Starting Afresh


I’m not usually one for all that new year, new start stuff. But, this time around I feel a shift, the sense that our kids are getting older and I do in fact crave more challenges.

I don’t want to rest on supposed laurels and realise ten years have gone by, so I’m breaking my standard non-resolution resolution and committing to making a few changes.

I want to write more, travel, and learn some culinary skills. I feel a need for pushing myself further, and actually realising my own potential.

Our Greece trip in October triggered a freshly renewed love of travel, and I’m already itching to get back on a plane.

A calm family Christmas allowed time to reflect after being completely burnt out with pleurisy before the big day. Which was utterly dire, yet it made me see how trashed I was.

Questioning what non-essential tasks I could ditch, I temporarily survived on doing the bare minimum and it felt good.

Liberating, even. Learning to say no is a big learning curve, and an empowering move for life, work and relationships.

Making note of new year’s resolutions can be a little naff, but I’m re-categorising these as a game plan. Writing down what you want to achieve feels a strong and positive step towards achieving it.

Drum roll please. In no particular order, for 2018 I want to:

  • Consider writing a book
  • Learn how to cook more than a couple of decent recipes
  • Start running again
  • Take better care of myself

They may be a bit cliched, yet it seems the right timing for all of my above hopes and dreams. Simple steps can often bring the most opportunity and happiness.

I’ve recently encountered a dissatisfied feeling and knowledge broader horizons await, therefore must act on that.

What’s your plan for 2018? I can’t wait to get started.

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