Gratitude List – February 2017
If there is one word that can describe February for me, I would say it’s ‘work’. I started a new role this month and though I am still learning the ropes, this month gave me a good flavor of the many things it could encompass. With a change, we must unlearn and learn and then devise new ways that will make things easy. New routines and new ways to manage the same old stuff. I had never thought the shortest month of the year is going to be ‘power’ packed.
That being said, I had my fair share of fun, food and time with friends. I am grateful to have a set of supportive folks around. The universe listened and challenging things became easy to handle. In no particular order, here is my gratitude list for the month.
Work: When taking up a new work, it’s always good to have a helpful team. My new team has been a great support and I am enjoying our interactions – both work ones and the fun ones. It’s fun to see things from a different perspective and this role is giving me a lot of opportunities to stretch the way I think. I am grateful that at the start of 2017, I am already excited to see how my ‘work’ year will unfold.
Reading: In spite of the work schedules, I have been able to read to my heart’s desire. With my kindle and then the Goodreads challenge, I have already read seven books in 2017. I am grateful to the person who suggested Jhumpa Lahiri’s name. Her writing and details are a delight. Books that I can read over and over again. If I ever get a chance to visit the Princeton University, I am going to find Jhumpa and share how much I have come to admire her as an author.
Cooking: No, I haven’t fallen in love with cooking but I have started cooking once a week. If you are a meat-lover and haven’t tried Licious yet, please do. Who cannot like marinated chicken that can be pan-fried and laid on the table in ten minutes? I am grateful to the cooking Gods who have blessed me this month with some of their magic. Food that I cook is turning out to be edible. I am also grateful to friends like SN who have introduced me to new ways of healthy eating. Fox-tail millets was a part of breakfast yesterday and is going to be on the menu once a week.
Happy days: The #100HappyDays are back. AZ got a lovely notebook for me from the US and her thoughtful ‘thank you’ note was enough to get me started on the project. Since then, I have been counting my days and clicking happiness. Join me on Instagram. I am grateful for some wonderful folks around me.
Blogging: I assumed that I won’t be able to keep up with blogging. However, you will always find time to do what you like to do. My weekends are now much more productive than before and I schedule my posts for the week. It works and helps me go easy on my work nights. I am also keen to bring a lot of photography onto my blog with the hope that readers will enjoy my pictures as much as I enjoy clicking. I am grateful that I am able to pursue my interests along with work and managing my little household.
The send off from my earlier team was memorable. We spent a couple of hours at Tia’s (more to come on that) but for now, check out my picture with Tia. I never knew I could have a heartwarming time with a pet. Never had one, so was caught unaware of the unconditional love.
The temperatures in Bangalore are soaring and I am already scared of summers. Though not much can be done on that front, what’s exciting is that C will be home for Holi. So some good time for parents and him. I will also celebrate Holi with my usual chutzpah – some frying and dinners at home. All in all, kind of unbelievable that we are already stepping into the third month of the year.
How was February for you? Any new learnings this month? What is that one thing you are grateful for this month?