Today is my 33rd birthday.
Whenever a birthday rolls around, I tend to take a moment to reflect on the year that’s just gone.
And this past year? It’s been a doozie!
When I think back to this time last year, I was working in my day job, blogging and my business didn’t exist – in fact, the idea of it didn’t even exist.
Then, about a month later, everything came to a head. All at once.
You know that old chestnut? At first, the universe whispers to you, but you do nothing about it. And so it gives you a little nudge, but still, you do nothing about it. And then eventually, it shouts at you so loud and so ferociously that everything comes tumbling down around you and you’re forced to step back and make some drastic changes.
That particular time really forced me to take stock. Of everything. But especially my health and happiness.
I was stressed out – majorly stressed out. I wasn’t exercising regularly. I was lazy with my diet and drank a little too much, a little too often. I wasn’t looking after myself and it had to stop.
So, I started taking little steps to change things. One thing at a time, as I was able to.
As cliche as it sounds, once I got my priorities right, things started to fall into place. Then, at the end of May this year, I was in a position to leave my day job and work for myself, full time.
It still blows me away that I’ve only been working for myself for 3.5 months. In some ways, it feels like so much longer than that, and in other ways, it feels like it’s only been a minute. But one thing is certain: it feels right.
I’m proud of what I’ve achieved with this little business (and blog) of mine, but I’m also really proud of how I’ve been taking better care of myself.
Yes, I’ve lost some weight, which is a pleasant result, but more importantly, I feel more like me than I have in a really long time. I’m happy. I’m healthy. And I’m grateful.
I’ve still got some way to go with many aspects of my life – but that’s the beauty of it, right? It’s all about the journey and less about the destination.
And while I have no idea what the future holds, I’m grateful for the lessons of the past year and open to everything this new year has to offer.
Thanks 32, it was quite a ride.
Thirty-three? Buckle up, let’s go!