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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.


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™‚


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.


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).


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.


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

Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.


Sanch @ Sanch Writes · January 1, 2019 at 1:04 pm

Oh that would have been a huge scare, Shy! I’m glad though your mum is ok and mainly need rest. Depth is a lovely word and I like how you’ve broken it down. I do like how life lends itself to coming up with words/intentions. I went with more of a motto/intention this year based on my values.

    Shailaja · January 2, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    It was really worrying, Sanch. She is still recovering and needs to rest a good deal. Hard to see her in such pain.

    I am so touched that my word touched a chord with you. How wonderful is Life as a teacher!

Mayuri Nidigallu · January 1, 2019 at 5:45 pm

Sorry to hear about the accident your Mom had. I hope she is better and healing comfortably now.
This is a list we could all benefit from, and i hope you tick all the boxes on it by the time this year ends. Have an awesome 2019, Shailaja!

    Shailaja · January 2, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Thanks,Mayuri. She is still in lots of pain and is recovering, albeit slowly.

    I hope to tick as many boxes as possible too. Wishing you a lovely 2019 as well.

Shilpa Gupte · January 1, 2019 at 9:04 pm

It does get scary when your parents suffer in any way. I am glad aunty is better and did not hurt badly! Poor thing re! She must have gotten so scared!

I don’t have a vision board, but I did come up with 8 goals that I need to work on this year. It is from all that I experienced last year and the year before last that I decided to make these goals and also came up with the word for the year — CARPE DIEM.

Wish you a very happy and peaceful new year, darling! Loved your WOTY!
Sending prayers for aunty… and hugs to you!

    Shailaja · January 2, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Thank you, my dear Shilpa. I read your 8 goals post and loved it. Left a comment. Hope it came through πŸ™‚

    Also, if you like ‘Carpe Diem’, you should definitely watch ‘Dead Poets Society’. One of my all-time favourite movies.

    Wishing you a very peaceful 2019 as well πŸ™‚ Hugs and thank you for the prayers.

Samira · January 2, 2019 at 8:55 am

Hi, thank you so much for this enlightening post. I am glad that I came across it at the right time. Though I created my vision board (partially) yesterday, ie on the first day of the year but had no clue about word of the year thing. Really a great idea.
My word of the year is Courage. Though I took help from Google in deciding this but i realise it suits me the best as i am always in doubt, scared and low in confidence. I hope this one word will help me in overcoming my limitations and to express myself in a better way.
Thanks again. And lots of good wishes for your mother for speedy recovery.

    Shailaja · January 2, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Samira and welcome to my blog.

    I am thrilled that this post touched a chord!

    Oh I love vision boards. Word of the Year is also perfect because we’re not tying ourselves down to resolutions. Am sure you have way more courage than you admit. You’re blogging, which by itself, is a very courageous act.

    Thank you for the warm wishes and wishing you a bright, prosperous and courageous 2019 as well.

Rajlakshmi · January 2, 2019 at 12:30 pm

Your level of discipline baffles my mind. How do you think and organize your life in such a meaningful way? I wish you success in your endeavors. I am sure you would be awesome in anything you dabble with.
Prayers for your mom and hope she gets well soon.

    Shailaja · January 2, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Thank you, Raj πŸ™‚ Discipline is a state of mind, didn’t you know? πŸ˜‰ I can ask the same of you and your commitment to Yoga, but you know what I mean already πŸ˜€

    But thank you sincerely for your good and kind wishes. They mean a lot. Wishing you a lovely 2019 too.

Lata Sunil · January 2, 2019 at 3:32 pm

Shailaja, hope your mom is doing better now. I can imagine how scary it is as we stay away from them. I loved the focus areas you have chosen. Other than business and books, I would love to have the same focus. I am not staying away from books, but would love to read for pleasure only.

    Shailaja · January 2, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Thank you, Lata! It was certainly scary and she is still in a lot of pain, although out of danger.

    I think the idea of books is important, whether for learning or pleasure or both πŸ™‚ It’s great that it’s part of your 2019 as well. Wish you a wonderful year ahead.

Rachna Parmar · January 3, 2019 at 11:04 am

My heart stopped for a second when I read about aunty. Nothing and no one matters more than close family. So happy to know that she is fine. My prayers for her speedy recovery. Hugs to you as well!

Loved your word of the year! Somehow, we both are so aligned especially on the things that matter. I have also realised how much family and friends mean to me in the last year, especially when we face tough times. And I will try my best to speak more to them and to be there for them this year. Yes, I am heading back to books too though my goal is pretty small at the moment.

