Let me start with a review of 2013.
A year where I got to know myself better.
What do I really enjoy?
What skills do I want to learn? And how to go about it.
Very important questions for anyone.
I completed my accounts internship at an internal management training firm and realised that it wasn’t for me.
Money and happiness do not correlate.
I think wealth is a better way to describe wellbeing.
Do you just have money? With a career you hate.
I say think about it and find out for yourself if it’s really worth it (don’t make any rash decisions though : ) ).
Wealth for me equates to health, passions, relationships, experience and the freedom to enjoy these. Sure financial stability is very important but you need other things to live a nourishing lifestyle.
Balance and Freedom.
After that realisation I spent time in the summer managing my Fathers’ hotel that I enjoyed especially meeting the variety of travellers and listening to their stories.
I also used this time to think about what I wish to do.
I have a lot of inspiring friends that are teachers and many had told me how fulfilling it could be. I thought it’s definitely along the lines of what I want to do in helping other people and passing on things that I have learnt. So at the moment I am working at a specialist college that deals with children with special needs or behavioural difficulties and my friends were not wrong although it does come with its stresses and you have to be ready to take an ample supply of abuse.
I also faced some fears and got out of my comfort zone this year!
Went on a 10 day meditation retreat, attended public speaking classes, been regularly attending kickboxing classes and learnt how to stand on my head.
I guess 2014 needs to be more of the same!
Life really does begin at the tip of your comfort zone and it is hard sometimes but my advice is go out and do it. Try and minimise analysing and letting that negative self talk take over. Make a decision about something you’ve always wanted to do. Don’t let yourself make any excuses. You’ll feel better for it. Plus it’s usually never as scary as you thought it would be.