Blog Anniversary – Making Merry this Christmas and New Year

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Celebrating 2nd Anniversary of Aha!NOW blog with Christmas and New Year

Today is a happy moment – I’m experiencing triple joy!! Today is Christmas and the Blog Anniversary, with New Year just round the corner. 🙂

Aha!NOW is celebrating its 2nd anniversary. This blog has grown and wants to grow more.

YES, it’s been two years!

I guess when you’re engrossed and absorbed in doing something you love, you don’t come to know of it because the time flies so quickly.

I’ve enjoyed my journey so far, and I’d like to share its story with you.

The Santa Spirit and My Christmas Connection

I’m not a Christian, but I’ve been celebrating Christmas since my childhood. I’ve always been enchanted by the jovial atmosphere, selfless giving, and the spirit of life during Christmas.

My childhood hero was none other than Santa Claus himself. The stories of Santa filling the young hearts with excitement and their face full of happiness always fascinated me.

I often thought that even if I can’t be Santa, I can always carry his spirit and try to make a difference to somebody.

It is the spirit of Christmas that has taught me to rejoice life and celebrate it with all my heart. It’s taught me to value and nurture my family – where my heart lies.

Apart from my core and extended family, I now have my blog family – a community of wonderful bloggers and readers, where everybody is near and dear to my heart.

This post is about me, my blog, and you – all of us.

Why Christmas is Special to Me

Christmas to me always signifies that we need to be humble, simple, accepting, forgiving, giving, loving, content and happy with what we have.

Santa arrives during Christmas and teaches us that life is all about sharing and giving, whether it is money, service, gifts, facilities, good thoughts, positive feelings, or love.

There’s another reason Christmas has a special place in my heart. Not for a religious reason, but for a personal memory embedded deep in my heart.

It was on Christmas two years back that I started this blog!

My Blog Story

I’d be honest with you that my blog did not have a selfless and humble beginning.

It was on the night of December 24, 2010 that I discussed with my husband about finding an alternative earning source for the family.

Being a professional writer I get quite a many assignments and writing projects. But you know how uncertain it is with any freelancing jobs.

I had envisioned a blog where I could create interesting content for the readers and earn good passive income through affiliates and advertising.

My husband agreed and we took immediate action. But before that we had a good brain storming session because we had to decide on the name for the blog!

We were sure about the niche as we both had lot to say about family, self-development, life and its related topics.

So, after much debate and discussion on many names, we decided to have something unique.

Aha!NOW best described the blog as a place to find solutions and remove the barriers of problems with better insight and understanding.

Also, act as a reason for introspection and self-assessment to live life better and experience happiness every moment of life.

The Aha!NOW Journey

The two-year journey has been splendid. I did get more than what I expected – not in terms of money, but in terms of happiness and satisfaction.

I realized long back that I’m no affiliate or Internet marketer. However, I recognized my best ability is to help people and my aim is to reestablish family as the foundation for a peaceful and loving life.

My blog found wonderful readers ever willing to interact and discuss issues, have their say, and provide valuable words of wisdom.

I’m proud and lucky to have a blog community that closely associates with my thoughts. Together we have contributed enormous volumes on family and life related issues.

At present this blog has 16 important categories with 96 thought-provoking posts, including four wonderful guest posts, and about 4500 approved comments.

The Aha!NOW regular followers know that many comments are at such lengths that new posts could be created out of them!

You know I find it difficult to control my words when expressing my feelings.

But I’m overjoyed when my dear readers also let loose and flow in the sea of words – I love hearing ALL that they have to say.

I’m happy that the readers find the Aha!NOW blog and posts trustworthy enough to extensively share their life experiences and spill their thoughts and emotions in the comments.

My friends, fans, and connections in social media and social networking number in thousands. And I really rejoiced when I entered the under 100,000 club in Alexa ranking early this year.

During these two years many friends and strangers alike bestowed on me various awards, which I treasure. But what touches deep in my heart is when my posts make a difference to somebody’s life.

That’s what brings me utmost happiness and has leaded me to think further of how I can help people further.

Christmas Bells Ring Again!

Hey! It’s time for some good change!! 🙂

The ringing Christmas bells are a reminder that it’s time to get ready to start something anew on the well-in-sight New Year’s Eve.

