Because bullet points are my new best friend, here is a quick round-up of the year we called 2013.
Discovery of the Year: Mascara. Hitherto discarded as something that made my lashes bump into my glasses, I got the waterproof version and Oh. My. Lord. My life will never be the same again. On some days, I even manage to wear it clump-free and not look like Helena Bonham Carter’s Kumbh Mela twin.
Realization of the Year: I am capable of single-minded devotion and razor-sharp prioritization when it comes to relationships. Exactly 7 people in this world truly matter. Everybody else is lovely but entirely peripheral.
New-found loves: Pilates and dancing. And the former had a lot to do with the latter.
First-time travel: Seattle (stunning), Leavenworth (so charming), Las Vegas (dazzling), Blue Lakes (serene), Russian River (picture-perfect), and Carmel (quaint).
Where I would have loved to go: The little Gujarat village I yearn to see.
People: 2 women who came into my life in the latter half of the year and have benefited me tremendously. An addition to the family! One relationship I am relieved is over. My inner circle as supportive and blessed as ever.
Cities: Bombay, still home, still the city of my heart. San Francisco, a new love interest I am casually dating because… *pause for effect*….I discovered the Mission. London, the soulmate I continue to miss, knowing it is out there but we must live apart.
Time well spent: In a hospital. As a caregiver. Night and day, for weeks on end. I have never felt more fulfilled.
Culinary Development: Baking from scratch! Butter sponge (perfect texture, not enough sugar) and French Apple cake (bellissima! Yes, I’ll share the recipe sometime).
Focus: Telling stories for non-profits I believe in. Meeting some incredibly inspiring people through my work. Discovering that the Valley is a generous, socially responsible place.
Connections: To some really smart, successful, and interesting people who are part of the Indian diaspora doing wonderful work for the motherland.
Most terrifying moment: Watching a loved one battling for their life. May you never have to witness it.
Rediscovered: Swimming. How I love the water!
Lost: A pant size.
Gained: Two jasmine plants, a newly-minted sister-in-law, and the perfect gold pump. *respectful silence*
Not lost: The ability to roll on the floor at potty jokes. The hope that 2014 will be bigger, better, brighter. I’m champing at the bit to get started!
Happy New Year to you, dear reader. 😀
Let’s wish each other’s dreams come true.