5 Things in January

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

I haven't done this in years.

Let's try again.

My January months tend to feel painful, usually in hindsight. This January feels different, I find that good. It started with good sleep and ended in a beautiful sunset. I've gotten a bit of a tan to prove it. The past decade's fading behind my lines. I can't wait to see what 2020 has to offer. 

These are the 5 Things that struck me in January.

1. Visited Sri Lanka for the First Time

It was planned and not planned.

It feels like my first holiday in a loooong time. Rather than sticking to a strict plan for work and cameras in my face, I spent it walking along with new places while I caught up with old friends on rooftop bars. We watched the sunset then tried to finish a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle. What a lazy holiday heaven. No cameras around (okay, not true - less photo taking)

2. Ella-Kandy Train Ride

It's called the Most Beautiful Train Ride in the World, and definitely for a good reason.

We managed to book some seats but the other seat blocked the window. What we could peak though was stunning. Sprawls of trees and mountain views passing by. It got significantly warmer as the train moved down to the hotter areas. I managed to get some nice shots leaning out the train.

Don't do this on the subway kiddos.

3.  Finished My Internship

A little bittersweet but I'm happy nonetheless. I mentioned it in my Year in Review that I started a 3-month internship involved in Climate Change. It was tiring yet the most absolute fun I've had in an office. I'm glad to have helped out as much as I could in these short 3 months.

4. Started Bullet Journaling

And it's actually going well!

It started on a whim. When I'm anxious (or about to get my period), I spend hours jotting down future ideas. On the last week of December, a wave of ideas for bullet journaling happened for some reason. I bought a Leuchtturm1917 Dotted Journal and some pens, spent 4 hours detailing how the first 20 pages look and here we are now.

I'm not writing every day but I'm consistent. It feels like my mind is going somewhere again.

5. Finished 6 Books

Considering I only read about 8 books last year - I think I've started off quite strong.

I finished the last pages of the Flowers in the Chakrawala by my friend, Hariz Fadhilah on New Year's Day, and finished the audiobooks; Alan Cumming's Not My Father's Son and How to Be a Grown-Up by Daisy Buchanan. In Sri Lanka, I read the Wisdom of Whores and Forest of Enchantments while on beaches and trains. And just finishing up the month with Chuck Palahnuik's Fight Club. Now, I can finally watch the movie.

I'm surprised I read as many books as I did. Perhaps it's the heat and leisure that compelled me. With February rolling around, I might finally start with Michelle Obama's Becoming soon!

how was your January?

with love,
Bash Harry

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