reflecting on 2016

2016 has drawn to a close. I’m not big on the old ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ tradition, however, I do believe that this is the perfect opportunity to slow down and take the time out to reflect on the past 12 months of our lives, without the craziness of our busy daily routine.
I’ve noticed so many people dissing this past year and being pleased to see the back of it… But I’m sure there were lots of great and memorable moments there too.
Whatever it was like for you, either great or not so great, don’t just write it off and try to forget about it. I’m sure, looking back at these months, you can appreciate the events in your life that helped you learn, grow and develop. Even if you haven’t had great successes, think about what you can learn from your failures and how to avoid making the same mistakes in the future. Add a positive twist to it and reflect on the things that you are grateful for.

I’d like to share with you some of my experiences of 2016 and goals for 2017 below.

It was the year when I decided I’ve had enough with working for someone else, feeling undervalued and the frustration of not feeling like I’m making a positive difference neither in mine, nor anyone else’s life. So I quit my job in the bank and started working for myself as a freelance personal trainer. I took the leap at the beginning of summer with savings to tide me over for the next few months and hope that it’ll turn out just fine. Not the wisest way to do it I know, but I couldn’t wait any longer! However, as I don’t have a family to look after, nor any other ‘real’ responsibilities, it wasn’t such a scary thing. Plus, if it didn’t quite work out, I knew I could find another job. I was pretty broke to start with, but things are starting to shape up and I’m building up a solid client base to generate an income I can survive on.

The plan for 2017 is to keep building my business and to turn it into something I can thrive on! I’m going to commit to building my social media presence and extending my reach to help as many people as I can create a healthy and more fulfilling life.

I have reconsidered my past choices and decided to adopt a more minimalistic lifestyle.
In the age of overconsumption and obsession with materialistic gains, I’ve grown more and more concerned with the environment and just general sanity of our society to be fair! Things are being made to be disposable, without a care how they are disposed of and without a worry of how we’re using our planet’s resources. Our homes are filled with more and more stuff and we’re chasing the next big paycheck to be able to pay for it. The world has gone mad it seems.

I am choosing a lifestyle where I can separate myself from this mindless consumption and needless spending, and to become more mindful of how our lifestyles are affecting us and others around us, and I am hoping to inspire others to do the same.

‘The best things in life aren’t things.’

… is the best way to broaden our minds, grow and learn to appreciate the wonderful world that we live in and the various cultures and people that surround us.
If I had the opportunity – I’d drop everything to jet off to explore the whole world! However, I have not won the lottery yet…

Whatever time and money I can afford to invest in leaving my comfort zone (i.e. my daily routine and my home in London) – I choose to spend it on travelling.
I haven’t managed to do much in 2016, but the one unforgettable experience was exploring the south of Peru.
My boyfriend and I went travelling down the south coast, from Lima to Cusco, for just under 3 weeks. And boy, it was one of the most amazing experiences.
Exploring different cities and villages, hiking up amazing mountains, suffering from high altitude (not so amazing) and seeing our 1st Wonder of the World (no biggie) – Machu Picchu! These memories I’ll cherish forever.
It made me appreciate the opportunities, the people, the home and the comforts I have, and it also brought me and my boyfriend closer together.

In 2017 I am going to Iceland, which is a dream I had for years (!), so I’m super excited about it!

… can mean different things to different people.
For me it’s more than the blood that runs in my veins. It’s the people…friends and loved ones, who no matter what stick by our side and are there for us, and vice versa. They are the people who will forever be in our lives, even if we don’t see them face-to-face so often. These are relationships that stretch across borders a million miles away. No matter how long we haven’t met up for or spoken to one another, we know in our hearts, that they’re our people – our family.

I am grateful for the people I have in my life and for how they encourage me to become a better person.
I have always been a believer in creating only meaningful relationships and I am going to carry on with this in the future. Life’s too short to spend it with the wrong people.
I know I’m guilty of neglecting relationships with my family and not being in touch as much as I should’ve or wanted to over the last year (probably even longer than that). So my goal for 2017 is to spend some time to call, send a message, arrange a Skype call or visit the people I care for.

All in all – I’m aiming to have a more purposeful, meaningful and mindful year ahead of me.

Feel free to share your reflections and ambitions in the comments below!

// xo

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  • Reply Tian Samuels January 1, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Great blog Dee 🙂 Lovely thoughtful and inspiring reflections on the year that’s been and what lies ahead for 2017! I’m planning to strip things back to basics myself and try to get rid of clutter this year! Going to get super fit too… There is no try! 🙂 See you soon xoxo

    • Reply Dee January 11, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      Thanks for the lovely comment, Tian 🙂
      Your plan sounds great, I’m sure you’re gonna smash it! 😉 xx

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