2019 has been a year full of travel, self discovery, spiritual awakening, self awareness, self love, friendship, books, cooking, adventures, positive vibes and gratitude. This post is about reflecting on 2019.
My first solo travel
If you haven’t checked my post yet, here’s the link Rishikesh – My first ever solo trip
Sitting near the banks of Ganga and watching the sunrise and sunset was one of the best experiences I had.
My first international travel
Last month I went to Bhutan. I trekked to the Tiger’s Nest in Paro, I stayed with farmers in Punakha and Phobjikha, I had ema datshi (Bhutan’s national food), I hiked in the agriculture field, I hiked in the Nature Trail and met some amazing people. It’s a beautiful country with beautiful souls.
Commitment toward my physical, mental and spiritual wellness
Yoga and meditation became my morning ritual along with journaling.
I started and continued eating raw for breakfast and it made a lot of difference in my body. I cut down on junk to a great extent. Yeah not completely, I still eat little junk here and there without causing any damage. I practice gratitude every single day, starting of the day and I end the day with gratitude as well. It helped me to see good in all things and it would instantly bring positive energy. I stopped judging myself. Although I am not a judgmental person when it comes to others but to me. I took up creativity course with Ankita Shinde and she beautifully explained; it’s not our fault that we judge ourselves. The very feeling has come from a place where we grew up. We were compared to others as kids and judged. Hence we end up judging ourselves and comparing us with others even as adults. Once I understood that the game changed.
You are what you eat
I believed in it and followed it. As I decided to cut down on junk I started to cook at home regularly. I learnt making my mum’s famous fish curry, my dad’s mutton curry and I experimented with recipes myself. I cut down on non veg and I added more colours to my meals. Sauteed veggies are my favourite this year along with kadhi chawal and prawns curry.
Traveled almost every month of this year
Yes, I have traveled every month except December. They say do something that feeds your soul. Well, traveling is one of the things that is spiritual and therapeutic for me. I will continue to travel as much I can every year.
More than ever this year has been my year. Understanding my self worth and walking away from toxic people was the best detox I have been through. Letting go of things that didn’t serve my purpose was relaxing. Not only I focused on good food, I also consciously chose and let people in to my circle. That was my diet. Ignoring bitterness, negativity and drama was one of the other things I learnt and implemented this year. I forgave the ones that had hurt me. Someone wise told me only a wounded can hurt others, hence forgive them to heal yourself. I forgave myself too. I will continue to do so in the upcoming years as well.
I wanted to read one book per month nonetheless I read 9 books in this year. My favourite being Becoming by Michelle Obama, Norwegian Woods by Haruki Murakami and Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Also I discovered an amazing Japanese author Haruki Murakami this year.