Jan 1, 2006

2005 in review

Year 2006 has begun with full of hopes and aspirations. Time to look back and find out how 2005 was for me and what I had accomplished in the past year.

A year of success and failures, a year of joys and sorrows, a year of moments that took my breath away and moments where I struggled to breathe. Overall, a well-balanced one that made me realize my strengths and weaknesses.

A diary was all that made the difference. I bought this unique dairy in Landmark where there was a page to write down my resolutions/goals for the year. I got very anxious and set enough goals to fill that particular goals page on January 1st, 2005. Let me see how I've progressed :-

1) Learnt the basic Yoga asanas. Had attended Yoga classes for 50 days and didn't continue due to my laziness and lack of will power to wake up early.
2) Increased my weight. Have been eating well these days. Hope I don't bloat in 2006 :-)
3) Attended Art of Living - Basic course. Have learnt a powerful breathing technique called Sudharshana Kriya.
4) Blog updates - written 61 articles in the past year. A great year for blogging.
5) Read the following non-technical books (Want to double this count in 2006):-
- Financial Expert by R K Narayan
- Mahashwetha by Sudha Murthy
- Veronica decides to die by Paulo Coelho
- Grandmother's tale by R K Narayan
- Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (A revision :-)
- Davinci code by Dan Brown
- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
- Over the top by Zig Ziglar
- Love Story by Erich Segal
- One night@the call center by Chetan Bhagat
- Leadership Wisdom by Robin Sharma
- Random walk guide to Investing
6) Completed my Oracle Certified Associate - DBA certification
7) Got a promotion at work
8) Bought a music system. Wanted to buy a good, high power system for a long time.
9) Joined Dream a Dream, an NGO as a volunteer and have done a couple of volunteering activities for Ananya, a school for underprivileged kids.
10) Visited Guruvayoor Krishna temple.
11) Tried 58 new recipes.This was definitely my best year so far in terms of improving my cookery skills.
12) Got published 3 articles of mine in my division's e-magazine.

I have set my goals and resolutions for 2006 yesterday. I hope my update at the end of this year would be a bigger one than the above.

Whoever reads this article, do a retrospection of how 2005 had been for you. I assure you, it really helps.

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