Thursday, December 31, 2015

A new year.. A new beginning

2015 has not been a very active year on my blog, and I've really missed blogging regularly. What started as a parenting memoir has grown organically in so many ways and I am humbled when someone unexpectedly mentions to me that they read my posts and enjoyed a particular one. I also still get ragged occasionally for my A-Z attempt during our US holiday ;).

What finally prompted this last post for the year? For the record, it is not a "wrap up" post (do I hear some Phews ;)). It is going to be, though, a post of resolutions, of a new adventure and what I want to achieve in 2016. The last week of the year saw us moving to Singapore, after 17+ years in Bangalore. There were many reasons for the actual decision, but here are the ways in which I want to make my/our lives different in this all-new year:

More fun: The biggest advantage of living in a city with a great public transport system is that we have no excuse for not getting around. So I want us to experience more events, plays & movies, more running around, more enrichment and more of everything that's fun. As of today, we just became members in the local public library (I know this is passé' for U.S. folks, but I was as wide-eyed as the kids) and I am really looking forward to regular visits there as well.

More travel: I know many of my friends are experts at planning quick holidays, but I have always stuck to the planned-much-in-advance and usually a week's worth type of getaway. With a lot of long weekends to look forward to in 2016, I hope we'll be able to explore this part of the world with some quick and short trips.

More work: Another big life change that I am quite looking forward to is to go back to full-time work. I have enjoyed writing as a flexible career space, but I am now hoping to make a foray back into the big bad world of tech (if it'll have me!). As moving to a different country is such a huge step anyway, it felt like the right time to jump right into another change of pace as well. I know I have some challenges ahead and not everyone on the other side of the table will have faith in my capability, but I will be patient and wait for the right match, so fingers crossed :).

More blogging: As the kids grow (D is 10, and S is 7), the challenges are different. Dealing with daily doses of defiance do not a blog post inspire, but I need to look past the minor irritations and find those lovely positives too! Memories for today: D is apparently old enough to make a list of new year resolutions, and S thinks he doesn't need school anymore as he "knows so much Math already" ;).

More photos: After buying a good phone this year mainly for the purpose of using it as a camera, I have not really put it to use except when on holiday :P. That needs to change!

Those seem like quite enough resolutions to get on with, so let me stop with writing any "more" and wish you a:


20 comments:

  1. I am definitely going to miss you terribly but am very very glad to see the positive steps you've taken towards the new experience, just as you always have :) Looking forward to the frequent blogging and good luck for the job hunt. It will come to you. I just know it!

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    1. Thank you so much dear Shailaja, for your love and positive energy as always :). Will miss meeting you whenever we feel like it, but we shall not let that faze us.

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  2. All the best Aparna for a rocking new year! One of the best things about places like SG is mobility with public transport and the chance to learn so many new aspects of the Far East. Hope you get to go exploring a lot!

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    1. Thanks so much Subha and sorry for this late response. The public transport has indeed been a boon :)

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  3. Wish you the best, Aparna. Hope you get back to active blogging and work soon. Have a great time in Singapore. Sad that we couldn't catch up before you left. Best wishes!

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    1. Thanks Rachna :). Yes, it's a pity we missed each other, but things got a bit crazy in that last month.

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  4. Visiting a blog after a very long time! Congratulations on the move and here's to all the new things that this new year will bring your way :D

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    1. Thanks Swathika! So sweet of you to drop in :)

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  5. Here's to your new adventures! I hope you will continue to inspire us with your gardening adventures

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    1. Thanks Kripa :). Gardening is still a bit of a dream here, but hoping to get around to something soon!

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  6. Good luck Aparna and hope the new year has only good things in store for you. Looking forward to reading all about your new life. Do keep blogging please.

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    1. Thanks a lot Tulika :). You're a constant inspiration on the blogging front, but I really need to try harder.

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  7. All the best Aparna ! To all your new year wishes and hoping that you get the break you want back into IT !

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    1. Thanks so much Asha! No major leads yet, but I will keep at it!

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  8. Just caught up with your blog...good luck for keeping all the resolutions and lots of it for the return to FT work! Hope you guys are loving SG and parents are doing well with their transition too.

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    1. Thanks a lot Aparna :). So far so good, and parents have been managing well as well thankfully.

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  9. Glad to have stumbled upon your blog Aparna! Welcome to Singapore :)

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    1. Thanks so much for dropping in and commenting Leena :).

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  10. Enjoy Singapore and make it home. With work, write about your experiences and keep us posted. All the best and may 2016 be the best ever Aparna :)

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    1. Thanks so much Parul :), I'm very late in replying but a lovely 2016 to you too.

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