As we head into the end of another year, most people I know - including me - are flat out and pushing themselves to the finishing line. It seems life is getting faster and faster, and the never ending list of things to do keeps getting bigger.
With this in mind, it’s important to take time for yourself this Christmas, and reflect on all you have achieved. After all, acknowledging yourself and celebrating how far you have come is all part of a life well lived. If you feel like you are always busy, here are three ways you can slow down and savour moments.
If you are like me, there will be a whole lot of them. I spent time last week at a photo kiosk printing pictures off my phone to send to relatives overseas and interstate for Christmas. By going back over all my pictures for 2018, I realised just how many amazing things I have done - especially with my family. In fact, I was impressed by how much fun I had packed in! While it does not feel like that on a day-to-day basis, as you are busy making things happen, by looking back at your photo roll you can really appreciate just how far you have come in a year and who has really mattered.
So often we are hard on ourselves, focusing on what we have not done, have yet to achieve or have done badly. By consciously forcing yourself to acknowledge something you are proud of, you help change your mindset to a more positive one - which in turn creates more energy for you to achieve more things you are proud of. Mindset is crucial to keeping your energy levels high.
While Christmas is notorious for having to spread time between families and functions, you need to intentionally diarise time with people that are important to you. It can be as simple as a drink with a friend, but you need things and people to look forward to. Good relationships give meaning to life. They also make you value all you have. Whether it be a movie with one of your kids (one-on-one time is hard to find but is so important) or a golf game with your dad, schedule in someone who means a lot and focus on them. You won’t regret it.
I’d like to thank you all for your support and time this year, I very much appreciate it. With my first book, The Breakfast Club for 40 Somethings, launching this year, I was very excited to see it hit the top 10 money books sold in Australia this year. This could not happen without many of you supporting my message and being part of the community.
Have a wonderful Christmas and remember to invest in yourself.
See you back in 2019 for another big one!
Until next time
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