Is it just me that’s freaking out a teeny bit that it’s already February 2017? I wanted to pause for a moment, and recap on some things that I’ve learned during January. January is always going to be that weird month where you put the pressure on yourself to stick to a new plan, diet, career goal, whatever it is.
Sometimes January can often make me feel a bit rubbish about myself for not sticking to things, or for starting the year slowly. I didn’t really stick to any “resolutions” in January, but I do feel like I’ve slowed down slightly which means I’m (hopefully) able to see things a little more clearly for the year ahead:
1. There’s always room for new friends
Even in the last month or so I’ve met some incredible women who I know I’m going to be in touch with and grow a proper new friendship with over this year. I don’t believe that we ever have our maximum number of friends, I believe that we go through life prioritising and re-prioritising the people we want to hang out with and the people who add something really rich to our lives. It’s been a seemingly random time to acquire any new friends, but January has been good for this. Speaking of which, one of my new lovely mates is Sian Clifford who I recently interviewed for my podcast.
2. Get out of your comfort zone
I spoke at the Oxford Union in January which was a scary thing to do because it was quite wildly out of my comfort zone. I’m not one for debating in public, especially as somewhere to prestigious as the Union but I’m so glad I did it. Saying yes to scary things so early in the year has allowed me to feel well and truly out of the holiday mode and back into the daily grind. I feel like I’ve broken the spell of the new year and ready to dive on in headfirst to whatever challenges await me.
3. Do the work, roll up your sleeves
Another year, another set of goals. But goals aren’t just for January, they’re for the year or even just….for life. I’ve got things I’ve got some big things I’m working towards this year but it will take as long as it takes, which is a new attitude I’m adopting (I’m the most impatient person on the planet). It doesn’t matter how many things you’ve ticked off the list, you will have more things to tick off. The goal posts always move. Which means, you have to continue to roll up your sleeves and get down to business. It never gets easier.
4. Working for yourself doesn’t mean you can’t work in a team
This year I’ve signed with Alight Talent Agency and it’s been so nice to have someone to work with me, bounce ideas off and ask for advice. Yes I am self-employed and run my own ship, but collaborating with others this closely makes my job so much more enjoyable and encourages me to constantly improve. Self-improvement tends to happen when you thrive alongside others. I’ve realised this year that I can’t do everything alone and that’s more than OK.
5. New ways to de-stress
A new thing I’ve discovered during January is how much I enjoy baking cakes when I’m stressed. I’ve never really been a person who enjoys cooking or spending much time in the kitchen but I’ve really got into it. I’ve perfected all sorts of different cakes and in general been experimenting with lots of new dinner recipes. Finally, by accident, I’ve started dipping into all the cookbooks I’ve acquired over the years. Turns out that doing it because you need to unwind and relax is a better motivation than simply wanting to get good at something.
Anyway, just thought I’d post a little ramble this evening, hope your 2017 is off to a good start xoxo