Tomorrow the year will end already. And like every year it passed way too quickly. A lot has happened the last 12 months. The move to a new city and starting my freelance career have been the most exciting events this year. I have learned a lot and met interesting new people. 2016 hasn’t been boring at all.
With a new year coming up shortly it’s time to make New Year’s resolutions and plans for the upcoming year.
It’s the most wonderful and for a lot of people the most stressful time of the year: Christmas. Maybe your tree is already decorated or your have to do some last minute christmas shopping. Whatever you still need to do, I wish you a lot of patience and serenity for the tasks.
I’ll be driving home to my family for Christmas today. Something I’ve been looking forward a lot in the past weeks. Decorating the tree, a family dinner and cozyness included.
However you’ll spend your Christmas days, I wish you a wonderful time with the people who you love and that matter most to you.
There are times when you ask yourself if you’ll ever see the light at the end of the tunnel. Everything you start just fails. Life itself seems to resist you.
To enter unknown territory is a unique challenge. Uncertainty creeps into our heads and of course we’re looking towards people, who have gone before us on the path we want to take to avoid their mistakes. That’s absolutely normal and useful. But after a while we need to find our own way to get to our destination or we end up as imitators of our idols. Because we learn mainly by copying.
The end of the year approaches rapidly. You have achieved more than you might think. Walked on new paths, have grown with your challenges and overcame some obstacles and failures.
Even if the situation may look dreadful right now, don’t give up. Don’t let your dreams get destroyed by naysayers and narrow-minded people. You can achieve anything, you’ve set your mind to. Maybe not today or tomorrow but in the long run.
Never give up!
There are days that are completely for the bin. On these days you turn on your tunnel vision and just get the tasks on your desks done. At the end of the day you’ll probably don’t remember what you’ve done all day long but at least you’ve got everything done. It’s totally alright if that happens every once in awhile. There are always hectic workdays. But if this state become the status quo for weeks or months and one wonders why it’s already fall again, something is seriously wrong.
In the course of this lettering challenge I’ve written more than once about how hard starting something new is. With every new project, no matter if it’s personal or work related, sooner or later doubts and fears will pop into our heads. Sometimes it’s easier to silence these negative voices, but at other times it isn’t. But more often than we’d like to admit, we’ll get cozy in our comfort zones instead of heading into unknown territory.
Challenges can be a great way to expand your comfort zone and try out something new. This year’s Inktober challenge by Jake Parker helped me to get out of my comfort zone.
Our everyday life is often hectic. We are rushing from deadlines to presentations, write a few mails in between and eat lunch at the warm glow of our computer screen, instead of getting out of the office for a break. After closing time the rush continues with personal commitments of all kinds; family, working out, volunteering and everything in between.
And when we’ve finally got to the end of our To Do – list, our brain is still working overtime. It’s the time when thoughts are roaming freely in our heads. The mind drifts into the past und ponders uncomfortable situations. Or it wanders to the future, plans the next holiday trip or big investments like buying a house or maybe even starting a new career. Whether it’s draining or energizing both types of ruminations don’t have any meaning because only the here and now is tangible.
Did you have a bad day today? Nothing seemed to work out? Did you make an inconsiderate comment to a colleague? And your boss shoved a huge pile of work on your already cluttered desk, that has to be done today and it’s an hour before the end of the workday? Or is it the other way around? Everything was easy? All your task have been done till lunch time and you could tinker with your own projects? Your clients simply love your work?