I wanted my last post of 2015 to be a reflective one. In my Christmas post last week I alluded to the fact that 2015 has been very difficult for a lot of people in my life. To say its been cursed wouldn’t be an exaggeration and my hopes for 2016 as a result are pretty high. I have never been one to get caught up in the New Years Eve reflection but this year I haven’t been able to stop myself.
However I strongly believe that our mental frame of mind is hugely dependant on our perception of our environment and how we choose to react to obstacles that are thrown our way. In the past few days I have come to realise that I haven’t really stopped to take note of all of the good things that have happened this year because unfortunately they have been over shadowed by some hefty obstacles that I focused on instead. I aim not to do this going forward and have decided that I will begin to change my way of thinking ahead of 2016 so when that clock strikes midnight I’ll be ready waiting with a smile on my face. So here I go – my list of how 2016 was not a year in vain.
Good things that 2016 brought:
- Firstly I moved in with my boyfriend and am loving the new chapter in our relationship
- I went on an amazing yoga retreat to Santorini that allowed me to further deepen my practise and has set me on the path to completing my yoga teacher training next year
- Despite my sadness to leave my wonderful Deloitte colleagues I took the plunge and started a new job allowing me to continue growing in my career and meet lots of new people in the process
- I returned to Chicago to spend St Patricks Day and see my uncle and cousin who I rarely get to see. It was great fun visiting all of the places my parents used to hang out in when they were my age.
- I have made unbelievably strong friendships this year with people who will be in my life now forever
- My family have become immensely close as a result of the challenges we have faced
- We also rescued a dog called Colombo and he is a babe
- I went on a surfing trip with my boyfriend and his friends – making new friendships and really getting to know where he is from
- I started this blog
- My sister graduated and started her first role as a nurse
All in all despite the fact that the people I love have suffered, ultimately this year has been about learning to love deeper and cherish the people in my life. Here is to a year of health and happiness in 2016 – because the biggest lesson I learnt this year is that really, they are the only two things that matter.