At this time of year it’s always customary to take stock and make plans. Personally, I hate conforming to the stereo-type of joining a gym on January 1st, going for a month then never going again, doomed to spend the next 11 months watching £60 come out of your bank every month for nothing.
This year I find myself doing exactly that. Well, not exactly (I’m already a member of a gym, not that I go as much as I should!) but I have been scheming. Not in a menacing way but more in a ‘let’s have a look at my future’ way.
You see, I’ve avoided doing that for a while because I have a tendency to focus too much on the future and not enough on the present, consequently missing out on lots of awesome stuff!
But, as with all family holidays, there is a certain sense of reflection that goes on and I felt like I wanted to make some plans. I have been through a bit of a rollercoaster ride this year and it’s weird to think that this time last year I was living in Italy with no plans to come home until nearer the end of 2011.
Since then I moved back to Liverpool in May, worked for a month then got a new job in London and moved in July to start a completely different way of life.
It’s been a massive growth curve for me and, whilst not the easiest, it was also a lot of fun and very exciting.
MOST IMPORTANT LESSON:
Don’t be scared to take the plunge and do something different.
If I’ve learnt anything this year it’s that you can turn your life upside down and even people who hate change (yes, that would be me!) can, and will cope and will come out the other side happier and more stable as a person.
So, having learned this lesson I’ve decided that I should make more ‘big’ decisions in 2012. I’m naturally not a risk taker and like to always ere on the side of caution**, you know, just in case anything were to ‘go wrong’, but this year has taught me to constantly challenge myself and my belief in myself.
Now, whenever I feel that worrying creeping upon me, I sit down and have a very stern talk with myself to work out the very worst case scenario.
I’ve got to be honest, it’s rare there’s ever anything really terrible that comes out of these conversations (except, perhaps, the fact that I’m 27 years old and have full-on conversations with myself…) so I’m left with the option that I do what I’m scared to do, or I admit that I’m a big fat scaredy cat who’s too scared to do something that can’t even go that wrong.
Which would you choose?!
Take the plunge and join me in commiting your 2012 Challenges online by posting them below – go on – be brave!
Here it is:
I’m going to tell you what I’m going to do in 2012…write it down…for (gasp) people to read…and hold me to…
This is the year I am going to go free-range. I mean it. By the end of this year I will know what it’s like to answer to no-one but myself and be completely responsible for how I live my life.
No job, no employer, no salary – just me and you baby!
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P.P.S. Wondering why I’ve used snowdrops as my picture this week? It’s going to be springtime soon and they always remind me of fresh starts!
** Yes, I am not great with my spelling so please forgive me as I am very doubtful that I spelt ‘ere’ correctly!