2012 was a year of many changes. A change of country, career and way of life. I handed in Holland for Hong Kong, Deloitte for Cisco and my husband for a life on my own.
My husband is one of the nicest people I know, Holland is a magnificent country and Deloitte is a fantastic employer, so why so many changes?
Many people may call it the ‘change of life’ or ‘menopause’. I say, ‘A change is a way of strengthening the inner-metal!’ I’ve often coached people and told them that in happiness, one has to start with ones self.’ If you are happy, you can make many more people happy around you. Sometimes change brings with it necessary challenges, feelings of discomfort which pushes one to the edge and all the way over. However, sometimes living in a total state of contentment is just too safe. Am I a horrible person for creating so much havoc? For some, I probably am. And for others, I’m an absolute hero. They say things like, ‘You’re so brave’, ‘Gosh, I wish I were so strong’, ‘I’m so unhappy but I daren’t make the decisions that you have’. Do I feel brave? Of course not! I cry often and wonder what I’ve done. Am I happy? Yes. I can honestly report that I’m happier with the prospects than I’ve been in a very long time. Am I challenged? Every day! And, I love it.
For me, 2013 will be a year of settling down, regaining balance and equilibrium, making even more new friends and very happily seeing old friends in my new home of Hong Kong. I’ll be involved with new charities, as well as the ones I’ve grown to love and support, new clubs and networks, making the people and the company I work for even more successful, and I’ll be as happy as can be, because I believe in me. 2013 I embrace you!
Here’s wishing you and yours an exhilirating new year, with as many changes as you can handle. Happy New Year!