Happy New Year Indeed!!!

Jaibala/ January 4, 2017/ Musings/ 20 comments


I was on a break this December so technically this is my year end – New Year post. As I write this the words that have indelibly left a mark on me last year are Michelle Obama’s “When they go low, we go high.” Our reactions to things are more of a reflection of us rather than the thing done to us.

I had forgotten this rule until Richa reminded me of that, during our conversation on Sunday. That is when I realised it is easier to give people advice than to take your own, but I am digressing. So one of my major goals of 2017 is to listen to and take my own advice, to myself.

Which bring me to something I tried hard and failed to do the entire of last year and that was to Smile. Contentment and satisfaction is what I aim for and yet I forget to smile every time I arrive there. Hence that is my word of the year – Smile, a reminder to live in the moment and not over think anything while I am at it; a reminder to always only do things that make me smile, irrespective of the situation; and a promise to aspire to bring that smile to every life a touch.

Another important thing I pledge to myself is to embrace opportunities. Nothing is permanent, even your goals and plans. Life throws things at you and you deal, anyway you can, anyway you know how. And these are things not in your control, so why worry and stress anyway, so I am going to try not to try to control things that I cannot control.

I want to be able to spend time on what matters to me rather than stress out on what doesn’t and that is going to be my ultimate goal. I understand the quest for numbers and success, but I define my success. I am not in a race against anyone, and this is my own personal quest, my definition of success.

My biggest and most important goal this year is to give back to the community that has given me so many opportunities and showered so much love. I began my career as a speaker, I have written some of my best pieces and have been showcased on some of the top magazines and websites and I am a finalist for two awards. Nothing would have been possible without my community.

And finally and especially to my friends and family who reminded me who I truly am, every time I forgot and stood by me through it all; I promise to be a better friend, a better person and never to forget the person I am. And yes you guys are my Wolf Pack!

About Jaibala

Academically a Microbiologist, I am a Web Columnist for popular magazines and websites, Freelance Writer and a Blogger. Words define me and writing and reading compete to be the love of my life. My biggest belief is that there is something good in everything and I always looks to highlight the best in things. Creative writing is my forte.You can reach me by dropping a mail at contact@jaibalarao.com


  1. Just keep smiling and you will see things getting better at the end of the day. All the best for 2017! Go and conquer the world, Jai!
    Rohan Kachalia (@rohank01) recently posted…The Era of ‘IRA’ is here!My Profile

    1. Well I have the absolute best people around me (For real) I think we shall all conquer together.

  2. You are definitely going to Rock in 2017 too

    1. Thank You Ruchi 🙂

  3. I know. Now, that I look back I feel it is always better to focus on oneself rather than go behind numbers. Makes sense. I promise to be a regular reader of your space, Jai. Honestly, I am not able to manage my reading. Should focus and figure out what needs to be done. Have a happy new year and congrats again on the award. Well deserved!
    Shalini R recently posted…Methi TheplaMy Profile

    1. It takes a while to realise that the focus should be on yourself when you see everything that going on around you. And I really understand that falling behind on reading, I have too. Wishing you the best this new year. And Thank You so much.

  4. “Smile – it improves your face value” is an age old adage and goes so well with your sunny persona as is depicted in your gorgeous DPs.
    May the smile not waver nor the intention behind it to do so!
    Wish you a very happy and smiling year ahead Jai
    SHALINI BAISIWALA recently posted…10 day “You” challenge: Six PlacesMy Profile

    1. Thank You so much Shalini and wish you a very happy and a wonderful year ahead.

  5. Wishing you all power and love. Have been telling you long that you need to come back to blogging and bang you are here. Keep blogging and spreading the positivity.
    Anindya Sundar Basu recently posted…Mulled wine recipe and our first timeMy Profile

    1. I know Anin, you have been asking me to come back to blogging for a while now. But I really needed the time to sort through everything that was going on, and figuring out what I really wanted. Thank You so much, lots of love and wishing you a rocking 2017.

  6. Here’s to more smiles, to taking things in our stride, and to a fabulous 2017. Let’s rock it!
    Modern Gypsy recently posted…#UnWrapChristmas: Turning the spotlight on the spirit of the seasonMy Profile

    1. Totally! Here is to an awesome and fabulous 2017 🙂

  7. Wolf pack? Like, really? 😛 #Hangover 😛

    I do get what you mean though – and if anyone deserves an amazing 2017, it is you. And I truly hope that you find your feet this year, and cut our all the negativity from your life.

    And for everything else, most of us are just a phone call or stone’s throw away (Depending on how much effort you need to put into that throw 😛 )
    Sid recently posted…The Writing ConundrumMy Profile

    1. More like Jungle Book but yes! We shall have an amazing 2017, I know it in my heart. As for that stone’s throw, I am going to make it this time.

  8. Beautiful! I love your smile and I am sure the New Year will give you many reasons to smile more often.

    Also am so proud of all your achievements. I am sure this is just the beginning and you have many more milestones to achieve. Lots of love and hugs. All the best for the Awards and for the New Year. You will rock it!
    Rachna recently posted…Grateful for 2016, Welcome 2017!My Profile

    1. Rachna, Thank You so much. I feel blessed to know you and call you my friend. I could not have better friends than those that I have right now. It is so easy to do things because of all the support and encouragement I have. Thank You so much, Lots of love and wishing you an awesome 2017 too 🙂

  9. I don’t know. I’ve seen you smile last year. I’ve even heard you laugh. 🙂 Maybe you didn’t do it as often as you wanted to? I hope 2017 brings good tidings in whatever you want to do, Jai.
    Vins recently posted…2017 in #Focus… #WordOfTheYearMy Profile

    1. 🙂 I definitely did not smile enough.Plan to change that this year though. Wishing you the best 2017 as well.

  10. Thats been a great year for you. All the best for the Orange awards.

    1. Thank You so much Lata 🙂

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