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Things I am grateful for in 2017 (my gratitude list)

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Wearing: Books brother Skirt (wearing Size 4; on Sale; Last seen here) | Sweater (wearing PXS) Sequin Pumps | Bow Belt (last seen here) | Kate Spade Bag (Similar here; last seen here) | similar Necklace

 

2017! What an awful and incredible year at the sametime!  It had times when I was incredibly overjoyed and also had times when I had no idea how to get through certain things but I made it! and made it out alive! (well, nearly – this bout of cold and fever has me literally hobbling to the finish line).

I feel incredibly lucky for all the support I have in my life from my parents and friends and the things I get to experience. The most important things I hold close to my heart in gratitude are not tangible. I value the feelings I experience more than the physical objects. The feeling of the Friday evening when the weekend is ahead, the hot water showers I wait for after the workout.

Little things, tiny moments, and small pleasures are what I live for in life.

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Lifestyle Blog Dreaming Loud Wearing Ann Taylor Mila Sequin pumps

I am working on writing 3 things I am grateful for every day starting from next week. In the spirit of that, I want to sit back and reflect on all things I am thankful for in 2017. Hope you enjoy this little tidbit from my life

1.My Niece and Nephew– I was blessed with a nephew in October (yay¡ for being an aunt before getting married, I love it). Although I don’t get to see them every day, their videos and pictures make any dull moment bright. I am blessed to an aunt to the amazing little souls.

2. My Plants– The best thing I have done in 2017 is to take up gardening. It makes me incredibly happy whenever I see them grow and also broke my heart when my outdoor plants died in Winter. If you want to start gardening and don’t live in a warm place, I suggest gardening indoor plants like air fresheners, succulents, and cactus. First, they don’t die easily so you don’t have to worry about having a green thumb, second they are easy maintenance, you don’t have to water them every single day.

3. My “you will never be ready, do it anyway” attitude– 99% of things I did this year were before I was ready for them. I believe you are never ready for things but you will be eventually once you are into it. Going with the flow has mostly worked out for me

4. My Roommates– I am forever grateful to the wonderful friends I have in my life. Living far away from parents, they are ones I rely on in thick and hin. Here you go, girls, I said it, now I don’t have to do any chores for a week.

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Lifestyle Blog Dreaming Loud Wearing Ann Taylor Shoulder Ruffle sweater in green
Lifestyle Blog Dreaming Loud sharing things I am grateful for in 2017 my gratitude list
Lifestyle Blog Dreaming Loud sharing things I am grateful for in 2017 my gratitude list

5. Apple Watch– Technology is a bliss most of the time. I love my Apple watch for helping me keep track of the calories I burn every day and most importantly it helps me find my phone (I wish It can also find my house keys and wallet)

6. Chia Pudding– All thanks to my friend Lakki for making me Chia pudding every morning. Now, I am addicted to it and wake up every morning craving for it. It’s not every day that I enjoy healthy food so pardon me if I am going to talk about it a lot. Chia pudding, I love you!

7. A Job I like– I am grateful for my cool boss and my super cool colleagues. (Akhi all fingers at you :). Thank you for sharing me your lunch on the days I don’t bring mine and for always refilling the pickle container).

8. My New home with built-in washer and dryer– Who doesn’t love that, right? All I ever wanted in my apartment.

9. My habit of separating trash and plastic free lifestyle– We separate plastic, paper and other trash in my household. It’s a consistent effort we are trying to make to recycle and reduce trash. Thumbs up to my roomies for being equally eco-friendly. My main goal in 2017 was to lead a plastic-free lifestyle. Though I didn’t reach my goal 100% I am happy my house is almost plastic free. I am currently working on reducing plastic use outside of the house (expect a blog post on this in 2018).

10. Amazon Prime and Online shopping– I love a good sale and more than that I love when my packages get home before I get home from work the very next day or 2 :). Though I love a good cardio by walking in the mall and grocery stores but online shopping saves heck a lot of time.

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Lifestyle Blog Dreaming Loud sharing Gratitude List for 2017
Lifestyle Blog Dreaming Loud sharing Gratitude List for 2017
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Lifestyle blog Dreaming Loud wearing brooks brothers leather pleated skirt in burgundy 1

11. My trigger for Workout– I am so thankful for finally finding the trigger(s) that made me love hitting the gym every day. For many people losing weight is the trigger for working out but for me, it’s the feeling I get after the workout, the blood flow, the sweat that makes my skin shine, the energy it gives me to work on my personal goals after coming back from work.

