End of Another Year
We’re very close now to the end of the year, which I’m sure you are aware, is a pretty popular time for people to review what they’ve done over the past 12 months, and what they hope to achieve in the New Year.
For me, 2019 has been a bit different. I decided that instead of the usual ‘New Year, New Me’ scenario, where I would stick to goals for maybe a few weeks at most, this year would be the year I reviewed things daily, or at the very least—weekly.
Return to reading
One of my main goals, which I began in January, was to start reading again. I began with ‘Atomic Habits’ by James Clear. What a great start! Through reading this book, I learnt the importance of how small changes every day can make the biggest impact long-term. By introducing this idea to both work, and my personal life, I felt more organised and prepared for each day ahead, while still having fun along the way.
“Be the designer of your world and not merely the consumer of it.” James Clear.
Reading is such a great way to unwind, and you are never too old, too intelligent or wise to learn something new every day.
Embrace the list
I am very much a ‘to-do’ list person. Having a list helps me to hold myself accountable for what I want to achieve. In the same way, it is also good to review this list at the end of each day as a method of switching off before bedtime. This is a great piece of advice gained from ‘The Fitness Mindset’ by Irish author Brian Keane.
Experience somewhere new
Another one of my goals this year was to travel somewhere different each month, and go on at least one holiday by myself. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut working and socialising, we sometimes forget the beautiful country we live in, and the scenery around us. You don’t have to spend a lot or travel far to find beaches, walking ranges and miles of green fields.
I also got the opportunity to go back home to Ireland for an extended break. While this may sound like a holiday, I can assure you that the early wake up calls on the farm were less than relaxing! Nonetheless, I loved taking things back to basics and working with my dad, understanding the true meaning of hard work, and dealing with the inevitable farm challenges along the way.
Whilst in Ireland, I booked a spur of the moment trip to Croatia by myself for four days, and I believe this was probably the best decision I made all year. Sometimes to-do lists and planning aren’t needed! This trip gave me time to relax, clarity for the months ahead, and the much needed Vitamin D I wasn’t getting in Ireland. This also meant I achieved my goal to travel on my own, which truly delivered the results I was hoping for from this solo experience. It was a great opportunity to gain more independence, I felt empowered, and I had space to reflect on decisions made over the year, and the chance to deal with the unknown. I will definitely be back to travel more of Europe in the coming years, and advise everyone to give travelling alone a go.
While some goals have taken more priority than others (i.e the gym…) and there were times where things definitely were not going my way, I feel that I have achieved a good foundation to continue into 2020. I have lots of big plans and ideas for the months ahead, making each day count being the main one.
Here’s to the year that has been, and the good times to come!
Wishing you a happy and enjoyable New Year 😊