Isn’t it funny how we wait until New Year to make resolutions, promising ourselves that we will live a more productive, rewarding, self less life. I guess it is the same as when you want to stop smoking, you are advised to set a date in the future that you can prepare for, and count down to.
How many times has this approach been taken, and how successful has it been? Setting a future date may help, but when you decide to do something with conviction, you don’t need to wait until a more suitable time. The most suitable time is NOW. In three months time you will wish you had started (whatever it is you wanted to start) – now, as you’ll be three months into it and closer to achieving your goal.
Still, I like to muse over the New Year and take some time to reflect on what I have achieved (or not) over the past year. A year seems as good a period as any to review.
2013 has been a good year for me. I felt as though my working life was a bit stagnant for a while, and I spent a lot of time moping about it. (I start my new job on Monday, yay!) Despite this feeling of searching for something else, a lot of positive things have happened, for which I am thankful.
I’m going to take a minute to count my blessings and the happy things of 2013.
- I have finally started exercising regularly
- I moved house recently with my beau, and still love it
- I’ve had the means to practice my hobbies, like crocheting
- I’m healthy, as are my friends
- I’ve spent a lot of quality time with my family
- I’ve socialised regularly, and also spent more time with people I don’t see that often
- I have had get togethers that include a wider group of friends and made new one (always good!)
- I enjoyed a holiday with my extended family in Sardinia
- My friends graduated and my brother started up his own business
Next year I hope I can continue to grow as a person.
I want to be mindful of who I am, spending more time doing things that are good for my soul, and my body. I want to make time to catch up with the people that I care about, as sometimes this year I have felt ‘too busy’ (other times I’ve just been lazy), but every time I have caught up with people outside of my immediate circle I leave with a massive smile in my heart, and a deep rooted feeling of how big an impact that small action has on our lives – mine and theirs.
I want to keep on keeping on, striving for a better life while enjoying the one I have.
Does that make sense!?