2017 wrap up


I find it therapeutic to take stock – of course the process of preparing for the stock taking exercise is a little stressful especially when it comes to expenses and accounting, but all the same, the end result justifies the effort. It’s always eye opening to know what went right/wrong and what one should do for correction.

So since the new year is here – I’ve taken stock of the past year (in terms of experiences & learnings) and I’m just quite pleased that it was a good year on all counts. I turned 41 in Sep 2017 – of course that wasn’t the good part. The good part was that it was a year great for business/ new relationships/ growing as a person/ taking time out for friends & family.

I lost a dear aunt in Jan 17, and it made me think more about how fickle life is/how it still goes on for the rest of the world but stops for the ones who have suffered the loss. How despite our best intentions, our efforts don’t measure up. But we must and should find a way to help/contribute and make a difference – whether by being there/volunteering to help/or monetarily. Dear ones who leave us will never come back, regret is of no value – instead make time for them. Make it a priority.

In April 17,I completed the Gokyo-ri 5300 mts and EBC 5350 mts treks back to back – which was tough without doubt. I proved to myself that at 40, I had it in me to take up a challenge and complete it. At those altitudes and temperatures, water would freeze overnight, altitude headache and muscle fatigue happens but I kept on. One of the nights was particularly tough as I puked all through it. I was worried about the trek next morning but after a hearty breakfast I felt fine – and we walked on. I never thought of quitting surprisingly. I guess it’s more in the mind that the body. My best friend took up the Everest mission and for me it was an anxious May. But he made me proud/ I learnt so much from him – his perseverance/ dedication. I learnt more about our friendship 🙂

At work – it was all good except for a small blip. I established new relationships with artisans/vendors and clients – all so fulfilling that I had my cup full and thanked GOD. Every business requires trustworthy suppliers – I was lucky to find some. I found newer artisans to work with & above all I’m thankful that I have repeat customers who come back to Advaita Handicrafts for business (bulk and retail) and that I have been able to maintain that level of trust and quality at work. I’m grateful for the love & affection of my customers who are now so close to me that I call them friends :). I could introduce a new line of Jewellery that did extremely well last year – and I’m now more confident of taking measured risks & working on these challenges.

I completed my photography course earlier in the year and was happy to get a chance to try my hand at it during my travels to Europe/Goa/Odisha/ Jaipur/Nashik and Nagpur/Nepal. Yes it was a wonderful year of travel. I undertook my first solo overseas vacation and I’m super proud of myself.

I gave more emphasis on my health – signed up with a sports dietician though I have no medical conditions or weight/health issues; just to get my eating & exercise right. Its been a great experience with her as well. Planning my menu and eating healthy has me excited through the week, week on week. 🙂

As I reflect on the year gone by, its been a blessed year with tikhat (chillis)/meet (salt)/sakhar (sugar) & Gud (jiggery) all in the right proportions resulting in a balanced fare. I’m grateful to God for all that I have.

I hope the coming year is still better – I hope to be a wiser person/more in control of my emotions/ I wish for more relationships & friendships in my life/ I wish for better health of my loved ones & myself/ I wish to start something a new – a step I have already taken – a new line of jewellery/ A new skill/ better productive business. And I wish you a great year ahead as well!

My Mantra for 2018 – Declutter/Donate more/ Buy less