Month: December 2017

120 changes in 2018

I’m not original making lists of new year resolutions two days before the new year. And then I was on the 20-somethingth goal and realised that I was setting myself up for a failure: there is no human way I can achieve them all in a short space of time. So I thought – why don’t I make it easier on myself and give myself an easier challenge to have 10 changes a month for the next 12 months? And this is how the idea of 120 changes in 2018 materialised. It’s super simple: at the very beginning of every month I will sit down and write down 10 things I want to change and then spend the next 30 days working on them. I’m sure some changes will be life-changing, others will prove to be useless, and some others will make me think I never wanted some changes to begin with. So here is the 2018 plan. There are weekly and monthly goals, and there are 10 random changes every month. My weekly goals …

Dear 2017

Dear 2017, As you were happening, I didn’t think much of you. You seemed like another typical year with your ups and downs, so ‘nothing special’ was how I thought I would describe you as you were coming to an end. I was wrong. You turned out to be one of the best years, in which I’ve changed and I’ve grown so much. Without going into too many details, here are the changes I’m most grateful for. I’ve decluttered my life – literally and mentally – and I feel lighter without all the stuff, thoughts and relationships that I didn’t need and that I let go of. I’ve learnt to be much more patient. Sometimes it meant allowing myself to fail in knowing that it’s a small defeat before a big victory that’s coming. I’ve learnt to consume more consciously. I buy less but of better quality. I’ve become more active. I cannot tell you how much I hate exercising still but I also cannot tell you how much I love the feeling of accomplishment …

You’re rich, connected and loved

If you’re reading this right now on a phone or a computer, you’re rich. If you have somewhere to go today, you’re connected. And if there is anyone, anywhere, who for any reason knows where you are at this moment, you’re loved. This landed in my inbox a couple of months ago. I usually delete subscription emails but kept this one because I knew I would want to re-read those words again. And I did yesterday when it snowed in London for the first time in five years – like, properly snowed, with snow lasting long enough to create a white wonderland out of the grey winter streets. It had been forecast, but everyone was still surprised to see snowflakes waltzing in the air. Why anyone was surprised about the travel chaos that followed is another story, because it always does when snow happens. Most people were genuinely excited because who knows when else you’ll be able to build a snowman, but some were grumpy. And you know who was the grumpiest of all in my …