The One With 2019 Updates: Sunday Musings #61

Jan 5, 202029 comments

Happy Sunday y’all! It has been a while since I had a Sunday update post but look at me, taking extra effort because the whole new year and new me jazz! So let’s get to the update part of the year 2019, shall we?

How would you describe your #2019 and what did you learn from it? I learnt almost nothing, I am still gonna do my go big or go home style! #sundayPost Click To Tweet

Where did I vanish off to?

Since the last update post, I had to visit my hometown for a funeral of a close family member which was sudden and shocking. Their immediate family is still recovering and getting back on their feet. 

But the whole thing put off from doing anything productive or being social for a while. Hence the disappearance for the past few weeks.

What did 2019 bring me?

In many ways 2019 was unexpected and kept throwing rocks at me. I survived but I am glad it is a whole new year. 

I traveled across the borders quite a lot! I visited Macau, Oman, Malaysia and of course India all in a single year. 

Even inside my resident country, I traveled to 3 other states aka Emirates – Fujairah, Ras Al Kaimah and Al Ain

I read 53 books on 45 for my Goodreads Reading Challenge. Even completed the 2019 A To Z Reading challenge successfully. So I guess that’s one thing that I can tick off without regret – I read more and I read what I planned for. 

On my blog

On the blog front, I did spectacularly well for about the first six months. 

  • I posted regularly and on schedule. 
  • I loved most of the topics I talked about in here. 
  • I blog hopped and left comments frequently and even might have made good friends.
  • Comments for comments challenge even worked out well and kept me on my toes.
  • I started posting bookish stuff on my Instagram and reached 500 followers soon.
Related:  Sunday Musings #35: The One about an unproductive and boring week

Well.. all of these were going great until July when I took a short planned trip to India, which spiraled catastrophically soon! 

But enough with the bad news, right? I have new plans for the year 2020 and I will be back to my pre-catastrophe routine! 

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2019

I will be linking today’s post with Caffeinated reviewer’s Sunday post Meme

Let us chat

So how would you describe your 2019? And has it taught you something to take forward for 2020? Well me? I learnt nothing from the big bang of 2019, as per my usual. I am still gonna do my go big or go home style! Let’s talk.

29 Comments

  1. Olivia Roach

    It certainly sounds like you had some highs and lows this past year. I am so sorry for the loss of a close family member and I completely understand how that would’ve changed the way you end your year. I am glad you got to travel so much and even explore your own country too! And you smashed your Goodreads goal ^.^

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    • Gayathri

      Thank you!

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  2. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku

    Happy New Year!! I’m sorry that 2019 was a rough year for you. But here’s hoping 2020 will be better. 🙂 We both got this.

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  3. The Temperamental Writer

    That’s so cool that you got to travel a lot! I haven’t traveled much in my life, but I hope I can a chance to at some point (probably not this year, but some day). 2019 was kind of a rough/crazy year for me, but hey! I made it. I hope 2020 is a good year for you!!!

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  4. Kal @ Reader Voracious

    I am sorry for your loss, Gayathri.
    Looks like 2019 overall was decent when it comes to reading and travel, though. I hope 2020 is bright and full of love

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  5. Katiria Rodriguez

    Great post I am so sorry for your lost I hope you have a much better year in 2020. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

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  6. Kathy West

    Hope you have a good 2020!

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  7. Gayathri

    Thank you!

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  8. Whispering Stories

    Sorry for your loss. My 2019 was a bit rubbish. I’m hoping that 2020 is going to be an improvement.

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    • Gayathri

      I agree and hope so too.

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  9. Robin Loves Reading

    Nice update post and very sorry for your loss.

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  10. DJ Sakata

    Sorry for your sudden loss and grief, but glad you got in some travel, good reads, and fun to balance the year out. Living well is all in the balance.

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    • Gayathri

      That is a very wise thought DJ.

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  11. Stormi

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Hopefully 2020 has some great things in store for you!

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    • Gayathri

      Thank you for your wishes!

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  12. Mandi S

    So sorry for your loss! It sounds like you had a good year otherwise at least!

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    • Gayathri

      Yes I did. Thank you!

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  13. Becki

    2019 was tolerated. LOL As a parent, I feel my life is sort of secondary to turning out good kids, or like I guess that is my purpose. So that is going well! Great job on the 2019 reading – hope your 2020 is more to your expectations 🙂

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    • Gayathri

      Thank you and I hope 2020 turns out to be great for you as well!

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  14. Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

    I’m sorry for the difficulties you have faced, I hope 2020 is kinder to you.

    Wishing you a great reading week

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    • Gayathri

      Thank you for the kind words, I hope your new year is great too!

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  15. Greg

    Oh I’m sorry to hear about your relative! Sounds like you had some nice traveling though this past year. I hope 2020 gets off to a great start for you! Nice to see you back on the Sunday Post. 🙂

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    • Gayathri

      Thank you Greg! Yes 2019 had quite a bit of travelling.

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  16. Maureen @ Maureen's Books

    I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your family member. That is hard! Still.. I wish you a very Happy New Year!

    2019 was definitely a hard, but good year for me and my family. But this year is going to be much better and less of an emotional rollercoaster. 😀

    Have a great week and happy reading!

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    • Gayathri

      Thank you! Happy new year to you too!

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  17. Rachel

    Sorry to hear about the loss of a loved one! It’s understandable that you’d be away from blogging with all the upheaval.

    Glad to hear you exceeded your Goodreads Challenge! Happy reading! 🙂

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    • Gayathri

      Thank you!

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  18. Laurel-Rain Snow

    So sorry about your family loss…not a great way to start the year.

    Enjoy your reading and your blogging, and thanks for visiting mine.

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    • Gayathri

      Thank you! It happened at the end of the year, so hopefully this year will be better.

      Reply

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