Progress Report 2017

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. ~ Benjamin Franklin

3 days to go for October to end; with that, we inch closer to the end of 2017.

2017 has been a year full of ups and downs, but I can honestly say that I have seen myself grow leaps and bounds — as a person, friend, and woman — this year.

It’s needless to say that without struggle there shall never be any success. Failure is the stepping stone towards success, right?

With just two months left in the calendar year, I wanted to do a quick check on the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year.

On January 8, 2017, I published a post where I set down 10 goals for the year. Let’s look at how much progress I’ve made.


Goal: Find a job & give it my 100%

Progress: Surprise, surprise! I did find a job 😀

On May 22, I joined an online education company known as ‘UpGrad’ in Mumbai as a content writer. Five months into my job, I can honestly say that I’m in a good place. In comparison to my previous work outings, my current profile isn’t too stressful; in fact, the stress is much more manageable.

I like my work profile, I love my colleagues and I adore my office. I’m giving it my best, but I hope I can push further and deliver much better results 🙂

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Goal: Keep getting fit & healthier 

Progress: I’m healthy; both physically and mentally.

However, I’m still a mile away from my weight goal. I’m working on myself, doing my best to incorporate more workouts into my daily routine. For now, I’m focusing on doing some Yoga, Pop Pilates and going out on some interesting adventures (Cycling, Trekking, Rappelling), to ensure I’m active on a regular basis.

I am proud to say that I’ve been able to follow my mantra, “Do all things in moderation.” While I do enjoy munching on snacks and going out to some lovely restaurants (shout-out to Mainland China!), I do my best to have home-cooked meals regularly and consistently.


Goal: Travel to a new city

Progress: 0% 😦

Cash crunch is a reality folks! Especially when you’re paying back a loan (no matter how big/small the amount).

I’ve not managed to go to a new city for a mini-vacation this year, but that’s okay. All things in good time. I’m hopeful that many travels await me in the new year. Until then, I’ll go on treks, cycle at midnight and explore ancient caves.


Goal: Manage stress better

Progress: The first half of the year was personally very stressful; my job hunt lasted 5 months. The second half though has been much better.

I still get panic attacks every now and then. Anxiety attacks do creep up on me when I least expect them. Thankfully, bouts of depression are few and far between.

I feel that I’m managing stress much better this year. I’m reaching out to people more often. I’m letting go whenever I can. And hopefully, I’ll be able to visit a therapist and attend a few sessions before the end of the year.


Goal: Read at least 2 books a month 

Progress: 5 books 😦

I started off quite well, and managed a book a month. Then, my enthusiasm for reading just took a nose dive.

I have a mini-library full of books, both new and old, waiting to be read. I shall make another attempt to awaken the reader within me.  If I finish 8 books by the end of the year, I shall be a content soul, albeit a little disappointed.

Wish me luck 😀


Goal: Learn to forgive myself

Progress: 35%

Forgiveness is something that brings about a lot of healing. It’s important to forgive yourself; for your misdeeds, wrong decisions and choices. It’s still an uphill journey, but I’m making progress. It’s getting slightly easier to let go. I believe that I’ve slowly, and gradually started healing.

I’m much more kind to myself. I’m learning to love myself. I’m also taking baby steps towards being more confident, about who I am and what I do.

I’m sure that this goal in particular will be a work-in progress for a lifetime; but I’m absolutely certain that I’ll love every step of the journey.


Goal: Work on my blog & Instagram profile

Progress: 40% for both

I’ve noticed that I’ve spent a few weeks too many without posting a single thing on either of these platforms. It’s a struggle sometimes, to make myself sit down and write a post.

However, I have written some lovely posts (according to me :P) that have brought about healing and posted some amazing (again, according to me :P) visual memories to Instagram.

I look forward to writing more posts, clicking more pictures and coming up with better captions in the near future 😀


Goal: Learn something new

Progress: 0% *sigh*

I take full ownership and responsibility for not finding the time to do this. It might not be possible for me to achieve this goal in 2017, but hopefully 2018 will be the year of learning something new 🙂


Goal: Be a better listener

Progress: 25%

I still talk far too much on the phone.

I can hold nonsensical conversations for hours together.

If you manage to get a word in, I salute you.

I need to work more on becoming a better listener. I still talk way more than I need to. Overcompensation you see; childhood trauma manifests itself in funny ways 😛

This will definitely be at the top of my 2018 goals 🙂 (Unless there’s something better, cooler and more important 😛 Just kidding… Or am I? Keep guessing :P)


Goal: Save money

Progress: 10%

I’ve been unable to save money this year; mainly due to a loan repayment. I’m hopeful that once I’m done with the repayment, I can manage to save up a few pennies for a rainy day.

Till then, I’ll keep dreaming. Or rather, I’ll just keep swimming 😀 {Dory anyone?}



Overall, I seem to have done a decent job of working toward my goals.

Will I achieve them 100% by the end of the year? No. Is that okay? Yes. 

I’m still a work in progress; and that is far more important than plainly chasing perfection.


We’re all a beautiful, wonderful work in progress….Embrace the process! ~ Nanette Mathews

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