Gosh it’s been a while hasn’t it? Blink and 6 months have passed and we’re into a new year.
I could attempt to give a run-down of the past few months but that would be boring for you and mind-numbing for me. So here are the highlights:
- Failed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge in epic style (Boooo!)
- Moved house from big city to small town (Yaaaayyy!)
That was pretty much 2017 in a nutshell. I had all kinds of plans and managed to execute pretty much none of them. So naturally I was very excited to welcome in 2018, wipe the slate clean and put some of those plans into action.
2018 So Far
Because, gosh, 2018 has been stressful so far. I didn’t even manage to publish this in the first half of the month so you know life went a little ‘off-piste’ in a ‘lots of little things and one pretty big thing’ kind of way.
Example, little thing: literally smashing my face into a door so badly I thought my nose was broken. It wasn’t. But it was bruised and swollen badly enough that it looked like I’d been in a fight. It’s fair to say the door won.
Big thing has been legitimately stressful (warning; cat-related content coming up). The 2nd January saw our cats become ill with some kind of virus. Two weeks and around £1500 later and we’re still not on top of it.
At one point, we thought one of them might not make it. Thankfully it looks as though he will but we still don’t have a cause and nothing we’ve tried has stopped all the symptoms. So it’s a lot of supportive care and waiting it out. It hasn’t been fun and it’s really stopped me in my tracks.
Now, being a naturally lazy person who defaults to duvet days accompanied by slabs of chocolate, these incidents have really stunted any ‘resolutions’ I had, including getting this blog up and running again.
Apparently, this is the week that most people give up any resolutions they have made and the gyms will already start to get a little emptier. But that doesn’t really help.
So, I’ve decided to do two things to try and get this year back on track and steer my way to a more positive and helpful path.
1.Pick a ‘Word for the Year’
The first week of January saw my social media feeds cluttered up with posts about choosing a word of the year to focus on. I pretty much skimmed past these posts as I was pretty clear on my goals for 2018 and picking a word wasn’t one of them.
BUT I have found myself wishing on more than one occasion that I was a more resilient type – that I could just ‘bounce back’ when things don’t go according to plan. I do get there in the end but it takes longer than I’d like.
So I’ve decided to adopt a word of the year after all and that word is Resilience.
Well, as is so often the case, as soon as you do focus your energy in one area, potential solutions start to appear and I stumbled across a course on ‘Professional Resilience’. Added bonus, it’s only two weeks long!
I’ve just missed the boat on this intake (naturally – this is not my month) but I’ve registered my interest for when it next runs which I expect to be pretty soon and I can’t wait.
2.I’m resetting New Year
Although I can’t turn the clock back, I can reset my expectations. I do love the idea of a new year and a chance to reflect on the past whilst planning the future. It’s just that sometimes plans come with a different rule-book, the kind that you never got a copy of.
But then, 1st January… it’s just a date, right? It’s pretty handy for a line in the sand and all that but when the sands are constantly shifting beneath you, then it just makes sense to abandon that date and pick another.
Originally I picked this past Monday (15th) as my new ‘New Year’ but the cat thing got in the way again. So I’m going to devote the rest of the month to doing everything I can to get them well.
And so my New Year starts on 1st February 2018. It doesn’t even have the decency to be a Monday but that’s kind of the point – some things are beyond my control.
But that’s ok because there’s nothing that can be done in 12 months that can’t be done in 11. Or, if you prefer, anything that was planned over 52 weeks can be achieved in 49. And that works for me.
The Future of This Blog
Which leads to my plans for 2018 and this blog. See, in the past couple of months things have occurred which have led me back to a concept I was first introduced to almost 15 years ago. You may have heard of the term ‘Highly Sensitive Person’ and it captures me pretty well.
(I’ll write a post about why I think I’m an HSP in a future post but one of the outcomes, for me anyway, is that I do seem to stress easily. At least, over the little things.)
After a lot of thought, pondering and reflection, I’ve decided I’d like to continue with what I started, just with a bit of a course correction. I still turn 40 this year, I’m still a stress-head and I’m still keen to work on quietening the constant ‘buzz’ in my head.
But rather than blog about those things, I’ve decided to change the focus and make it more about what I find helpful and what doesn’t work as well for me.
I’m a self-help kinda gal and I’d like my teensy corner of the interweb to be dedicated to sharing my thoughts. It’s not for everyone and of course what works for me may not work for you but at least it’s there as a second opinion.
So this blog will become more review-based; my reviews/opinions on personal development books, complementary therapies as well as drawing attention to the best articles and tips on all things health-related that I find.
I want to read more, think more, experience more. And share what works for me – as well as what doesn’t – with you. Because sometimes it’s just nice to know that we’re not alone when life feels a little more snakes than ladders.
But the ladders are just around the corner. They always are. Here’s to a fabulous 2018.