A Personal Half Year Review
A PERSONAL HALF YEAR REVIEW
All I can think about at the minute is the fact that we are HALF WAY through 2019 already. I’ve turned 25, have been living back in Liverpool for nearly a year, and haven’t reflected on any of the goals I set myself in January.
We have this thing at work called a ‘half year review’, where management will sit down and review what’s happened in the year so far, how we’re getting on with our 2019 targets and if there’s anything we need to change, improve or amend. The more I thought about it, the more I thought that this was quite a good idea to apply to my personal life too, and so guess what we’re doing today, folks?
You’ve got it! I thought it would be a really good way to motivate myself again, as I feel like I’ve lost my mojo a little over the last month or so, and I’d really like it to come back as I have lots of ideas floating around in my head, but no motivation to actually get up and do them. So, here we go. What did I want to achieve in 2019, and how am I getting on?
Practise mindfulness every day and be grateful. | Like most things, I started off the year doing really well at this. I have lots of candles in my room, and I’d bought myself a pretty diary that I would write in each evening, and list out things that I was grateful for that day. Alas, this has slipped over the last few months, and the last time I did this was apparently March. March. This is a really good little reminder for me to get back to it though, because I really enjoyed this little activity at the end of each day.
Make healthier choices. | This one has actually been the complete opposite way round! I started the year eating so much crappy food and if I’d have written a food diary, you would’ve been genuinely horrified. However, I’m really happy to say that I’ve totally turned this one around over the last month or two. Not only am I eating much better food, I’m drinking more water and I’m back to being a regular at the gym. So much so, that if I don’t make it to the gym on a day I planned to, I now feel sad! Crazy how a mindset shift can affect these things.
Visit at least 5 new places. | This was probably my favourite goal, and still is. We’re half way through the year, and I’m over half way to completing this! I’ve travelled to Boston, New York and Amsterdam so far this year, which have all been three completely new places for me. I’m currently planning a fourth getaway for later this year, which will hopefully just consist of lots of sun, and sitting on the beach and not much else. After that, who knows what my last place will be, but I’m excited to see where this one takes me.
Cut down on caffeine. | I have literally nothing to say about this one apart from it’s been a complete fail. 'Fail’, is probably the wrong word, as I guess I have since re-evaluated this goal, and well, decided to remove it! My initial reason for cutting down caffeine was a financial one. I tend to get a coffee a day, and I worked out how much I could save if I cut this down to 2 or 3 times a week instead. However, this is essentially the only thing that I regularly ‘treat’ myself to. And so, instead, I decided to stop getting my nails done and do them at home myself. This way, I’m still getting my caffeine fix in the morning, but I’m saving a similar amount of money too!
Book my smear test. | This one is a must do for me in the next month or so and I’ve set myself a deadline for the end of July as I know how important this one is.
Get to the dentist after 7 years. | When I set myself these goals at the beginning of the year, this was the one that I thought I wouldn’t actually do, but it’s probably the one I’ve succeeded the most at! Before January of this year, I hadn’t been to the dentist in 7 years, and in the last 6 months, I’ve been 6 times (probably serves me right for not going…). I cannot tell you how nice my new dentists are, and I actually, genuinely enjoy going now. They’re all so lovely and I’d recommend them to anyone.
Reach my savings goal for the year. | This one is kind of just coasting along, if I’m honest. At the beginning of the year, I did a complete overhaul of my finances, set up a few new bank accounts, along with lots of standing orders to move my money around throughout the month in order to get the best interest rates and save a set amount each month. And, because it now all does it automatically and I don’t really see it, this goal of mine is pretty much looking after itself. So, I’m adding this to the successful list so far!
There were a few other goals that I set myself at the beginning of the year, but they’re pretty personal so I’m going to keep them to myself for now. However, on the whole, I don’t think I’m doing too badly. I mean, I could be doing a lot better, but this is me trying not to be too hard on myself.
I think the one I’m going to be focusing on a lot over the next few weeks now I’ve had a little reflection, is the mindfulness and gratitude one. I truly believe that if I can master this, the rest will fall into place and the rest of the year will be the best.