Six months have flown by and I am left wondering where the time went.

But, even while I wonder that, there is this sense of absolute calm that settles over me.

I started 2019 with a vision board and a word of the year: depth.Β 

And ever since, it’s almost as if the universe has been listening, watching, waiting and sending things my way at the exact time when I was ready for it.

Six months later, here we are and I thought it would be a good way to assess how my word of the year has been working (or not).

I am going to mark a depth-o-meter (my own invention) πŸ˜‰ , for each category below.

Relationships

This year, I made a conscious promise to myself to make more of an effort to invest in the relationships I hold dear. Whether online or offline, I wanted to keep in touch with those people, because let’s face it: Life’s short.

In looking back at the last six months, I am reasonably pleased with myself on this front. From friends, to bloggers to close family, I’ve loved re-connecting with people one-on-one. Of course, the trip to the US may have helped a little.

I could do better, to be honest, but I’ve made a concerted effort to do more of it since last month. Each week, I aim to meet at least one person from my list, either professionally or just personally and it warms my heart no end. I already have about 4 meet ups planned for July. πŸ™‚

Hint: When I call people, I try not to say ‘Let’s meet up some time’. Instead I say, “I am free next week on these two days. Which day works better?”Β  Works every single time. Seriously πŸ™‚

Depth-o-meter: Reasonably satisfactory


Blog

Okay, this one has been the most surprising. When I opted for depth, I assumed I would be blogging more, not less. But interestingly, here is what happened.

I did go deep into blogging, but just not the ‘blogging’ part or the publishing side of it. It’s July and I have published 26 posts across both my blogs in this time. That’s approximatelyΒ  4 posts per month.

But I have enjoyed writing every single one of those 26 posts. Whether it was personal musings or listicles, I revelled in the creative process.

Additionally, I invested a lot of time (and still do) in researching and studying techniques that involve SEO, Pinterest and email marketing. So, I am in the thick of blogging; just not that visible on the front end of it all.

Depth-o-meter: Very happy


Books

One of the goals I set for myself was to read 50 books for 2019. Earlier this week, I modified that goal to 25 books. Who knows, I may bring it down to 15 very soon.

Let me explain.

I began the year believing that I should read more books in an effort to cut down on my time on social media. While that is a noble pursuit, I soon realised that not all books are designed to be read in under a week.

Given my penchant for non-fiction books since 2017, it became quickly apparent that some books would take me two months to finish. And what’s more, I’d go back and re-read them too.

So the key here was not to finish a certain number of books in a year (although there’s nothing wrong with that goal by itself). The key is to enjoy, savour, cherish and relish every book for the joy it brings to me.

On that count, it’s been a fabulous six months.

Depth-o-meter: Extremely happy


Writing

This may be the one where I have faltered the most.

Primarily, I consider writing different from blogging, as you may know by now. And it is with some form of shame that I must admit that I haven’t been giving much importance to the act of writing or editing my manuscript.

I’ve been thinking why and the answer came to me, surprisingly, when I was watching an episode of ‘The Big Bang theory’. (Ha, television has its uses, people!) πŸ˜€

Anyway, I believe I have been sabotaging this manuscript of mine for over 4 years (yeah, don’t ask!), simply because I think I am not good enough as a writer. That’s a part of my Type A personality which isn’t budging and I am trying to work on it. Believe me, I am.

Depth-o-meter: Utter failure


Business

This again, ranks with the blog on the same level of joy.

I learnt a lot from my mistakes as a solo entrepreneur in 2018 and vowed not to repeat any of those this year. So far, the year has been great and what’s even better is the next six months, thanks to a new opportunity that will begin very soon.

I’d like to believe that the credit for this goes to my conscious shift towards the business side of things and embracing it as a part of my life. Plus, let’s not forget the immense support from my blogging community.

Depth-o-meter: Extremely satisifed


Health

This was not on my original list for the depth year of 2019. However, I am pleased that it has made its presence felt.

In February this year, I made a mindful choice to change my food habits. What followed has been an eye-opening journey of sorts. Whether it’s reading food labels or making more home-cooked food, life has taken a complete turn from where I was at the end of 2018.

A tiny change has led to a huge shift in my mindset towards food, both in making it and consuming it. I’d like to ensure that it stays this way as a lifestyle change.

Depth-o-meter: Very satisfactory

You know, now that I read this post again, it looks like a performance appraisal. πŸ˜›

But that’s okay. I think we all need this from time to time, to keep track of our progress and our way forward.

I hope your 2019 has been good so far and if you’ve written a post about the last 6 months as well, let me know in the comments. Would love to read it. πŸ™‚

20 thoughts on “Six months into my year of depth

  1. If I were sitting on your performance appraisal, I would have applauded you on your progress. If I was a researcher on performance appraisal, I would have gone ahead and submitted on a white paper on how to hold oneself accountable. πŸ™‚

    To cut the long winding story short, I am so proud of you. You are focused, ready to give your all in and inspire others in that journey. It’s a trait that is rarely found. I did a six month recap post and let me share it with you soon. Hugs, Shailaja.
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  2. What an incredible idea to do a self appraisal in this manner – loved the Depth-O-Meter Shy!

    I am impressed with your meeting people aspect- you seemed to be doing quite well on that; more power to you there!

