I started with the tradition of summing up my years from 2014, made it through 2015 and 2016 and now this is the fourth year I am trying this yet again. This exercise makes me go through the year and revisit all the good and the bad, focusing on the lessons learnt and excited about what is yet to come.
The year for us did not start on a very great note. We saw a massive door of opportunities being shut on us early on, something which we never expected. And then Sujoy had a nasty football injury which made him be out of the sports scene for almost 3 months. We brooded and cursed our fate and through that darkness, started my quest to look for my life purpose. If I have to mention one biggest thing that happened in 2017, then it will be me finding my life purpose! Hands down!
As life showed it’s bitter phases, I have been really blessed to see the light in all the darkness. This year somehow I was guided to the right teachers and courses which has helped me to realize my life purpose. Today, I am a certified Holistic Life Coach for women from the University of Wellness and I am very proud to see the phenomenal difference I have created in my clients’ lives. I have worked with clients who went through domestic violence, clients who wanted to create their own identity and clients who were so willing to come out of their scarce mentality. Life has been so fulfilling.
Today, I am a Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine certified Angel Intuitive and Angel Card Reader. I have guided so many souls with careers, relationships and life issues. It gives me immense gratitude when what I have learnt is getting used to better someone else’s life.
I went beyond my fears and did FB lives too. It was nerve wrecking and yet so exciting. All of this I could do because my people supported me and boosted me morally. Not just freinds and family but the tribe I have made through my FB page. They were there to cheer me up and stood tall behind me 🙂
I have been blessed truly in this aspect and I cannot thank the Almighty enough for ALL of this! I am truly humbled to be able to touch so many lives for the better.
Fell in Love with Colors Again
I was fortunate enough to get connected with Pooja, my childhood friend who also landed up in Chicago when we were there! I rekindled my love for colors and learnt some basic painting from her! She is a great artist and taught me so patiently. I have always had an artistic side to me, thanks to my father but somehow lost it over the years. I loved painting and we did some great work together. Painting is kind of like meditation for me, where I forget the rest of the world when I am so tuned into my work. Sitting for hours and creating art is indeed so rejuvenating. It does not matter if I am good at it or not, what matters is it gives me peace and happiness.
From Chicago to Boston
Our Chicago stay was short lived and we moved to Boston in June this year. We were excited because we were going to be close to family. Though I did not like the place at the beginning, the city actually grows on you. We roamed quite a bit during the summer and started falling in love with the city. Boston is the perfect mix of culture, food, beaches and hills. And some of the hiking trails are so beyond beautiful. I think every place we stay leaves a mark on us forever. Boston really made us feel at home for sure!
This was the first year in our entire US stay that we went pandal hopping and had such great fun during pujo. Bengalis and pujo fun cannot be separated. With Paula di and family around, we had so much merriment during pujo. We hogged on khichudi and witnessed some good cultural programs. Decking up and seeing different pujos brought back all the dating years memories back to me. Those were the days when Sujoy and me went to pandals and hogged on chinese and chops making sure no one sees us 😛
Oh! The Travels!
After witnessing snow for the first time in Chicago and being trapped at home for almost 6 months, when summer arrived we decided to spend each weekend outdoors exploring the nearby places. And we did exactly that! We saw many places in and around Chicago. Sujoy’s uncle, aunty and cousin visited us in Chicago and we roamed with them too. It was a different experience being a host and cooking those special meals for them.
When we came to Boston, it was summer and we went out every weekend exploring new cities and trails. My most loved places were a jazzy town called Newport, seeing the fall colors in White Mountains and trailing along the Blue Hills reservation which is so near our place.
And towards the end we did the most awaited West Coast Trip and it was epic! It was one week packed with adventure, nature, man made cities and pure fun. We visited Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Vegas, Zion National Park, Los Angeles and Death Valley National Park. Each place was different and each had it’s own story to tell. It was a trip I did minus the social media and it was so enthralling. My best moments were trailing through Zion National Park, looking at the sunset at Grand Canyon, getting blind sighted at the lights on the Vegas strip and looking at the Santa Monica beach landscape covered with mountains! Bliss!
The highlight of this trip was connecting with old friends. I had such a memorable time with all my friends. It was all worthwhile!
Being a Better Human Being Each Single Day
This has been the hardest and yet the most rewarding part of this year. Every single day waking up and trying to be a better human being than yesterday. Every single day waking up and letting go of the anger and judgement of yesterday. Every single day waking up and letting go of mistakes and forgiving myself and others. Every single day waking up and being thankful for all the blessings in my life. Every single day waking up and meditating. Every single day waking up and hitting the gym being better than yesterday. Every single day waking up and eating healthy. Every single day waking up and drawing boundaries. Every single day waking up and not letting anyone or anything have control over me. Every single day waking up to make the best of the day.
Every single day waking up and praying for everyone’s wellbeing!
2017 has been phenomenal for me! It has made me grow in ways I never imagined I could grow. They say 2017 is the number 1 year in the 9 year cycle, the seeds you sowed this year is just the beginning. If this year is the just the beginning, I cannot imagine what my next years will look like! And till then, what will remain constant is my quest to help, be a better person each single day and finally own my truth!
Can’t wait for 2018! Bring it on!
How was your 2017 and what were your greatest achievements?