A Look Back… #WordsMatter

Three-fourths of the year have now flown by. Once upon a time, I would say that it’s not that time of the year without looking back at what has transpired. A “thirdly” review if you would. So let’s try that. I used to a weekly gratitude post. That didn’t continue regularly. I hope to restart that next year. This year, my aim was to be happy. I wanted to do things that made me happy. Have I?

Not much writing, but not “no writing” either…

I’ve written lesser than I thought I would. I completed the AtoZ challenge in April, which I’m happy about. But in retrospect, I’ve let lethargy and “writer’s block” take over my muse more often than I should have. I can look at the silver lining though, which is that I’ve not given up on it. Every month has seen at least one post. Maybe the last 3 months, I can try to write more. I hope so.

So many books, so little time, but has been good reading so far…

I’ve so far read 84 books. That’s a little over 9 books a month on average. Quite chuffed with that, to be honest. And there has been good books that have come my way. I’ve also fallen in love with the audiobook experience. Books and happiness… yes, 2019 has so far been kind to me on that regard. From the books I’ve read, I’d recommend I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and Why Didn’t You Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie. I’ve also reread some favorites like the Harry Potter series, and Heidi.

Loved going to the Jaipur Literature Festival…

I enjoyed the experience of attending the Jaipur Literature Festival back in January. It claims to be India’s biggest literary festival, and I agree. It seems to live up to its billing. I had a lot of fun at the event, and met a few authors I’ve loved reading… Markus Zusak, Alexander McCall Smith, Chitra Divakaruni, Kishwar Desai, AJ Finn etc. That’s a trip with a lot of memories that I’ll treasure forever. I even met a blog friend for the first time. We had followed each other’s writing since years, and meeting and catching up was lovely.

And some small personal achievements …

For the first time, I attended the Aero India show. Loved seeing the fighter jets and the helicopters. But I loved it more because I could spend a day with my sister, just the two of us. It had been a while since that happened. Over the year, we’ve had some sibling time together. I’m happy and grateful for that. Life has been kind to me so far this year. I ignored my stage fear and anchored an event at office. It was one of the happiest days of my year for sure. I also had fun co-ordinating the sports events at office too. Little things that matter, if you would. I’m also doing the #100happydays challenge, so at least doing/finding something that makes me happy each day.

Thankful for #WordsMatter bloghop too. Since the past couple of months, it has been what’s bringing me back to writing or rambling. And I’d rather not give up on it yet. Here’s hoping the last quarter of 2019 brings more joy like the first three has, if not better!

Well, words do matter. This is the third #WordsMatter bloghop, and I’m happy that I’m writing again for it. There are 38 bloggers expected to write for it this time. Apeksha Rao’s blog is the previous one in the hop, and from here, I’d say you’ll be hopping to my poetry partner Reema’s blog. Both write well, so you’re likely to enjoy their words too. Can also follow the hashtag to find and read others in the hop of course!

Vinay Leo R.
04. 10. 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.

40 thoughts on “A Look Back… #WordsMatter”

  1. That sounds like a lovely year. I’m always in awe of the number of books that you have managed to read this year. I wish I could read that much too. I hope the rest of this year brings you a lot of happiness.

  2. It is great to know the year 2019 has been good to you. 84 is a big big number when it comes to reading books in a given year. I am sure with 3 more months to go, you will surpass the 100 books mark. You got to meet amazing writers at the Jaipur Lit Fest too. And, what with feeling on the top with achieving personal milestones! I wish you a great 3rd quarter of 2019.
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  3. Yes, words do matter and glad that you didn’t give it up yet! I’ve been in the same boat and I know how it feels to be stuck! Well, nothing better than a rant if that’s what it takes to get back into the writing groove! Wishing your last quarter brings you everything you’re hoping for before it’s time to wind down and usher in another year. Keep writing and keep sharing, Vinay!
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  4. This is a lovely idea. I think I will do a similar post soon. It is good to reflect on the year gone by. The best would be to come back years later and read these posts again! We never realize how much we have actually accomplished in the year until we note it down somewhere. So much joy it brings right?
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    • Was great meeting you too, SG. 🙂 Yes, needed more time to discuss tips to writing good 55 fictions. 😀

      Hope the last quarter of the year sees more writing too. That’s for sure.

  5. It’s nice to reflect back on the year at this time of the year because you have three more months to catch up on what you want to do before the year bids goodbye. I liked your reflection. I would love to see a video of you anchoring your office event. Do write more. You are a brilliant writer, Vinay. 🙂
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  6. Jaipur Lit Fest!! Oh My goodness I’m so envious I could go up in flames. That’s just so wonderful. And 84 books WOW! Congratulations on gathering the courage to anchor that show. I know how hard it can be to get out of your comfort zone.

  7. I wish you write more in the last 3 months of the year and I will be around to read. I am glad you joined the #WordsMatter bloghop. It did bring some discipline to my writing too. And gratitude posts? You should get back to them.
    84 books? You sure should be proud. I have been super slow but yes read a few. Hope you continue reflecting and doing things that you want to do, Vinay. Thank you for joining!
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    • I wish the last three months bring more books and writing too, Parul 🙂 It would be amazing. I’m happy with 84 and proud too. I’ll get back to the gratitude posts sometime for sure.

  8. 100days happy project – that’s been an interesting one to follow, as have your book reads this year – what an interesting and eclectic mix 🙂
    I loved the book you recommended on your instagram post and will definitely check out the other books you have suggested here.

  9. 84 books :-O ????? that is what I read in two years and you completed in nine months. I am inspired and proud of you. Long back, I used to do the 100days challenge but stopped it now. Instead, I write a gratitude journal every night before going to bed.


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