Every year, many of us take this time to look back at what happened in the 365 days before. For better or worse, what was great and what would we do differently.
Looking back for myself, 2013 was a hugely transformative year.
- I moved into a new home with my (now fiancee) and her son and blended our families together.
- I was offered a promotion and raise at my job which I declined and then left to work for a software start-up.
- I completed a marathon and two Tough Mudders.
- I bought a Harley and rediscovered a passion I have missed for 15+ years.
Four and a half years ago my partner and the mother of my children was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer and this started an incredibly difficult and emotionally, physically, mentally draining period for me. (more on this in another blog post to come). What I learned over that time however was something I put into practice in 2013.
I started to live life. I quit a job I didnt like, committed to the woman I love and I am on an exciting journey with an innovative company where I am valued and my customers teach me more than I teach them. I also had a change in my circle of friends. I am spending more time with energetic, fun and positive people that I hope will be lifelong friends. I also started to remove myself from those relationships that were bringing me down. Negativity is no longer acceptable practice for me and I am choosing to surround myself with positive people.
My take away from last year is that Life is for the Living and 2013 was the best year I've had so far. As for 2014? Time will tell, but I will be doing it with the people I care about in the best place in the world and from time to time, viewed from the seat of a Harley.