Word of the Year 2019 – #HAPPY

I had chosen the word “Consistent” as my Word for the Year 2018. Taking four aspects of my life in the year, I had set some targets for the year and hoped to be consistent in my expectations as was with 2017. Looking back at 2018, I think I met most of those expectations, at times exceeding them. So I’m happy with that.

So I wondered what my Word of the Year for 2019 should be. After pondering much, I have come to a decision. I’ve kept it simple. I want 2019 to be HAPPY.

Happy 2019

Word of the Year 2019 - Happy

Someone once said “Happiness is letting go what you think your life is supposed to be like.” I think that’s very true. Whatever goals we once had, if we aren’t at that place now, we tend to think life was not supposed to be like this. I know I have thought so many a time when life was in those down phases. I feel a big factor in that thought happens to be the thoughts and judgment of those around us.

So I’m adding to that anonymous quote and saying, “Happiness is letting go what everyone else thinks your life is supposed to be like.”

In 2019, I want to do the things that make me happy.

“Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” – J K Rowling

Toward the second half of 2018, I seem to have lost the passion for writing. Yes, I was writing something or the other, but it didn’t make me completely happy. I want to change that. I want to reconnect with my muse and find my feet in fiction again. To that extent, I’ve started planning for my AtoZ Challenge this year. And on a joyous note, Wednesday Verses will return from January 2nd and yes, this time Reema and I mean to make it consistent.

I was quite happy with the books I read in 2018 and want that reading spree to continue into 2019 as well. I don’t mind if I read fewer books, but I want to find amazing books that make a mark on me like some did in 2018. Eleanor Oliphant, Wonder, Magpie Murders, The End of Your Life Book Club… these have been some of the beautiful reads I found. I am happy in the world of books and will continue to go into that world as often as I can.

“The journey IS the destination.” – Dan Eldon

I want to travel this year. Travel was something I loved in 2017 and had an amazing couple of trips. 2018, I could get only one such trip but I felt very happy with that trip. It’s a joy I’m slowly unraveling. I know 2019 holds one such trip for sure, but I want more, and hoping that that does happen!

I’m hoping for some happiness both personally and professionally but that’s something I can hope, not target. It’s not completely in my hands. And I don’t want to put those as specific targets in a post lest I be disappointed if it doesn’t materialize.

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Melody Beattie

To reach where I want to reach, I feel it is only right to be grateful for where I am and who I am in the present moment. I’ve decided to do Weekly Gratitude. This is inspired by Sanch, a fellow blogger who I’ve been reading since nearly a decade now. So on every Sunday, this “segment” will be part of my blog.

Happiness lies in simple things. I’m hoping I can focus on that and not worry why the other side has greener grass.

So… do you have a Word for the Year? If so, write a post on it on your blog, and link up with Corinne at Everyday Gyaan!

Vinay Leo R.
01. 01. 2019

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.

20 thoughts on “Word of the Year 2019 – #HAPPY”

    • I agree. But more often than not, the world does try to have a say in it. And at times, I have let it to. Hoping that I don’t let that happen in 2019. 🙂 Happy New Year to you, Sunita.

  1. I wish you all you wish for yourself in 2019, Vinay! “Happy” is a lovely word to guide you through the year. Do not let anyone or anything steal your joy. I think it’s not always others’ expectations, thoughts, or judgments that hold us back, but our own ASSUMPTIONS about what those are. I’ve always told my kids that the real truth of the matter is that most people are so worried about what everyone else is thinking of THEM that they don’t have time to think much of anything about you – let alone judge you or put expectations on you. (I do think people love to pontificate and give advice, as it makes them feel smarter or wiser or better or whatever by comparison. Some like to feel as though they’re helping. But unless it’s your parents, your spouse, or a BFF who cares about you at least as much as they do about themselves, the best thing to do is figure out if what they’re saying is helpful, hurtful, or useless. If it’s anything but helpful, smile, say thanks, and move on. Don’t WORRY about it, either way – you’re the one who gets to/has to live with you till the bitter end. If YOU are okay with that, then all is well.)

    • I agree. At times, it’s our assumptions on others’ expectations. 🙂 But in many cases, it isn’t. I’ve sometimes been told so, so it was a very honest expression!

      I hope I don’t let anyone or anything steal my joy. I don’t want it to. 🙂 Thanks, Holly.

  2. I resonated with all of what you have written! I wish you the strength to pursue happiness and hope that muse plays her flute for you this year!

    Happy New Year!
    Happy Happiness my friend.

  3. Happy New Year, Vinay! I love that you’ve chosen to do the weekly gratitude post. I also write in a notebook daily and so there’s more than just what I put on the blog. But honestly, I’m not kidding when I say I noticed a difference in my mindset. It doesn’t mean I don’t have dark days, it just means that I am able to put things in perspective. Happy is a really good word. I hope you find happiness in travel, words and everything you do in 2019!
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    • I know. I think you mentioned once. Or maybe I’ve come to expect that of you. 🙂 Not sure. But I like the idea of gratitude, and I might try the notebook too, so I don’t forget what to write on the blog at least.

      I loved writing the first gratitude post, so I know what you mean when you say you noticed a difference. 🙂 I hope that that continues through 2019. I hope to find happiness in what I do, like I found in writing Wednesday Verse and this post and the gratitude post. Thank you for the inspiration, Babby!

  4. Happiness is a blessing. It is tough to find happiness when the world around us is busy showing us the negative aspects of everything. To be happy is a choice that needs to be our default setting so that nothing affects it. Happy New year!
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