2018 – Year of the pursuit

It’s a tradition which I hate to break; on the first day of every year, I write about my overall hopes and fears, what I aim to accomplish throughout the year, what would bring me joy and what would bring me tears.

This year will be the year of the pursuit, according to a verse in Quran which roughly translates to (and his “the human’s” pursuit will be seen/witnessed)

I believe that all I have to do to give my best and wait for the results.

So this year I’ll be pursuing a shift in my career towards more business aspect, more efficient, more impactful, and more connected.

I’ll be pursuing an investment in my own being, my knowledge, skills, peace of mind, and above all, my own wellbeing.

I’ll try to keep trying to reach out to my kids. I won’t give up on that as long as I breathe.

And just like every year, it will not come without challenges.

The biggest challenges I see are:

– the current shift in my life style and shortage of ‘me’ time

Believe it or not, having a car had a negative impact on my peace of mind !! I used to spend that quality me time on the bus, on the train, reading, listening to music, walking between trees. Now that I started to rely more on driving, this ‘me’ time is fading away slowly, so I need to reintroduce this some how.

– living with someone poses all sorts of challenges, living with someone is remarkably different than just knowing someone; different habits, different opinions, and sometimes frustrating situations

– towards the end of 2017 my energy levels plummeted a bit too much, my challenge will be to bring this back up

During September and November I had two major surgeries, after which I closed the page of my transition, however this came with a high toll on my energy levels, being almost continuously ill or using pain killers for 3 months (and counting) comes with a hefty price tag at the expense of your own sanity and will to do things.

– another challenge is to start saving some money for a rainy day

As a contractor I had a bit of good cover should things go south, but now this cover is gone, so I need to do some actual money management decisions (ISA ? Pension ? Etc?)

– charity; yes it’s a challenge

I’ve been trying to do some contributions to few charities, but I want to widen this base, to hopefully reach out more and help others achieve more

– at work, being now slightly isolated from the rest of the wider team is a true challenge

As we moved offices during last August/September, I was given a really nice spot, however that made me lazy going around and about meeting other colleagues, so I need to break this bad habit and get a** moving and catch up with people over coffee or have face to face meetings, etc, so I need to reconnect better, and be much more active.

Oh, and realistically speaking, I don’t think I’ll be starting my MBA this year.

2017 was the year where I bloomed and shined brightest (so far). 2018; you’ll be the year of pursuing a sustainable growth, sustainable success, and a future place under the sun.

World, mark my words 🙂



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