10 Things I'm Looking Forward To in 2019
2019 makes a nice Roman numeral: MMXIX. I’m not sure where the time has gone - I’m quite certain the last time I looked it was 2012 and we were hanging out the Olympic bunting in the spirit of peace and internationalism - but here we are, facing the last year of the 2010s and (looking down the barrel of?) Brexit.
It feels easy to be gloomy, and I certainly did after my last blog post. But, and it feels in true British fashion, I’ll be damned if I’m going to let the political outlook or the weather get me down. So here are 10 things I’m looking forward to in 2019, in no particular order…
Knowing where I’m going to be
This might seem a bit odd, but I started both 2017 and 2018 with no idea where I’d actually be by the end of them. I gladly dreamed big, travelled far, and didn’t know where the road would take me. This year, I’m happy to start with the same determination and thirst for adventure, but also a sense of security in my place and purpose in life.
Designing my life (again)
Last year, I took a coaching course that helped me define where I wanted to go over the course of the year. But as Burns famously put it, and my 2018 did, the best laid schemes of mice and men can oft go awry. That is no reason to stop planning, however. I’ve got my Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019 journal, and signed up for a one-day course in January to kick-start my creativity, re-ignite my spark, and make the most of 2019.
The one and only, the goddess behind my ‘What Would Michelle Do?’ mantra. Becoming was one of the best books I’ve read this year. After failing to get a ticket to see her at the Southbank Centre, some quirk of technology let me into the ticket-buying queue for her visit to the O2 in April. I am ready to go and get inspired!
The Peak District Mighty Hike
One of the most inspiring moments of my 2018 was listening to Dr Paul Cosford and Michelle Dench speak at Macmillan. Their words and actions have really stayed with me, and I am so excited to raise money for Macmillan, and do so by doing something my Dad and have talked about for a very long time - taking a hike!
One great joy about living in Europe again is to be able to visit my friends and family. Easier said than done as they are spread out all over, and who know what after Brexit, but I’ve missed them and reunions will be a particular quest of mine over 2019.
The Artful Puffin
I love arts and crafts, and one dream that didn’t quite make it off the ground this year was to open my own Etsy shop. I’ve enough ink, paint, canvas, and paper, so carving out time to create my stock is my first challenge this year!
Game of Thrones
Years ago, my then-colleagues and I all discovered we were reading the same book, quite by accident. Work was never the same again, as our corner of the office became a permanent Book Club. Eventually we chanced upon and read the Game of Thrones books, and then watched the TV series together. Whilst we’ll remain in literary suspense for the next book, we shall all breathe a sigh of relief when the final series screens in April!
Getting the year off to a good start - what could be better than Hogmanay in Edinburgh? I’m really thrilled to have the opportunity to experience this with my Dad. Marking this off the bucket list together will be a great way to begin 2019.
Future Leaders Connect
What’s a year without a massive challenge? I came across the blog posts of a former colleague whilst she was on this programme, and they really inspired me. It’s the kind of thing which pushes you out of your comfort zone and raises your inner imposter-syndrome spectre, so it feels like exactly the right thing for me to try and do this year.
Planning for 2020
Whatever happens in 2019, I’m determined to make sure the Roaring Twenties make a return in 2020. You can’t start a new decade with a beautiful Roman numeral like MMXX without making some brilliant plans for it first. And that’s exactly what I intend to do.