Where do I begin this post on looking back?
Should I talk about the new direction I decided to take with my main blog in September this year?
Or maybe the fact that I read one of the best books I’ve ever read in a long, long time?
Maybe the last quarter where I fell head over heels in love with fitness and working out?
So much has happened in 2019 that I am truly, deeply overwhelmed at how things have worked out and how the universe has aligned to bring me where I am today.
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2019 was the year that made me walk into a phase of my life where I was absolutely comfortable with who I am, what I do and be unabashedly myself again.
The strange thing? I was that person well into my mid and late ’20s.
But somewhere along the way, in the last decade or so, I slipped into a lot of phases where I tried things, not because I wanted to, but because I was told I should.
For instance, writing a book.
It was in 2019 that I deeply faced this truth for the first time. That memoir I’ve been writing since the beginning of 2015? There’s a very real possibility that it may never see the light of day.
Truth be told, I am not sure if I want to be a published writer. While I reflected on the ‘why’, it came to me that it was not my own dream: it was something other people told me I should do.
However, when I think about the direction, growth and focus I’ve seen for my other blog, the way I dove into re-branding it, learning and re-learning everything as I went along, I realised this was MY dream.
I made time for it because I wanted to do it.
What a BIG difference that made!
2019 was the year I FINALLY made peace with social media the way I wanted to.
I know I say that ever so often, but this time it was a mindset shift like no other.
I completely stepped back from engaging in arguments, proving my point or even sharing updates frequently, both on Facebook and Twitter.
Another more important reason was much, much deeper.
It was knowing that I didn’t have to be constantly connected every single waking moment of my life.
Doing that deliberately made all the difference in my approach to these platforms.
Instagram is one place I found my tribe this year and for that, I will always be very grateful.
For a long time, the online space had kept me away from my inner voice. In late 2019, I found solace once again by turning back towards my guru and re-learning the lessons I’d forgotten.
One of the biggest things I re-learnt was that people will accept me for who I am and what I stand for, irrespective of my personal/political/religious beliefs.
If they don’t, that’s perfectly fine too. 🙂
2019 was the year I took to learning a lot of things.
From blogging courses to fitness videos, nutritional tips to healthy recipes, it has been one of the most enriching years I can remember.
As 2020 dawns early tomorrow, I have chosen my word for the year.
I choose ‘GROWTH’ for the year ahead.
From growing my blog professionally to growing on my chosen spiritual path to growing in the fitness space, the year ahead is filled with possibilities.
With that, I wish you all a delightful, blessed, enriching year ahead.