And that's a wrap.. almost.
I often wonder whether how you enter into something makes an impact on the experience itself.
For example, an olympic athlete who had an unfortunate car accident on the way to their event. How much would that impact their performance on the day?
If it does make a difference, my 2017 was bound to be pretty challenging. I was enjoying a hike with some amazing friends on new years eve last year, when I received an awful phone call. Someone very close to me, who I loved so much, had passed away and was found in his home, alone, that morning.
Any plans of wine, cocktails and celebrations went out the window of course. My focus immediately shifted to getting back to my home town to try and piece together what had happened, and what I was supposed to do next.
By 9pm that night I had collapsed in bed, exhausted with emotion. The countdown to midnight happened all over the world while I restlessly slept and hoped I would wake up to find it was all a bad dream.
My first couple of weeks of the year were filled with sadness and anxiety. Along with my parents I was arranging the funeral, which was a first for me. At the same time I was desperately trying to keep up with the work that was mounting up in my job, all the while everyone around me was telling me to stop and deal with what had happened.
So I guess it’s fair to say that the beginning of 2017 was pretty rough… a theme that somewhat stuck for the majority of my year.
Today, things are on the up.
As I am sitting here writing my final blog for the year, I reflect back to the year that has been, and look forward to the year ahead. And far out, I am really looking forward to what’s coming.
I’ve decided that every year I am going to do a ‘that’s a wrap’ blog post, which will let me look back at what I have done, and set some goals for the following year/s to come. I wanted to share them publicly because I have always thought saying things out loud makes it so much more powerful. And, I am interested to see what is ticked off throughout the year and what becomes less of a priority.
So, here we go...
Reflection on 2017:
This is going to seem random, but, I love avocados. As much as I love them, they can also frustrate the hell out of me. I would consider myself a pretty good avocado picker, I understand how firm the perfect avocado should be and know how many days I have to eat it.
Don’t you hate it though when you cut into what seems like a perfect avocado and it’s pretty much all bruised and dark on the inside?
Well, that’s been my 2017. I like to expect the best of things but sometimes you just make choices that turn out to be pretty rotten inside.
I do need to say however, there were small bits of the avocado (my year) that were totally green, fresh and delicious.. And luckily those little pieces of perfection were worth so much more because they were rare.
2017 was probably one of the hardest years I have had, but it turns out there is some beauty in that. A friend of mine recently said that sometimes you have to reach a real low point in order to get on an even better path than you were on to begin with. I completely agree and am just grateful for how I am coming out of 2017 rather than the year itself.
So, now what?
Game on 2018:
Touch wood I am going to see in the countdown to 2018 this year, surrounded by people I love and a glass of well deserved pinot in hand.
Beyond that, I have some exciting things planned which include (but are not limited to) the following:
Release Sister Golden Hair
Launch Mama Collective (it may be called Mama Failing)
Support people and projects that inspire me
Continue to grow and learn from industry leaders
Film and release my project on the incredible Jessica Gallagher
As well as many more personal goals that will give me the energy and focus to do the above in a big way
BRING IT ON.
Finally, i'll be having a drink to you - whoever you are, reading this today. We all have struggles, challenges and triumphs, and wherever you are right now, I hope you are feeling positive about the year ahead.
Thank you for your support and the time you spend reading my posts, there is a hell of a lot more coming next year and I look forward to connecting to you more then.
Merry Christmas and here’s to a bloody great 2018!