Last January I was fortunate enough to go and spend a week in a bungalow by the coast. For a lot of the week I was there on my own – it was a totally blissful time for me. I had my own hottub in the garden, so I ould spend time walking the cliffs in the shocking weather, tehn head back and soak in my tub.
It was during this week that I wrote my first book, Why Not You? Why Not Now? I sat in bed and drank tea, set my intentions and goals for the year, and……… relaxed.
I look back on that week with incredibly happy memories, but it feels very weird for me to reflect on it – so much in my life has changed since then. Although I’ve had an incredible year, it’s also been a year of great loss. During my week at the coast I had a healthy daughter, a healthy sister, a fella, and a Dad.
But when I reflect back it’s not just what is gone that I think about – I was struck today by how much I have changed my views, beliefs, and aspirations over the last 12 months.
I ended up writing a list of things I consider myself to be, the things I aspire to, and the things that generally float my boat. I’ve decided to share some of it with you now. I hope that doesn’t sound too much like me living in my ego – I’m doing it because I’d like to encourage you to write a list of who you are that you can look back on at the end of the year too.
- I like drinking beer with the boys
- I like getting muddy
- I’m happiest outside
- I’m comfortable with no make up on
- I am a Christ follower
- I like spending ages putting some slap on
- I dislike running but I do it anyway
- I am outragiously optimistic
- I am passionate about my friends
- I laugh til my belly hurts often
- I’m a bit of a hottie in a wee dress
- I rock the boat
- I check my emails in my jammies in the mornings
- My life is not ordinary, but it feels like it to me
- I rise to a challenge
- I do not in the slightest associate with being a butterfly
- I regularly doubt I can achieve what I set out to – but I set out anyway
- I love music
- I am very sensitive, but don’t often let people know
My learning from today has been that, although lots of things change, lots of things stay the same.