Ah, the Christmas holidays are here at last. A chance to relax and unwind after the craziness of the year. A chance to switch off from work mode. A chance to reflect.
Your 2015 will be different to everyone else’s. It will have been a unique experience. There will have been some office highs, some lows and a bunch of stuff in between.
You may have been seeking personal or professional growth. You have wanted / sought some significant career change. You may have been aiming for certain targets or goals.
I love stuff like that (you probably figured that out by now), but this time of year is a great chance to slow down and look back and appreciate what you have, rather than what you don’t. To think of where you are, and smile about that, rather than frown about where you want to be (but aren’t yet). To celebrate what you achieved, rather than what you didn’t complete as planned.
Here’s my list of what I’m grateful for:
Having a job
Being able to provide for my family
Having a family to provide for
Being involved in some interesting projects at work
Being nominated for an award (we didn’t win – but it was a fun afternoon out of the office)
Sharing jokes with team members
Being challenged by difficult colleagues (and learning that I can remain professional in a range of situations)
Working out during my lunch breaks at CrossFit Thames
5pm fussball club
Having a wide selection of options for lunch
Being able to work from home once a week
Learning new skills
The support of a good manager
Team breakfasts / lunches
Movember (well, shaving off the lip slug at the end)
Making mistakes (as it reminds us that we are human and still have lots to learn)
Witnessing plenty of nonsense that I can blog about
What are you grateful for in 2015?
You should write a list. It takes 10 minutes. It’s free. And it feels gooooood!
Have a great Christmas!