    And lets get that manuscript dusted and sorted – we all doubt our writings and its only when others comment/give feedback, do we take a second look. So why not let an editor/blog friend/writer look at it and give you their thoughts?

    All the very best for it and I hope you do get back to it!

    Loved reading such a positive and fresh post that details out 6 months of the year – fabulous idea to do this!!

  3. Clap clap clap – that’s a first rate appraisal if ever there was one. I appreciate the balance you bring to your life and the way you constantly evaluate, implement change and improve. I do a lot of evaluation too but flounder on the implementation front.
    Now just get that manuscript over and done with and you can max it this year.
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  4. ” Depth o meter” Dont I just love the sound of it? Call it an appraisal or whatsoever, but it sure sounds so positive. I like the whole idea behind a personal appraisal, and I do it quite often too. I believe it helps one to not only correct ones weakness whether performance, health or relationship goals, but it also helps to highlight strengths. Most people forget to highlight their strengths which actually can serve as a wonderful morale booster, thus enhancing performance in various avenues of life.

    I loved the was you have analysed and have recognised areas of improvement.

  5. Dear Shy,

    I like your “appraisal performance”. No wait, I love it.

    As meticulously organised as you are! So, kudos. πŸ™‚

    I couldn’t agree more with you on reducing the books to be read. It’s not a marathon we are running against each other. I wonder why in todays times everyone only talks about numbers. I’d rather talk about the depth in those numbers and what I took back home from each experience. Seen it during my heavy duty running and cycling days too, and now see it splashed all over social media, followers etc.

    I like that bit about nurturing your realtionships and assigning a fixed time for catching up, instead of saying ” we must catch up for coffee” which I notice has become the order of the day and it never ever translates to reality. Ha! ha! Thanks for the tip off.

    Kudos on the health depth-o-meter too!

    And faring so well in each count.

    I guess I should be doing a review of my WOTY too! πŸ™‚ Breathe.
    Reflection always helps in accessing one’s goals and working into the future.

    So glad to be back on your page. Been meaning to visit for a while. I’ve been barely active in the blogging circuit off late, except for #WordlessWednesday

    Have yourself a tremendously, enriching year ahead.
    God speed!
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  6. So happy for you, Shailaja. I liked your depth-o-meter. πŸ™‚ So nice when plans pan out and things work out as per plan. I know how hard you work to constantly improve and that is very inspiring. I do wish that you will be able to spend more time on your memoirs. What you said about books is exactly how I feel. I just can’t put a time frame on any book. There are books I read slowly and some I take a break from and go back to later. Hence, the reason why I don’t put a number to my reading goals too.

    I haven’t written a 6 months post but there is so much happening. πŸ™‚ I wish you all success in every endeavour. More importantly, I hope you can always grow as a person.

    1. Thanks a lot, Shalini πŸ™‚ I like blurry too πŸ™‚ It means you had so much fun offline that you don’t have a record of things online, which is simply fabulous πŸ˜€ And how sweet about the A to Z! I wish I had had time to catch up on posts this year.

  7. Sometime back, a blogger commented on my blog that feels feels motivated and happy when she visits my blog. Today, I pass it on to you.
    Your analysis is very positive and help your readers to be on productive side with happiness.
    All the best for years to come.

  8. Trust you to set an example on how to systematically do self appraisal. I always look forward to your tips on social media and Pinterest. You have done phenomenally well in your business. It’s so good to see your success. Very inspiring too 😊
    I agree some books cannot be finished in a week. I am currently struggling with my goal as well.
    Always a pleasure to read your post.
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  9. We all need to do a performance appraisal every once in a while if we want to improve. This is perfect, Shailaja. I’m happy for you, genuinely. I liked how you slashed your book reading goals by half and still happy about it. It isn’t the quantity but the quality that matters and when we can be happy about it that’s when true satisfaction shines through. I didn’t do much of blog visiting in June but I didn’t feel restless and guilty as usual, instead focusing on what was important at that important helped me fulfill my dreams. Always happy to connect with you, Shailaja. πŸ™‚
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    1. Thanks Vinitha. I’ve done very little blog hopping this year and I know I should feel guilty about it but instead I’ve enjoyed catching up on books and actually diving back into cooking. You’re right about making time for the important things. It was lovely to catch up with you over the phone when in the US. So glad for you publishing your e book. πŸ™‚

  10. Yay so happy to hear that your year of depth has been going well :).. not that I ever had any doubts .. you being you ;).

    Here’s to more successes and interesting developments for the rest of the year πŸ™‚ !!

  11. That was very well done, Shy! Out of all, there was just one area in which you weren’t satisfied with the result, and that’s absolutely fine!
    I so agree with you that things happen when they are supposed to happen. And, when those perfect moments do come, the Universe also sends the right people in our lives to help us achieve all that we have decided on. I can never agree more!

    I am sure you will achieve all that you set out to by the end of this year, for every tiny step takes us to our goal!
    Wish you the best!
    Meeting you has been on my list….wonder when that will happen, coz this year, I too decided to stay connected with my tribe. <3
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    1. Thank you, Shilpa ❀️

      Meeting you is on my list too. I just need to plan a trip to the city soon πŸ™‚ May God make it happen.

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