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Last year I wrote a post about this time called the Unprecedented Year. Hard to believe it’s been another year!
On the personal front, I accomplished a lot. I moved to the North West. I quit my job, and spent three months in the USA with family. And then I started a new job.
I also became more active within the Green Party, attempting to put my advice about how to deal with climate anxiety to work.
In the world at large we saw record breaking heatwaves, Russia invading Ukraine, wildfires, droughts, skyrocketing inflation and other fun things.
Despite all that, I feel happier than I have done in a long while. Here’s why:
- I committed to yoga. Yoga teaches me to be in the present and be grateful for each breath. Right now I’m okay. Right now I’m warm. Right now I’m safe. I don’t know what the future holds, though I can see a range of possibilities, but giving into doom and anxiety isn’t going to make the future any better and will make the present worse.
- I have a garden! Well kind of. I have an outside space, with a few pots, a bench and a bike and I love it.
- I’ve hit a level of solid confidence in my own skills and abilities. Developing expertise in a bit of a niche area is great, and I’m sliding into that late-thirties part of my career where I’m no longer taking just any job because money, but rather being choosy about where I go.
I hope your past 12 months has been as good to you as it has to me.