I’m always a little apprehensive about the start of a new year and this year it’s a new decade too. I guess it’s a mixture of the excitement of what the year might bring but also the overwhelming feeling of fear for the next twelve months and not repeating behaviours that haven’t serve me well in the past.
This is especially true after the decision I made in Nov/Dec last year.
Deciding to focus on the positives and be mindful of just doing what I can each day to move me forward rather than seeing the long rest of the year.
I made a start in applying for roles and got into a routine of working for three days a week with a small food company and all was going swimmingly for the most part!
However, during the month I did feel a little directionless as there were a few business opportunities that came my way which again made me question my decision and felt conflicted about how to use my time effectively.
(sorry for the swearing)
I don’t tend to make new years resolutions as often I feel they are a knee jerk reaction to the glutenous festive period, I do, however, pick a word to live by and this year I’ve chosen THRIVE something I don’t feel like I’ve done for a long while.
I also made a promise to myself that I was going to put myself and my wellbeing at the centre of everything I do and not to let other activities affect this. For me, this is mainly exercise be it swimming or a Crossfit workout and for Jan I did really well, out of the 31 days I managed 30 days of doing 30 minutes of exercise, this had a massive impact on both my mental and physical wellbeing which helped to bounce back when I was having a low day or moment.
My outdoor swimming adventures continue and so far have swum in water of as cold as 5.7oC which I kind of look forward to each Sunday, as it’s a time when I’m incredibly mindful and present in the moment and my happy place, come rain or frost I’m there.