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Transition and Re-Discovery – Looking back on 2022

My focus word for 2022 was ‘transition’… and that’s exactly what 2022 has been for me, a year of transition. 

This year has been the first year where I’ve had a flexible work life, since I started working full-time many years ago. This year I’ve focused on spending time in my Non-Executive Director roles and my coaching practice. I’m definitely much busier than I expected to be, but having the flexibility that goes with not working full-time, has provided me with the opportunity to do more of what I love and enjoy doing.

So, 2022 has been a year when I’ve explored and reflected on who I am now, in my new ‘role’. It’s been a process of re-discovery. In many ways I felt like I’d taken off some very comfortable clothing that I’ve worn for many years, and replaced it with a new set of clothing that I have to get used to!

What I’ve found is that I’ve taken on a much more relaxed persona, one that has always been there, but hidden away by the busyness of life and work. It was when I got off the merry-go-round of full-time work (plus more), that I came to realise how worn out I actually was, especially after the significant work and personal challenges I experienced in 2021. 

‘Self-discovery is a journey that is always going on, a journey to know oneself more… always more.’  

Nitin Namdeo

What’s wonderful about where I am now at the end of 2022, is that I feel like I am exactly where I’m supposed to be. I love and enjoy what I do, and I feel so much more relaxed and in the flow with what I’m doing. There is so much more freedom and time to be more exploratory and focus on what’s important to me now.  It’s not without its challenges, but it has brought incredible opportunities to continue to learn and grow. There has been sadness too, as I’ve moved away from the many social connections and community that I have been part of for so many years.

So, what has changed? I now:

  • Work from home. My home is where my office is and it’s the base I come back to when I finish meetings.
  • Have more flexibility and control over how I schedule and spend my time
  • Focus more on my health and wellbeing. I exercise daily, have regular massages and reflexology. I’m much fitter and have more energy
  • Spend more time with family, friends and colleagues
  • Regularly write in a gratitude journal
  • Do more new fun and interesting things
  • Have more time to travel
  • Go to watch more movies
  • Read and listen to more podcasts and join interesting webinars
  • Nurture myself with facials and day spa treats
  • Spend time discovering more about who I am and what’s important to me now 

It feels rewarding to finish the year celebrating my re-discovery and I’m looking forward to evolving further in 2023!

‘The greatest discovery in life is self-discovery. Until you find yourself, you will always be someone-else. Become yourself.’ 

Myles Munroe