I’ve been neglecting this blog for quite some weeks now, despite my intention to do daily blogging. It’s pretty easy for me to forgot about blogging, I guess — just last night I realized, “wait, I can just post this on the WP app!” So, yeah, slightly expecting Mobile Developers team hunting me down with pitchfork 🤣

Anyway, the Happiest New Year for you all! I was so confused why folks around me got so reflective and solemn as January 1 approaching when I realized it was the end of a decade too. I personally couldn’t say this decade is better or worse, mostly because each year and each decade has their own adventures. During my years as a housewife (circa 2014-2018ish,) I battled a bit of mental issues and learned how to accept things, specifically, on how I accept myself.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change

I felt, and still feel, like the acceptance process was quite a process in itself. Sometimes, I feel like, “no, this is not the best version of myself,” and some times, I looked into myself and wondered if hey, things are good enough and I am good enough.

In the end, it feels like a bit of knowing your limit right now. You know you are awesome (I know I am, and I know you are 🙂) but today you are not feeling awesome and that’s totally okay; awesomeness can wait tomorrow.

So! New year usually means some kind of resolutions, and I… don’t have any resolutions. Mostly because I don’t know how things will turn out 😂 I mean, who could predict I would apply as a Happiness Engineer back in 2018 and started my work in Automattic early 2019? And 2019 has been such a year. Such a year. There were times I cried in front of my laptop, feeling inadequate and completely stupid. There were times I threw my fist to the air and yelled, “YES!” when I found a workaround for tricky issues. There were times I juggled my schedule, energy, and time between working hours and personal time. There were times, and still are!, I received so many hugs and encouraging words.

However, I found myself listing things I want to do in 2020. I want to be able to take care of myself better — on physical health and mental health. I’m still juggling between handling my energy for working hours and personal/family hours, and there are some things I have been neglecting. I’m still looking the best way for that, though. I’m still holding to ‘A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind’ and I’ve been looking for some inspirations on Youtube. This is one of my favorites.

A bit of confession, though; it’s really really hard for me to do exercise in the morning 😅 I feel like my energy should be preserved in the morning because, damnit, handling kids early in the morning — and one of them is Rey — takes another level of energy. Let alone working Support afterwards.

I’ve been doing before-bedtime yoga, though 🤔 I haven’t feel any tremendous changes, but it’s all about process so we’ll see. If you have any suggestions or tips in exercising, feel free to share it!

I don’t and won’t going to say 2020 will be easier or a smooth ride because, hey, who knows. Hopefully, I would always have the strength, courage, happiness, kindness, and patience as I navigate many years ahead; I do wish the same goes to you all.

Happy New Year. Here’s for a year of dancing, singing, and generally being awesome.


5 responses to “2020”

  1. Ditaa Avatar

    Happiest new year to you! Indeed, exercising is tricky, one must find a regime that works with habit and schedule.
    I think my tip on this is: find what you like and stick to that. I love yoga and running, and I do each once a week, mostly running in the weekend and yoga after work. I’m not a morning person, so let it be 🙂

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    1. Retno Nindya Avatar
      Retno Nindya

      Thank you, Ditaa! Happy new year! And thank you for the tips. I found myself exercising better after working hours too (it’s like releasing the stress, I guess?) although I really can’t say about the frequency 😅 I keep your tips in mind: “Stick to it” 💪


  2. Chika Lesmana Avatar

    Well.. i guess now people prefer to be youtuber than blogger. Have you ever consider to switch? 😉


    1. Nindya Avatar

      No 😅 I don’t think I’m a good fit for Youtube. I’m not confident enough


  3. Accent – coriander in pho Avatar

    […] Milannonna when I saw her Youtube video on morning routine — and I posted a little bit about it here — and I’ve been hooked ever since. From what I see, it seems like she moved back to South Korea […]


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