January is the month of new beginnings; a new year, new resolutions and probably a new you too!! Something about the new year that brims your cup with new spring and step. There is newness in everything around you and everything about you. Its time to put faith in the magic of new beginnings.
As I am writing this post, I am very aware of the fact that 2019 is less by 31 days for we are now in the second month of the new year. Time to do a reality check on all those resolutions one made 😉
Since I signed up tonnes of reading challenges this year, I began my year with very diligent reading. And I am happy to report that I read 6 books this month, each charming and engrossing in their genre. In a bid to cut down on buying books to save money and space; I have subscribed to a reading library. Now no more drooling in bookstores 😉 On the plus side I am also grateful to the challenges as they have added variety and speed to my reading. No it’s not about numbers; it’s about cutting my reading lethargy as I tend to get lazy.
I began my year with some resolutions about refreshing old friendships which seem to have lapsed due to changing priorities and growing careers. First up was inviting my colleagues from 10 years ago for a lunch at my place with their families. It had been more than two years since we last met. The joy in meeting each other was mutual and abundant. Then was meeting my close family whom I have started seeing less and less of.
And my bestie of 32 years dropped in twice in January to make my month very happening. I spent one very blissful day with her in Dilli Haat – Khan Market.
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Yesterday I visited #DilliHaat After years and was amazed at the changes- both at the venue and in the variety of goods available Payment by card is finally happening there and the first damage of that was my pocket as I picked up a really gorgeous #saree -It was love at first sight Food was the best at #Sikkim stall for me – chicken momos, chowmein, thupka…….. The current fest is on till 15th Jan and the place was choc a block full on a Friday afternoon #shalzmojosays #Gratitude #shopping #girlsdayout
Her second visit was spent worshipping the sun-god in Roots cafe where we enjoyed a hearty brekkie and then walked around the rose garden for hours.
God! I live for winters – that’s the only season I give a fig about. Well ok I love spring for the colours too but its the cold that’s got my vote for the ultimate king of all seasons. And Dilli Ki Sardi (Delhi winters) are infamous for the chill in the air, gorgeous winter goodies to munch on and the venues coming alive with outdoor events. Not to mention the winter blooms that deck up the NDMC roads and buildings in New Delhi. These are a sight not to be missed.
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Come #winters, #Delhi lights up with a bevy of gorgeous blooms These flower beds were at #IHC Gosh I just love the array of White these fLowers present. They are rightly called "baraf" or snow What are your favourite Winter blooms? Can you name some for me? #shalzmojosays #delhidiaries #gratitude
I crave the Kanji that my nani would put in winters; this year I decided to make some and Rachna generously shared her easy peasy recipe. Happy to say it came out pretty delightful and I have been sending her a thanks every time I sip on a glass.
Been spending my afternoons basking in the sun with a book, roasted peanuts and some Kinnow juice to much on. The sun worshipping has been at its hilt this year and I am just loving it.
Health & Fitness
Healthwise all has been well apart from a bit of cough and cold which too got over quickly. My thyroid readings were not good this month and that’s cause I got lazy with putting my magnets daily. Yup this sucks big time and I have been kicking myself over it. Back to it quite diligently and am actually glad it happened. I now have concrete proof that this therapy has been working well and is the only thing keeping the readings normal.
So the bad news is that I am bored with Yoga classes and completely ditched them this month. Good news is that I have started walking regularly for about 4-5 kms, four days in a week. In fact ever since I downloaded a pedometer app, I have taken to walking short distances that I would normally do by car. Accountability is a great morale booster and I don’t want to miss any opportunity to hit the mark on the steps counter 😉
I have visibly cut down on the social media time and though it affected my blogging time too, I was ok with it. In fact I loved the slow unwind from my online time and spent it reading tonnes of books. I will be back on the blog in February with some interesting posts – so watch out for them.
One of my dearest friends is getting hitched in mid Feb and we spent one afternoon in Chandini Chowk to pick up her wedding finery. It’s a smallish affair with close fam and friends and am looking forward very eagerly. Have planned out my sarees for the 2-3 functions I will be attending. In fact I picked up a gorgeous saree from Dilli Haat recently and cant wait to wear it. So excited for this and can hardly wait for the D-day!!
I am happy to report that after an initial bump in the road, I have resumed my studies once again. Exam results for the two papers I gave was positive and shall be appearing for the 3rd paper in May 2019. I am very grateful for finding an extremely dedicated and patient teacher who is quite keen for me to pursue this seriously.
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Well thats all from me for the new beginnings of 2019 and I shall keep you apprised of all the developments in the consequent months. I think this was a great month for me and hope its a sign of things to come in the year ahead. How was your January? If you have done a gratitude post, do drop me a hint in the comment section and I will head out to it.
Linking up with Vidya for the Gratitude Circle
Read my previous Gratitude post here