We are already 11 days into 2018. It hasn’t been a great start for this year so far. But I am hoping things will improve in the coming days. Since I was feeling a bit low, I decided to revisit some memories from last year to perk me up. I am calling these little delights. So, here they are –
1. My very first 100 followers on WordPress
I achieved my first 100 followers on the last day of 2017. When I got this notification on phone, I remember telling my husband and smiling stupidly. Thank you to everyone who follows me, likes my posts, and comments. A very big thanks. It means a lot to me.
I know I am not a good writer. My posts are to the point if I am right. I think that’s because I am like this in person too. I talk less and generally in few words. I am trying to improve myself, to talk more, to open more. So thank you, once again for reading my posts.
2. Achieving a 500 Day Streak in Duolingo
I have been learning Spanish using duolingo. On November 21, 2017, I achieved a 500 Day Streak in Duolingo. That means 500 days of learning Spanish without fail. I do one or two exercises daily from the app. Initially, I intended to achieve 365 days streak. After which it became a habit and right now I am on the 551-day streak. On my way to achieving a 2 year ie 735 days streak. For those of you who don’t know what duolingo is: Duolingo is a free language learning application. And my favorite one. It has learning tracks for a lot of languages.
Well, according to duolingo, I am 55% fluent in Spanish. About halfway there! Right now, I am able to read and understand little spoken Spanish. If someone speaks Spanish quickly or fluently, I can capture bits and pieces from their conversations like picking out words I do understand. For example, I hear amigo in a sentence, “amigo”, means friend, yes I know that word! Haha. But it’s fun learning through Duolingo.
3. 30 Days of Meditation
My very first 30 days of Meditation from October 21 to November 19, 2017. I use Headspace app for meditation. It has 10-minute meditation sessions. I have been Meditating on and off for a long time. I still am. After those 30 days, I did for seven more days and then I stopped. I again started in December. And stopped when we went on a trip. I have started again. Let’s see where it goes this time.
It’s not the streak which gives me happiness. It’s the fact that meditation is something I have successfully incorporated into my life. Even if I stop for some days, eventually I come back to it.
At the start of 2017, I picked a goal of reading 20 books that year. And I completed it. It feels good when you set a target and are able to achieve it.
5. Starting my “Experiments in Kitchen” series
All the post titled “Experiment in Kitchen” share my experience of cooking a recipe. Whether it was a success or a failure. What improvements I can make for the next time. What additions/changes I made to the original recipe. So far, I have written about 6 of these experiments. I started this series with “Baked Poha with a twist“, one of my innovations over a previous recipe. The latest is “Potato Crusted Quiche“.
It was the best time of last year. I met my mother and grandmother and stayed with them for more than a week. I got the chance to show off my newly acquired cooking skills to my grandmother. I mean I was meeting her after three years and three years ago I didn’t know how to cook anything. I cooked both the Indian and Western dishes for her like Homebaked Pizza, Pancakes, Paneer Makhani, Okra Yogurt Curry, Baked Poha, etc. I am so happy she enjoyed every one of them.
7. Brother-In-Law’s Wedding
It was both hectic and beautiful. I enjoyed everything from shopping, dancing, meeting relatives, great food, engagement party, and the wedding.
8. Making Banana Bread Successfully
Yes, I made it finally. Yes! Yes! Yes! I made Chocolate Chip Banana Bread on December 23, 2017. The banana bread came out too delicious. That day I was so happy that I was dancing, “I made it! I made it! I didn’t burn it! It’s so soft and perfect! Yay! Yay!” It is going to be my next “Experiments in Kitchen” post where I will share more details. It’s silly, but I get excited, happy and too psyched when I make something that has been on my mind for a long time.
9. Holding Crow pose for 10 breaths
I think around July or August, I started doing yoga religiously. I started with Yoga with Adrienne’s 30 Days of Yoga. I took around 60 days to finish this 30 days sequence. Then I did another of her 30 days series, Yoga Camp, and completed this one in 40 days. Followed by next 30 days series on her channel, Yoga Revolution, which I completed in record 30 days. Then I repeated the Yoga Revolution series more than once. Right now I am doing this year 30 days series, True. Tomorrow is Day 9 for me.
If you do yoga, you would know that crow pose is one of the toughest postures in Yoga. From the beginning, I have never been able to hold it for more than 2 or 3 breaths. I always fall down. But there was this one time in October, where I was able to hold the crow pose for 10 breaths. It never happened again. I am back to falling down after two or three breaths. But that one time counts as a happy memory for me.
I can’t think of any more delights from 2017. Writing these has significantly improved my mood now. Feeling more positive.
Share your happy memories from last year in the comments with me.
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