In the first quarter of 2018, I bought Shawn Blanc’s Plan Your Year and used it to set my priorities for the year. Work and Health.
1. Getting fit and Stacked at WorkLiftBalance
Witj health a priority, I researched exercise classes to attend. Thanks to a natural tendency of committing to and trying out various exercise organisations for over 10 years, I had a fairly clear list of “wants”.
- Convenient location from home
- Committed and strict instructors
- Welcoming environment
- No shoes needed (preferably)
- Small group classes
- Fits the budget
WorkLiftBalance has 3-monthly packages that allow a maximum of 3 group classes a week, which suit me just fine as I was trying to exercise a minimum of 3 times a week. I also believe in trying new exercise places over a few months to build chemistry with instructors and better understand the exercises.
Almost a year later, I am fitter, way stronger, have more energy, have minimal pain and am in the process of adapting to better sitting and walking postures.
2. Reuniting with a New Family
You know how life is unplanned. Yup. This.
For various reasons, I had yet to meet the Other Half’s grandparents and their children. This year, we decided to visit them (they live in another country). It was so nice to see the joy in their faces and our hearts felt so so full. We have made a few more trips since – for both grandparents birthdays, which enabled us to meet the aunts, uncles and their children.
The initial trip led to more trips and we managed to reconnect before it was too late. Grandpa passed away in the third quarter of 2018. He was stubborn, witty and had the Other Half’s sense of humour (it’s genetic). Truly great fun.
Funerals bring everyone together. We met the whole extended family.
No words can express the amount of love I felt.
2018 didn’t result in much career progression on paper. However, the time, space and opportunities afforded allowed me to figure out the next steps.
Grateful for the close friends, experienced adults and the Other Half for shining pools of light whilst I reflected and questioned myself.
How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
– A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
So long 2018.