With 2019 drawing to a close, many of you may be reminiscing about the last 12 months, on your own or with friends and family, or perhaps you are just looking forward to 2020 and putting the year behind you, particularly if it presented challenges, major disruption or unexpected and undesirable change, yet there is much to be gained by stopping, just for a short while, to look back before moving forward.
From a personal perspective, we have had our busiest year by far since we first started our company 12 years ago; from the start of January right through until Christmas week, it feels as though we have spent more time away from home than at home. The result of that, particularly with all that has been happening in recent weeks with fires destroying homes and devastating lives, is that we are more grateful than ever that we have a comfortable, calm home to come back to where we feel safe and can draw breath.
What also comes to mind is that I have had many conversations in the last 12 months with family, friends, clients and strangers that have provided insight, provoked laughter and tears and challenged my view of the world and what’s important. I believe that everyone benefits from that opportunity, and I have appreciated every conversation and interaction, however short and seemingly random, that has shaped my view of self and my personal and professional development along the way.
In addition, we have been able to take some time off to refresh, recharge and refocus and add to our skills, shifting and improving the way we do what we do to ensure that our work remains relevant, current and valuable. Continuous learning is important for me and the fact that we can freely choose the topic and follow our curiosity at the same time is not only enjoyable but also stretches us and confronts our current way of being and doing and offers ways to adapt and evolve, vital in a fast-paced world.
Most importantly, none of this would be possible without our clients, large and small organisations and many individuals supporting what we do and recommending us to others which we truly appreciate; being a micro business in a regional centre is not always easy and never predictable yet this year has been a wonderful one for us.
So I will be bringing the year to a close with a grateful heart for all that it has presented for me to learn from, good and bad, with a promise to myself that I will apply what I’ve learned and be sure to stop and smell the roses and to create 20:20 clarity of vision in 2020.
However you are choosing to end the year, please stay safe and look out for others and may 2020 be your best yet.