The first month of the new year has whizzed past. All the euphoria and excitement of bringing in the new year vanished as I struggled through this month. This month I clutched at straws as I battled with disappointments personal and professional. But let’s not dwell too much on what did not go as per my wishes.
Here is my first gratitude post for this year. Let’s make it count.
First things first. I had my tooth extraction and root canal treatment this month. The tooth extraction was worse than I had imagined. The pain was stiff and lasted for close to 10-11 days. I was constantly on pain killers and very irritable. There were days when I just wanted to sit and weep so bad and constant was the pain. But there were a few people who stopped me from going to pieces. My dear friend, KS, she hand held me all through. She called me when I was really down in the dumps and gave me some much needed pep talk along with medicine suggestions that helped. Don’t worry she is a doctor. My sis-in-law sent me some homoeopathy to help expedite healing. And the family kept up its motivation, tolerating my terrible moods and also helping out with chores to help me rest.
Kids and husband rally around giving me maximum rest while they take care of chores. Feeling irritable. Thank God for families.
— Rachna says (@rachnaparmar) January 13, 2017
So the worst is over though I have a couple of sittings left for the crown measurement and some such details. It wasn’t pleasant but it is over.
I also had a run-in with a client. It frustrates me when people know very little and push their way through. Especially when it comes to content, every TDH thinks that they are writers and yes they do have a bunch of suggestions about content. Well, I almost quit this project but took a few days off to sulk. I will still continue but cut back on my commitment. One has to safeguard one’s sanity especially when you are working with less competent folks. Was ranting to the husband who listened patiently (what choice does he have :)) and then asked me to go easy on myself.
January has been a good month in terms of exercise. Despite my pain, I have been more or less regular getting back into the groove with both my walks and strength training. I have also been taking regular supplements to help with the various deficiencies.
There are many other changes that are currently ongoing. If all goes well, will surely share.
The kids are going to have their 4th unit tests in February and that is never good for my blood pressure. Bracing myself for that.
Since last November, I have been actively cutting back on my social media time. Yes, it drives me mad at times. It works negatively on my moods and eats into my productivity. Three months down the line and I am happy with the balance I now have. Perhaps that will be another post. But suffice it to say, I am in control of what I do on social media now. I am much calmer and almost feel a detachment to it. That is not to say that there are not days when I love the banter. But most days, it is just scroll the TL and leave.
I also finally posted all the books from my blog’s 8th Anniversary giveaway. I sent out handwritten letters and felt such a rush of happiness when I posted them on the day of my tooth extraction. The messages that I received from all the people really made me happy.
January was also a good month for reading. I managed to finish reading 3 books which felt quite energising especially after the lull in reading that I was suffering from. Hope to keep that going. All that time wasted on social media was diverted to reading. How truly lovely!
To wind up, I will just share this heartwarming conversation with the younger son as he and I were walking last evening.
He: “Mum, you are very kind!”
Me: “Really?” ( I had just warned him that I will take away his gadget time if he did not study what we had decided he ought to)
He: “Yes, you are!”
Me: “Thank you. Even if I take out your time?”
He: “Yes! Because I know that I deserve the punishment.”
I looked at him in astonishment and smiled. He looked quite serious. Heart melting moment that.
I will hold on to that beautiful thought. Always grateful for my boys. All four of them.
How was your January?
Do join me with Vidya on #GratitudeCircle every month.
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