Ahhh New Years. Where optimism and positivity probably run the highest in comparison to the rest of the year. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Positive changes can happen whenever, you really don’t have to wait until NYE to start. Saying that however I’m as guilty as the next person but I did actually make some positive changes last year and I have ones I want to do this year too. So here’s a recap on 2013:
I did struggle a lot in 2013. Both in my personal and working life. I quit smoking which I’m still doing pretty well at despite being rather naughty over Christmas. I am firmly back on the wagon now and haven’t had any since NYE and plan on keeping it that way.
I also started (and stopped) going to the gym more regularly. The fact V enrolled as well kept both our motivations in this respect quite high, that was until he damaged his shoulder and therefore couldn’t go for a while and I in turn, then made excuses along the lines of “not wanting to go on my own” and alongside doing extra shifts at work meant that this once enjoyable and great habit slipped into a distant memory for both of us. I didn’t start running and didn’t go back to kickboxing either which quite frankly sucked.
I did try Veganism though, and lasted just over 4 months. I wish I could fully commit to this lifestyle but I just can’t. Instead I’m quite happy to remain a Vegetarian who tries her best which means although I will eat a lot of vegan friendly food at home with exception to the occasional tray of eggs (which I get from my Mum’s friend who keeps ducks/hens) and the odd indulgent cheese board, Outside of home however it’s a free for all. Non animal friendly cosmetics and clothing etc. will still be avoided as much as possible.
I did declutter a lot in 2013 as well. With eBay, Amazon and local charity shops all helping me dispose of items I no longer wanted. I still have a large cardboard box full of stuff to go but its getting there. I’m actually quite pleased with what I did actually accomplish in this aspect.
My finances are somewhat healthier now too. Not immaculate but definitely better. Already in 2014 I’ve started saving small amounts of money each month and have joined the pension scheme at work. Both little jobs that I’ve been putting off for ages but will be well worth it in future. Still in a little bit of debt but I’m going to really try and tackle that this year.
On top of this my working life has resembled somewhat of an emotional rollercoaster too. I hammered the final coffin nail into DJ’ing due to various reasons which I’ll probably go into in a future post if I ever feel the need to let off some steam. That and certain aspects at my day job meant that my ego came out of 2013 feeling rather bruised and battered. Trying to turn to the positive however I have learnt a lot of lessons too so it’s not all bad and I quote:
“Your heart is the only beating you will survive and though it may take some time to trust it, it has never let you down.”
How was 2013 for you?