Gee whizz I must of blinked as 2016 was here and gone super quick (or was that just me??)
For me I felt as though I spent the whole year rushed and stressed. Upon reflection I put this down to my lack of planning and organisation in 2016. I went into the year in the mindset "will relax this year and take it as it comes"......... well there was my biggest mistake right there! I took each month (in most cases each week) as they come, in both work and life fields. Don't get me wrong I am super pleased for my goals that were accomplished last year, but in all hindsight it would have been more pleasurable minus the mega stress I put upon myself...
Come Christmas lead up at the end of last year when I am usually in my prime, soaking up the mayhem that comes with it, I was majorly "burnt out". At the time I was ashamed to admit it, was in total denial! After 11 years of doing markets.... was I done? Could I bare to erect that gazebo one more time, withstand another market with unbearable winds, and to top this off blew 2 tyre's on my trailer- in the one day 150kms from home with no spare???? I was at breaking point. Longing for a holiday or to shut myself off from the world. I became grumpy and quite unpleasant to be around (lol that just took me a lot to admit :-) ).
Soooooooo............ what do you do when it all feels as though its coming tumbling down on you? I jumped on the next flight to the Gold Coast- alone and surprise visited my most favourite person- my Nan! All this less than a week out from Christmas. Siting on that plane and taking off felt amazing- as though every ounce of stress that had built up throughout the year, extracted itself from my body as we left the ground. The feeling was overwhelming, quite powerful and most of all relieving.
Needless to say I very much needed that trip (& Nan was super surprised)!
I came home with a weight off my shoulders and in a much changed mindset. Instead of hating on the year, I took it on board as a lesson, a year to learn from. It was a "told you so" year. I always criticise myself for planning EVERYTHING! Well guess what, that planning isn't so crazy after all. It gives me clarity, peace of mind, goals, inspiration and most of all less stressed!
Closing the year with positive vibes. Thank you to those who have come on the journey with me in 2016, supported both me and my business, I am truly grateful.
BAM before we knew it 2017 was under way and what better way to jump start it than time with the family, doing and visiting things that we are passionate about and what makes us the family we are.
We are a family who loves exploring, learning, getting active, being creative and having a good laugh, immersing ourselves in this great country that we live in. A trip up to the Victorian High Country was first on the cards, camping at King Hut, visiting Bindaree falls, Bluff Hut, Lovicks Hut and the incredible Wonnagatta Station. We cherish this time together away from technology, talking and letting the kids be kids in the bush! Who doesn't love sitting around the camp fire as the sun goes down cooking marshmallows!?
Home for a couple of days then off on a road trip (on sealed roads!- we have to clarify this one in our family as my 6yo loooves 4wding). Spent first night at Jindabyne- such a scenic peaceful place. The next day I finally got my toes emerged in the ocean with warm sand between my toes (in my eyes that's what heaven must be like!). 2 nights to fully unwind and explore Batemans Bay and eat as much fresh seafood as humanly possible! This town had something to offer all of us- we all got our moment of bliss. To finish this mini getaway 2 nights at Gold Creek (a village just a few minutes west of Canberra). A day at the Australian National Gallery and a day at Summernats (we are a family of rev heads- with my 12 yo daughter going since she was 7months). By the end of the trip I was searching every newsagents for the "perfect" year planner- itching to get sketching designs, drawing mind maps, jotting down ideas. However much to my Mr Frost Urself's relief (It was a strict- no work trip) I couldn't find what I was looking for. Within hours of being home a post by Leonie Dawson (if you are yet to discover this amazing unicorn- be it your to do this year!), for a special on her Life, Biz and Weekly planners for 2017- cha ching they were in the shopping cart and I was going through Paypal before you could say "Shinning Year".
Pacing for the postie to arrive, full of inspiration and enthusiasm to start the year- I was back to my usual bubbly self.
After a week of filling them out, crunching numbers, setting goals, de cluttering my work space and I am totally ready for 2017. I am not going to let myself get stressed in 2017 to the extent I was last year, I will take more mini breaks, spend more time with friends and family and most importantly do more of what sparks my soul.
Hang on tight 2017 is going to be the best year yet........ My design and creative juices are over flowing and best of all they are apart on the plan..............
"Sometimes you Win and Sometimes you Learn" - unkown