Christmas this year is making me happy and yet melancholy at the same time. I miss family who are no longer with us and I have been thinking a lot about those I know who are having a tough time. I have friends & family who are grieving from losing loved ones and some for who just things are not going too great, at home, work, you name it.
Then there are some really good things to look forward to in 2016, like new babies coming, weddings to attend and my new office, which is almost ready!
2015 has been a busy and exciting year for me. Here some of the highlights I can think of (in no particular order!):
- I fulfilled one of last year’s resolutions and learnt to crochet.
- We remodelled my front garden so that I have not had to cut any grass this year!
- I had a brilliant reunion with old friends at Bluestone in Pembrokeshire, where we reminisced and giggled, as well as discussing how our lives have changed over the past 10 years.
- I left one job and joined another, with exciting and new opportunities and experiences, working with a team who are genuine and hardworking.
- I was shortlisted for the Certified Financial Planner professional of the year award.
- Basil has lived with me for over a year and is now a lovely, funny, sweet natured cat.
- Jackson was born and I became a ‘real’ Auntie for the first time. I am so proud of Geraldine and the wonderful mum she has become.
- My brother, Oliver, proposed to his girlfriend and there will be a fabulous Anglo-Sikh wedding in 2016. I get to have two outfits.
- My family have spent another year being healthy and happy and long may it continue.
So, as 2016 approaches we will no doubt all spend some time looking back to the past, but more importantly, forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes.
Last year I decided not to give myself unrealistic resolutions and set only a couple. They were, to enjoy work and stress less and to learn to crochet. I gave up on the exercise more, eat better – as that’s just a given and something we know we should all do anyway.
I have managed to achieve both of these resolutions, although the ‘less stress’ takes work each day, as it’s easy to let things get too much.
I have read that most people fail to achieve the resolutions they set at New Year. Either they forget, get distracted, or give up. Year after year people set the same resolutions but don’t quite get there. Is that because we make these things too huge and unachievable?
I have been thinking that instead we should look at it like setting a goal at any other time of the year and maybe we shouldn’t make such a big deal out of it.
Goals / aims / ambitions are important in life. They help us to function every day. Be it setting goals and planning for your finances, or for a specific event like a wedding or party, get the note pad out and start your plan. It will make you happier!
Here are some important reasons for setting goals.
- It’s how we get things done – we set ourselves tasks/goals every single day. To eat, get dressed, get to work.
- They can make us feel good – we get satisfaction and happiness by aiming for a target / goal.
- It’s how our brain works. Most other creatures work on instinct, humans take action based on planning.
- Goals mean clarity – they provide vision and direction so that we don’t waste resources (time, money or energy).
- Goals can measure progress and give us purpose.
- Goals keep us connected to others. Common goals / interests are the foundation block of families, friends and colleagues.
So, what will 2016 bring for you?
For me it shows signs of being a great year. I am happy at work and home and we will be able to work at the new office. I’m Bridesmaid for my friend Becca and Oliver’s Sikh-Anglo wedding will be wonderful.
So this year I have decided I am not setting resolutions, but rather things I want to do more or less of. Here is my list so far:
Finally, my New Year wish is that Basil will sit on my lap.
Best wishes for Christmas and 2016 and have fun!