Reflections '19

So here I am, sharing the last post of the year with all my readers. I haven’t shared anything in a while, but I guess that’s the whole point when writing a blog. Don’t push yourself to post anything, but rather wait for the right moment, the right words and the right feelings that you can share with the ones reading your posts.

This blog started as a hobby, and soon became, what I call it, an important lifeline, a way to express my feelings, as a mother, as a wife, as someone who loved writing stories, and then I challenged myself with “My Julie And Julia Project”, where I had to share 100 recipes from my kitchen. Well, I didn’t complete the number, actually I am still very far off from what I call even half-way complete. But, through this journey, I have realized that the most important person you can be truthful to is, YOU. So, I prioritized a lot of other things going on in life, like starting to study and get myself back to the software engineering career after the break of almost four years. This has been a very tough phase for me, but I am pretty sure I will be back working again soon.

I missed writing blogs a lot, but sometimes it’s best to go with the flow. I will continue my “Julie & Julia” journey in the year 2020, with lot more baking experiments and healthy ingredients. I am really overwhelmed by the response that I received for the basic chocolate chip cookie recipe that I had shared. It was the chocolate chip cookie which was made using whole wheat flour and jaggery powder, so a bit healthier than using all purpose flour and refined sugar. The moms group and some other culinary groups that I followed on Facebook left me speechless when so many people tried the same recipe, and shared their feedback. I am going to cherish that for lifetime.

The same cookies are made multiple times in a month at my home, as my daughter is a big fan of the same. So, leaves me with less cookie experiments in my kitchen, but totally worth it. I am sharing the recipe link down, which by far is the most loved post of 2019 for me. I am filled with gratitude for all the love I have received for the same. Here is a link to the post.

https://livelaughlovewithme.com/2019/06/26/classic-chocolate-chip-cookies-with-whole-wheat-flour/

I had also set some crash fitness plans for myself and noticed that consistency is all we need to sustain the fitness goals. But this year, I am not going to rely on setting fitness goals, rather, making fitness as a part of my daily routine. Load on your favorite playlist and hit the road. This has to be added to daily routine, much like having three meals in a day.

There is an aspect of “Loving Yourself” that I have come across this year. I’ve had the chance to meet (friends and family) and follow (on social media) some really powerful female personalities, that I will always be thankful to. “Loving Yourself” doesn’t mean “I am always right”, but it certainly means being able to put your point across softly but firmly, and training your mind to not give reaction to every damn situation we face. Some moments in life do not need the emotional baggage we give them. This is one of mantra of successful people, and I can’t agree more with this. Sounds easy to read, but it is really difficult to implement in real life. But the one thing that has helped me achieve that is, being aware. Being aware of the fact that you can train or talk with yourself in your head before you give any emotional outburst. It has been helping me a lot, and meditation definitely strengthens you in this aspect.

The new year has arrived with hopes to see a better year ahead. And I wish that God guides us in every step in life always.

Have a great 2020. Looking forward to see you all soon with more content. Till then.

Adios Amigos

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