At the risk of sounding cliched, have you realized we’re already into the second month of 2019? I mean, wasn’t it just the New Year a few days back and I was still referring to the year as 2018. Time flies and how!

So, as part of my writing goals for 2018 2019, I’ve decided to write a gratitude journal every month. I started it last January, but I didn’t follow it through the rest of the year. I want to make it a habit and learn from being grateful about what I have in life (and stick to my goal of 4 posts a month!)

Here are the five things I’m grateful for:

1.Receiving gifts – It’s my birthday month. I get excited around birthdays for reasons I’m still trying to figure out. I received a few thoughtful gifts I stress on thoughtful gifts because I appreciate people going the extra mile to gift me something without asking. Let me be honest, I always prefer giving others a gift card so that they can buy what they want. Even if I know someone well, it can go horribly wrong. When gifting others, I wouldn’t want them to pretend to be happy in front of me and never use it a day in their lives. So, I always opt for the gift card route. For a change, it is nice to receive a gift that you’d been thinking of buying yourself. It was a pleasant surprise.

2. The Gift of writing- This is not about how good or bad a writer I am, but for being given the gift of writing. As mentioned in my previous post, I write down everything – from lists to journals, thoughts, and feeling, plans, notes – just anything on my mind. It takes the burden off my mind to remember every little detail and makes way for new ideas, thoughts, and plans. I wouldn’t have taken this up if I hadn’t created a blog one fine Sunday in April 2007 and I’m so grateful for that. I don’t know good/bad a writer I am, but I enjoy the process and honestly, that’s what matters to me 🙂

3. 2018 – I’m the kind of person who likes to believe that a new year gives an excuse to start new things which you’ve been meaning to work on for some time. I had a pretty productive year in 2018 and I did stick to my goals for the year. I traveled a lot, baked/cooked a lot, maintained a healthy fitness routine and felt good about myself most of the year. One of my pieces also got published in The Hindu Thread and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the year!

4. Work – I don’t usually talk about work on social media, so without divulging too many details, I just want to thank the universe for giving me a wonderful work environment. I’ve been working for 7 years now, across multiple roles and teams and even moved continents, and I’m incredibly lucky to work with some of the best minds in the industry, the most compassionate souls and with managers/mentors who are interested in your career growth as much as you are. At the risk of jinxing myself (touch wood!), I’m happy that people have trusted me and given me an opportunity to turn even the most mundane work into something fun and exciting. I feel so blessed. Here’s to all those wonderful people!

5. New friends in a new country – Moving to a new country was a big decision that we took. We were lucky to sail through the changes but I missed my friends back in Chennai. It felt bad to be in a different time zone and not being able to respond to messages immediately. I knew It would take some time to settle down here with new friends. Somehow, I managed to find lovely people here and there. Social media friends, friends of friends, friends from work, friends of the spouse- somehow we managed to find lovely people who helped us settle into the new city. I couldn’t be more grateful for finding these amazing people at the right time.

This month’s entry is mostly a throwback to how 2018 fared for me. It is easy to feel lucky or take for granted the things/people/opportunities that/who come our way. Through luck or hard work, I got these opportunities, and irrespective of the source, I realized it’s important to pause for a minute and thank the world for it. It could have gone to anyone, but all those people and opportunities choose me, and I will always be grateful for it!

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