Last night I sat with my lovely wife, Chiara, in the kitchen and we got out our journals to look at our year ahead.
It’s easy to look back on a year and pick out the best and worst moments so I started with that:
The best bits
Bought a house and got it renovated
Dad sorted out our garden for us
We got married
Having a wonderful honeymoon in Sardinia
Rescued another dog
Actually managed to grow some vegetables (and eat them!)
Smashed a 10 mile PB at the London 10 mile race
Experiencing Yoga Fit Ibiza for the first time and going way out of my comfort zone at times
Ran a 24-hour ultramarathon
Brought our family closer together by writing a very frank and ‘from the heart’ letter to everyone
Took part in the Digme Fitness 24 hour Guinness World Record attempt
Helped teach a spin class (another first)
Really got to grips with a plant-based diet
Read several books that really had a great impact on me
Had our best ever sales day in one of the stores just before Christmas
The ‘not-so-best’ bits
Suffered from relentless high blood pressure that stumped the medics
Had to pull out of Brighton Marathon due to my blood pressure problems
Let my depression get the better of me at times, instead of recognizing the warning signs, I ignored them and battled on
Didn’t communicate well with loved ones, particularly Chiara. We had some epic rows
Carlo (my business partner and best friend) missing my wedding due to his prostate cancer diagnosis
Chiara’s parents not accepting our marriage
Dealing with builders who at times treated us like we were fuck wits
Watching too much TV… whilst I enjoyed a lot of it…some of it was distraction from having to deal with stuff I didn’t want to face
Letting work stress get the better of me
The list looks balanced, right?
A mixture of good and bad = BALANCE.
The good and bad were balanced but I want to create a more balanced life in general.
My father (yes Dad I DO listen to you) always used to say to me “Bridget if you work hard, you have to play hard too”.
When I brain-stormed this I realized over the last couple of years that I find it hard to be joyful, to enjoy experiences and to really let myself have fun.
Haven’t quite worked out the WHY yet….
So I have decided that 2018 is going to be a year-long project of finding more balance and joy to experience:
My Best Year Yet.
Each week I will conduct a different experiment on one of the fifty-two areas that will bring more balance, joy, and harmony into my life.
It seems apt that I have chosen, in this next week, to DECLUTTER.
Taking inspiration from the two best books on this topic:
- Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying.
- The Minimalists by Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus.
I love this blog post that summarizes Marie’s book beautifully and if you want to be inspired by a more minimalist approach to living then check out The Minimalists in this fabulous Ted Talk:
I will address my home and workspace first and each day I will attempt to declutter my headspace too.
When I was at Yoga Fit Ibiza in October I knew that I wanted a big project for 2018 and so I used my Dream Big approach to map it out.
This whole project satisfies:
- My love for research.
- A yearning to learn new skills.
- The desire to live a healthier and more balanced life.
At the end of the year, I will turn it into a book and workbook project with the aim of helping you to have your best year yet.
Am rolling up my sleeves now and raring to go
Happy 2018 everyone