New year, the new beginning… It’s specially true for the new calendar in everyone’s house! Add to it, the new year holiday that most of us enjoy! For me the New Year meant only these two things and both fetched me joy. It was another day like the 364 days in the year to come; till this year. Things really changed when I read on Corrine’s post on fb about “Word Of The Year”. I used to enjoy the word of the year as declared by the dictionaries all over the world before that. But this #WOTY was something different.
My first reaction was to check out how the year 2017 was for me. The retrospection tossed out a post, “One Day At A Time“. Life revolved around a particular central theme  in that year. Surprisingly the theme was also a single word, “Realisation”! That made me dig little deeper. Reading Corinne, Shilpa Garg and Mayuri’s take on the #WOTY helped me get the gist of the matter. Really can’t thank these graceful ladies enough for this wonderful concept and insight.
So here I was, equipped with the new found knowledge, staring at the 365 days of the year ahead. I had an opportunity to set a tone for the new chapter of 52 weeks instead of taking the day as it happens. Being mindful of the actions to make the most was the key. When I embarked on the journey to search the word, I reminded myself of the multiple hats that I wear and the responsibilities there off.  At any given moment of life, I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend, a daughter in law and me, myself; not in this particular order of priority though. The dynamism of the life keeps on popping one of the roles on pedestal. Thus, the word had to give justice to all these “me”.
Was there any compulsion to oblige all these roles? Could I not have just focused on ‘Me, Myself”. My answer to it was a big “No”. I love each and every role that I play. They are what make me, me. There isn’t an iota of doubt about it. Each role gives me pleasure of its kind, thus inspires me to do better in all these spheres of life. At times I do feel the pull in one direction more than other, resulting into feeling of exhaustion. At such times, then I wonder could I have done it better? Can I manage these things in a different way to give justice to all at hand? Can I enjoy executing them without feeling squeezed out?
In popped the word, “Lagom”, pronounced ‘Leh-gum’. It’s a Swedish word meaning, “Not too little, not too much. Just right” Upon scratching the surface of the word, a little bit more, I learnt that its actually the art of living balanced and happy life! It was a ‘Eureka’ moment for me. The search ended with this apt word for my little world right now! My word for the year 2018 is “Lagom”.
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With Lagom, I will be better at organizing and executing different roles and responsibilities that I play.
With Lagom, I intend to set an example for my children that everything at hand can be done with joy and peace.
With Lagom, I will help my kids to balance their studies and extracurricular activities.
With Lagom, quality time with kids and better half wouldn’t be a luxury sought after desperately!
With Lagom, I desire to see me writing regularly.
With Lagom, I hope to give enough justice to reading.
With Lagom, I yearn to ring in travel, entertainment and family time as an important component of living life to the fullest.
With Lagom, I wish to see myself smelling the flowers en-route and not hurry through life as it happens to me.
Embarking on the journey of being a “Lagomer”, I am sure to find the harmony, peace and joy! Dear Zindagi, here I come to embrace you with ‘Lagom’.

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Linking this post to #WOTY2018 by Corinne of EveryDayGyaan


Roshan Radhakrishnan · January 3, 2018 at 1:34 pm

This definitely was a word I had no idea about but now that I KNOW OF IT, i wish I had thought of it first 🙂
Yes, it is something I too would want in my life in 2018. Have a great year ahead.

    canvaswithrainbow · January 3, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Just read about your #WOTY Doc. I feel that 'Serenity' sure will usher in a balance in your year too!
    Thank you for visiting and I am glad that you liked it.

Meenakshi J · January 3, 2018 at 1:36 pm

Interesting Swedish word and concept , Anagha… Glad I got to know about 'Lagom' ..that is so similar to the word 'Aparigraha' closer home!

Have a wonderful year ahead 🙂

    canvaswithrainbow · January 3, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Oh yes, 'Aparigraha', was so close! Thanks for bringing this word to shore Meenakshi.

sudha krishnan · January 3, 2018 at 1:41 pm

A very interesting write up. Loved the new concept of WOTY.

    canvaswithrainbow · January 3, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Sudha, I would suggest you to take it up. Its a wonderful concept for sure. Wish to see your #WOTY soon!

Deliciously Alive · January 3, 2018 at 2:10 pm

What a beautiful meaning Lagom has. I had never read it until I read your inspiring post.
Great choice of word, Anagha. May ypu achieve much more than you set out to. I know for a fact that you're capable of a lot more than you think you are, and then some. Soar higher in 2018.

    canvaswithrainbow · January 4, 2018 at 4:51 am

    Thank you dear! Reading your comment gave me goose bumps! Lagom will sure show me the way of life to live peacefully and in harmony.
    Wishing you a very year full of happy surprises, Mayuri.

Healthwealthbridge by Dr. Amrita Basu Misra · January 3, 2018 at 5:34 pm

I absolutely adored the word Lagom.It's alsmost magical.Just right .Well balanced to make Lagom-ing fun !I am adopting it with due credit to you .A very Happy New year Anagha may you find joy in everything you do .Lovely having you write with us for #WOTY2018

    canvaswithrainbow · January 4, 2018 at 4:53 am

    You said it right, Amrita. Its really a magical word. It opened a new vista of thinking and approach towards life for me.
    ITs a pleasure to be associated with #MondayMommyMomments.
    Thanks for visiting.

Deepa · January 4, 2018 at 3:38 am

Not too much and not too little, perfect! Loved the word Anagha. Thanks for introducing this word to us. I am going to remember this throughout the year as balance is the key. Thanks for linking up with #MMM.

    canvaswithrainbow · January 4, 2018 at 5:02 am

    I feel Deepa, the time was ripe for the word to show itself to us. Balance is what I needed in life as of now.
    Its a pleasure to link up with #MondayMommyMomments.
    Thanks Deepa for visiting.

Anamika Agnihotri · January 4, 2018 at 4:31 am

What a wonderful word it is – Lagom. Just right is the way to live. Striking a balance between the doing and the being is not as difficult as it is made out to be. It requires one to stay aware. All the best, Anagha, for the new year. Something tells me you will be able to do all of it that you intend to 🙂

    canvaswithrainbow · January 4, 2018 at 5:04 am

    Thank you Anamika for giving me much needed hope to sail through the 52 weeks with Lagom to my side!
    Wishing you a happy new year full of achievements and peace.

Rajlakshmi · January 4, 2018 at 6:40 am

You taught me a new word today ? hope you fulfill all your goals with lagom (hope I used it right)

    canvaswithrainbow · January 5, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Thank ypu Rajlakshmi! Wishing you a year full of lagom, peace and harmony too!

    Jyoti Babel · January 5, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Lagom is a new word for me. Sad that we do not same such a word in Hindi or English – or may be there is but I dont know. With Lagom may you find the perfect balance in everything you do. More power to you Anagha. Happy New year

    canvaswithrainbow · January 6, 2018 at 12:59 am

    Yes, you have point Jyoti! Thank you dear for visiting and for wishes.

Suzy · January 22, 2018 at 11:07 am

Moderation in all – such a good word. And it’s quite amazing how a word just pops into our head and resonates. Wishing you a very balanced year.

    Anagha Yatin · January 23, 2018 at 8:38 am

    Thank you Suzy for visiting. So far, “Lagom” is really helping me to refrain from any kind of over indulgence or negligence and thus helping in maintaining the balance!

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