is insane, isn’t it? 2019 is the year I’m grateful for me first and foremost for listening to my dreams and for pausing when I had to because of my health. I listened to myself, my thoughts, and my flaws. It made me better. It made me see myself in a different light. 2020 and this new decade deserves a better person. Thank you 2019 for this. 

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Vinitha
<p>I am an ex-Software engineer turned into a SAHM with a love for words. I secretly wish to be called as a writer. You can read my affair with words at Void Thoughts(http://thevoidthoughts.com) and Reflections..(https://www.vinithadileep.com)</p>

9 thoughts on “2019 – Year in Review

  1. I am so glad for you,Vini!
    FOr all the things you pushed yourself to learn, the knowledge you acquired and the attention you gave to yourself, your health and your dreams…that was indeed the best way to spend a year and feel content at the end of it. 🙂
    WIsh you similar success for 2020 too! Keep that attitude, Vini! I like it! <3

  2. Wow, it does sound like you had an incredible 2019. Way to go, V!

    That being said — I don’t know how I missed out on the podcast & YT channel. This is the first time I am hearing about them, Are they live yet? Do share links with me. I would love to follow along.

  3. Your year sounds incredible and my biggest takeaway is that it became that way because you took charge. So happy for you Vinitha and so very inspired to not let situations push me around.

  4. Did you see the co-incidence between our 2019 review posts? Both the posts talk about ‘not complaining’ although you are leading with having worked on yourself in this light and I am to follow this in 2020.

    I am so so happy to see you flying in 2019. Studying for the exam with a toddler in tow and your health conditions could have been an impediment but you didn’t let them be. You took the exam and passed it to your satisfaction. Not everything is about earning, it is also about taking up challenges which you did by launching your youtube channel and podcast. I wish you all the best with taking them forward this year. Your poetry ebook might not be bringing in moolahs yet however it might when you start promoting it by putting up a bigger banner for it here on your blog. Let’s talk about the promotion next time we catch up.
    You read quite lot of books. Big Magic and the Artist’s Way are the ones I would like to read. I also plan to read the complete Harry Potter series all on my own this year since I no longer see the novelty in waiting to read it with D.

    All the best for 2020, Vinitha.

  5. Hey you did the AWS certification. Congratulations. You gained so many cool skills too. I am super impressed and inspired. Please do a post on how you started your podcast. I would love to read about it. Congratulations on the poetry book too. Wish you many more accomplishments in 2020.

  6. Congratulations on your many accomplishments of 2019. Best wishes for many more in 2020.

    I too learnt quite a few new things in 2019. I have always hated accountancy and bookkeeping. I was forced to learn them for a company we started up last year. I also do all the IT and website requirements for the company. It has been a different kind of year for me too! It all starts with a desire to change and make a change!

    P.S: Your poetry book is on my TBR now.

  7. So happy for you. Congratulations on all that you’ve achieved. May you achieve more this year. I think a lot of things change when we stop complaining. I need to take a cue here and learn to plan better and be committed to all the things that I want to achieve. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  8. Sounds like a super 2019! Learning new things, branching out in new directions, and managing to handle your anxiety – and kicking fear to the curb – all amazing achievements! Hope 2020 is even better for you!

  9. Wow! 2019 has been so empowering and enriching for you! Love that you have accomplished so much and stepped out of your comfort zone. Wishing that 2020 is your best year ever. cheers!

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