For many of us, this time of year is filled with reflection and planning. We have a chance to get some perspective on our day-to-day lives and think abut what we have achieved over the past year. As the New Year rolls in, our focus swings around to the year ahead. We start thinking about where those achievements will lead us next. Or we think about hat we didn’t yet achieve and plan to make this the year that we reach those goals. A few years ago a friend of mine said she didn’t want to know what my goals for the upcoming year were, she asked what I was grateful for instead. She didn’t want to know my plans for the future; instead, by thinking about what I was grateful for, I had to be present. I had to think about what was in my life at the moment. For me, 2014 was a fairly uneventful year. I went from living overseas, studying full time, working with some amazing people, volunteering and travelling in 2013, to moving home, getting a proper job and settling down. On reflection I start wishing that I’d had a more exciting year. But, when I think of the present I have so much to be grateful for. I have my amazing boyfriend, my health, my family and my friends. I have a job; I have a roof over my head and food in my fridge. I am grateful for Christmas with my family and sunshine for my time at the beach. I am grateful for being able to run around with my nephew at the beach, the park or even through the sprinkler in the backyard. So this year as you start berating yourself for 2014 or making lofty goals for 2015, I would suggest taking a moment to be present. Ask yourself, what in your life are you grateful for?

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