So, for me 2015 was probably the hardest and toughest year so far. Of course many positive things came to light but a lot of the time I found it very hard to find peace with myself and see where my path was leading. My five-year relationship with my best friend and companion ended and it took me a long time to let go. I won't go into too much detail, but I will say that I will always love him very much and feel so lucky to have helped each other be the people we are today.
This year had many ups and downs, but I can tell you that it has made me stronger and I have learned so much about myself. I am confident that “what you seek, is seeking you” and in saying that I will share my hopes and dreams for 2016 below.
- Driver’s Licence - relying on people to drive you places can leave you feeling like you are a burden. This year I will finally learn how to drive and am most excited about having the freedom to see more of this beautiful island I am so lucky to live on!
- Fill my May 2016 retreat/Publicise September 2016 retreat - I am very proud of myself for organising my first yoga retreat for the beginning of summer 2016 and feel blessed to have such amazing friends and family who helped along the way. I couldn’t have done it without their help and encouragement. Bookings are coming in and I am now considering publicising a second one for September 2016 - what the hell!
- Charity work abroad - Whether it’s teaching children yoga or helping build schools/homes etc it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.
- Introduce Travel section to blog - since this year is my ‘year of travel’ I am of course going to share with you all my journeys and experiences. A travel section will be added to the blog and I will focus on places to eat.
- Travel South-east Asia alone - Travelling alone terrifies me, as I've always had friends or my boyfriend to fall back on. I am so excited to see where the world takes me and who the universe sends across my path. I hope to spend 5 weeks visiting Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma, Thailand and then 1/2 weeks in New Zealand with my best friend and Lobster for life!
- 10,000 followers on Instagram - On days when unhappiness set in, blogging was something that allowed me to use my creativity, which led me to have faith in my ability to inspire and motivate not only myself but others. I hope this year I can incite more and more people to follow their dreams. In the spirit of social media influence, as my life/style guru Sincerely Jules says #dreambelieveachieve.
- Live in another city - I love Dublin but after living in New York I’m not sure the pace of life is suited to me. I had come home with thoughts of settling down and maybe starting a family which I wanted to do in Dublin. But now, I am opening a totally new and exciting chapter of my life where the world is my oyster. I am thinking London or Paris?!
- Start learning Greek - I have been going to Greece on a yearly basis since I was born so at this stage it’s simply embarrassing that I am not fluent. I am going to do my best to at least start learning!
- Broaden knowledge/read more - I was never the smartest in my class, but a lot of that was due to laziness (an unattractive quality which I am determined to be rid of!). For me, not having interesting things to talk about was something that worried me in social situations. And of course for my own confidence I would like to be learned in certain topics. So in order to be more knowledgeable I will keep up to date on current affairs as well as broaden my reading. In saying that, I want to remain true to myself and broaden my knowledge on topics which I have interest - art, history, yoga, anatomy.
- Full time blogger - Now this is a big one. I find it very hard to know what it is exactly I want in my future. I know I want to travel, create memories with friends and family, give back to the world, change peoples lives with yoga, fall madly in love and make lots of babies! But when it comes to a career I am hard pushed to pin-point what it is exactly that would keep me inspired and motivated. At the moment my two favourite things to do are blog and teach yoga. Therefore this year I hope to move towards staying true to myself and finding a career that fits.
I know that by this day next year I will be writing a post on all that I achieved and writing on my successes and failures that helped me to grow. I end each of my classes with a quote, so that my yogis, no matter what emotions they faced throughout their practice, leave feeling uplifted. This quote is one that has stuck by me, and this year was one that helped me be at ease with my present.
My heart is at ease knowing that what was meant for me will never miss me, and that what misses me was never meant for me.
And on that note, I am grateful for every beautiful day so far, for the special people I have been lucky to meet, and am ready for the next chapter, whatever it may hold. MP x