Somehow, 2017 has left us. Both personally and globally, it was a whirlwind of a year. Sometimes New Years can be a depressing time as we look back at what we wanted to achieve in the January before and realise that many of those dreams remained unrealised, but actually, a new year is a great way to re-start those dreams again, re-motivate ourselves, refocus and reflect. Don’t think: I didn’t achieve anything; think: my goals may have been unrealistic at the time, let me modify them a little.
There has been a trend on Twitter for the past few days of people listing the things they did achieve, rather than focus on what they wished they had done. If we only focus on the negative, our outlook will continue to be negative and our self-esteem will reflect it. So don’t be so hard on yourself! What did you do in 2017 that you were proud of? And how can you improve for 2018?
Here’s my list:
- Launched Cocoavegan
- Registered a vegan food business with my local council
- Re-launched the non-profit I founded in 2013, The RED INK Project
- Survived a very hectic house move
- Qualified as a massage therapist and started freelance massage therapy work
- Left a job that I hated
- Started editing a novel that I completed in 2016, and saw how much my writing has improved since
- I got a new job! In November I went for an interview for a government IT job, was successful and started in December
- Passed my ITIL (an IT course) qualification
I’m looking forward to trying new recipes and sharing those with you this year. I’m sure a lot of you have health goals–let’s get fit together, starting with our diet!