“ In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln
2019 is over without any major bangs in my life though the world at large seemed to have a lot of it. India struggled with the protests for saving forests, clean air and now the citizenship amendment bill. I am grateful to the people that stand up to protect the rights of all. I hope we continue to battle out such issues with grace and dignity in 2020 too.
Looking back at December that was, I can very happily say that it was full of joys and surprises for me. Its been ages since I finished off a year on a positive note. I had visitors from everywhere, get togethers, gifts and great effort on my fitness front. Blogging gave me immense joy this month as did the #DecBookLove on Instagram that I co-hosted with Soumya.
There were about 20 odd people who participated in this month long book sharing prompt based challenge. Every morning waking up to the new postings and making one of my own, was such a highlight of my day. Grateful to each and everyone who joined in and made this such a success. My instagram page looks so so sexy these days 😉
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♥ Blogging news ♥
I managed to write 65 posts in total in 2019 and this is when I didn’t blog for 2-3 months in the year. And so it was amazing to note the following stats when they popped up on my time line. This was indeed the best way to finish off the year for my blog.
I am going to re-vamp my blog in the next few months and some changes have already been implemented. I wonder if you have noticed them? Any feedback? 🙂
♥ Unexpected treats ♥
My social front was a huge bubbling cauldron of love as I had loads of visitor this month. First up was meeting with Vinitha-a blogger from Phoenix/Kerala with whom I has only interacted online. She made out the time to see me on her super hectic trip to Delhi and I am so grateful to her for that. I met not just her but her kids and hubby too. I cant express my thanks to the Universe for such blissful connects.
Next up with a meeting with A from Uttarakhand- yes my hill-y billy friend!! This one is a rare special connect of minds and hearts; we are convinced we were separated at birth 😉 We spent a lazy winter afternoon at our fav haunt in Gurgaon – Pinxto where we gorged on some Hot toddy. Polished off our scrumptious meal with a sinful plate of churros.
Next on the count is the sister meetup we ended up having as my sis was visiting form Mumbai. So a family lunch happened and it was so glorious to just gab and gossip away. Perfect winter afternoon with some really sinful food too.
♥ Secret Santa ♥
This year the Secret Santa outdid herself and I was thrilled to receive a huge truck load of gifts. At the last count, I had 7 books, one perfume (very sexy one) and a gorgeous scarf that were sent to me from all over the country. I am over the moon with all the new books and cant wait to get into them this year.
♥ Green thumb ♥
Following my health issues, a change in lifestyle and diet has been implemented steadily in the last 3 years. I decided to try and grow micro greens at home to supplement the health factor in my eating. I am delighted to announce that I managed to grow beetroot, carrots, fenugreek, lettuce, and fennel greens on my balcony.
♥ Health & Fitness ♥
I am super chuffed with my fitness efforts in December month. I had set a target of 150 kms in the last three months of 2019 and am happy to announce that I aced 180 Kms – yay!!! Now I am hoping to do 225 kms for the first three months of 2020, average of 75 a month. Wish me luck guys 🙂
♥ Culinary efforts ♥
December is the best month for hot soups and this time around I added the home grown micro greens to my soups. The flavor was enhanced to another level; not to mention the healthy factor too 😉
I tried making Nimoona after following the recipe from Rachna’s blog and was delighted by its success. I had fallen n love with this dish when I had first tasted it in Benares a few years ago. Get this – I hate peas and thats the core of this dish. My taste buds are pretty weird huh!!!?
I rounded up the new year eve with a platter of cheese, fruits and some crackers to go with a glass of wine. Thrilled to say this was one of my best meals for the year 2019.
Wishing everyone a very Happy 2020 and hope you all make your year count with hard work, love and blessings.
Well folks thats it from me for December 2019. I did think of recapping my entire year in one post but then decided against it. Did you write your Gratitude post yet? Did you make your year count?
Joining up with Vidya for the Gratitude Circle Linky
Catch my year in books here
I am co-hosting #TBRCHALLENGE2020 with Soumya – are you part of it?