As good things never remain stagnant and always change – my fellow bloggers, friends, and readers, now is the time for a new beginning.

No, there will not be any phenomenal change on this blog. I think it would be limited to scraping a few activities and starting some new ones.

I’ve already set my priorities in this order: family, work, blog. And my blog objective now is – help, teach, earn.

Making assessments and taking cues from my previous New Year’s resolutions, I set out the following targets to achieve in the New Year to come.

I’ll make the best use of my resources, which are my listening, counseling, coaching skills. I’ll plan to utilize them in the most effective way.

More than anything else, I now truly want to help people with their love, relationship, marriage, wellness, family, parenting, and life problems by having a one-to-one dialog.

So, here I’m taking a break to plan my next move and celebrate the New Year as well as the second anniversary of Aha!NOW.

The next post will be after New Year’s now. I hope you’ve subscribed to my blog so that you come to know of it when it happens.

Till then, be with your family, and have fun with your kids. Those of you who don’t have any – enjoy yourselves, take care of your parents and celebrate life!

Be ready for change. Be ready for more.

I’m thankful to all of you for being a part of my journey with this blog, and convey my best wishes to you.

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to You and Yours!

Over to you –

Is Christmas special to you too? What does the Santa spirit in you make you do? How have you prepared yourself for the New Year? Are you also doing something new? Share your thoughts and plans in the comments below.



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  1. Kaarina Dillabough

    February 7, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    WOW…So sorry I missed this!!!! A sincere though belated happy blog anniversary to you Harleena. Cheers! Kaarina

    • Harleena Singh

      March 9, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      Hi Kaarina,

      Sorry to have missed replying to your comment earlier, though am glad am here now. 🙂

      Thanks for your kind wishes, and have a great weekend 🙂

  2. sally brown

    January 20, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Hi Leena,
    Congratulations! I love visiting your blog and apologize I didn’t get here as often as I did in early 2012 (Spring). I’m back now and busy at writing and blogging.

    Thanks for sharing and here’s to a great new year! Sally

    • Harleena Singh

      January 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Hi Sally,

      Welcome back after a long time and thanks for visiting my blog. I’m happy you love it.
      Glad to know that you’re back in the blogosphere and I look forward to visiting your blog and reading the new posts. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and have a successful new year! 🙂

  3. Michael Belk

    January 16, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Congrats Harleena, that is an impressive story. Your blog is growing pretty well. Happy New Year.

    • Harleena Singh

      January 16, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Thanks Michael!

      Story is all mine and the journey has indeed been a wonderful one. I am indeed privileged to have such a wonderful community of readers and commentators that keep encouraging and motivating me to carry on. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, and Happy New Year to you as well. 🙂

  4. Harleena Singh

    January 15, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Welcome to the blog!

    You are absolutely right! Blogging isn’t as easy as it seems, and does involve a lot of hard work and patience too. However, the blogging journey becomes all the more enjoyable if you are passionate about what you blog – isn’t it?

    Nice to learn more about you. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  5. GoodTrader

    January 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I started my blog just over a year, I never imagined the work involved in keeping a blog! But I’m happier now than a year ago because I met other people with similar concerns to mine what helps me move forward in my own way.
    Congratulations and keep going!

  6. Betsy / Zen Mama

    January 14, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Harleena,

    Congratulations on your blog-i-versary! I can’t believe you’ve only been doing this for 2 years. You have an amazing, inspiring blog! I’m so glad we’ve connected and thanks for all your wonderful comments at Zen Mama.

    I love your description of Christmas. I think I feel the same way, our family is not too religious either. The generosity, unconditional love and selflessness that many feel on Christmas really reflect the spirit of Santa. It’s one of my favorite times of the year.

    Congrats again.

    • Harleena Singh

      January 15, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks Betsy!

      It sure has been two years, though seems like just yesterday that I started blogging – time does fly – doesn’t it?

      I’m glad we connected, and I love the inspiring posts you put up on your blog too, especially along with the wonderful pictures of yourself and your family. 🙂

      I agree – Christmas means a lot more than the mere celebrations and over-spending on gifts or food that most people tend to do. I’m glad we share the same way about it.

