This post from November - http://happeninguponhappiness.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/project-me-part-two.html#comment-form talks about what I wanted for me to 'recover' from the overload of stress I had been feeling before leaving work. It took me at least three months to start to see any improvements, but after a while I felt like a new person!
At the end of the year, I am certainly doing more of the things I enjoy; I've made lots of craft things; I've read more; I have enjoyed making bread and yoghurt (although I could do it much more often); I've had the tattoo, do my own manicure and pedicures and have saved hundreds of pounds NOT having my hair cut! We are certainly eating well and I have lost about half a stone, but I could be drinking even less wine and probably still need to lose the other half stone! I spend loads of time outside, gardening and walking or just sitting and contemplating life! I have read more, but could certainly do to watch less TV and 'unplug' myself from technology more often, choosing to read a good book instead. I purged my wardrobe and haven't bought a single new item of clothing since last September - something which I have found liberating.
I am more on top of things and have kept better organised, but I still haven't got a good enough routine and I sometimes find myself de motivated, which irritates me.
All in all, I feel I have achieved what I set out to achieve.
I am most proud of how much healthier I feel both mentally and physically and of how much kinder I am to myself.
Paying off the mortgage to become debt free was a highlight, but of course, Mum's illness and subsequent death has caused a great deal of stress. Mind you, if I hadn't been working so hard on becoming a better person, it could have taken me under, so 'every cloud' and all that!
Over the course of the next 12 months, I want to .......
- Continue to simplify my home by clearing out clutter, completing outstanding tasks and designing and adopting a simple routine and rhythm to my daily life which encorporates the way of life I believe is important
- I would like to watch less TV, read more and teach myself more new skills such as knitting, crotchet, patchwork
- I will aim to meditate more often and continue with the daily walks (easier with a dog!), allowing myself time to appreciate my surroundings and be grateful for the improvement in my wellbeing.
- Continue to live frugally, looking to save money where I can, only buying what we need, whilst also succumbing to the odd treat here and there, but enjoying it fully because of it's rarity!
- Keep squirrelling away savings towards our master plan.