I did a quick self portrait (my first one ever too!) on holiday in December to reflect how I felt for pretty pretty much this entire year.
2016 was one of the most hectic years in my life to date. I had my busiest wedding season so far (28 weddings in 28 weeks!) we bought our first home and together my husband and I gutted and renovated an entire house (almost entirely ourselves) all in the space of 8 months. We literally had zero time to breath and balancing work, house and daily life was hard. So we took a holiday.
We arrived in Thailand in on 1st December and pretty much woke up 3 days later! but on 16th December we came back to an almost completed house and for the first time ever we started to appreciate what we had achieved and it got me thinking…. What have I achieved this year? What would I change and what have I learnt?.
So the other day I grabbed my phone and started making notes trying to answer those very questions… what have I achieved this year and what could I have done better both in my business and my personal life? (try it! I bet you’ve done more than you think!) but the key to doing this successfully is to not put too much pressure on yourself, you can only do what you can do and the fact that you’re even reviewing the year is huge in itself!
So what did I learn? I learnt that my biggest failure this year was a having a successful work life balance but it was a task I probably wouldn’t have been able to conquer even if I tried which is why i’m not going to beat myself up too much about it but it’s made me realise just how important it is to balance life with work and to make more time out not just for myself but as a couple too <3
I’ve also decided to book 2 weekends off next Summer to disconnect from the world and spend this time with my family. Turning away weddings for those two weekends was incredibly hard for me to do because I love my job so much but I figured it makes me more productive if I have some family time. Anyone who’s self employed knows only too well that you never really stop working.
Where have I succeeded? with work its been seeing my business grow and seeing how far i’ve come with my photography in what is really a relatively short space of time. I’m looking forward to challenging myself even more next year with work too and personally i’m so proud of my relationship with my husband. He is also the reason i’m doing what I love because it was basically his idea!
“WE DON’T LEARN BY DOING, WE LEARN BY REFLECTING ON WHAT WE HAVE DONE”
So if you’re feeling in a reflective mood why not ask ask yourself these questions too:
1. What did I achieve this year/what am I proud of?
2. What do I need to change?
3. What do I want in 2017?
I have lots of other goals in mind for 2017 too, like giving up meat, eating healthy, getting fit, giving up chocolate, giving up alcohol, running a marathon… you know, the usual! 😉 but if i dont succeed at them all I won’t beat myself up about it, i’ll just learn from it and try again…