Living on future glories

Reflections and Resolutions

Hello and welcome to the year Two Thousand and Eighteen!

I hate to sound cliché, but along with most other people on this planet my 2017 was defined by joyous highs, difficult lows and those bits of bobbing along in between.

My 2017

Without being mistaken for bragging – I am simply proud, happy and appreciative of the opportunities I have had this year – I would like to mention a few highlights:

  • Writing and submitting my dissertation
  • Graduating from Durham University with First Class Honours
  • Various travels visiting friends, with friends or solo including trips to London, Dublin, Tignes, Sicily and several countries across Asia.
  • Working back at La Tete Et Tout (where I was the Saturday girl when I was 18)
  • Glamping in Yorkshire for my then sister-in-law-to-be’s Hen party
  • Being a bridesmaid at my brother and now sister-in-law’s wedding
  • Persevering to get the money I was owed from a dishonest former employer
  • Seeing family at a big reunion in Surrey

Safe to say that 2017 is definitely a year to remember! Nevertheless, I can’t live on past glories forever and it’s time to embark on different journeys and face new challenges for an even better 2018. It’s hard to say right now where those might lead me; I have many ideas and potential projects but very little is set in stone. What I can do, however, is plan some of the smaller things I would like to accomplish over the next 12 months.

I love a good tick list, so I thought I would share with you some of my resolutions which can be easily completed as well as some goals I would like to work towards.

Resolutions and goals for 2018

  1. Continue blogging¬† (sorry folks, you’ll have to put up with me a little while longer!)
  2. Learn to play chess
  3. Relearn to do the Rubix cube (I did learn once but I’ve forgotten again)
  4. Read 50 books I have’t yet read, i.e. roughly one book per week
  5. Drink more water (and consequently less tea)
  6. Go to a concert or a show at least once every season
  7. Exercise in my post-lunch energy slump
  8. Switch off all screens at least half an hour before bed (and maybe read instead!)
  9. Take-up playing the piano again
  10. Continue making kindness an active choice (see previous blogs for reference)
  11. Watch 50 films I haven’t yet seen
  12. Finish making my recycled rag rug (it seemed like a good idea at the time!)

Now for the hard part… sticking to them!

Happy New Year!

Love,

Mary x

The end is just the beginning

25 days of kindness – December 25th

Happy Holidays everyone! My 25 days of kindness blogging challenge has finally come to a close and I must admit, I’m glad to see the back of it.

Not because I found trying to be kind difficult. On the contrary, bursting the bubble of self-absorption and consciously thinking of others was liberating and refreshing. I realised how easy it is to be kind and that a small, seemingly insignificant act could be a vital step towards restoring somebody’s faith in humanity.

No, the difficulty of this challenge lay in cooking up a host of original good deeds which would benefit a variety of people whilst fitting in with my pre-existing plans for the day. Often I would find myself driving out to the nearest town purely to carry out my act of kindness, but by doing so I was unnecessarily burning fuel which is hardly kind to the environment.

What this challenge has done, therefore, is teach me to constantly be on the look out for opportunities to show kindness rather than worry about creating the opportunities. That said, it is definitely worth going out of your way to do a good and selfless deed, provided that the effects are overwhelming positive without repercussions for other people or our planet.

Anonymous season's greetings

So, to complete the challenge, I resorted back to my ever diminishing post-it notes. On Christmas morning, I wrote “Merry Christmas! x” on several of the little snowmen and posted them through random letter boxes in the village.

Though this is the final act in my blog, it is just the beginning of my journey to becoming a better person.

Love,

Mary x