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Happy New Year

31 Dec

Before the bells start chiming at midnight, I would like to wish all of you a Happy and Healthy 2018, wherever you are in the world and whoever you are with.

2017 has been a good year for me. I have achieved a lot of things that are on my bucket list and have been able to travel and experience a lot of new things. For the upcoming year, there will be more travelling in the first quarter of the year and then, I hope, I can spend more time enjoying what Switzerland has to offer. I think that the year could end up with me staying at home more because of work reasons. But let’s see…

For many people, the New Year is not always something to celebrate. It is a time to reflect and perhaps unhappy thoughts or disappointing times come to mind more easily. Whatever your feelings about this time of year, I hope that you will be able to look ahead to the opportunities that might be available to you in 2018.

If there is one piece of advice I would give, it would be to do whatever you want but do it with all your heart, in pursuit of your happiness.

So, Happy 2018! I wish you all the Best and more besides. Whatever happens, an adventure is definitely waiting for us!

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My year in numbers

27 Dec

As the year is almost up, I thought it would be a good idea to make a review of the year using only numbers.

This was my 2017…

105 Number of blog posts (including this one)

1,809 Number of visitors to my blog

2,821 Number of views of my blog

29 Number of flights I have taken

13 Number of countries I have visited (England, Scotland, Wales, Norway, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, France, Italy, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Singapore)

5 Number of countries I have visited for the first time (Norway, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Slovakia, Singapore)

62 Number of nights I have stayed in hotels

3 Number of weeks I have spent trying to immersing myself in German in a country other than Switzerland

37 Number of books I’ve read (I really tailed off towards the end of the year. Until July I was on track to read 52, or one a week!)

1 Number of challenges I have completed for my #40Before40 challenge

1 Number of scorpions I have eaten

26 Number of whole weekends I have spend at home in Zurich (Friday, Saturday, Sunday for the whole day)

60 Number of German lessons I have endured

60 Number of times I have said I’m not learning German anymore because it’s too hard and I will never be able to do it

1 Number of official German exams I have passed with flying colours

6 Number of Escape rooms I have done

4,332,026 Number of steps I have made according to my activity tracker

7 Number of vegetables I have grown in my garden (tomatoes, peppers, carrots, kohlrabi, leeks, onions, cucumber)

2 Number of houseplants I have killed this year (1 is hanging on for dear life as well)

3 Number of Physio appointments for my knee

7 Number of kilos I have lost this year and successfully kept off (16 pounds)

16 Number of late shifts at work

5 Number of years I have been living in Switzerland

200 (about) Number of times people have asked me what is going to happen with Brexit for no other reason than I am

I am a bit surprised by all of the numbers and what I have managed to achieve in 2017. It’s almost time to see what 2018 has in store…

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A Time to Reflect

1 Jan

People always reflect on their lives at this time of year and look forward to the oncoming new year and the possibilities that may lie ahead.

Collectively, people say that 2016 was a bad year. Of course, there were horrible things happening all throughout the year from celebrities dropping left, right and centre and horrendous terrorist attacks. For me personally, my year was ok.

I say ok because nothing completely out of the ordinary and utterly amazing happened (like a lottery win*) but it wasn’t a disaster either. I moved apartments, I travelled to some fantastic places and ticked some more things off my bucket list but 2016 was business as usual.

For me, I hope that 2017 brings more of the same. Of course, there are things that I want to do and achieve during the new year but it is impossible to tell what life would will throw at you. This year could be exactly the same as last year: not so much stress, no disasters, just trundling along. However, I know from experience that life doesn’t always end up how you plan it to. I don’t want to ride my luck too much.

A friend of mine creates a MindMap of a One Year Plan every year which documents what he will do in all sorts of areas of his life from professional, to holidays, to charity donations and things that need to be done around the house. The idea is that you periodically review what you have done so far and then at the end of the year you should have ticked everything off.

I thought it was a good idea and tried it out one year. It turns out it wasn’t for me. I didn’t get to finish all of the documenting of what I wanted to do. I completely forgot about it and discovered it a few years later when I was preparing to move to Switzerland. And, before you ask, no, moving to Switzerland was not on the One Year Plan.

Next year I hope to improve some things that are on most people’s list: lose weight, eat healthier, read more. I already have some holidays planned and some more bucket list items are all ready to be ticked off. But more importantly, I hope for nothing more than health and happiness for me and my family and for the whole world to live in harmony and people. That’s not too much to ask for, is it?new-1872736__340

*The lottery win would be even more remarkable because I can’t remember the last time I bought a ticket. “You’ve got to be in it to win it!”