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2009 is getting its coat, heading for the door and bidding us a fond farewell. It’s been an interesting year for the world, seeing some challenging economic times and big questions about the future of our planet. For me, the end of the year is a time to reflect on what has been, and to think about what could be in the future.
For me, this has been a year of change. I’ve moved back to the UK from the US, gone from steady employment to setting up a new business, got used to working at home rather than in an office. There have been challenges – being terrified of having no clients and no income at the start of the year, adjusting to a different lifestyle in a different country, learning to set boundaries and look after myself better.
Yet on reflection it’s been a wonderful journey and there is a lot I’m grateful for. I’ve worked with some amazing clients who have made major changes in their life. I’ve managed to volunteer my time advising some inspiring social entrepreneurs. I’ve set up a blog read by over 7,000 people (so far – thank you!). I’ve developed some new skills, particularly around managing my emotions and thoughts more effectively. Most importantly, overcoming some of the challenges has strengthened my bonds with the most important people in my life. For all this I’m profoundly grateful for the last year.
So before 2009 gets into a cab and waves goodbye, take a minute or two to reflect on your year:
- What did you achieve this year?
- What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
- What did you learn this year?
- Most importantly, what are you grateful for (things, people, events) from 2009?
I’d love to hear what you are grateful for from 2009, so please do share a comment. The next post will focus on making 2010 your Best Year Yet.