12. The feeling of deep peace I get every Saturday night– When I’ve all the outfits shoots done, dirty laundry cleaned, grocery shopping done, next week’s posts planned. I love sitting down relaxed, thinking what movie/show to binge on for the rest of the night and not worry about getting up early the next day.

13. Bullet Journal– I am a huge planner. I love to make a checklist of the things I want to achieve every morning. I feel accomplished when I tick them off by the end of the day. Thanks to my friend Akhi for introducing me to bullet journal. It made my daily planning easy and fun. Now, I have my fitness tracker, social media tracker, daily planner, blog post planner all in my new Leuchtturn journal.

14. For the biggest lesson, “you are on your own”– In the pursuit of your dreams, you are mostly on your own. Be prepared to face the problems yourselves and find ways to conquer them. Don’t leave it to others to solve it for you. Have your own plan and watch your back always. I have learned this important lesson this year. I may have the support I want but the person who has to deal with it is me and only me.

15. For the new experiences– My resolution for 2017 was to go on adventurous trips. I am so happy for experiencing tent camping for the first time this year. I loved it so much that I want to go on a camp trip every season (already planning one for Spring). Last week, I was in Vegas jumping from an 800 feet Stratosphere tower (Check my Insta highlights). It’s the bravest thing (after coloring my hair) I have done in my life so far.

16. My online Community– Last but not least I am thankful for my online family. Thank you for encouraging me to keep pushing my limits and challenge myself. Every message, email and comments I receive  means the world to me. Thank you for following along and supporting me.

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What are you grateful for in 2017?

Gratitude helps us to see what is there instead of what isn’t! 

Thank you for stopping by!
Love, 
Surekha

  • Cara Elizabeth

    What a wonderful gratitude list for 2017! That built in washer and dryer … #goals!!!

    • Haha! Yes that’s the number 1 thing I looked at when I was moving!

  • What a great list and I also went to a bullet journal in 2017 and I LOVED it!! Happy New Year!

    • Wow! That’s awesome! Mine is not the most pretty looking journal though!

  • Donna Beck

    I love everything about this Gratitude List of 2017! Thanks for sharing. Very inspiring!

  • Ashley Fischietto

    Thank you for sharing your gratitude list! I think everyone should do one at the end of each year to remind themselves of what is important in their lives and know that good things are still yet to come.

  • Nikki

    Excellent reasons to feel gratitude. It’s so nice to take the time to appreciate the little things in life as they are often what matter most. Nikki x

    http://www.thoselittlemoments.net

  • I love reading such a positive post! It sounds like you’ve had an amazing year. And I love your entire outfit and have that sweater! 🙂

    • Thank you so much! I didn’t actually had an amazing year but the end was pretty good!

  • Kathleen Betancourt

    ;love this post. Youve inspired me to write about what i am grateful for 🙂

  • Francisca Garreton

    what a great way to wrap up the year with this amazing Gratitude list for 2017! I can’t wait to see what you get up to in 2018!
    Fran Jorgensen

    • Thank you so much! Hope you have a wonderful new year celebrations

  • This is a great gratitude list for 2017! I also started (container) gardening this year (city living=no sod) – lots of trials & tribulations, but I love it! Try a snake plant for your bathroom – they pretty much thrive on neglect!

    • Yes! We had a great learning curve with our indoor plants too! I have snake plant in my bedroom since it purifies air! Putting it bathroom is such a good idea! I will propagate the one I have. Thanks for the tip

  • Stevie Ferreira

    Loving your outfit!! I need to take a page out of your book and make a gratitude list for 2017 as well!! Yours is great!

    • Thank you so much! This is the first time I have sat and wrote a gratitude list

  • Sarah Katherine Davis

    Your outfit is perfect! I loved your gratitude list for 2017— I think I’m going to take some time to think about what I’m grateful for over these next few days.

  • Olivia_Buttcheeks

    First of all, your skirt and heels are very beautiful! It’s so refreshing to read this kind of blog. Have a great 2018!

  • I can relate to so many of these! I’ve never heard anyone else talk about the “not being ready” idea. It has made my life so much easier if I just go with the flow and stop worrying about being “ready”.

