A New Year, A New Outlook

With 2018 now upon us, and being full of new ideas and aspirations for the new year, it feels like a good time to take a step back and review the previous year.

I don’t think it’s wise to dwell on the past, but I think that there’s a lot to be said for taking time to reflect on what went well, and equally what didn’t go quite so well!

In the past few months I’ve been forced to accept that my career may not be progressing quite as quickly or as well as I had hoped. This has been somewhat frustrated by seeing people overtake me, which really knocked me. For the first time in my life, I’ve had to think that perhaps my career isn’t the be all and end all, and to think about focussing on other parts of my life.

Whilst this has been a hard revelation, I am now starting to realise that there is so much more to life than just work. I do think it’s important if you can to enjoy your job, and to get fulfilment from it- but my main New Year’s Resolution for 2018 is…

1. To start work at a reasonable time – and to leave it at the door at the end of the day and start to focus on things that I really love

I’m feeling very excited about the idea of focussing more on wellbeing and living a life unprocessed than putting all of my energy in to work. That is not to say that I’m not focused on doing a good job – I just want to make sure that my 9-5.30 at work is productive so that I can leave my work at work and start living my life!

2. Recipe of the Week

Last year I decided that I would cook with seasonal produce every week, and duly report back. It’s safe to say that life took over – and I didn’t manage to do the reporting back. I also missed out on cooking with new and exciting seasonal produce – something which I really do regret.

So – I’ve decided to prepare and cook a recipe of the week, made from seasonal and local produce. The first one is scheduled in for this Saturday – so watch this space…

3. My Not-So-Beautiful Garden

Not one to make hundreds of resolutions for full knowledge that I’ll never keep them – the only other aim that I have for this year is to finally finish the garden. It’s getting there very slowly – having done quite a bit over the summer of 2017 – I’m going to try and finish it this Spring.

With finishing the gardens comes a challenge of growing a little bit of my own seasonal produce. To date I’ve perfected keeping Basil and Rosemary alive – so how hard can a couple of vegetables be?! On past performance – harder than I’m giving it credit for, but hopefully I’ll be able to share any tips/definite don’t do’s that I’ve learnt with you.

So here it is, to a year of wellbeing and fulfilment – and to making the most out of the little things, and not getting too caught up on what life throws at you.



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