I wish you luck with everything that you have written and I am sure you will ace them well.

You know my best wishes are for you! I am hoping that your Memoir will see a concrete form this year and perhaps you will launch a course or two. You know I am rooting for you to do well. And you will because you not only are so hard working and talented but you have so many of us wishing you well.

Here’s to a rocking 2019, dear Shailaja. And loads of love to everyone at home. <3

Obsessivemom · January 3, 2019 at 11:12 am

My good wishes are always with you Shailaja. A special and very big Yay! to fiction writing. Hope you get to your books this year. Also, looking forward to more activity at the Quill.
I do hope your mom is fine. Anything happening to a parent is scary. I tend to panic easily when it comes to them.
I see that 2018 was good to you, I hope 2019 is even better. Take care and avoid those burnouts. Hope we can connect more this year.
Lots of love and best wishes to you in whatever you take up.

Soumya · January 3, 2019 at 12:08 pm

Something happening to a parent is so emotionally taxing. 2017 was all about that for me and I know how hard it was. I’m so glad your mother is fine now. Make sure she gets that rest, moms usually have a way of running around at top-speed even when asked not to.

I’m waiting to hear about that launch πŸ™‚

Depth is such a beautiful word and I had never thought about it much until now. You make it sounds so peaceful, sacred even. Love you for that!

Wishing you a very positive, healthy and energetic new year Shy! You know I love you!

Aarti krishnakumar · January 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Happy new year… Sorry about Mom, and wishing her a recovery…

Love the word you have chosen and the five focus areas… Now time to go think of what my word would be

Ramya Abhinand · January 4, 2019 at 12:31 pm

I can imagine what your mom must have gone through. Co incidently, my five year old fell fell in the last week of December flat on her face, fracturing her nose. I had to get a scan done, to ensure there wasnt any displacement. Hopefully she is recovering too.

Hope you write more and have a great year in 2019. Would love to read more flash fictions on Moving Quill. Love what you write there. :))

Vinitha · January 5, 2019 at 8:08 pm

I hope your mom is better now, Shailaja. It is always scary when such things happen and we are away from them!
I loved your choice of word – depth. Sounds perfect for you, Shailaja. I don’t have vision board. This year my only vision is taking care of me and my wishes. Does it sound selfish? I believe that’s the key to get everything else in order. If we don’t pay attention to us, then what’s the point. Right?
Oh, I’m so glad that you are going to write in Moving Quill. Do write more fiction. You do such a wonderful job. And I must tell you reading your and a few others micro fiction stories gave me the courage to try my hand in fiction as well to blog. So I love it when you talk about writing more actively in Moving Quill.
Wish you a wonderful year ahead, Shailaja! ❀️

Parul Thakur · January 7, 2019 at 8:06 pm

Happy to hear that your Mum is well, Shailaja. It would have been so scary. Thank goodness, no surgery was needed. I loved your word and I wish you are able to achieve all that you have planned and aiming for. I have known you as a determined, organized and focused woman and everytime I am on this space – I know I was right πŸ™‚
Wishing you the best, always.

Natasha · January 9, 2019 at 12:03 pm

Dearest Shy,

I’m so happy I took time off to stop by your blog. I have missed reading your posts. And I don’t know why your writing always fills me with a sense of accomplishment and infuses a fresh lease of determination in my heart.

I’m at awe of how wonderfully you juggle so many hats. Kudos, my friend!

I’m looking forward to that “announcement”. Have waited the past year or so for it. πŸ™‚

Your vision board inspires me to create one too, along with my word of the year. Like I said the other day, I have so many words of the year making a bee line for my attention, that currently I’m perplexed on which one to use. πŸ™‚ Let’s see.

I’m praying that Aunty heals comfortably and is back to a healthy, happy life with her near and dear ones.
You take care, and don’t worry yourself too much. This too shall pass and hold her really close to your heart. Nobody in this whole wide universe like a mother.

Shantala · January 10, 2019 at 1:00 am

LOVE your word of the year. And knowing you, I know you will ace it! In all your chosen focus areas.

It must have been scary to hear about the fall. And I know how frustrating it can be when we are helpless to go to aid of the ones we love and care about so much. Living where I do, away from the people closest to me, it’s a difficult fact of my life, I have had to accept. I am glad mom is doing better. I hope she makes a speedy and full recovery really soon.

Wishing you the very best life has to offer – now and always!

Loads of love, S

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