Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Year that was 2015

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Is the year really coming to an end? How fast time flew! 2015 has been a year that brought me both pain and joy, immensely. It saw me ticking off quite a few items on my bucket list. I visited Switzerland, which has been a dream for a long time. I read a lot of great books. Writing wise, I had started writing Gouri, a novella that I'm working on at the moment. Thanks to the A to Z challenge that I attempted in April this year, it made me realize what I was capable of and for laying seeds to Gouri. 

My blog was also selected in the top five personal blogs in India by Blogadda. I did not win, but the fact that it made it the top five in itself meant a lot to me. It gave me more confidence in my writing skills, for one. Writing for me is a therapeutic and healing experience. Couple of years back, writing did not play a major role in my life other than the occasional scribbling. But now, I can't imagine one without writing in it. That is how much I have come to value it. So much so that it is the very essence of who I'm today. 

Also, my blog was selected in the top 15 socially active book blogs by Baggout! Yes, I was cribbing and moaning about how miserable 2015 was, and I decided to stop complaining and focus on the achievements alone without dwelling too much on what didn't go as planned. Turns out, I did not do bad at all. Thanks to everyone who has stood by my side and been a part of my journey. Love you all. 

That brings me to 2016, I have big plans for the coming year. I want to do a lot more of travelling, read those books that have been piling high on my TBR pile. I also want to cover some of those classics that I have been meaning to read for quite some time now. There are a few that I read many years back and so re-reading them is on the agenda as well. 

I want to step out of my comfort zones and explore all that I haven't before. No, no resolutions for me other than to write more and be a more disciplined writer. As far as resolutions and me go, we seldom work out, so I'm going to refrain from unrealistic expectations without losing focus on the silver linings. Happy New Year, you all! 

I’m sharing my #TalesOf2015 with BlogAdda.

28 comments:

  1. Happy New Year, 2016, Aathira, wish you all the best and hope you complete your novella " Gauri " soon and publish it.
    Your summing up of 2015 was very crisp, true to yourself and I really appreciate your decision on New Year Resolutions. Better to do and achieve without Resolving, than Resolving and failing !
    God bless you.

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    1. Happy New Year to you too, Mr Parsa. Thanks a lot for your warm wishes :)

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  2. Wishing you a happening 2016 in advance. I am sure Gauri will bring you more laurels...

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    1. Thank you. For being there for me <3

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  3. Hope you have a great 2016 Aathira! :)

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    1. Thank you, Reema! Happy New Year to you too :)

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  4. Happy 2016 aathira and I already am dying to read gouri :)

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    1. Aww! Thanks Love :) Happy New Year to you!

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  5. congratulations.. 2015 saw some glitters from your creative wings, so surely much accolades awaiting you in the year to come

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    1. Thanks a lot! Happy new year to you :)

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  6. resolution well i always fail at them :( ..

    all the best for the novel and congrats on all the achievement ..

    Wishing you and family and everyone around you a very happy new year..

    May all that you have dreamed comes true.. have a fantabulous New year

    Bikram's

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    1. Thanks so much, Bikram. Good to see you back here. Wishing you a fabulous year ahead :)

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  7. I am so waiting for Gouri, you know :)

    I always envy you for the amount if books you read. And what I wish for you in 2016 is more time to read and even more time to write. I've missed your writing, soul sistah.

    Wishing you a very happy new year love, may the happiness and success continue! :)

    Love and Hugs!

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    1. So much of expectations for Gouri and I'm now so nervous! Thanks so so much for your wishes, soul sistah! I missed you too.

      Have a gorgeous year ahead and I look forward to catching up :) xoxo

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  8. "no resolutions for me other than to write more and be a more disciplined writer." is a very beautiful thought. I wish to do the same along with some more :)

    I loved the name of your -in-process novel. Good luck with it.
    You are a beautiful poet and I am looking forward to read your poems here.

    Happy 2016 in advance.

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    1. Thank you for reading, Shaifali. I hope not to disappoint :) A happy new year to you too!

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  9. Happy New Year.. Congratulations on such a successful blogging experience.. Looking forward to
    Gouri.. :) I had read it during the A-Z challenge..
    Same new year resolution for me to- travel more and write more.

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    1. Thanks Hon. I hope you like Gouri :) Wishing you a great new year filled with all that your heart desires.

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  10. Eagerly waiting for Gouri to happen :)
    I feel immensely happy for your achievements in 2015 and only pray you grow leaps and bounds in 2016.
    Let there be more words, writings and a lot of soul in them. :)

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    1. I really hope you like it, Love :) Thanks a lot for your words. Means a lot. Hope you have a beautiful year ahead!

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