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Taking Stock and Looking Ahead With Excitement

by Vidya Sury January 7, 2012 13 comments
Taking stock! red brick wall with live, work, create. quote

Since I began the year with the ‘flu, I’ve been putting off “taking stock” because I simply haven’t had the energy to think of new stuff. I focused more on finishing up client projects (I like my bread, butter, and flavored cheese).

The afternoons have been a bit lethargic and warm – and I felt too tired to do anything much besides the usual housework, not to mention the mountains of laundry I had to tackle.

Still, I’ve been eager and busy planning in my head about all the things I want to do this year. Somehow it pushes up my adrenalin when I think about making a list. I like to write down everything and visualize ticking things off. I feel very excited to see all the check marks.

My lists are usually on giant-sized paper and I keep the sheet (folded like an accordion) with one heading in each panel for months at a time, as it gives me an overview of what I’ve been up to, what I’ve accomplished and what I’ve been falling short on.

So, right now, I’ve got the list in bits and pieces in my spirally bound notebook. Soon, I’ll organize it and have it on my official list! Hence the taking stock!

The year began on a great note, though, and I feel the happiness buzz. I guess meeting close friends always does that. I’ve also had the privilege of seeing my old school and of course, I became all teary-eyed thinking back in time, when I was in school in the ’70s.  I took pictures from across the road because there was a road divider I couldn’t jump over.

I have been taking stock of my work

…and find myself looking forward in a big way. So grateful for that. I would have posted a list of my 2012 resolutions, but am too shy to share it, because some of it is personal.

One of the things I intend to do this year is learn a lot. I have a list of things I want to know more about and thanks to the Internet and other generous bloggers offering tutorials and guides, I am hopeful I’ll cover most of what I want.

Things like some basic HTML, Google Analytics, using the Google Webmaster tools, a makeover for my blog (maybe), start a newsletter and so on. But more than anything else, I appreciate the valuable learning I get on a daily basis by just visiting my favorite blogs.

I also want to make Vidur’s dream come true – that of publishing his book. He’s the sort who’ll stick with deadlines; so I am hoping that by November at least (November because it is his birthday month) we’ll be able to print the first edition. I am very much looking forward to that.

It would be odd if I didn’t mention that I hope my own book “The Complete Health Guide for Women” meets a publisher this year. But only the first draft is ready and I’ve got lots more to do before it meets a reader, Inshallah!

More than anything, I plan also to give my home a complete DIY makeover and I have a feeling it is going to be great fun and I am going to enjoy it very much. I’ll post updates when I do something!

Not to forget, 2012 will also be the year when my son will go to the tenth grade in April and turn 15 in November. Seems like just the other day he was a bebe I was holding in my arms!

Taking stock 
person holding baby's hand in close up photography

And now, he’s about a head taller than I am. Hmm.

Just one more thing!

I’ve got one more thing to share that I am thrilled about, today. Betsy of  The Zen-Mama’s blog was kind enough to feature me on her blog today. Some time back, I wrote a post titled “My Happiness Jar Project“. I started my Collecting Smiles project, inspired by a post I read titled “Take Two Smiles and Call Me In the Morning”.

We’ve had a very exciting time filling that Happiness Jar, and when Betsy suggested an interview, wow!, I was pretty excited and also humbled that she would want to share this with everyone. And here is the lovely result – Vidya’s Happiness Project! Thank you, Betsy, for working your magic! 

And don’t forget to let me know if you plan to make a  Happiness Jar for yourself! Believe me, it is fun and a 100 % feel-gooder!

A huge thanks to everyone who read and commented on my post Keeping Time: Scenes from Life: Miracles Do Happen at Emily’s blog. You’ve no idea how overwhelmed I felt! I am also happy I got to meet some terrific bloggers there.

What can I say? Life is good.

With Love.

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sheila January 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Ah Life is GOOD! Love watching your Happiness Jar fill out! FUN! Also, great photos! I enjoy seeing your son grow. I have a 17 year old who just last year surpassed me in height, lol. We are so similar it makes me smile.

My Inner Chick January 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I feel your happiness project flowing from my computer already.

I Adore the photos of you and Vidur!


You. Make. Me. Smile.

Love Love Love. Xx

Terri Sonoda January 7, 2012 at 6:35 pm

The happiness jar is one of the best ideas I’ve heard of in a long time. I need to take stock, too, as I have many more blessings in my life than I admit to. You are one of those blessings, my friend! You have such a beautiful heart. I’m am blessed to know you. Much love!

Kimberly January 7, 2012 at 7:16 pm

This just made me all sorts of happy.
So much for all of you to look forward to. I really hope in my heart that both of you are able to acheive that dream about publishing your books. Wouldn’t that be fabulous!!
The fact that you even wrote one is just mind blowing.
Off to visit Betsy’s house…
Did she bake us visitors any cookies?

Vidya Sury January 7, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Thanks, Sheila! Crazy how the time flies, no? Loved your post today!

Betsy at Zen-Mama January 7, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Life is good! And I, too, feel very excited about 2012 and all my projects. Love all your pictures here! And I was so happy to feature you in my blog today, too. Hope all your readers will come and read the full story!!

Vidya Sury January 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Dear Kim, Thanks! Glad I make you smile. I so love having you over – and really appreciate your lovely comments!

Vidya Sury January 8, 2012 at 3:25 am

Dearest Terri, I always get a smile in my heart when I think of you. I am so happy that in the short time we’ve known each other, we’ve got such a wonderful rapport. Thank YOU for being in my life. I love how you care and write to me, no matter how busy you are. Blessed just about sums it up. Hugs to you!

Vidya Sury January 8, 2012 at 3:27 am

Kimberly, you’re such a darling. I LOVE the way you write (even though you make me cry). Thanks so much for coming by – and yes, I really hope I can achieve the things I’ve planned. Thanks so much for your wishes – I think it is this that propels me forward to do most things. Without my friends, I am nothing, really.

And oh, I’ll let Betsy know about the cookies, Ms. Santa. What flavor is your favorite?

Hugs, Kimberly. 🙂 I love that you’re here.

Vidya Sury January 8, 2012 at 3:28 am

Dear Betsy, 🙂 again, thanks for featuring me on your blog. Quite a few of my friends told me they loved the post and your blog. 🙂 Love to you!

Unknown Mami January 8, 2012 at 4:21 am

Vidur was an adorable baby. This is going to sound self-absorbed, but I swear that as a baby he reminds me a bit of my Luna Pie: the coloring and they eyes.

Vidya Sury January 8, 2012 at 5:38 am

Dear Unknown Mami – we mothers have the poetic license to be self-absorbed. 🙂 Do I make sense? I am pleased to hear he reminds you of Luna Pie, who is an adorable baby! I love your photos of Put Pie and Luna Pie!

I went crazy with my camera when Vidur was little – and have hundreds of albums of the physical kind. Thank God I went digital five years ago!

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