The year I turned 30.
2016 has indeed been the year of preparation.
Here’s my report card :
1. Pursue a sport.
I started shooting on June 1,2016. I continued from where I left in 2015. Then I had completed level 3 – the level where one is supposed to play states. However, since I was to go to Dubai, I requested my coach to let me work on my technique rather than appearing for the matches half-prepared.
There was no stopping after I rejoined. I qualified for the states, then played the pre-nationals. I appeared for the nationals through a wildcard (3 points less than the qualification score). I could not qualify in the nationals, but am heading towards a successful next year.
Here’s to hard work!
2. Start coding again.
This ain’t happening. I took up work by the side in August which kept me busy. Let’s see if I can code in 2017.
3. Write without the fear of your inner editor.
I wrote a lot of gibberish this year. I started NaBloPoMo November and wrote a few odd posts. I almost completed the February ramblings! April’s A-Z Challenge was a disaster.
The positive here is – I am not shying from writing.
Oh, and here is something sensible I heard and wrote.
4. Learn baking.
This will take another decade. It has dropped from my priority list.
5. Prepare a virtual travelogue.
I started travel posts on thedamsel.in, but I did not have enough time.
6. Read 100 books.
I completed 33% of my Goodreads Challenge. (That’s a lot for me, who reads about 10 books a year.) Though it may not have gone as I planned at the outset, this year I have made good use of Kindle Unlimited. I also exchanged my copy of Undue Influence from Sharjah Book Fair in Pune International Literature Festival.
- I finished ALL of Jane Austen’s work barring Lady Susan.
- I read George Orwell, whom I was planning to read since 2013.
- I read White Shark instead of the planned Jaws reading.
All in all, a good reading year.
7. Draw the fashion designs in your head. Learn to draw, if need be.
I subscribed to an online drawing course which cost me 1250 Rs per month. I continued till 2 months and then quit. There is a fashion design course offered by MITCON Pune, which I was considering taking up, but have decided against it for the moment.
8. Start video blogging/podcasting.
9. Love your blog(s). Let it show.
I monetised my blog today. I gave it a makeover. It has been getting makeovers ‘trial and error’ style for the whole year. So I guess my love is showing.
10. Be your own mentor in all walks of life.
This is what I said mid-year >> Failing terribly. Need to take myself seriously.
I have improved since. I have kept myself motivated and charged, to be consistent where needed and to be flexible and revise priorities where needed. I am gaining control.
2016 – The year of preparation. 2017 – Off to climb mountains!