What happened in 2014?

This is part 1 of a 2 part post on reflecting on 2014 and what I'm doing to take action in 2015.


I find it quite clichè writing and reading articles on starting a fresh new year but for some reason I'm always drawn in. Maybe it's because I'm attracted to the thought of becoming a better version of myself, or because I'm interested in what others are doing in their lives to make a better version of themselves.

Regardless, here I am and I'm all about moving the needle.

Accomplishments

2014 was a mammoth year for me. I haven't set aside time to truly reflect on the past 12 months just yet, but here are a few of the biggest things I accomplished:

Life isn't always full of highs so in the spirit of transparency here are some of the things that weren't so good for me in 2014:

Failures

  • Loss of focus on health and wellbeing.
  • Our beloved cat suffered an unfortunate accident which resulted in his passing.
  • Become financially unstable.
  • Experienced true cabin fever.
  • Suffered extreme emotional stress.

The first half of the year for me felt very black. My mind was not in a good place. I feel that cabin fever is a thing. For the first 3 months of 2014 my week generally looked like this:

  • Wake up at 05:30 for meetings with Sydney.
  • Tidy the flat.
  • Go to the gym for a half ass workout.
  • Work.
  • Watch TV.
  • Meetings with Sydney at 22:30.
  • Sleep.
  • Repeat.

In my head I felt like I lost a lot of my social skills. I knew I should be out trying to meet people and expanding my social network but the thought of it was just too much. I really struggled.

It was March when I decided that I needed to loosen the mentally fastened straight jacket.

Cue My Mate Your Date and the business that has changed my life.

Since beginning this new journey I'm revitalised and more in control than ever. Working alongside my co-founder Dan I feel invincible. He brings a whole new level of passion, ambition and attitude that I have been longing for.

Dan and I are a force to be reckoned with.

Big things will happen this year - watch this space.

What have I learned?

I can say that upon reflecting what I accomplished in 2014 it was a much bigger year than I thought. It was the year that has put me on a path for what I think are now my 'adult years'.

My takeaways:

  • Stop reading and thinking - get up and do it (It's harder than you think!)
  • Cherish the small things.
  • Change what you don't like.
  • Your friends and family truly believe in you.
  • Ruin your health, ruin your life.
  • You can't do it alone.
  • Want to stay idle? Make excuses.

Check out part 2 here.

Jared

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