Loved this idea so am going to try and do this as part of my gratefulness awareness campaign. So many small things to be truly happy about that get waylaid in the couple of big things that dont go the ay you want them to. I still believe somewhere some kind of balance is being maintained in the universe.
A quick catch up:
Dec 1: Best trip would have to be thailand 🙂 Travelling with friends opens doors to sides of you you never knew existed.
Dec 2: Best restaurant moment would have to be the Nov 9 brunch sans kids- when we all finally reconnected as adults without attachments. I just remember the smell of coffee- it goes with good friends, the kind you are comfy with, like favourite socks.
Dec 4: One book that really called out to me was The Bitch in the House. It had the perfect mix of passion, cynicism, warmth, humour and honesty. Being a woman in this day and age is hard because of this overriding need to be great at everything we do- all at once.
Dec 5: There were so many night outs that deserve a mention. But the one that sticks out most vividly was the night the sisters and I sat at ciao and talked away till the wee hours after kay got back from NY. There was no need to move, no need to be anywhere but there and listen and talk and be. Oh and the pompeii dinner with Hussy and A- I think it was a connection after much time.
Dec 6: The workshop conducted by Prof Abbas Husain at my alma mater to help resolve communication issues by using Edward de Bonos Six Thinking Hats definitely deserves a mention- and I especially want to mention the talks on TED that have completely left me reeling. Chimamanda Ngozi, Elizabeth Gilbert, JK Rowling to name the top of my mind right now.
Dec 7: Blog find of the year would be Kelly Rae and Joanna Goddard and Design Work Life. They go right up there with my Keri Smith, Ximena Maier, DesignSpongeonline and Smashing Magazine (to name a tiny few)
Dec 8: Moments of actual physical peace have been hard to come by in the last (as the mom of any 2 years old will tell you!) but thankfully the mental peace aspect has been quite constant. And so I wait till my world is asleep and then I sneak out of bed to come online, make a phone call to a friend, or to simply pick up a book and have a quiet cup of tea.
Dec 9: The best challenge of the year was the return to self. To wear the mom mantle and yet step up on the personal time space and projects. Balance is hard in every sense of the word and the key lies in being able to do all that you want without the guilt that something is suffering. Am perhaps not totally successful but there was a sense of being able to do it the way I want that has started seeping into life. *insert prayer of gratitude here*
Dec 10: Lots of individual songs for sure but the complete album would still be Dostana. Just connects me to the happiness that has been my friends in the recent few years. And the changes of the past year.
Dec 11: The best place is still Espresso. We discovered it, newly opened, tucked away in a corner a little over 5 years ago, adopted it as our own and to date is the place where we, as friends, prefer to converge to dissect, laugh, analyse, share and ponder. Their mocacino kicks some serious butt too.
Dec 12: Never liked thai food till I was introduced to Thai Green curry. Same goes for sushi. 🙂 Husband is most happy!
Dec 15: The best packaging for me this year was the Soap and Glory range. The witty lines, the retro look and colours and just the brains behind the idea has had me swept away enough to buy almost the entire range.
Dec 16: The tea at mom’s house tastes like no other.
Dec 17: 2009 was the kind of year you wish would not end.
Dec 19: The best car ride of the year was the rainy day drive through Phuket in search of the Butterfly Farm. 😀
Dec 21: A project I started this year was type whimsies- the sharing of interesting exciting inspirational examples of type design from all over with people.
Dec 22: I think the idea of KarachiSnob is amazing. Not only does it fill the empty spot of a directory for Karachi, it instills a sense of ownership, of pride regarding a city about which I am very snobby.
Dec 23: Google Chrome has really helped make my browsing easier because of the tabs. I know its not a tool per se, but for a low tech like me, it rocks!
Dec 24: What I learnt this year that I feel really changed me is the ability to be honest at the cost of everything. Realized to the deepest extent that you have to call it like it is for the sake of your own sanity.
Dec 25: I think the best gift I gave myself this year was the gift of priority- of being able to put one thing above another by this amazing method of weighing its mental well being factor against other things for myself.
Dec 26: Epiphany of the year was a rather cynical and selfish one- that its most important that I survive the way I want to best- that the only way I will only be able to be of any kind of positive use to others if I first and foremost watch out for myself and make myself happy. And once you do that, somehow the pieces fall into place for others too. Weird but has proved true on more than one occasion.
Dec 27: Hinamommy and I made the cross from blog buddies to actual in person friends. Yaay!
Dec 29: My biggest belly laugh of the year was on this one hilarious bloopery comment my sister made on a rather emotional photo. Just thinking about ti right now is making me laugh.
Calling out to Khizzy, S, Mad Momma, Cheesoo, Urban, Mona, Kat, Meyum, Aneela, Parul, Hinamommy, kay, Mina, Insi, Saba, Minerva, Nis and anyone else inspired by this to look back on their year 2009 . I wish you all a fabulous 2010.