Consistent | #WordOfTheYear2018

Over the last week of December, I looked back at the year 2017, assessing the aspects I had chosen to focus on, like Reading, Writing, Health, and Friendship. Reading those posts now, I realize that while 2017 didn’t go the way I expected it to, it wasn’t that bad as my posts make it out to be. I had chosen the Word for the Year for 2017 as “Focus”. Now looking at the word, I realized that while I didn’t do as much as I wanted to, I did do what I could. I was consistent. There were positives to take out from each of those.

  • I read 60 books in the year. That’s not bad at all. Not one of those books was below average. I look at what I rated them on Goodreads, and each of them are at least a 3-star rating. There were quality books, and I even discovered some wonderful authors like Maxine Sylvester and Maha Khan Phillips. That’s amazing.
  • I couldn’t finish April A to Z Challenge, but I did finish the FMS Photo-a-Day challenge, My Friend Alexa Challenge, The Write Tribe Problogger Challenge, and also the Festival of Words. There was 100 posts in the year. Could my posts have been better? Hell yeah. But I didn’t stay inactive either. I wrote. I haven’t lost the passion for writing.
  • In the month of December, I walked 320km. That’s more than I’ve done in a single month before. My fitness routine was maintained through the month, and I loved every moment of it. In the year 2017, I lost 12kgs. I’m able to walk longer without feeling tired. These are small steps toward a healthier me. I’m grateful to 2017 for that.
  • I lost a few friends, yes. Maybe it was time our journeys went different directions. I accept that. But I also made new friends. I met a lot of the bloggers I’ve known since many years. I traveled across the country to do so, and I have three days of wonderful, unforgettable memories with them. That’s something to be grateful for.

I thought a lot about what my Word of the Year for 2018 should be. I considered hope, simplify, gratitude, forward etc. But when I shared my walking stats on Facebook, some friends replied “Keep it up”, “It’s no mean feat” etc. “Keep it up”. Looking at what I’ve achieved over the last year, doing that would be a good thing. While improving is great, being consistent with some things is also important to go towards improving overall. So that’s my Word for 2018.

consistent 2018

Consistent 2018

I want to be consistent in my output for each of those things… to read regularly, and hit that 50-book mark without having to worry about reducing reading target etc.; to write regularly, and be consistent in the quality of what I write. I want to meet more blogging friends who I am yet to meet, and be the best friend I can be to those who matter to me, and for those who value me as a friend too. And I definitely don’t want to relax when it comes to my fitness journey. There is weight still left to be lost, and I plan on losing it sooner rather than later.

If I’m consistent in these things, I can be sure that I’m improving too. After all, staying still and doing nothing are two different things!

Wishing all my readers (I hope I have some) a very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2018.

(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
1st January, 2018)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

26 thoughts on “Consistent | #WordOfTheYear2018”

  1. Well said! Consistent is a good word and being consistent with those habits will hold you in good stead this year. Congrats on the weight loss so far and the writing and reading. You’ve done a lot in 2017 and looks like you are in for a whole lot more this year. Happy New Year and hope 2018 is good to you! 🙂
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  2. That’s wonderful Vinay. Consistent efforts always lead to success and growth! All the very best to you as you let this word guide you all year through! A very happy and enriching 2018 to you too!

  3. 320 km!! OMG that’s incredible. Love your determination!!
    What a brilliant word you have set for the new year. Wish you good luck and a very happy new year.

    • I hope that that’s the way 2018 turns out, but if it doesn’t, I hope I can go with the flow and not feel down. 🙂

      I wish you the best of luck in the year too, Ramya. Thank you so much!

    • Yes. I think I did do well enough, though I felt otherwise while looking at the year in retrospect. 🙂

      Thank you, Roshan. Happy New Year to you too. All the best for further anthologies…

  4. My goodness I’m impressed – 12 kgs!!! That’s a dream. What a walker you are :-). That’s almost 10kms everyday of the month. That’s awesome. I love your choice of word. To achieve almost anything at all consistency is the core ingredient. Wishing you all the very best for 2018.
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    • Hehe. I hadn’t walked much the previous months. I just felt I had to start being consistent with the walking, or my health/fitness would start taking the wrong turn. Thankfully, it worked out. 🙂 Happy to have lost that weight, and looking forward not to gain it back anytime soon. 😛

      Thank you, Tulika. Glad you liked my choice of word, and I hope I can get that consistency where it matters. 🙂

  5. It’s a wonderful word. Mine is “commitment,” but I should add “consistency,” as well. I suppose that’s a symptom of commitment.
    I’m glad we met. I value your friendship. I can’t stay on Facebook and WhatsApp (anyone here have Telegram?), but I don’t want to lose the friends I’ve made in Write Tribe. I have a little something for you, Vinay, over on my blog:

    • I think so too. 🙂 Commitment is quite good. I like that word. Hope it’s a good year for you, Holly.

      Not to worry. I’ll stay in touch through blog. After all, that’s what bloggers do, no? 😉

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