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It’s always a special thrill to start something on the first day of the New Year. Blogging is no different. I love writing anything for the first time. As we step into a brand new year, here is my vision board and word of the year for 2019.

As always, I took my time to think of the right word for the year. I stopped setting fixed goals or making resolutions a while ago. But I switched over to intentions, mindfulness and a single word for the entire year.

2018 was a brightly-coloured mixed bag, in more ways than one. It was the year I turned 40; the year I quit my secure job; the year I launched my business and the year I made more than my regular income from my blog.

It was also the year I went back to regular reading although I only managed to read 15 books in 365 days.

As I pondered how I wanted 2019 to take shape, two words- Growth and Gratitude- appeared to jostle for space. In fact, right until 2 days ago, I’d almost decided on ‘Growth’. Then, something happened.

I have been away from home, on a much-needed 10-day break from routine. As the break was winding down towards its end, I got a call from my sister that my mom had suffered a nasty fall. She’d tripped, fallen on her face, possibly fracturing her nose.

In that instant, every single thought vanished from my mind, save one: Dear God, please ensure my mom is fine. I sent up every prayer possible, shed a few tears thinking about her plight and also felt deeply upset by the fact that I was so far away from her and practically useless.

It wasn’t until I got the all-clear message from dad a couple of hours later, saying that the CT scan was fine, that she didn’t need surgery and would just need care and rest to recover, that I let out a breath I’d held close to my chest for that time.

And it was in that precise moment, I got my Word of the Year.

Vision Board and Word of the Year for 2019. Collage representing things that matter with the word 'Depth' at the centre.

My word for 2019 as well as the theme of my Vision board for this year is ‘Depth’.

This year, I’m going to focus on 5 core things and ensure that I do justice to them by going into each of them deeply.

Relationships

At the centre of my vision board is an image of what I feel holds the most relevant key to my existence: My relationships.

These include my close friends, my family and my blogging family. 2018 was the year I took a big step back from Facebook and paid more attention to the people who cared about me. I ended 2017 with a 50-tweet-long thread of people to follow.

In 2018 December, that number dropped to 13.

As I go forward, I want to deeply nurture, cultivate and pay attention to the relationships in my life that mean everything to me. That will mean less time online and more time off. Honestly, I couldn’t be happier. πŸ™‚

Blog

I’ve always loved my blogs and 2019 will see me going deeper into the blogging process. It is my intention to write more deeply-thought out posts, more well-researched content and more in-depth tutorials.

I will spend more time connecting with my readers, visiting other blogs and reading them with profound happiness.

My blogs give me joy and it is time for me to nurture that joy into something deeply satisfying.

Books

I’ve fallen back into my reading habit, something I’d neglected in the last few years.

I attribute this to two things last year: Turning 40 (which in itself is sort of a wake-up call that life is short) and the book ‘Deep Work’ by Cal Newport.

I’ve discovered a fascination for non-fiction books in the last 2 years and 2019 will see me exploring this even further. I wound up buying a lot of books towards the end of 2018. Between paperbacks and my Kindle, I hope to read an equal mix of fiction and non-fiction.

To that end, I have set myself a fairly ambitious challenge of reading 50 books in 2019. (You can follow my reading challenge on Goodreads here. I tend to post ratings and reviews directly there these days).

Writing

2018 was the year I wanted to write a lot. And I did, if you count the blog.

But 2019 is where I intend to re-discover my side as a writer of fiction, non-fiction, the memoir style and more. To that end, I want to deep dive into the art of writing and see where it takes me. I will be doing that on my other blog, The Moving Quill.

If all goes well, perhaps this will be the year that I can make an announcement I’ve been wanting to make since 2015.

Business

2018 was where I tread water when it came to my business.

2019 is when I intend to go deep into the specifics. I know that with it will come a host of challenges but I am more than ready to see where it will take me.

I made the mistake of trying too many things in mid 2018 and suffered minor burnout as well as an injured wrist thanks to over-enthusiasm. Now, however, I have a clearer vision of what I need to do: for my clients, for my business, my brand and my growth.

That will mean going deep instead of broad, putting my finger in one pie instead of many. More to come in the days ahead.

If you haven’t yet and would like to get a planner for 2019, I highly recommend the ‘CREATE’ Planner by Meera Kothand. It’s given my vision a richer sense of purpose and strength of direction.

By either April or June, I would love to launch something close to my heart and tied to my business. Good wishes are most welcome. πŸ™‚

I hope your 2019 is happy, peaceful, prosperous and filled with everything you’d like your year to be. As a person, I believe in the power of affirmation and have seen the difference it makes to my life, my relationships and my work.

It is my sincere hope that you find it too, as you embrace the year.

Do you have a Word for the year or a Vision Board? Do share with me in the comments.

A Vision board gives you a comprehensive sense of purpose, while a word of the year ties it all together, guiding you in the right direction. Read how I intend to tie the two together for 2019. #Shailajav #VisionBoard #BloggingTips