I’m not a person to write retrospectives. But hell, tonight I feel like expressin’ myself.
Having worked in Financial Services for a few years, the calendar year doesn’t mean much to me anymore. The end of financial year means a whole lot of things – performance reviews, changes to structure and routine and a time to reset and re-establish goals.
During the week I sat down and had a think about all that’s happened over the last 12 months. I’d started FY15 treading water with no real plan for the future and no direction or idea as to how I would reach my eventual goals.
Flashing back to this time last year, I was at times a bitter and resentful individual who was letting the poison of the people around me flowing through my veins and control my thoughts and actions. But I decided from the very beginning of the year, even while I still felt that way, that over these last 12 months that I would affect a change in my life. And I think I’ve come along way.
Those positive actions started when I was in New Zealand, and made the decision to ask Cass to marry me. It was something I was intensely nervous about (I don’t even know why), but it all worked out, and we had a great time away from the rush and the stress of what was every day life at that point in time.
Next I had to take some strong and difficult actions around those I surrounded myself with. I will not go into the details of what those actions are, but I felt the pain of having taken them for many months, and at times I felt alone in the wake of them. But these actions were the best, and have allowed me some very strong gains in other areas of my life.
I would never go as far to say I work a difficult job – it’s a comfortable job with strong support structures and a great culture all around. But there are tough days, and when I was bringing a shit attitude to work everyday it was tougher still. But the actions in the paragraph above allowed me to start to enjoy my job again. I even had a few opportunities to do some different roles and get some experience in other areas of the business, which should hopefully help me out in the future.
My academic progress has also shot through the roof. Despite a busy work schedule, I managed to complete three subjects and attain credits for each, leaving me in a strong position moving forward to be able to complete my degree on schedule and use it effectively in the workplace. This is a big thing for me – even studying full time on campus I struggled with completing my coursework – to have done this while studying by distance really speaks volumes I think.
There are good things on the horizon, I’m hopeful for what the next 12 months will bring for me. There are some exciting things happening on the short term too, and hopefully I’ll be able to share more news in the near future.