      Thanks for stopping by, and for your words of appreciation. 🙂

  7. Hiten

    January 13, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Congratulations on the 2nd Anniversary of your blog! 🙂

    I could definitely relate to some of the experiences you’ve had with your blogging journey. The main one is the amazing amount of friends we make through blogging and the tremendous support our readers have for our work.

    • Harleena Singh

      January 15, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks so much Hiten!

      Glad you could relate to a few things in the post. Yes indeed, the number of friends we make through our blogging journey IS amazing, and it’s their help and constant support that pulls us through too – isn’t it? I remain ever so grateful to each one of my friends and readers for being a part, and that includes you too!

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  8. Ilka Flood

    January 12, 2013 at 3:52 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Happy Anniversary for your blog! I can’t remember exactly when we hooked up, but I can tell you I’ve been a fan of yours ever since. Looking forward to many more years to come. All the best for your blogging future!

    Ilka

    • Harleena Singh

      January 15, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind wishes Ilka!

      The feeling is mutual there. 🙂 I guess we just clicked as they say. I appreciate and value your friendship as well. Here’s to many more years of friendship!

      Thanks for stopping by, and for always being there. 🙂

  9. Deone Higgs

    January 11, 2013 at 5:26 am

    I’m with Hajra, Harleena! I’m so sorry to have missed wishing you a Happy Anniversary! Yet, I’m so happy for you, my friend.

    A new look, 2 years of AHA experience under your belt, and another fabulous Christmas being had… I’d say that’s definitely a reason to celebrate! Yippee! 🙂

    You know I’m all for the celebrations! You and your website AHA-Now are definitely worthy of a celebration! It’s been a fabulous two years, eh!

    Here’s wishing you many, many more of these celebrations!

    Can’t wait to see what 2013 brings from you. OH YEAH, Happy and Prosperous New Year to you as well. 😉

    • Harleena Singh

      January 15, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Not a problem at all Deone – I’m just glad to have you here – anytime. 🙂

      Oh yes….many reasons to celebrate – isn’t it? The journey has been wonderful, and I hope and pray to keep making many more wonderful friends like you and so many others. That’s what makes it all worth the while – isn’t it?

      The past two years have just passed by and it’s only when you sit back and think, do you realize they have literally passed by so quick! Nevertheless, I am planning lots of new things with my blog this year, which I would soon be sharing with everyone – so stay tuned dear friend.

      Thanks for stopping by, and wishing you all the joy and success this year too. 🙂

  10. Hajra

    January 10, 2013 at 12:56 am

    I am so sorry I made it so late! But Congrats! And yes, I love, love the new look! 🙂

    Hope you had a wonderful new year and good luck with the blog!

    • Harleena Singh

      January 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      You know you are always welcome Hajra!

      Thanks, and am happy you like the new look too, though the fine tuning is still going on. 🙂

      Oh yes…the New Year was wonderful as we had family guests, so more the merrier. Hope your New Year was a great one too. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, and your kind wishes. 🙂

  11. Cathy Taughinbaugh

    January 9, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Congrats on your two years of blogging. That is quite an accomplishment. I love your new blog. It looks really good. I had checked in earlier, but your blog was busy being reconstructed. Very nice look. Good for you. I know your articles have helped many, including myself. Thank you!

    • Harleena Singh

      January 15, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks for your kind wishes Cathy!

      Glad you are liking the new look of the blog, which surely is taking a lot of my time! I guess being the non-tech kind of a person, finding the exact codes takes time, though am giving things a final touch now. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, and for your kind words of appreciation. 🙂

  12. Debbie

    January 9, 2013 at 1:58 am

    This is wonderful Harleena. You have done a lot in 2 years. And added so much to the internet with your wisdom.

    looking forward to what is coming from you in the new year.

    Blessings always,
    Debbie

    • Harleena Singh

      January 15, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks Debbie!

      One doesn’t really realize that it’s been two years, nor give a thought as to all that one’s done because we remain so busy – isn’t it?

      I do have lots planned up that I would be sharing with everyone shortly, so stay tuned. How is your new blog coming up?

      Thanks for stopping by, and for your constant support 🙂

  13. Anne

    January 1, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Happy new year to you, Harleena. Congratulations on your blog.

