2019 in Review. Back to the start.

Eight months later, I’m back.

2019 was a rollercoaster as it always is. I fell on my swords more times and ways than I can count, but I also conquered every mountain and left the year smiling on a remote island in the South Pacific.

The best part of 2019 is a toss up between gaining my Masters and holidaying in Fiji.

Photograph taken 7km south of Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji

The most challenging part of 2019 was coming to terms with loss, and realising some friendships are immaterial even if you don’t realise at the time. Seeing someones true colours can be the harshest but most valuable lesson to learn. Enter sad face.

The most joyful moment of 2019 was learning another tiny human had entered this world, courtesy of my best friend in England. This bundle of joy is my 2021 goal – going home, again.

The biggest obstacle was finding my place in the ‘new world’ of my company. Following a restructure I was challenged with office politics, young whippersnappers on power trips, and leadership whose leaders forgot how to lead. It was a tumultuous year, and I found myself on more than one occasion throwing toddler tantrums in the bathrooms… because let’s face it, murder wasn’t an option.

However, I was saved and recruited to a world that fits my work ethic. I hit the ground running and was given projects to own and manage. I felt valued which is all I ever wanted. It’s all anyone wants, right?!

If I could change one thing last year, it would be graduating in absentia from uni. I should have attended the graduation ceremony with my friends. It was a special moment, one that should have been realised because life is too short. However, my inner introvert was really not a fan of the idea.

With that in mind, we dip our toe into the new year. Here is my 2020 Vision (#sorrynotsorry – I had to!)

  • Find / Revise my WHY (and adjust learning / career trajectory accordingly)
  • Hit 10,000 steps every day
  • Lose at least 10kg by the time 2021 comes around
  • Learn and practice Ukulele
  • Practice Japanese
  • Participate in NAPOWRIMO and NANOWRIMO
  • Win the lottery and go to Japan

Okay, the last one is probably the one I won’t achieve but hey dreams could come true…

I will be using this blog to track my progress and keep myself accountable. Hopefully, I’ll make it past May this year.