“What do you need in the New Year? You need a dream; your dream needs an action; and your action needs right thinking! Without right thinking, you can have only unrealised dreams!”
Mehmet Murat ildan
It’s that time of year again where everyone re-evaluates their life and tries to make changes for the better… 2018 was my year of travel and I feel that was mission accomplished! I don’t know what my aim is going to be in 2019… For now, I’m trying to focus on my career as I have a big appraisal coming up and need to work out my long term goals.
Last year was a bit of a weird one for me. I found the start of the year really tough, as whatever happened, I knew that I wasn’t going to see my Mum. I hadn’t expected that as I couldn’t wait for 2017 to be over. I started bereavement counselling in May, which did help but it also made me feel worse for a few hours or even days, depending on what I’d spoken about. I hadn’t realised just how hard I was finding everything until the Summer, which led to me going part-time.
Part-time life really suits me! It gave me the opportunity to catch up on sleep, look after myself better, time to think and of course, more opportunities for travel! I am now in a much better place and am shortly going back to full time hours again.
But I didn’t blog as often as I wanted – I realised that if I didn’t feel excited about sharing my experiences, I didn’t have the motivation to write. Then the things I did want to blog about, I couldn’t as I didn’t think I should when I hadn’t written about everything chronologically as it didn’t seem to be honest. Who knows how the blog will go this year – I’ve never really had a set aim or idea for it but enjoyed blogging when I worked abroad.
Fitness also fell by the wayside and I don’t feel good about myself as a consequence. Both frustrated by my lack of effort and sluggish from bad habits. But with a couple of family weddings coming up, that’s as good a motivation as any to become more body confident!
I read recently that the reason most new years resolutions fail is because people are too strict on themselves and that a better approach may be to use 150 days… So 150 days of the year where you do something i.e. no alcohol, exercise etc. That could actually work!