Reflect on the lessons and growth during 2017

In the past few days, I’ve taken some time to reflect on the past year to remind myself that I’ve made progress. I’m not a very patient person and I often get frustrated that I’m not moving fast enough towards my goals and to set up my new life post-burnout. So I thought I’d spend this time in the last few days of the year to assess what progress I’ve made and to celebrate it with purpose.

I went through my calendar to see what life looked like this year and it was so interesting. If you’ve read my book, Avoiding Burnout, you’ll know that a few years ago I struggled to even manage a few outings per week. This year looked dramatically different. My calendar was full of activities.

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I looked after my health and kept up with my blood tests, checkups for my autoimmune disease caused by the stress. I checked on my skin, my eyes, my teeth and screened for breast cancer. I did yoga more than I have ever done before. I tried for about three classes per week and managed very well until the last quarter of the year where life got a bit stressful and I had to cut back. I also kept up the healing practices that work for me and I tried new ones.

I took care of my children. I took them for all their medical checkups like the dentist and optometrist. I fetched and carried them to occupational therapy, physio, dancing (including a competition and an exam). I facilitated homework and fun activities like sports and piano lessons. I found them a new school and learnt that the old one was not a match for our family. That was a difficult move but well worth it for the long term happiness of our family and the well being of my children.

I took care of my personal growth through workshops, books, creativity. I attended painting classes and I tried new things like making a dream catcher. I kept up with friends by having coffees, breakfasts and making phone calls and sending emails.

I worked on my speaking skills by finishing my foundation speeches at Toastmasters and starting my advanced series. I even competed in a competition which was a great learning experience for me. I attended a workshop and read a book on how speaker bureaux work. I did a few speeches to audiences on what I’ve learnt from my experience of burnout. I asked for testimonials to use for marketing purposes.

I worked on my branding. I got head shots done by a professional photographer, I got videos made by a lady so passionate about video that it inspired me. I initiated my new website which should go live soon. I worked on marketing and crystallized my message. I did a lot of networking, meeting new people and taking the opportunity to share my message with them. I started collaborating with someone on an app which is great fun and an unexpected opportunity.

I finally published my book and launched it to celebrate. I made money for the first time in three years. I actually started earning income from my dream job which is miraculous. And I’ve even secured a monthly slot to write for an online publication.

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In looking at my life now: I have a wonderful family and home. I love being at home so much that I can’t wait to get home after a holiday. I also can’t wait to return to this work of mine that feels more like fun than work does. I have some wonderful friends, I have a great support structure and opportunities that seem to be emerging faster than I can deliver. I truly love my life and this year has been amazing.

This year, 2017, has been a foundation year. A year where I created the first tangible piece of my new career: my book. I’m so very grateful that it’s out into the world and that I have this chance to do all the things that I have planned. I finally have enough energy to tackle what comes next. The year 2018 should be an incredible chance for me to build on my foundation. I have so many exciting plans to release a range of offerings and I simply can’t wait to get started!

Have you reflected on 2017 to see how far you’ve come? Take the time to really look at what you’ve achieved and what you’ve learnt.

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Kathy
I am a champion for living your passion. Writing is my passion, my destiny and my calling. I am a mother of two beautiful daughters and a wife and live in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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