I can’t believe its been two years since I started the coffee & catch up series! I’ve put together all the photos from 2015 as well as reflected on the photos and words from last years round up, and I’m beyond glad that I decided to take on this little challenge. Checking in with myself once a month forces me to stop and process what’s been happening in my little corner of the world and reflect. It’s also a chance to chat to you and share anything that’s been on my mind that I feel we need to talk about.
I’ve been working through the goal setting exercises that Lara Casey shares over on her blog every year when coming up with my vision and goals. I can honestly say that it really helps to have some kind of direction when embarking afresh each new year. One of the exercises included in Lara’s series is to pick a word that you feel will guide your year, and what you plan to fill it with. 2015’s word was Awesome. Along with my word for the year were a set of Awesome goals that I set out to achieve. My year of Awesome goals were as follows:
- Live each day in His grace
- No alcohol for a year
- Love and be loved
- Make healthy living a habit
- Make my work count
Sounds simple right? Well there were days I lived out each goal to the max and days where I seemed to break every goal I set of myself. One of the biggest goals I let slide from around July on was the no alcohol one. As planned I enjoyed plenty of good wine and food in Paris thinking I would jump back on the bandwagon but on my return things just haven’t quite fallen back into place on the healthy living and zero alcohol bandwagon.
I have a list of excuses as long as my arm as to why I failed when it came to achieving my goals last year. I had almost forgotten to reflect on what I had gotten right until a friend of mine reminded me that I needed to remember the 6 months I did enjoy of near perfect health and abstinence prior to our trip to Paris. Along with 6 months alcohol free there were a few other awesome blessings that came my way last year: plenty of travel around our beautiful country South Africa, a dream trip to Paris, two trips to Mozambique, time with friends, the love of a husband and family, meaningful work, gainful employment, health, vitality….. the list goes on and for this I am grateful. It’s easy to reflect on what went wrong in a year or where you failed, but I’m glad for both the good and the bad that came my way last year, I’m stronger and wiser for it all.
I’m looking forward to a challenging set of 2016 goals, and believe it or not I think I already have my word all Picked out for this year, but I’m still working through the goal setting exercises from Lara and through this process I’m sure my final word that will guide 2016 will become apparent to me.
Until then I’m signing off my last post wrapping up 2015 and wishing you a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!