Happy New Year

Happy new year! Liam and I were busy grouting the bathroom tiles yesterday before we hit Shoreditch House to ring in the new year, so I didn’t get a chance to write an end-of-year post. I’ll keep it short and sweet. Three highlights of last year and three goals for this year.

Highlight 1: Japan. This trip was life-changing. From the food to the architecture to the history to the karaoke (yep, we had our late night Lost in Translation moment) Liam and I were completely blown away by this country and cannot wait to go back and lose ourselves in Tokyo again.

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Highlight 2: Buying a house. Probably not a surprise to you if you’ve been reading this blog, given how much I talk about it, but it’s been an amazing mile-marker for us. I completely under-estimated how stable and grounded owning our own home makes the both of us feel. While saving for the deposit was hard and the property market was beyond stressful, it was totally worth it.

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Highlight 3: Starting this blog. It’s been fun, and it’s also given me something other than work to focus my energy on. Thanks to all of you for reading along – I hope to keep improving and keep you entertained in 2014. Any suggestions or topics you’d like to hear about, please send them my way.

So, my three goals for this year aren’t really goals – more words of wisdom from people far smarter than me, which I’d like to weave into my everyday life. I’ve tried writing my own goals in the past but they’re always expected ones like ‘exercise more’ or ‘be better with money’. Specific tasks or behaviours that are important but probably not life-changing. This year I’d like to embrace more of a mental shift in how I live and view life. So without further ado, here are my three pieces of wisdom for the year that I’d like to live by.

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In short, this means I want to:

Take a more active role in making changes I’d like to see in my life.

Focus my energy on the things that I can and should be controlling, and letting everything else go.

Be wholly present in the moment and enjoy every second of it whether it’s good or bad.

There are loads more here on my Pinterest page, but these are the three that really stood out to me and are most relevant for where I am right now. Wishing everyone an amazing start to 2014.

 

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