Just in case you hadn’t noticed, in just over two weeks we will be in completely different year. I like a new year, I love the feeling that we have a clean start, a chance to wipe the slate clean and a chance to re-plan your goals. It’s both exciting and sad at the same time. It’s sad to think that we will never have 2013 back again, but it’s exciting because we get to write a new chapter.
For me 2013 has been an odd year, while it has been significantly better than 2012, it’s perhaps not gone as well as I would have liked and there is still a lot left to achieve. I wanted to use this post as a chance to reflect on the past year, what I’ve learned and what I am regretful for, because tomorrow I soon I get to start all over again!
Lessons I’ve learned!
- Not everyone will like you. I’ve always struggled with this, I like making people happy and it really upsets me when I feel that people don’t.This year I released, I mean I had an epiphany moment, that not every one like you and if they don’t you certainly can’t make them. What you can do is be polite tot those that don’t and appreciate those that do.
- Believing in yourself is key. I harbour a secret dream and because I like you and trust you (but this has to stay between us, ok?), I’m going to share this with you. In all seriousness however, I’m often really critical of myself and I’m afraid of people laughing at me, judging me or see the above. I want to have my books published. Earlier this year I started a story that I was proud of but I then convinced myself that it was awful and swiftly stopped writing it. Then I sent it to my friend Sam, and she read it for me and she loved it. After hearing this, I re-read it again and I guess I think it has potential. If you don’t give yourself the benefit of the doubt, no one will
- Visualisation. I have fairly big goals, and I seem to spend a lot of time mapping them out but then I never get further, because I lose all motivation and allow the above step to be ignored. I’ve learned the importance of visualization, and trust me it works. If you really want something, then learn to see it because it will only make you want it even more.
Blessings this year!
- Blog. I’ve been blogging on and off for a long time, but this is the first time that I have really put a lot of time and effort into it, and it has without a doubt been one of the best parts of 2013. Only fellow bloggers will understand what I mean when I say this, but blogging makes you feel like you have a voice and to your readers, you matter. I want to give a special thank you to my readers because it means so much to have your blog read, but I also want to thank my fellow bloggers. Sharing your blogging journey with people makes it even more special, and the support I’ve received from them is priceless! I want to give a HUGE thank you to Lyndsy at littleirishbeautybox, Kavi at kavichick200 and my comrade Meg, from Australia who made my day with her email.
- Sam. University was the best decision of my life and Sam was my best friend during my first year. We were inseparable, but during my second and third year I grew apart from my university friends for various reasons. Visiting Sam in her hometown earlier this year and then having her visit me, has meant the absolute world. I didn’t realise how much I missed her and how much she meant to me. Being close to Sam again has really made this year special, and I hope things will stay this way now. I’m sure they will in all honesty, because I’m going to make sure we see each other regularly. On this note, I’m also happy that I got to see two of my other uni friends too, it’s incredible how little things change and good friends will always be the same. (Check out her blog for me- http://wambamsimplysam.wordpress.com/?ref=spelling).
- Family. They’ve been amazing, that’s all I need to say.
- Labour Conference. This was a massive highlight! I got to meet some amazing people (some of whom are in the pic below) and I feel like I made some friends for life! We have already booked accommodation for next year!
- Finding what I want to do with my life. The role I’m in at the moment is incredible, I love it and I’ve realised that it’s what I want to do with my life. Having spent much of 2012 confused and wondering what I was going to do, it’s really rewarding and satisfying to finally find your “calling” so to speak.
So although there have been some negatives and things aren’t as far along as I might like to be (this comes with the territory of mental health) it’s definitely been a better year and things are looking good for next!
I’m now looking forward to a new year, new goals and a new start. I hope you are too.
What was your year like?