2017 was a strange and crazy year for me, filled with hard lessons, difficult endings and new beginnings.
It was the year when I let go of my marriage and got divorced, felt as though I started again in many ways, and learnt how to be on my own again. I also had to get my head around shared custody of my daughter and being a single parent. Not to mention selling a house and dividing up property, and finding somewhere new to live.
In a lot of ways it was the hardest and best year of my life, all at once.
I rediscovered myself and learnt what was really important to me, the things that I want to make core in my life.
I also realised the things that I want to let go of.
I started a new job and left one behind.
I moved out of what I thought would be our family home and started new in a place that is just mine and Grace’s.
I embraced more minimalism, slow living and zero waste philosophies in my life.
I let go of lots of my possessions and redefined what are ‘essentials’ to me.
I dealt with my post-natal depression and implemented strategies so I could manage my anxiety and come off my anti-depressants.
I learnt more about myself, who I am and what I want in 2017 than I think I have in any other. Adversity and struggle are some of the best character builders and I have had them in spades in 2017!
That said, I’m very happy to be leaving 2017 behind and starting fresh in 2018 with all the things I’ve learnt in 2017 supporting me.
Some people do a ‘word of the year’ and I’ve never really done one before but one just naturally came to me when I was thinking about it for 2018.
2018 is an opportunity for me to reset my life, reset my habits, and reset my thinking.
I’m looking forward to starting some new habits, revisiting some old ones, and learning even more about living simply and slowly. Resetting is about finding and redefining my intentions.
It’s also an opportunity to let go of the things (and thoughts) that no longer serve me.
I’m not really one for New Years Resolutions as they seem a little arbitrary (I’m a ‘Questioner’ in Gretchen Rubin’s ‘Four Tendencies’) but I do like an opportunity to re-evaluate and start fresh.
I’m looking forward to starting off this year as a reset and a chance to recalibrate.
What is your word for 2018?