Saturday, 31 December 2016
That Was The Year ... 2016
2016 sure went quick, and here we are on it's final day already.
If there was one word that stood out for me this year, that summed up how it felt for me, then it would be "progress". It felt like many strands of my life, things that I've been working on for a while, suddenly took a leap forward, and it's been pretty amazing.
For a start, I sit here writing this from my dining table in my kitchen. My OWN kitchen in my OWN house because, guys - I finally got a foot on the property ladder! The house completed mid-way through December and I managed to get in before Christmas, and there is such a sense of accomplishment in that, especially when I look back on the years in the financial desert not that long ago.
In my career, I've continued contracting which has put me on a more positive cash footing for now, but I've also taken the first tentative step into where my career might go next and booked the first part of my coaching certification for early next year. I don't know yet how my career might unfold, but I've had some enchanting, frightening, exciting ideas on that this year and I have the sense of adventure to go looking, and we'll see what happens next. I know how I want my life to look, and I'm going to go and find the pieces that make that vision come to life.
My weight loss journey feels like it took a tiny but significant step forward in 2016, and particularly December, too. Having spent this year exploring my emotional eating and trying to figure out how to resolve and re-normalise my behaviours, something clicked in December. Despite the month holding the move out from my rented flat, a couple of weeks of long commutes and spare room surfing with friends, and the stress of completing on the new house, plus all the normal socialising around the festive season and Christmas itself, I lost 2lbs. To anyone else that might seem a non-achievement, but like a lot of people I normally put a few lbs on in December (or, you know, half a stone), and without even really trying I've done the opposite. If I can do it under the super-pressurised circumstances of December, then I hold a great deal of hope that I might have turned a corner and can do it in other months.
Of course, there's also been some amazing trips and holidays this year - skiing in France in February and March, my amazing trip to Borneo and Brunei in the summer and long weekends in Wales, Cornwall and the Peak District, and the wonderful friends that have accompanied me along the way.
All in all, I feel pretty grateful at the close of this year and throughly excited to see what lies in wait for me in 2017.
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