Goodbye 2019 {end of decade wrap-up}

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

2019, for me, got off to a bit of a rocky start. At the beginning of January, Jay and I headed to Paris for, what was, an an incredible mini-break but when we got home, I was made redundant from my first graduate job. But, what at first seemed like a terrible blow to my self-esteem actually turned into a transformative learning experience and, really I owe it all to yoga.

The day after losing my job, I went to a yoga class with a teacher I'd never met before and, during the class which focused on turning inwards, she encouraged all of us to recognise that while we can't determine what happens to us, we can determine how we react to it and, along with some motivation from Jay, that realisation completely flipped my perspective. What I'd originally viewed as the worst thing that could have happened to me, I was then able to see as an opportunity to leave a work environment that hadn't sparked much joy for me and find a new job that I was passionate about. By February, I'd secured a new job (which I still love) and I couldn't be happier that I lost my first graduate job because, without that experience, I wouldn't be where I am now!

In guiding me through such a difficult time, yoga very quickly became a bigger part of my life that I'd ever anticipated. Yoga was something I'd dipped in and out of over the years and, while I'd previously only ever viewed yoga as a form of physical exercise, in 2019, I found myself finally able to understand that union of mind and body that yogis always talk about. In changing the way I viewed my practice, I found myself giving more and more time to yoga and reaping more and more physical and mental benefits in return. In fact, I became so enamoured with all that yoga could give to me that I felt I had to share it with everyone I possibly could and as summer drew to a close, I decided to sign up for my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. My teacher training starts in March 2020 and, I can wholeheartedly say that signing up is by far the best thing I did this year because I'm now beyond excited for what the future holds!

While in many ways, 2019 was a slow year with, perhaps, a little less adventure and travel than previous years, it really felt like a year of finding my stride and finding clarity. This year, I started to challenge the shyness I'd told myself was inherent to my personality and, instead, pushed myself to stop just thinking about approaching and talking to people and actually do it! As a result, I've formed some incredible friendships and I'm finishing the decade a much more confident version of myself.

Along with some of the bigger leaps I decided to take this year, I'd also like to share some honourable mentions for the little things that also helped to make 2019 such a brilliant year. This was the year of throwing myself wholeheartedly into the world of booktube and having the best time making content that I love. The year of reading 75 books. The year of getting my quote featured on a real life Oggs cake box! The year of taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge (again). Of visiting London for the first time. Of travelling to Cornwall and Devon and finding a new favourite place in the process. Of vegan galaxy and dairy free cookie dough ice cream. Of rediscovering my obsession with curly fries. Of afternoon walks and cosy evenings filled with Earl Grey tea.

2019 was, for me, an incredible year that, in retrospect, feels even more incredible when I look back upon the person that I was at the beginning of this decade in comparison to the person I am now! So, thanks for being great 2019 - I can't wait to see what's in store next!

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