As the year draws to an end, I feel a tremendous sense of gratitude for the year that went by.It’s important I remember.That’s why I thought of writing them down and sharing with you.
30 reasons I am thankful for 2017: Amazing things that happened
1)I walked 5 km every day for the last 365 days.Give and take a few here and there.Not joking at all.This has been my best gift to me this year.
Hoping to take it up a notch in 2018.Health is my biggest wealth and I will never forget that.
2)I wrote more than I ever wrote before.That has been a gamechanger in more ways than one.
3)My daughter enjoys her drawing doodling and artwork as much as I do.Check this post out to know what I mean.
4)I got gifted books more than any other year.The main reason I want to take up a Reading challenge this year.
5)I traveled.Family vacations just to unwind for few days but mind refresh like nothing else can.
6)I fell in love with the Fade away sleep sounds.Sea noises and white noise will help you relax and sleep anywhere.
I travel a lot.Travel companion in trains can be unpredictable.That’s why your trusty earplugs and soothing sounds can make you fall asleep anywhere.
Never let your beauty napping be hampered again.They are great for putting your baby to sleep (Kevin has a special set of beautiful soothing sound for just this).I also use them to concentrate while writing!
7)I found fantastic friends online.I realized once again that good friends grow with you even if it’s in opposite direction.Only when you respect growth will relationships survive.
All relationships are a balance of good, bad and ugly.The trick is to increase the good and downplay the rest.
Support from unexpected directions made me deeply grateful once again.
8 )I reaffirmed my faith in humanity.With terror strikes everywhere only kindness, good sense and positive actions will help us.
9)Things I learned from the sea:
What goes around will come around.
So be careful whom you associate with.Negativity breeds negativity.An attitude of gratitude is cool.It makes you a good things magnet.Try it and see.
10.Writing is fun, happiness, cathartic soul food, rants, thank you notes, wishlist, to do list and everything else.While good writing needs a lot of practice.It’s achievable. Just measure your success on your own scale.Not with others.
11.Closure is needed.
Maybe not possible physically but you can do it all the time inside your head.
13.Supporting creativity is wonderful.When you are creative you become more innovative
My post about Creativity and how it boosts Self-confidence in children is a top post this year
14.Women make up half the world’s population but less than 10 percent of policymakers in the world.Being a woman is a challenge in whichever profession you are and wherever you are.
Whether you accept it or not woman face more socio-economic cultural challenges than men.
Is that a good thing or a bad thing.
It depends on how you take it.Remember women are diamonds you are born to shine.So take it on ladies the universe is yours.Embrace it and walk with us to break those glass ceilings.
My Women Entrepreneurs list is a top page celebrating that.
15.As the year draws to an end I need to tell you how being featured as a Top Blogger in the Entrepreneurship and Startup category helped me choose my #Blogchatterproject.
By Gods grace, I was also featured on
- Vasantha’s blog
- On smarty kids parenting
- Directory of Top Indian Blogs
- Newspatrolling.com among the Top 20 Indian Blogs
16.When I decided to write about 15 Startling secrets about Giving birth in December I didn’t know it will become my most popular post on Pinterest having 17,0000 in 3 weeks.
It’s also my most popular post in December and among the top 10 posts of 2017.
18.When I decided to write about the confusion between MR vaccine and MMR vaccine I didn’t know it will have so many parents reaching out to me with queries. It validated my primary goal with my blog.Help as many people as I can with my professional skills and experience as I can.The rest is a result of that.
19.Reviewing products which help you can help many more.
My 2 posts about Mama Earth products (I am not a brand partner anymore) were honest and helpful.
So was the Philips Air fryer review.
The first I used for some time the latter is my partner in my healthy living journey for last 3 years.
These two are also in my top 10 most popular posts this year.
21.My absolute favorite lipstick this year was smudge me not by Sugar.
If you are a busy mommy blogger who hates retouching lipstick then this will be a lifesaver.Lipstick has secret superpowers.
22.My favorite Nikon camera and tripod changed my blogging life forever.2018 will be all about better pics on my blog.
23.My favorite site online is still Indiblogger.For making so many of my posts top posts.
24.Favourite tools online InLinkz link up tool, Lumen 5 and Recurpost.
25 Favourite plugin Yoast SEO tool the premium version I co-bought with Neha and it takes awesome to a new level.
26.Favourite place I visited Kailasgiri in Vizag.
27.My most popular video was not educational.It’s a tongue twister and was a contest.Made me realize I need to have a fun script for some of my videos.
28.My absolute favorite two books this year are
Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines and Habits of Billionaires, Icons and World-Class Performers
Poor Charlies Almanac.
29.The resolutions I broke this year.
I cried about things I promised I wouldn’t.
I am behind folding clothes and keeping them in the right place.I decided to give away everything I haven’t worn for one year.That way less clutter. But goals not met.
30.One resolution I aced.Walking and writing
Tell me your fails and successes in 2017 in the comments below.
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