2018. The Year that Was [Insert Blank}

By Louise Marley

We are almost two weeks into the New Year full of enthusiastic new intentions. Greeting all with a “Happy New Year” and firmly looking ahead with a mixture of excitement and trepidation as to what 2019 might have in store for us. Before we march headlong into this New Year perhaps we should take a moment to reflect on the Old Year and the Old You.

I find New Year very poignant and struggle with mixed emotions. We are moving into new phases of our lives, hopefully taking all the things we loved about last year with us but by necessity we will have to leave somethings, some places and lots of memories behind – for many of us that might mean leaving loved ones behind, travelling forwards without them can be hard.

Looking onwards and upwards is exciting, rewarding – What can I do differently, better? How can I be healthier, happier, more productive? But sometimes – often because of the excesses of the holiday season – we lose sight that perhaps we got a lot right last year and maybe we should take a moment to congratulate ourselves on doing a pretty good joband feeling very grateful for the year that was…

We should sit down with our favourite hot drink – tea in my case and reflect on 2018. Take time to look through those photos, videos. Chat through with family and friends the great memories created, the funny moments and commit them to memory. One tip given to me was to create a photo file with 20 photos of the year that give a flavour of your experiences and print them off – a photobook of 2018 – there for posterity. The good, bad, sad, embarrassing moments of 2018 will all have left their mark and we should embrace all the experiences of last year that have helped create the 2019 version of you.

“Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance you must keep moving” Einstein


A great quote but don’t forget as you are moving forwards take the time to glance in your rear view mirror and look back at all you have achieved.