2020 February Review

February was a short month because I was out of office for half of the month which took a hit on most of my routines. That being said, the best part of it is understanding my type of travel places. I realised that I can’t just go to a beach and say wow. I need the place to be serene to feel connected to nature to feel relaxed. Travel is a therapy when you can discover where your heart feels connected. Else it is just about checking off the list. 
 

Review of Feb

 
1.Breathing exercises
 
To be honest, I couldn’t do it on all the days. On a few days, I just kept postponing under the pretext of finding a good place to do this. On a few other days, I was struggling to push myself out of the drowsiness to start the exercise. But, on the days I did it, I could definitely feel the difference. Whenever I was idle I resorted to doing pranayama. Also, I tried it in a forest, by the beach and while in water to notice how the quality differs. I don’t want to lie. At this point, I didn’t really feel a lot of difference. But once I get into it deeply, I am sure it will be a treasurable experience.
 
2.Stay away from social media
 
This worked well for a couple of days. I am starting my day now by writing a gratitude diary which I find quite helpful. This in turn reduces my urge to scroll through social media on the rest of the day. But on the days, I am stressed out, I am resorting to social media to escape reality. I have a long way to go before I can get rid of this completely.
 
3.Gratitude
 
After a long break, it was difficult to get back to work. I didn’t feel like going to the office. I wrote in my gratitude diary that “I get to go to work.” Changing ‘have’ to ‘get’ has made a huge difference in how I look at things. 
 
4.Books
 
I am glad I finished reading 9 books this year already which gives me confidence that I will easily reach the target of reading around 40-50 books a year. I started Ikigai last year and finished it this month. I read two books on spirituality which expanded my mind and helped me find meaning to different things I have heard before. One of those is Sex Matters by Osho which made me think about love in a totally different way and Many Lives Many Masters taught me how to find meaning for the difficult times in life. I also read Atomic Habits which was a revision of Power of Habits and a book to confirm that I am on the right path. I have heard about Super 30 when I was a kid and finally got to read his story as a grown up. I learned from this book that you need to do something bigger than yourself in life at least once.
 
5.Writing
 
I have completed the consolidation of all the content on self improvement I did so far. The next step is to bring a structure to the content and write elaboration for it to make it easy for the reader to follow. 
 

Plans for March

 
1.Learn Kannada
 
The one thing of this month is to learn Kannada. I moved to Karnataka more than a year ago but I still can’t speak basic statements in Kannada due to lack of exposure. Hence I bought a book Conversations in Kannada. There are 50 lessons in it. I will do one lesson a day. In the next 50 days, I will be able to speak like a beginner in Kannada. I can practise this with my husband and the locals here for the subject to stick.
 
2.Write book
 
I will spend 15 minutes daily in bringing structure to the content i consolidated there by bringing the book to a readable shape.
 
How was your February? What are your plans for March? Let me know in the comment section.
 
Happy March!
 

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