Life-Changing Experiences in the Decade Gone By #DecadeHop #RRxMM

Every day gives rise to new hopes and paves a path to your final destination. We pick the threads of our past learnings which helps us evolve to a better version of ourselves, the only difference is sometimes it takes multiple experiences of a similar situation to understand a few things and sometimes it clicks in the first instance. Remember, God has better plans for us than we think! Why this gyaan? Well, this is one of the most important learnings of my last decade.

The Decade went by has been a fruitful journey with a lot of crests and troughs but has made the person than I am today. Today, I savour and re-live these life-changing moments with you.

Let’s begin with the rollercoaster down the memory lane…


2010-11: The year with the professional focus…

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The beginning of the decade was not so happening for me, I met my colleague/ boyfriend/ husband at the beginning of the decade. However, things were not so smooth and professionally also nothing seemed exciting. Finally, in December 2010 I changed gears professionally. 2011 was totally focussed on managing the new turf in hand. Since it was a senior position I got to learn a lot of things which were instrumental in my professional grooming.ย 

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2012: The year of few firsts…

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Professionally, the high of the year was heading a multi-country project for the first time which went off damn well. I did two solo travels to Chennai & Hyderabad thanks to work and my first and only travel with friends to Pune. I realised my love for travel and learn about new places. In Chennai, I squeezed in sometime post work to have a flying visit at Mahabalipuram while in Hyderabad it was a hectic schedule and was travelling even on my birthday.

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2013-14: Not so Momentous…

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The high point would be my bestie’s wedding in these two years. On the personal front, health played a spoiler in 2014 when I had to be hospitalised for Tonsillitis, trust me its not a good condition to be in.ย 

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2015: Dreams do come true…

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2015 was a game-changing year for me, with lots of struggles and more drama than Chetan Bhagat’s 2 States I got married to my love. Phew… I could not believe it happened! 2015 was a mix of a lot of things – marriage, a good amount of travel however there were few strong downs too I had to give up on my job as my organisation got acquired and its a long story for another day. I lost my maternal grandfather which was a heartbreaking moment as he was my biggest inspiration and still is and lastly, the year ended with my mother-in-law going through a major health crisis.

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2016-17: Walking new paths…

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Stepping into a new journey, life was more concentrated on the personal front with setting up a lot of stuff. I worked for a start-up for a brief period. My brother got married towards the end of 2016. I embarked a new journey in October 2016. Zarahatkeblog was born! I penned down my first post for my blog. I was a newbie and writing was random but it gained momentum in 2017. I fulfilled my passion for travelling in 2017 you can read about my great and not so great experiences here. However life is not always a bed of roses, my father was diagnosed with cancer. He is a strong man and a fighter, a lot to learn from him. He is truly an inspiration for me!

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2018-19: Beginning of the motherhood journey…

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Shuruvat hue ek naye kahani ki…

Giving birth to a new being is a life-changing experience. So, 2018 was going through the pregnancy phase and finally having our bundle of joy in September. You undergo a lot of changes as a person mentally and physically so it has been a total dose of that in the last two years. On one hand, you’re witnessing a miracle in your hands and on the other you are experiencing some new downfalls. Thanks to this little miracle I completed my first Ebook – “Anaaya and I – My Journey to Motherhood” which is available on Amazon Kindle too which was a super high for me.

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Life is an encapsulation of happy moments and trial times. My takeaways from the “Decade” gone by is fulfil your passions and live for yourself too. I always put everyone else first than myself which should not be the case. This post has been an emotional one with few words written, a lot more re-lived and felt again.

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Hope everyone can get the best of every decade henceforth and God Bless Us All ๐Ÿ™‚



โ€œThis post is a part of โ€˜DECADE Blog Hopโ€™ #DecadeHop organised by #RRxMMย Rashi Royย andย Manas Mukul. The Event is sponsored byย Gloย and co-sponsored byย Beyond The Box,ย Wedding Clap,ย The Colaba Storeย andย Sanity Dailyย in association with authors Piyusha Vir and Richa S Mukherjeeโ€

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Do read Noor Anand’s post which was one of the winning entries in this Blog Hop – Read here. And don’t miss Vidya’s post about the decade gone by, penned beautifully in her style – Read here.


  1. Your story resonates with my own journey through the last decade on many grounds. The high of a corporate job, the hassle of a 2-states wedding and then stepping into motherhood. I too launched my blog in 2016. So same pinch! Loved reading about your journey girl! Keep going at your dreams stronger and better.

  2. You had it all in the last decade from high of corporate life to getting married to your love and then the bliss of motherhood. Hope new decade brings more happiness and prosperity to you.

  3. What is life if it is not a happening one. The Ups and Downs, the struggles, the achievements are the sole proofs that we are not merely existing but living…
    So kudos to you for living your life and may you have many happy adventures ahead


    1. True True True ๐Ÿ’ฏ. It’s about the highs and lows which make us what we are. Thanks so much for stopping by ๐Ÿ˜Š. Cheers to another decade ๐Ÿฅ‚

  4. Loved reading your journey, the best part I liked is the use of pictures which completely enhanced the reading experience. I felt like I was watching a movie, could feel your words and pictures made it easy to relate. All the best for the coming years!

  5. Career, marriage and a baby, did you leave out anything at all? Oh yes, you had health scares too! I read your posts in A to Z and know how difficult your motherhood journey has been. Stay blessed, Manisha. Its so good to see you up and about!

  6. What a decade. A real roller coaster i must say. From shifting roles on professional and personal fronts you have lived it all. Hello to the cute little Anaaya. Stay blessed.
    โ€” rightpurchasing

  7. Sadly life has many downs but the trick is to concentrate on the ups and happy times alone. It will let your mind be happier within!

  8. Your post is like a Bollywood movie. Every ingredient in the right proportion and every emotion covered extensively. Really enjoyed the format you employed with pictures and timelines to represent the decade.

  9. How beautifully you have described your decades, absolutely loved reading it ๐Ÿ’œ lovely pictures!!

  10. You have put great effort in recalling the experienes of each year. That’s something ! I liked it. Wishing you more peaceful and happier decade ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Not only have you had an enriching decade, Manisha but you’ve presented it to us so beautifully too. Loved the presentation of all the memorable happenings of your life. Wishing you an amazing decade to follow!

  12. I have almost lived your life with your post and beautiful pictures. It is great that you have all these memories safe and shared with us to re-live them. Sad to know about your father but as you said he is a fighter, I am sure he will win.

  13. What a fabulous decade.. Filled with highs and lows. Exactly how life plays all of us. In the end, you managed to come out a winner and that’s all that matters. Kudos and keep writing.

  14. What a colorful roller coaster ride…Good post Manisha. Liked your journey of HIs & LOWs through the decade. Impressive use of the pictures and they definitely take the story forward. Good work ๐Ÿ™‚
    #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  15. I strongly believe that everything happens for a reason and your last decade was just that ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you participated in our blog hop and shared your journey with us.

  16. Indeed yours has been a roller coaster journey. There are many situations where I could relate to you strongly. It requires guts to pass through tough phases of life and tough to pen them down as well.

  17. This is a great idea to pen down such things . It reminds us that ,what all the things happened with us in the past decades and sometimes it makes us strong too.

    1. Yes, it was just like re-living the important moments of my life. Thanks for stopping by and wishing you the best for the decade ๐Ÿ˜Š

      1. That was a interesting post to read. You covered all the main achievements in the last decade. It was lovely reading it.

  18. It was really nice to go through your journey over the decade. All I can understand every memory and expetience we gather makes us learn something.

  19. Beautiful journey ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜. God bless you, stay happy always ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜. Love u โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

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