In some ways, 2019 has been a hard year. In April, my grandma sadly passed away, and is much missed. I also had an incident while driving where another car crossed in front of me at traffic lights without warning, bumped my car and then drove off without stopping; I wasn’t hurt, but it was a frightening thing to happen and sorting out repairs, etc was stressful. Things like that, when they happened, made it hard to focus on less essential things in life: that’s partly why I haven’t done so well with my New Year’s resolutions and why I haven’t made as many posts on this blog as I have in previous years.
There are other reasons for that as well, though. I’ve been continuing to study more about personal development this year, including taking part in an online development group. This has made me reflect on the fact that when it comes to pursuing some things like my fiction writing, I’m still being held back by uncertainty and a lack of self-confidence. I was encouraged to confront this by doing things like sharing my writing with other people and getting feedback, which I have done, and perhaps that’s something I can do more on this blog in 2020 as well.
And there have been positive things as well in 2019:
- My job is going really well, and I’ve continued to take opportunities for development. Plus my team finally won the lunchtime quiz league after coming second in two previous years!
- My family has a new golden retriever named Stevie, after former Liverpool FC player Steven Gerrard. And in the year we’ve had him, Liverpool have won the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, the Club World Cup, and are currently leading the Premier League by 13 points!
- I completed three 10K events, setting a new personal best in the Preston 10K.
- I went back to the United States and was able to do things like whale-watching and checking some spacecraft exhibits off my list. I also learned various lessons about travelling alone, like making sure to plan adequate time to rest, and following your gut when deciding between things to see.
- I’ve read or listened to 70 books, a new record for me.
- I also drove further than I have before by going to Pontefract and back, to see a lecture by astronaut Jack Lousma.
- I’ve tried factoring new beneficial activities into my routine, like meditation and muscle-building exercises.
- I saw a grass snake for the first time, which was an item off my wildlife bucket list.
As I’m working on my aims and resolutions for 2020, I have various themes in mind: continuing to develop my strengths and habits that have had a positive impact, gradually confronting any negative thought processes that are holding me back, and not spreading myself too thin when it comes to my ultimate goals.
I hope you’ve had a great holiday season, and here’s to a positive 2020!