1 Year, 2 Years, and a Recap of the Year

Well, I completed 1 year on Instagram on Dec 12 and it’s been 2 years blogging today. Here’s how my profile on the popular social networking site looked on 12th…sincere thanks to the many known and unknown who visit often there, I’ve been encouraged every single day!alok-singhal-instagramThanks to you too for making yet another year successful, defined in terms of the learnings I have gone through and the happiness I have found. However, I made some major changes to my routine this year, including:

1. Minimal blogging on weekends: Rather than reading too many blogs on weekends (something I did last year), I now spend most of my time with the family and doing other favorite activities – one of them is watching movies and series, many on travel and photography. I also started going to gym around mid of this year and have continued to do better at my routine. One of my targets has been to complete 10k steps every day, and i’ve accomplished it on most of the days.

         Essentially, I found few other sources of happiness!

2. More time on portfolio management: I love investing in Stock Markets, and it has been a successful year for me. You might have read about it earlier in my post here. Btw, if you had followed my advice then, you could have made good money in the last 2 months, even though there were hiccups after Trump’s unexpected win. Ballpark, any decent stock would have given you at least 20% returns year-to-date, with many going much beyond it!

I have set myself a benchmark where I would like to see my portfolio at in 2017. Without taking about the number, it will be a huge deal if I can accomplish it.

Money matters at the end of the day!

Aside, it has been a travel-heavy year for us. We started with 9 days in California and Nevada in April; then 9 days in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine in October; and would be ending the year with 10 days in Nevada, Arizona, and Utah, starting with Las Vegas tomorrow.

However, in retrospect, we could have squeezed-in 2 international vacations with the money we spent on the 3 outings combined…a thought to implement in the future. See, the learning never ends 🙂

Speaking of travel, one thing I have absolutely loved this year is the night photography…one of my recent favorite shots is from the Bar Harbor in Maine.dsc09682Looking forward, there are many significant changes lined up in the next year as well. Hope they pass off smoothly!

Though I will publish one more post this year, in case you are wrapping up for yourself, let me wish you a very Happy 2017 and hope next year be better for you in every aspect of life. Happy Holidays.

*To read the post I wrote on 1st Anniversary, click here.
**You can find me on Twitter as well @TheLearningStep. I’ve completed about 1.5 yrs there.

 

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101 thoughts on “1 Year, 2 Years, and a Recap of the Year

  1. Congratulations sir.. and here’s wishing many many more anniversary.

    Wowo well I did not do any stock-ing as mentioned I am a dumbo unless someone tells me put some money in this stock I would have no clue..

    The night shot looks amazing.. I need to come and take some lessons from you…

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  2. Congrats on two years on the blog, and one year on IG. What an achievement. Love your posts all round, and I really enjoy your travel photos – and your travel itineraries and routes are very practical Happy travels for the year ahead and more success to you next year. Whether travel far or near, it is usually an adventure 🙂

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      1. Thank you for your kind words, Alok. Very kind of you. I admire how you can keep up with social media so well…that is something I am still trying to be better at 😀 Best wishes to you.

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  3. Gorgeous night shot there Alok!
    Heartiest Congratulations on the milestones 🙂
    Some fantastic achievements and priceless lessons learnt, may 2017 surpass your expectations and be the year you’ll cherish forever!

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  4. Congratulations Alok! May you have many more amazing years of Blogging.
    I absolutely love your photography. 2016 hasn’t been great to me but certainly a year full of lessons. 🙂

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  5. International travel is great and I certainly plan on doing some in the future (haven’t decided where yet) but it’s also wonderful to travel within the United States. On a personal level there are so many places in the US I have not visited yet so I am catching up on that! Your trips within the US this year sound amazing. Not many people get to travel that much!

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  6. The shot from Bar Harbor in Marine looks so perfect! The water looks so unrealistically still. And let me be clear, I intend to compliment you. There is something beautifully peculiar about that pic.

    Congrats on all those numbers! I am astounded by the progress you have made in two years. Minimal blogging on weekends and yet, here you are! I know you have been really consistent and working hard for it. You should write a post on tips for bloggers. It would help a lot of people. 🙂

    Hope the numbers soar next year 🙂

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    1. My secret is doing what i love and by being open to all who interact with me…sounds simple, eh? Nevertheless, I do hope to put down my learnings formally some day 🙂

      Can’t thank you enough for this motivating comment, makes my day!

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  7. What an eventful year, huh! Congratulations on the blogging, the great trips and the instagram success.
    Here’s wishing the new year will also be a very happening one, for you. Keep up the awesome work, Alok.

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