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.
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) 😉 , for each category below.
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. 🙂
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?” Works every single time. Seriously 🙂
Depth-o-meter: Reasonably satisfactory
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 approximately 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
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
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!) 😀
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
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
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. 😛
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. 🙂