Has the first half of 2019 taken you by surprise?
If you started this year with big hopes and dreams, then blinked and found yourself in July, welcome to my world.
This year has gone fast, hasn’t it? Or is that the very British way of saying time has flown, or whatever? All I know is that so much of 2019 so far has felt like groundwork for me, and I’m ready to start making the most of the next 6 months.
But before I plough forward, I like to reflect on the year so far and think about what I can learn from it.
Naturally, I’m inviting you to do the same.
Below are a series of questions that I’d like you to think about, maybe write them in your journal or turn it into a blog post.
- How has 2019 met your expectations so far?
- What have been the highlights?
- What unexpected things have happened?
- What did this teach you about yourself?
- How do you feel about the next 6 months?
- What will be your primary focus and why?
Here are my answers:
- I wanted to THRIVE in 2019 and I believe it’s beginning to happen. I’ve moved house, like I wanted, and also booked a family holiday abroad. I feel like I’ve been through the last hurdle of healing and finally at a place where I’m actually living and not just surviving. I’m fully present and not in the past anymore, and that feels nice.
- The highlights of this year so far have been hosting an event on International Women’s Day, being recognised by Writing West Midlands and being accepted onto the Room 204 Writer Development Programme, moving house, booking a family holiday, going out for my cousin’s birthday, all my new wigs, seeing the Spice Girls in concert (they were AMAZING), having a spa day with my old work mates, and so much more. This year has been full of highlights.
- I recognised the return of anxiety around the anniversary of my mum’s death, and had to be brave and speak to my manager about it. Opening up at work about my mental health has been brilliant because I’ve learned that a) I’m not alone and b) there’s plenty of support. My employers are massively supportive and have allowed me to work from home when I needed it. Also, I applied for but didn’t really expect to get onto the Room 204 programme. I just wanted to be seen, to have someone read a little bit of my work and maybe shelve me for future reference.
- It taught me to have a lot more faith in myself. Fear has now been dashed aside and I just give everything a go. I’ve healed in ways I didn’t know I could and now shame doesn’t dominate my life. I’ve been much more open and vulnerable online and not in a way that feels forced, which is awesome.
- Excited. I feel a bit of a buzz, like something magical is going to happen. I feel like I had to be patient for everything else to fall into place and now that it has, it’s showtime. I can’t tell you exactly what that looks like, but I’m pretty happy about it.
- My primary focus is creativity but it comes in two strands: business development and writing. I want to be successful in all my ventures so now I have an incredbile business coach to help me focus on and develop my business goals. In writiing, I want to spend more time writing shorter pieces, just to get back in the flow of things. I’ve already written a flash fiction and currently toying with the idea of sharing it online. Do you want to read it?
There you go, pretty straight forward, right?
Of course, you can go into more detail with your answers and spend a little more time than I did. I think these are questions which need time to think about, especially when writing your answers.
This life we’re living is precious and every moment of it valuable, yet we’re almost too busy to see that. So it’s important to reflect back on how we’re doing, to see if we’re on track or veered off a little, if we’ve learned anything from the adventures we’ve embarked on.
So, tell me, what’s your 2019 been like so far?
I want to hear all about it!