The January Gone By…

January 2018 seems to have flown by in a jiffy, though the last week of the month was quite slow and draining I feel. Looking at my Word for the Year, I feel I’ve lived up to it so far.

January 2018 Reflections

Reading and Writing in January 2018

The power company had some scheduled maintenance in our area, so for around 20 days, there was power outage for ten hours each day. That helped my reading quite nicely, and I finished about 14 books, the shortest being 18 pages and the longest around 464. I read two Agatha Christie books, and would heartily recommend Crooked House for any fan of crime fiction, and Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz as well. These two were my favorite reads of the month, along with Still Alice by Lisa Genova, which was a poignant read for some reasons.

I’ve started a weekly poetry prompt #WednesdayVerses along with one of my blogger buddies Reema D’souza. So four of the five Wednesdays had a poem on the particular prompt. I’d say I’m quite happy with the poem titled Afraid, which is my favorite of the four. Other than that, I wrote a short fiction for Friday Reflections which I’m chuffed with too. It’s titled Shimmering. Six posts in the month, and I’m quite happy with that number.

January 2018 – Health and Life

I started as I meant to go on. I was happy I could consistently walk at least 10km each day for the first 25 days. Then, as I mentioned, the last few days felt unusually draining. Hopefully, February can help restart that earlier consistency. I’ve not lost much weight, perhaps a kilo at most. But slow and steady is good enough for me right now.

Life was quite fine. Work life felt busier at times, maybe more hectic too. On some days, I felt more tired than I thought I’d be. Things are going slow on some areas of the personal life, but I’m quite okay with that for now. Some things take time to happen. I’m praying I have the patience to know and understand that, as well as to not be urked by those around me who do not accept that. I met some friends after long, and spoke with a couple of my old classmates too. That break from routine to go meet them felt necessary.

The weather is still quite cool, and I’m not inclined to get out of bed early in the morning yet. January had much to remember, few things to forget. But thankfully, haven’t let the pressure overwhelm me on any front. How was your January 2018?

Linking up with Monday Musings.

(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
5th February, 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.

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