Almost past a week into a new year and decade, I thought it is still not too late to pen down the summary of the last year. For me I can easily divide the year into two halves. As to state the obvious, this year too had its ups and downs and life was pretty unstable at one point. And then all of it felt like if ocean waves were playing with sand grains, arbitrary and continuous.

Pedernales states park, Texas.

In ups of the last year, this year was a bit productive as I passed my qualifiers in September and published 2 papers in addition to a bioRxiv pre-print. Still, I felt I lagged behind what I planned and I hope 2020 will be better in terms of research productivity. Oh life! this is how it feels to be happy and content. Cheers to you! Just before thanksgiving, I presented static load work from our lab at APS DFD in Seattle. I was in awe of – what a beautiful city, Seattle is! I wish I could move to Seattle. Moving on, I visited just 3 state parks this year, and Pedernales tops the chart.

On the downside, I could not finish the books I started reading, not a single one (pretty bad on this end). I hope, I will finish them this year. Also, I do need to resume running, procrastination is real. And I should have written much much more than a one or two posts. On behavior, I could have handled some situations in a better way and I could have been much more understanding.

The station.

I really fell short of my goals. Being in middle of my PhD, I must put up new micro-goals and follow them diligently. I am grateful to god for the best of the times and the takeaways! Afterall:

It's the journey that's important, Not the getting there!" 
John McLeod.

A new year, new hopes and new goals. One step at a time, one question at a time and one answer at a time. Till the next time…