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Tallying up the accounts

Score for 2009:

Here were my goals for last year:

1. Exercise. Get atleast 8-10 hours of exercise every week.

Result: Trained for the 10K race. Had to cancel the race, but lost approx 10 kgs while training for it.

2. Sketch / Paint / Photograph everyday.

Result: Maintaining a pocket sketchbook, in which I sketch and pen down my thoughts, as well!

3. Be aggressive and proactive when it comes to work.

Result: Trying to do so. Have learnt that being aggressive and proactive works in certain situations and in some situations it is better to take a back-seat and observe.

4. Learn to drive a car.

Result: DONE. Still cannot drive alone. Need a companion for support. However, by the end of this year, I have stopped driving any vehicle (due to obvious reasons).

5. Stick to the daily To- Do list. But also, make time for relaxation.

Result: Have made this a habit. Right now, the key lies in not extending the time for relaxation!

6. Use a face toner and cleanser every night before going to bed. Make it a daily regime.

Result: Hmm. Skin changed completely! Instead of getting a glow, I have a haggard look, inspite of all Body Shop lotions and toners used!

7. Eat healthy…drink cold coffee :)

Result: Started on my own healthy diet plan. When combined with daily exercise, the diet plan works! Reduced caffeine intake (again, obvious reasons) and it is one cold coffee a day…more milk and less sugar and coffee. Also, started consuming more and more fresh lime juice and buttermilk.

8. Go trekking in the Himalayas

Result: Trekked for 60 km in 4 days to Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers. It was an amazing experience, enough to last me till the next trek. The Himalayas are mesmerizing…as always. They make me return there again and again.

9. Visit IIT – K, Kanpur and Lucknow….eat chat

Result: Went to the ADEX 09, the annual design exhibition. Gave a talk titled, ‘ A designer’s Survival guide to working in corporate design teams’. First time for me 😀 and it was fun. Ate chat everyday.

10. Go for an after dinner walk.

Result: Going for an after dinner walk, definitely has its advantages. For one, it reduces the time spent watching mindless TV shows and gives me the time to relax and talk with Sameer on stuff not related to our everyday lives. Plus, the weather is almost perfect at 9:45pm and there is no one other than us taking a walk at that time. The frequency of evening walks has reduced but it will pick up again, am sure.

11. Don’t procrastinate.

Result: Difficult to follow. But am on it!

12. Be attentive, focused and prompt. 

Result:But am on it!

13. Make do with the things you already have. Limit shopping expenditure.

Result: Difficult to follow. But am on it!

14. Get the cloth materials lying in the wardrobe stitched and embroider or paint them yourself. ( Lost the embroidery threads.)

Result: Lost embroidery threads and while cleaning up the cupboard, found them at the back. The cloth material is yet to be stitched, because I was not able to find a tailor who could do justice to them (and also I procrastinated).

15. Drink coffee only once a day.

Result: Read result for no 7.

16. Vacation with parents and in-laws

Result: Trekking trip was with parents and other relatives. I am glad that they are in good health (even better than S and me) and proved it by walking faster than both of us during the trek.

17. Get a dental checkup

Result: Difficult to get this done. Sis will be doing it when I go to Nagpur next month.

18. Call up a family member every week

Result:On it!

19. Surprise long lost friends with phone calls.

Result:On it! Instead of calling up people, I have taken to emailing them and staying in touch.

20. Blog regularly

Result:On it, though it is semi regularly!

21. Make greeting cards and write long letters to friends and family

Result:On it!

22. Live by the Rules

Result:On it!

23. Walk in with confidence and a smile

Result:On it!

24. Remember to live in the present :)

Result:On it!

25. Meditate and pray

Result:On it!

There was also an unwritten, though the most wanted wish that I wanted to come true in 2009. And, by the grace of God it has come true. Results will be out in April, though.


8 rules for writing a short story by Kurt Vonnegut

In his book Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction, Vonnegut listed eight rules for writing a short story:

  1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
  2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
  3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
  4. Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.
  5. Start as close to the end as possible.
  6. Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them—in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
  7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
  8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

Source Unknown

Found this on my laptop today. I don’t know the source 😦

1. Work out at the gym at least three days a week.

2. Eat healthy.

3. Remember to recharge the spirit—have a moment of silence and prayer to empower the day.

4. Hug hubby, kids, and cats whenever the opportunity presents itself even if it means breaking the train of thought.

5. Breathe—especially when situations present opportunities to get stressed.

6. If you don’t know, ask someone. “Ask and you shall receive.”

7. Give yourself a break. If you get frustrated, change your environment. Go for a two minute walk to clear your mind.

8. Plan when you can. Do what you can before you have to even if it is a small action list for a project.

9. Praise yourself for not procrastinating until the very last minute.

10. Make time to spend with those who care about you (once a week at the very least).

11. Be flexible. Some days may be conducive to rules and other days may not.