Two weeks in the Alps to wind down from a hectic 6 months in Berlin and to end the year on an absolute high is exactly what the doctor ordered.
I honestly can’t believe how quickly 2018 went, or how much I did. The whole of the past year involved me taking some really big steps in terms of friendships, career choices and growing further. By the end to be honest with you I was really burnt out, I wouldn’t have changed anything for the world however I really didn’t know how tired I was until I stopped!
Taking a step back, to a very snowy Austria really forced me to close my laptop and think about the past year as well as everything I wanted to do in 2019.
I’ve already written posts about my goals for this year but I’m a firm believer in starting as you mean to go on. This being said, post relax I started off the 1st January filling out my new planner and popping in important dates, trips to see friends in January, a concert in May and 2 half-marathons to kick it off.
I think New Years Resolutions, all in all, are pretty ineffective and although studies show that by writing something down you’re 40% more likely to achieve it, realistically you’re still not going to be able to tick those things off unless your heart is really set on them. That’s why I set myself achievable goals, things that wouldn’t be too hard to tick off and so, I wouldn’t be demoralised by the thought of not being able to achieve them. I’m actually really looking forward to writing a post at the end of the month where I’ve told myself I have to do an update on how I’m doing with my goals so far.
Overall I think fresh air and some space away from your normal routine is priceless, it’s important to stay grounded and even more importantly…to stay sane. So taking time for yourself is incredibly important.
All in all, we’re only 10 days into the new year and I’m trying to begin to strike a balance between working HARD! focusing on my goals and aims for the year, both big and small- but also trying to give myself some space, time and to not burn myself out. Over Christmas I had the most wonderful time with my family, skiing, relaxing and catching up and there’s probably a lot of content I could make with that- maybe I will at some point. But at the moment I’ve really enjoyed keeping somethings for myself offline, whilst planning some big online projects for the next few months.
So let’s all continue working hard and being driven, but also letting ourselves have a break when we need it and being grateful for what we have right now, rather than for what we could potentially have in a few months.