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Goodbye 2011

As I realize I’ll never see 31.12.2011 again, I am also thrilled to note that I am ending this year on a joyous note, if not physically, definitely mentally and emotionally.
Overall, it has been a year of ups and downs, but am grateful that I was fortunate to enjoy the ups and had the strength to face the downs. 
Here are some random moments from my 2011. If I missed something, blame it on my present feverish state – I am sick with a sore throat and a severe cold and my “mummy” now comes out as “bubby” – but physical indisposition aside, my heart and soul are happy creatures.  
Friends
I am still basking in the happiness of meeting my closest friends on 29th and 30th Dec  after 33 years, when I visited my spiritual hometown, Hyderabad. I was there for three days and had a fantastic time. These friends are classmates with whom I spent three years sharing the same bench from 1975 to 1978, in Grade 8, 9 and 10 in the same class. We went to the same college later but studied different subjects.  We’ve been in touch, thanks to Facebook and I was lucky enough to be able to make a quick trip to my favorite town to meet them and spend happy moments, which I will record in my book of memories as some of the happiest in my life.  
I am also thrilled that I can phone my existing friends and laugh with them every other day, knowing we’re adding years to our relationship. 
Work
Made some great new contacts and got hired by a couple of long term clients. I enjoy the challenges of new projects and am grateful to my existing clients for the regular work flow. I also resumed writing my health column at Gingerchai.com after a very brief hiatus.
Blogging
This has been a very special year for my blogs, thanks to some terrific bloggers I’ve connected with.  Happily, I moved my blog to its own domain in June 2010 and that feels real good. I now write two more of my own blogs besides this one, regularly, at Your medicalguide (health focused) and Coffee With Mi (a personal blog which I started writing when my Mom passed on in Feb 2010).
After working on it for a few months, I also created some new categories on this blog – feel free to use the excellent resources in the Elibrary. I also created the “Archives” that lists the last five hundred posts on this blog. And guess what – in 2012 – this blog will be ten years old! It has been a lovely journey since 2003.
I’ve tremendously enjoyed reading lots of blogs that inspired me and also helped improved my writing.  Here special thanks are due to Terri Sonoda @tsonoda, KimSisto-Robinson @krrobi Unknown Mami @unknownmami , Rachel Speer @resp1016, Farida Rizwan @faridarizwan, Kimberly M @momgosomething, SheilaBurke @BeZensational, Betsy Henry @thezenmama, Lakshmi Rajan @lakshmirajan, Harleena @harleenas to name the wonderful people I keep in touch with almost on a daily basis – this list is by no means complete. 
Special thanks to dearest Terri for my first blog award and her constant kindness.
And of course, I am grateful to my friends who phone me or meet me every other day and make my life happy.
2011 is also the year when I seriously worked on my book, thanks to the NaNoWriMo challenge. The first rough draft is ready and it will be a few more versions before it meets the publisher. I hope 2012 is the year that happens. I am grateful to those who have expressed an interest in this book.
I started supporting a few charities in 2010. I am glad I was able to continue doing this in 2011 in a bigger and better way.  This is a major motivation in my life – I enjoy my work that much more as I know that every cent I earn is worthwhile.
I have learned many things in 2011 thanks to the Internet and the wonderful people I am associated with. I’ve also discovered Pinterest. What an addiction!
On a sad note, we lost several close relatives in our family and we’ll miss them dearly, especially the ones we lost without warning.
After all the wonderful list-type posts I read during the past few days, I feel I haven’t done as much justice to this post as I had planned in my head.  It must be this awful ’flu I am going through right now. But I was determined to write the ‘last post for 2011’.
What I can say with conviction though, is I am looking forward to a great 2012 – and wish you all a year that is full of smiles, health, peace, happiness, prosperity, growth – you name it, you got it! 
See you all in 2012!
With love,

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Terri Sonoda
    December 31, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    What an eventful year you have had my friend! And thank you so much for including me in your postitives. I am humbled and delighted. I am so sorry to hear that you are sick. Please Please take good care of yourself. Rest. Liquids. You know the drill. I’m so happy to hear you’ve reconnected with old friends. There’s nothing quite like it, is there? I had the good fortune to have done the same this year and it was amazing. Well, Happy New Year my sweet friend. I’m so happy we’ve discovered one another! Bless you and your home and beautiful family! Hugssss,
    T

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    Vidya Sury
    December 31, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Thanks, Terri, for the beautiful comment. You’ve made a big difference in my life! I am so thrilled we met, too! I am thinking all good thoughts right now – am sure I’ll be much better tomorrow – hugs to you! I am so excited about your new job too!

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    Someone is Special
    December 31, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Keep rocking and blessing many more posts.. ! Happy New Year 2012 ! ~ ! இனிய புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள் !

    Someone is Special

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    Vidya Sury
    December 31, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Thank you, Saravana! இனிய புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள் to you, too! Looking forward to a great 2012!

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    Farida Rizwan
    January 1, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I consider it a great honor to find a place in your post. You have brought in a load of confidence, hope and courage to me. In our short association, I have learned quite a lot from you. Wish you and your family very happy new year. Give my love to Vidur

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    Vidya Sury
    January 1, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Dear Farida, Thanks for your kind wishes. i wish you the very best!

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    Someone is Special
    January 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I hope so.. நன்றி

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    Betsy at Zen-Mama
    January 1, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Happy New Year Vidya! What a beautiful year you’ve had! I, too, am looking forward to a wonderful 2012!

    Hope you’re feeling better!!

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    My Inner Chick
    January 2, 2012 at 1:22 am

    —Your kindness, generosity, & passion are inspiring. You continually think of other people & I can feel your positive energy flowing directly here- all the way to Minnesota.
    —-You. Are. Like. Fresh. Air.
    My dear sweet Vidya…
    H A P P Y 2012.

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    Vidya Sury
    January 2, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Thank you, Betsy. I am looking forward, too!

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    Vidya Sury
    January 2, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Dear Kim, Thanks so much for your lovely comment. Your words always fill me with happiness. Thank you! Hugs!

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    Unknown Mami
    January 3, 2012 at 3:03 am

    I hope you are feeling better. I’ve been so sick too, but also feeling grateful. I know the illness will pass and I have had many blessings this year. The biggest being the birth of my dear Luna Pie.

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year! As always, thank you for your enthusiastic support and kindness.

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    Vidya Sury
    January 3, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Unknown Mami, You are always in my prayers. You rock and am so happy we connected! Happy New Year – and looking forward to 2012. 🙂

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    likeschocolate
    January 6, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Sounds like a fantastic year! The ups are only sweeter by experiencing the downs. Wishing you a Happy 2012!

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    Vidya Sury
    January 6, 2012 at 4:04 am

    You’re absolutely right, Kelley. I believe that sincerely. Welcome to my blog and thanks so much for visiting! Happy 2012 to you, too!

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