Dichotomy is a word that always rings in my head. Growing up in the States with a traditional Indian upbringing it was East vs West. Academic vs creative. Following the rules vs creating your own path.
In 2013, I learned that 'gray' area of overlap between two ideals is actually infinitely colorful.
At the end of 2012, I attended a workshop that inspired a creative course in 2013. I met Holly Becker- a woman whose voice and heart I respect greatly. I took away things that would stay with me throughout the year: use your blog as a way to create a beautiful, inspiring life. Collaborate. Cheer yourself on and others even louder. Stay true to your own unique voice.
I started the year happy, optimistic and ready for a change. Between hectic shifts in the emergency department, I relished in time alone. I read in cafes, took long walks in the park, enjoyed the summer sun and became a bit of a foodie. I put on 3 kilos and was not sorry for it.
I attended a few workshops keen to learn. Reached out to fellow bloggers I liked and found new friendships. I was beyond lucky and grateful to be featured and share in some incredible publications and magazines.
I made a decision to attempt to travel somewhere new every month. Get out of my comfort zone, learn more about myself in a different environment. I went scuba diving, danced around an empty castle at midnight, laughed and cried over things that shouldn't really matter and even more so at the things that did. I felt lost and found at the same time. It was confusing and important times.
I learned that gatherings can be both elaborate, simple or just a lovely way to share in the pits and peaks of a day. And any excuse to have a meal outside is always welcomed.
I met and have some incredible people that I can call family in my life right now. People who have and will continue to change the course of the years ahead. I realized I have some inspiring things inside me that are just starting to find its space.
In the same way, I have seen my struggles and weaknesses through a magnifying glass and while I don't always share this on the blog I am learning that it is ok to talk about them too.
Thank you always dear readers (friends) for being a part of this little journey. Here's to a fresh start and another chance to shine true in 2014. Happiest new year to you.