We have finally made it out of 2020.

There is light and hope on our horizon now and I’m sure many of us are incredibly grateful for that!

As much as 2020 was a bit of a pants year, we’ve all still accomplished so much and have learnt some important lessons.

I for one have graduated and got myself some writing jobs as a freelancer and as a result am finding more faith in myself as a writer (I’m also working part time in a supermarket but that’s less fun but gotta do it to ‘pay the bills’ so to speak).

But if this year has taught me anything important; it’s learning when to stop.

This year has forced us to stop and look at our lives and begin looking into (and prioritising) what is good, not only for our bodies but our mental health also.

I’ve also been one to put a lot of pressure on myself and feel like it should be go go go all the time and constantly achieving things to the highest standard, but this year has made me take a look into how I work and how I can adapt that to be much better for my brain.

I’ve said it a lot over the last year but getting out in the fresh air is one of the best things for the brain (in my humble opinion of course). Going for a walk with a friend, or sitting in a park and taking in your surroundings has got to be one of the most restful things.

Today (well yesterday for those of you reading this now) I went on a run with a couple of friends in the morning and a walk with another friend in the afternoon and although it sounds like I’ve been busy and active, I actually feel very mentally rested from it.

Often when I try to take a day off and have a lazy day I get grumpy at myself for not achieving anything or doing anything productive with my day, and as a result I feel less rested than I was before. But I’m beginning to learn what is best for me and my brain; sometimes it is having a movie day, or slobbing out with a mountain of chocolate, or it’s getting outside for a chunk of the day — I’m listening to my body and looking into what I need more.

If looking out for me is something I can carry into 2021; I think I’ve got a good year ahead.

I have some other goals this year such as; I’m aiming to read 50 new books and watch 21 new films, as well as even possibly managing to run a 10km by the end of the year.

And for work aspirations I want to keep pitching features and keep social content writing for new business’ and see what happens and what I end up doing. There’s no real plan but to keep writing and in doing so that will be the right direction.

Thankyou for all your support during 2020, it was a really tough year full of loss, struggles, and self doubt but things are looking up and I’m very happy about that.

This year I’ll be as active as I can be with weekly Sunday posts and I look forward to sharing more adventures with you in the near future.

Thank you again for your continued support.

I want to wish you all a Happy New Year and all the best for the year ahead of us.

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