1. Less is more
If you follow my blog you won’t be surprised to learn that I have been trying to experience more and buy less for two years now. Over the last twelve months, this is something I have really invested in and concentrated on a whole lot more.
A lot of people have spoken to me about my mission to remove the excess from my life but few people have addressed why I have decided to start letting go. The thing is, I have been removing the chaos and clutter that was once part of my life, to make room for the important things, the memorable things and the experiences.
I had a life full of stuff, but I soon came to realise that buying a new pair of heels might have made me feel great for a day or so but the excitement soon evaporated.
Instead, I decided to make a list of what I truly valued and make sure that in 2015 they became my only focus. Overall, I have learnt a lot this year. It has been tough at times, and I still have a long way to go, but I feel that I have really done so much more that has contributed to my overall happiness.
By spending less on ‘things’ I have had more money to travel. By only working on projects that I value, I have had way more time and been able to give so much more to them. I am trying to eat a little healthier as I want to take care of my body more.
Now I am living a life with less. I am living a life centered around my values and passions. And I can’t wait to see how much more I can experience in 2016.
Read my minimalism posts from 2015 here.
2. I am addicted to travelling
I have well and truly caught the travelling bug. I have always been a fan of globe-trotting however in 2015 I adventured further and more frequently than ever before. I had memorable incredible trips with family in Berlin, friends in Croatia and my husband in Marrakech, Falmouth and Sardinia. No material item could have given me as much excitement, experiences and memories than these trips did.
2015 has closed the door on spending on stuff, because in 2016 I will be spending all my spare pennies on my main passion. Seeing the world with the people I love.
3. Work on what you are passionate about
Earlier in 2015 I embarked on a new chapter of my career, though one thing has remained constant – I still work in digital.
If you read my blog for marketing purposes, you know that I am interested in and passionate about digital marketing and analytics. I am fortunate in that I am able to not only work in this field, but also have time to write blog posts to share what I learn along the way and use my skills to support incredibly important organisations such as Positive Choices.
2015 has taught me that new career directions can be scary, but as long as you are passionate about what you are doing, they will always be right.
If you are deciding on a new career path for 2016, why not try and work on something you are passionate about?
4. Change is okay!
Talking about career changes, something I have truly realised in 2015 is that I need to start to embrace change as a positive opportunity, rather than being scared of what it might mean.
Usually if I know a big change is happening, I start flapping around like Big Bird and make everything into a huge deal. One of my goals for 2016 is to work out what makes me so anxious about change.
This year I have survived a few big changes and they’ve all resulted in really positive experiences. 2015 has taught me a lot about what change means, even if it makes you anxious.
5. I’m a Belieber, and I love Detox Tea.
His new album was good okay, and detox tea is my new daily staple.
6. It’s okay to talk.
Following a few operations and more tests than I thought imaginable, I was diagnosed with Endometriosis in 2014. Even though this chronic condition caused me a lot of pain I was reluctant to talk about it to anyone.
Roll on 2015, and my wonderful husband, three incredibly supportive colleagues and two ‘small’ and lovely best friends showed me that it is okay to share and that sometimes it is alright to not be feeling 100%.
Now if I am suffering and can’t do a social event, need to work from home or can’t even move from my bed I speak up and I hope that this might just inspire anyone else who has the condition to do the same. I have learnt that my health is a priority and if I get that right, everything else will be just dandy.
Do you have something you wish you could share? Try with a close friend, colleague or family member today, because 2016 needs to be the year that we stop the stigma.
7. I can’t keep a plant alive.
I have tried to keep a total of three plants alive during 2015. This isn’t the first year I have tried to do this. They all died. Again.
I am not even sure if my current desk plant is real or fake, but I have been watering it just in case.
I am not made for plant rearing. I am slightly astounded that I can keep two cats alive (just kidding RSPCA I am a good cat-mum).
8. Live in the now
I am very, very easily excited. This means that often if a big event is coming up in the near future I quickly lose sight of what is happening now.
This year, I have been trying to live more in the now and experience each day. This has mainly been led by my drive to live minimally and cut out the excess.
I have something very exciting happening at the moment that I will be sharing very soon, but right now it is important for me to not focus on that, but instead focus on today. This is hard, but worthwhile when each day can mean the chance for many more memories and experiences.
2016 will see me really try to do this. If you are particularly good at it I would love to hear your tips!
9. I love my cats more than most people
Sorry friends. It’s true.
10. Forget what is right for others, and focus on what is right for you
You might have read my post which I published two weeks ago about how I am trying to stop comparing my life to others.
This year I embarked on this challenge and it has been an incredible journey. By worrying less about what others think, I have been able to use that time to make new plans, arrange travel trips and do things I would have never done before because I was scared of what people might think.
At the end of the day, your life is your life. Support others, be kind to others, but don’t compare yourself to others.
What have you achieved in 2015? What are your goals for next year? Share them in the comments below!