Come on then 2018…

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda – Happy New Year

Hopefully you’ve had a bit of a break over the festive period and are coming in to 2018 healthy and happy!

I have so much flying around in my head at the moment that I can’t quite figure out how to write it down. I normally find this time of year refreshing and exciting – just like all the other social media posts doing the rounds, I view it as a chance to start a clean page.

But this year feels different – trepidation rather than anticipation. Its been about 3 years since I set up business on my own, and just over 1 year since I went full time. It’s a constant balancing act and I’ve made some decisions that have definitely pushed me, and continue to push me to my limits. Choosing professional development opportunities over financial security or free time to spend with friends and family is tough. And there’s no one there to tell you whether you’re doing the right thing or not – whether to plough on and do the tough thing or sack it all off and be a ski bum for the rest of eternity! You’re on your own, and only time will tell.

In my infinite wisdom, this year, I’m stepping even further out of my comfort zone in an effort to develop my little business even further, and frankly just thinking about it as I write this has my anxiety kicking in. Most of you will be aware that I’m trying to sell my house to buy a shop…there I’ve said it! Now all cross fingers for me please :)

Anyway, I suppose at the core of this is the fact that when it comes to personal development of any kind, there is no one else that can make those decisions for you. If you follow the decisions of others your whole life, you’ll be a round peg trying to squeeze into a square hole – getting nowhere fast! I know that making my own decisions means the blame is 100% with me if things don’t go well. But then at least I can learn from my own mistakes and say that I tried. Its all about development, whether from a good or bad place.

By all means, take inspiration from the actions of others and take lessons too, but at this time of year its so important to listen to what your body and your mind needs. In the end no one else can make you change who you are, it has to come from within because you’re the only one that really knows you. I’m going to write something a bit less self-centred once I’ve got my 2018 mojo in full swing, but for now some wise words:

I was out walking on new years day with a friend and asked her what her new years resolution was and her reply was “To be honest, I think I’m pretty awesome at the minute”. Those are goals! Here’s to giving less sh*ts.

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