Dear friends, family and wonderful readers. It has been a long long time since I wrote something here. As I give this blog a fresh beginning today, let me start by sharing some very personal thoughts and some very special news with you.
Beginnings are always exciting!
Whether it is the beginning of a new relationship, a new job or a new project. Whether it is the beginning of a new year, a new month or a new day. Whatever the beginning is about, it marks a fresh start. Something to look forward to. New beginnings also bring with them new hopes and a way to let go of the past. The month of January is one such time when I get excited about new beginnings. It is the time of the year when I, and a lot of people I know, get busy writing down resolutions. Around this time each year I start with a new diary to write down my goals, hopes and aspirations for the next twelve months.
As I started the one for 2014, I realized that this year marks the beginning of an extremely special and unique phase of my life. My husband and I are expecting a little one in the family who is due to arrive in about a month’s time now. Let me tell you that I am finding it very difficult to describe our feelings about this new phase of life that both of us are about to enter. However, if you can make a full sentence from words like extremely happy, elated, super excited, little nervous, out of the world, can’t wait, a different life, change of priorities, new hopes, new dreams, hundreds of questions and a million other emotions and thoughts, then you have just nailed what I am trying to say. Our families – parents, brother, sister, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins have showered us with love and are super thrilled too. All in all it has been an amazing journey so far as we eagerly wait to embrace this new chapter of life.
I know life will be different – as a girl, as a woman, as a daughter-sister-wife, and as an entrepreneur who loves her work. I am aware of the fact that priorities will change. I also do realize that there are now going to be other responsibilities, longer to-do lists and shorter days. I know that the famous work-life-balance dynamic and debate, about which I only read, talked and perhaps partially understood, will become more relevant. I know that this has not changed my aspirations, my career goals and dreams and my burning desire to achieve loads of milestones in life. In fact I want to do better each day now than any point in my life. I want to continue inspiring people and facilitating interesting training programmes. I want to grow my company in leaps and bounds. I want to keep working with all the excellent and esteemed clients who have trusted and supported my work.
At the same time, I also want to continue to cherish romantic dinner dates with my husband, give cooking lessons to my brother on skype, practice my yoga and fitness regime, travel and explore the world, sip on afternoon tea and have crazy evenings with friends. But most importantly, I want to continue to be there for my family when it matters. I want to be the best mum to our little one. I want to do everything for our little bundle of joy which my mum did for me. Tough task. But I want to.
In short, with this new beginning, I want it ‘all’. Am I expecting too much – perhaps. Am I scared – definitely not! I am completely sure that while I strive to achieve my personal definition of ‘all’ I have the support of my family, friends, associates and clients. And I am looking forward to this new challenge.
With the start of the year of the horse, I take a leap of faith (again) and welcome this dawn of a one more significant story of my life. Here’s raising a glass (of fresh coconut water) to new beginnings!
Kung Hei Fat Choi!