    I hadn’t realised it’s only 2 years old. One day you’ll have to teach me how to get this many comments on a young blog. This is something I’ve always struggled with – building a community.

    God’s richest blessings for 2013 to you and yours!

    • Harleena Singh

      January 15, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks Anne, and Happy New Year to you as well 🙂

      To be honest, I too didn’t realize it’s been this long till I saw the date! Ah…the secret to getting this many comments is simple….just interact and be yourself, which you are wonderful at too. And yes, I remain thankful to each and everyone of the readers and commentators who come by to share their thoughts here with all of us.

      Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂

  14. Sue Neal

    December 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Happy Birthday to your blog, Harleena – congratulations!

    I feel quite a baby in comparison, my blog has been going for less than a year, and it’s great to see what you’ve achieved in just two years – it gives me something to aim at!

    I know just what you mean about the reward you get just from meeting other people through the comments and visiting other people’s blogs – that’s been an unexpected pleasure I’ve discovered in the last few months. So much so that, even if I never made any money from my blog, I’d probably keep it going now anyway because I’m enjoying the social side of it so much.

    As for Christmas, we spend it very quietly and I’ve been working (day job, not blogging) between the bank holidays, so it’s not been too much of a break this year.

    The big change I’m looking forward to in 2013 is that I retire from my job in health care in the spring, after which I’ll be able to work full time online – so my husband, dogs and blog will all get much more attention!

    Thanks for a lovely post – and all good wishes for your happiness and success in 2013

    Sue

    • Harleena Singh

      January 15, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Welcome to the blog Sue!

      Sorry for the late reply – just been a little caught up with revamping my blog past few days – though am glad am here now. 🙂

      Thanks for your kind wishes Sue. Yes, though it’s been two years for me, it just seems like yesterday that I started blogging! Time surely does fly – doesn’t it?

      Absolutely! The blogosphere is full of such wonderful people whom we meet through each others blogs. I guess it’s the comments from where the interaction and communication picks up, and often leads to great friendship too. I agree about the money part, which for me has never been important where my blog is concerned – as much as the interaction I enjoy here. Nice to know that you too feel the same way. 🙂

      I can well imagine the quiet break you would so much need, as you are working too, which holidays like Christmas and New Year’s can bring. I am sure your hubby and dogs must be looking forward to the time when you are going to be home all the time!

      Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂

  15. J.D. Meier

    December 29, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Introspection and self-assessment to live life better and experience happiness every moment of life
    That is a wonderful journey to be on. Nothing beats enlightenment.

    • Harleena Singh

      December 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Welcome to the blog, J.D.!

      You’re right. My words exactly. 🙂
      Living life every moment choosing the option of being happy, and making continuous self-improvement efforts – that’s the way to live!

      Thanks for stopping by, do visit again. 🙂

  16. Mary Stephenson

    December 29, 2012 at 4:33 am

    HI Harleena

    You have definitely come along ways in the 2 years. We all seem to start with different ideas and the best are the ones that are totally focused.

    I have been at it for over 2 years, but have had interruptions a few times during that period for months at a time. So it does kind of destroy what you start to build when you can’t stick with it day in and day out.

    My plans for the New Year are to stick with trying to write good content and probably get into YouTube on my major site. Have it on another site, but I am not sure how I feel about it now. Got a lot of things going in on my mind on as to what to put the most attention to. Results versus attention will probably win out in the end. I have this feeling I don’t want to dump anything I have put a lot of time and energy into. So until I figure this all out, I shall put a bit of time into what has been created, but put the bulk of the energy in where my heart is. Still trying to figure that out also! Seems like I really need to sleep on this!

    Enjoyed your post and wishing you a great 2013.

    Mary

    • Harleena Singh

      December 29, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      Absolutely Mary!

      We do start with many ideas and plans, but how much of them we can really implement is what really matters. And yes, distractions and interruptions do stop us from really achieving and doing what we really want.

      Those sound like wonderful plans for the coming year Mary! You already write good content, but YouTube would be a great addition, something that I too need to get started with. Take your time to decide and follow your heart always because then you can never really go wrong. I guess doing what your heart tells you works better than what your mind says – though a blend of both is perfect. 🙂

      Thanks for your kind wishes, and wishing you too have a happy and prosperous New Year. 🙂




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