Much in the manner of last year, I thought I’d have a trawl through the last 12 months and have a bit of a think about what’s happened. Rather than dividing things into “good” and “bad” as I did before, I thought I’d just get down a random selection of things that were new, or that changed my life in some way (however small).
It’s interesting that last year I had “look into mindfulness” and “get more sleep” as my two main aims. The first one I accomplished by taking a 12-week online course with the Mindfulness Centre at the start of the year, then in the autumn going into a bit more depth with an eight week distance learning course at Bangor University that required a lot of self-practice and weekly talks with a tutor.
I’ve blogged about it elsewhere, but I do still think it is a valuable tool, even if it wasn’t the magic bullet I secretly hoped it might be. I can say that I probably am more aware of my present circumstances and less likely to fight against what is really happening (as opposed to what I would like to happen).
The sleep issue – well, I had decided to do sleep training and then bottled it. By which I mean I’d planned on doing gradual retreat, but realised B would never stand for it and I would find it too hard myself. As it happens, B has slept though (til 5am, granted, but I’ll take that if the rest of the night is undisturbed) a handful of times in the last fortnight, so I don’t feel so bad about not actively intervening. My heart wasn’t massively into it anyway, but I may have to revisit it come the New Year and if work circumstances change.
Work – I have had a very enjoyable year freelancing part-time (and publishing the Postnatal Survival Guide), which I am planning on virtually touring in the New Year once I get my shit together. I am also looking into getting permanent work.I don’t know how 2013 will pan out on that front, so watch this space. But I do need to earn more money. Which brings me neatly to…
…economising, budgeting and generally saving money. I have a bad habit of spending money as if I was single, childless and earning a full time salary. As this is not the case, I need to rein it in, quite significantly. So expect some dullard batch cooking and coupon posts in the New Year .
Other plans include to get more fresh air, watch less TV, and get to know more people in my village. I realise all this could be achieved by joining the WI hiking group, but not sure if I’m quite ready to go down that road yet.
Despite some setbacks and issues too personal to chronicle here, I feel 2012 has been quite a positive year, in that foundations have been laid for what I think will be a year of significant change. Thank you to everyone who has followed this blog and taken the time to comment on my posts (or even just dropped in and out). I am often amazed when people mention things I’ve written as I do sometimes forget I’m communicating with more than just the computer screen. So for everyone reading this, thank you very much. And for those who aren’t, I hope you’re enjoying the fourth round of the World’s Strongest Man. I’d probably choose that over reading this twaddle given half a chance…