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Lessons learnt in Life,  Personal

A Year That Passed

So, here is the time when we say goodbye to 2017. As this year comes to an end, it’s also the time to make a trip back in time and see if it went well?

It’s time to recall the ups and downs, to think and take pride in all the accomplishments (however meagre), to ponder over the failures and remember the lessons, sigh over the losses and smile on the gains. Today, it’s the time to take a moment and be grateful to the almighty for all the blessings.

On an average, 2017 has been a good year for me. Many things happend- good and bad. Should I recall bad things? Nope. I think It’s also a time to leave the baggage behind, and move on light. Hence, I’ll keep the lessons to myself and take you on joy ride.

The year started off with immense positivity. I enjoyed wholeheatedly the warmth of Ganga Aarti at Haridwar and night chill of Riverside camping in Rishikesh, gathering enough energy and motivation to be on my toes for some time.

Big opportunities opened a few new career portals in the coming months, one of which promissed a come back to my state-my home- a dream of life felt like coming true. And, I with the blessings of family and well wishers got through an obstacle which has been holding me back for more than a decade. Better late than never, now I am at a place which comes with countless privileges of its own.

Next, because my job asked for a temporary separation from Mr Coolhead-my other half, I saw myself turning self dependent in real sense. I experimented a lot. Not at all a homely damsel, I did hop from task to task to accomplish a lot of domestic goals. Of all the things, changing a gas cylinder still haunts me though. I wish the automatic supply to make its way here soon.

As a mother ( better call me single parent for the time being), I tried to be good enough. Single Parenting is challenging but I think I faired well.

Best thing, Snow is addicted to reading! From this I remember, I too did a good job this year; read quite many books. Loved it.

On Kitchen front, I did make some use of the oven finally; yeah, baked stuff of sorts which mostly I ended up eating. Not because it wasn’t good. But what if people don’t appreciate change especially if it concerns their tastebuds, atleast Snow doesn’t!🙄

Since this ‘Family-of-Wanderers’ was drifting on an ocean of uncertainty, and time was needed to settle in the new place as well, while moving with the flow of life we willingly bumped into each other sporadically, and managed many tiny-winy refreshing trips, sometimes planned, however impromptu most of the times.

We explored the unexplored in the vicinity. Whether it was getting soaked during the pristine weekend at Giri, or finding the hidden gem Aamod, or meeting the serene lake siblings at MorniHills, or seeking the paradise in the countryside, or an interesting encounter at the religious place on the bank of another gorgeous river, or the energising flag ceremony in Kasauli, and many more; we had much on our plate.

We discovered that there is more to every little thing than what we tend to assume.

The best thing which occurred in this year was that circumstances favoured me to attend my first ever bloggers’ meet. It was the most wonderful experience as a blogger. I met many super-amazing people and learned some helpful techniques for the growth of my blog and ME as a writer.

To close, the year on high note, what else but a trip deep into mountains seemed the best possible thing we could do as a family and like always, it was refreshing and fulfilling.

This year also gave one of my life first experience of a fractured bone which came off well before the year ends. Hurray! I am going to welcome new year with both my hands. I am grateful to all those kind people for all the love that they showered all the while.

So, to conclude, I would say:

As this year comes to end, I see my hands full with aplenty of wisdom, understanding, strength, happiness, friendship, concerns, contentment with bounties of Zeal and enthusiasm to grow in every humanely possible way. I am more grounded, and grateful.

Here’s toast for another amazing year.


Hi I am Mann, a travel enthusiastic woman who loves to explore places along with her family. I don’t understand solo travelling; I need my people around to share the joy of discovering things. My constant travel companions are- Mr CoolHead, my husband and Snow, My only child of 6 years. Follow my blog as I take you to small adventures of my life.


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