  • Such a lovely list and I love those shoes! It’s great to take time and reflect on the year!

  • Archana Pinnapureddy

    What a great list of things you are thankful for. We did a cute little video of what my family and I were grateful for at Thanksgiving, mostly for the benefit of my 6 year old nephew and 4 year old niece.

  • Um, such a great list! I write one down in my diary every year so I can never forget it. I really believe in your “you will never be ready, do it anyway” idea, too. I mean, I pretty much live my life by that motto. Probably always will! It’s so much easier if you just embrace some things and run with it (if you have the privilege to be able to do such things).

  • I think gratitude list is very important to have! And have an awesome 2018!!!

  • Kristin Duncan

    How cute are you!?! This is such a great gratitude list for 2017. I like how you added new adventures. Isn’t it amazing when you jump on new opportunities. They provide such great memories and learning moments.

  • Alyssa Carole Bouma

    This is such a well thought out gratitude list for 2017! it’s so important to recognize the things big and small that we have to be thankful for.

  • Shannon Paige

    Sounds like a lovely year with many successes! This was always be a great year because it was the year I got to visit my dream destination, Santorini Greece. Nothing can top that (although Im determined to try! lol) And I so agree…. Chia pudding is life, so is amazon prime, and that hot shower after your workout and those little things are the best. And putting on body lotion right after your shower, too! Great post!

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  • Oindrila bhar

    Writing my list down today. Well written post, Surekha
    http://www.thediystyle.com

  • Kallia Manika

    So many things to be thankful! All of them wonderful, especially the roomates, it can be hard to find decent ones! Great pics!

  • Laura Pearson

    Seems like it’s been one of those years for most everyone. Lots of good and LOTS of bad. Love this list of gratitude. It helps us remember what we are fighting for.

  • Loving this list it is so good to give back and share a little insight.

  • Niekartistiek

    Great list! A lot of things to be grateful for – and such a variety of things!

  • Nathalie Sophia

    Great list!! I like that you are looking back on all the good things 2017 had to offer! Hope 2018 is even better for you!!

    Nathalie
    http://apinchofaustria.com

  • I’m loving that you did this. It really helps to sit and truly think about what you have! Happy new year!

  • Style Over Coffee

    A great list of things to be grateful for! I forever wanted an Apple Watch too, may be I should finally buy it this year :). You look super cute in this outfit by the way!

  • RoniT

    I love number 3, the do it anyway attitude! That is something I am trying to adopt into my everyday life and decision making process!

  • Brittany Murphy

    Gorgeous photos, and I love #3! Do it anyway! It reminds me of a quote from You are a Badass by Jen Sincero. She suggests you just “see what you can get away with”. I’ve been using that attitude a lot lately. And life’s getting really fun!

  • Magaly

    LOVE #3! I think it’s such a game changer when we think like that! Wishing you a maginificent 2018… you certainly have a great attitude going into it!

  • Marissa Pedersen

    I’m so glad you can find so many things to be grateful for! I am also very grateful for Amazon Prime. 🙂

  • Nicola | Travel to Spain

    This is so sweet! It’s really important to take a step back every now and then and look at the whole picture. You’ve got a great outlook on life!

  • Love this! 2017 was such a hard year for so many (myself included) and it definitely helps to look at all the good things that came with it.

  • I am so jealous of your washer and dryer. Even though my washer is shared and outside my front door, it’s such a pain to remember quarters all the time!

  • I am grateful for so many things in 2017 too. It was not the best year of my life but there was still good things! loving your outfit!

  • Shell

    I love your positive attitude and thoughts!!! I wish you a very happy new year and much happiness!!!

  • Agnes Vazhure

    love reading your grateful lists post. I am grateful for many things which happened to me in the year 2017. By the way, you look gorgeous in your outfit.

  • That’s a great list! Congrats on such a fabulous year. Wish you a great 2018 too.

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  • This is a great list of 2017! I can’t live without my amazon prime, so many great deals to be had without leaving home!

  • Ellie Plummer

    This is such a great list. Im glad you have a job that you love and so many great things that help you enjoy life.

  • Vasundhra Singh

    Being an aunt is a beautiful experience and it is great to read that you are enjoying this phase. Such a great list for 2017! Have a great year ahead !!!