If I'm honest 2013 started on a low and set the tone for the year. I was ill and cornered into a job I hated that was only making health matters worse and worse. Fast forward to July and I was finally driven out, abandoned under the guise of there being no suitable job for me despite hiring 3 people to do exactly what I was commended for doing so well less than a year earlier.
Health-wise it's all taken it's toll, my symptoms have been as bad as they ever have been, for longer periods than ever before...my biggest regret being the resulting neglect of the people I love most.
Financially it's been a huge struggle, battling at every turn to get what I'm entitled to - and of course some of those battles continue into 2014.
Somehow looking back on a hideous year find clarity and maybe even a little positivity. I'm not completely out of the shadows of course but going into 2014 I'm armed with some really useful tools. I'm learning how my body works, how to be gentle on myself so it doesn't rebel quite so much. I'm accepting what my new limits are (though of course I wouldn't be me if I didn't try to push those!) and I'm realising once again how amazing some of the people around me are. I'm trying to stop punishing myself for not being able to have the career, or indeed the life, I'd set out for myself and I'm realising that what I'm doing now is every bit as worthy of self-pride as my teaching career ever was.
In 2014 I am my own boss, I'm taking back control of my life and boy does that feel good!
Every one of you guys reading this from the start of my little venture has helped me get where I am (though you could help even more by heading off after this by buying my stuff and signing up to the newsletter ;p ) I am truly grateful to you all and wish you a
Happy New Year!