Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and all that! Well here we are in 2013, feeling all shiny and new. Or perhaps not?! I always love the promise of a new year and use this time to take stock of events and dynamics in the past year and look at ways I can change the bad, embrace the good and become closer to the person I want to be.
For me, 2012 was a year of immense ups and downs. The massive ‘up’ was the arrival of Hugo in April, but as the saying goes ‘What comes up, must come down’ and the come down was the adjustment that came with managing a house with a baby and a toddler. And if that wasn’t enough, I took on working from home when Hugo turned 6 months old. Cue the guilt, anxiety and overwhelm! Continue reading
This month got off to a bit of a rocky start as I felt the weight and strain of carrying too much, doing too much and as my last post mentioned I felt I was juggling too many balls. The problem, I’ve realised, is not really the doing and the juggling and the carrying but where my focus was. I was focusing on those dropped balls and not all the ones still up there being juggled with varying degrees of success. And man, was I beating myself up about it.
So a couple of weeks ago I sat myself down and drew a metaphorical line in the sand and said enough! The something that had to change, was not necessarily my workload but my approach. And the biggest change had to be my approach to myself. I had to look after myself in order to look after everyone and everything else.
So, I have made a few changes and have noticed an improvement in my mood, energy and productivity. Here they are in no particular order: Continue reading