I've decided to follow some of the good advice I read and thought I'd share with you in the hope that it might encourage a little proactivity in yourselves!
I'm no better than most of you for having great ideas and goals and regularly falling short of them.
But one thing I decided I'd like to do as I've plunged straight back into the work, is to take a few minutes to be grateful for the wonderful Christmas I've had this year. I thought I'd use it to de-stress after a long and tiring Monday and to help soothe the soul – something I think our health needs.
Last year I worked quite a lot over Christmas. This year, I was lucky enough to be able to take some time off. I was also lucky enough to be close to my mother, my father, to see relatives over from the US, to catch up with friends and to have a loving partner in my life. It has not always been this way and, as life progresses, it won't always be this way in future. Parents, like all of us, will grow older. Friends will move away. Relationships may falter. Even living in different places makes you realise how valuable time with friends is.
So today I sit awhile and give thanks for a busy, tiring but fun Christmas holiday. I am grateful for the opportunity to catch up with friends, to spend a day cooking with my mum and to read in front of a fire curled up with my boy. I hope there are many more times like this to come but right now, I'm just holding onto to those good times a little while longer. I'm just keeping those memories floating around in my head before life continues apace again and they are forgotten. I'd just like to spend a little time being mindful of all the lovely days I've had recently.