It is almost a month before Christmas 2021. Most people would have started planning for the holiday season if they have not done so already. When I lived in the UK, the month of December was always only about Christmas. However, in India New year has a greater significance than the 25th. The feeling of ending the year on a good note and hoping and planning for new beginnings is a common theme no matter what part of the world you live in.
2021 was a mixed bag for me. While my family, because of God's grace, escaped the second COVID wave, I lost my father on October 14th of this year. He was 72 and was free of most lifestyle diseases that affect people his age. He was physically fit for his age and I met him on the 11th and we went out as well. However, on the 14th I got the sad news of his demise and it left me shocked. No one in the family was expecting it and it was a tragic moment for the entire family. May his soul rest in peace.
Professionally, I took up new assignments that experienced bureaucratic delays, and hence financially they have not been rewarding so far. I decided to quit my agriculture start-up and run a different agriculture setup myself. After learning for nearly 1.5 years, I finally have done things mostly right during my current crop and hope to enjoy the rewards of that around Christmas.
What I have shared above are the most significant aspects of my life during this year. They will also impact my Christmas festivities. First and foremost, I plan to spend Christmas with my family - my mother, my wife, and her family ensuring that there is happiness all around. I will miss my father but I hope his blessings and teachings will always stay with me. He will surely be with us during Christmas through our memories. Second, I hope that I get good results for my professional efforts around Christmas and that my winter crop generates returns so that I can expand my business next year. I have significant plans for how I want to grow this business but it all rests on one profitable crop. I have been waiting eagerly to do that and I hope next year is the year when I get to do that. Hopefully, the part-time assignments I have taken will also bear fruit starting Christmas this year. I hope to be in a more secure place - both financially and personally.
I am happy that I am not working for someone else anymore. I have identified revenue streams by blogging, and part-time assignments to help me sustain while I establish my business and take it to decent heights. The economic situation in the country is worrying and while I was at a professional level where things like inflation and economic downturn would not have impacted my life to a great extent, there is a small possibility that I could have lost my job. With no plan B, I would have been stressed. However, from the time I became independent, I have ensured that I can cover my basic expenses. Sure a worsening economy can impact my part-time assignments and my financial condition, but I hope that by Christmas this year, I would be in a situation where multiple revenue streams can help de-risk me financially. It's like having a diverse investment portfolio so that sharp downturns do not impact you significantly.
What are your plans for Christmas? I know it is the time to be spent with family but it is also a time to reflect on the year gone by and plan for the future while enjoying the present! Would love to hear about your professional and personal goals in the comments below.