Goodbye 2017, and hello 2018! I bet you’ve read quite a number of wrap up posts, those with new goals set up, you know that sort of thing on almost every blog? I mean, that’s to be expected I guess, considering that’s what we usually do at the end of one year and the start of a new one. You reflect, re-think, re-shift your focus. It’s like the new year seems to bring in new hope, especially if you’ve didn’t have an incredibly great one the previous year.
In some way, it’s the same thing for me too. I reflect and see what I’ve achieved in the past year, what I didn’t or couldn’t achieve and decide what I should improve on.
2017 was a mixed bag for me. There were a number of goals I had to achieve – well, ONE actually – and numerous challenges I had to overcome. Mostly it came in the way of work. I thankfully managed to achieve my goal of getting a full teaching registration and overcame the challenges of workplace politics (tip: just don’t get involved!), the challenges with dealing with parents and students and juggling work and home life. I could say that I grew up a little. Especially when it came to keeping my emotions in check before blurting out what I felt like saying. That was definitely the biggest challenge for me!
This year has also taught me a lot about friendships, the importance of being grateful and teaching others to be that as well. While 2016 was a year where a lot of remarkable artists, performers, and celebrities passed away, I think 2017 has been a year where people I actually know have passed on, unexpectedly and where a life of someone I know was nearly lost. It really put a different perspective on life for me and honed in on the fact that life is indeed short. You’ve got to make the most of it and live your life to the fullest.
We all have our wants and while some might say just focus on the needs, I say, why not focus on both? I mean, provided you can afford the time and money to that is. Happiness is definitely what YOU make of it. Nobody can define what happiness is except for you. One of the films I taught about for English this year was ‘In the Pursuit of Happyness’, an old film featuring Will Smith about a man who became homeless trying to reach his ultimate goal of being a stockbroker. As part of the lesson plan, I got the students to write down five things that make them happy. I wrote my own list of five too. There were a few of what a typical 14 year old might note down as things that make them happy – their PlayStation, good food, jokes, and yeah… making fun of people! LOL! Thankfully there were those who took the exercise seriously and noted down things like health and family. What was on my list of things that make me happy? Family, health, comfortable home, work, good food. Simple things but things that make me whole.
Moving forward, what would I like for 2018? I honestly have no idea! I realised that I have no goals. Sure I’ll have a list of challenges but personal goals to keep me moving forward? None! Maybe that’s a good thing? Well, maybe I could put my health as being a goal. Keeping myself in check and making sure I exercise every single day like I’ve been doing since I’ve been on a break. It’s easy to watch what I eat and to exercise while I’m at home, but the challenge is to keep on doing that when I start working again. Maybe that could be my goal!
Trying out the 28 by Sam program made me realise that all I needed to shift was my mindset. To start working out again, every day. This would require waking up super early and spend about 30 minutes on a workout, plus a twice weekly PT session. My dinners and lunches were often healthy anyway, but there were times when I would run out of food and ended up buying takeaway instead of going to the supermarket to get food I can make from scratch. I blame the lack of planning and tiredness from working all day. Driving to and from work for over an hour each way can take a toll on one’s energy levels too.
Keeping to a more healthy lifestyle would require a lot of planning, waking up early and meal preparation for lunch and snacks. Looking back, I realise that I would usually grab whatever that’s available whenever I’m stressed out, and hungry. This time, I’ll pack salads, crudites, and make my own dips. Find alternatives for when I have those sweet sugar cravings. I just have to put my mind to it and DO IT!
I’ve had a discussion with my girls and they agreed to help out when it came to getting groceries, midweek. On the day where we normally run out of necessities and where I end late, and them early. That way we’d all have food we can make and take to work and school, instead of depending on takeaways or the canteen. It takes a family to make things work I guess. By the way, if you have any healthy options and recipes for snacks and lunches, do pop it in the comments section.
So how about you? Have YOU got any new goals this year? How has 2017 been for you? Would love to hear from you! Just pop it in the comments section. xx