It is sometimes easy to focus on the bad stuff in life – the irritations and the niggling worries. So this year I made a conscious effort to acknowledge all the wonderful things that I have to be thankful for. I sat down and wrote a list, and as I wrote I realised that I am indeed fortunate and have much to be grateful for.
As 2016 ends and a new year is about to begin, I look back and marvel at how my life has changed in the last 12 months. A year ago today I was looking forward to 2016 with trepidation. I was excited about selling my company and starting a new career, but I was also very apprehensive. My first day at the new office I walked in and felt totally out of place. I sat in the room I was assigned and wondered if I would ever feel at home there.
A few days later I decided that I needed to put my stamp on the place and make it feel like it was “mine”, so I moved the furniture around, put up photos of my family and stocked my desk drawer with personal stuff. From that day onwards I never looked back and now that one year has passed I no longer feel like an outsider walking around the halls.
Selling my company was a big deal for me. After 17 years of pouring my heart and soul into what I always considered my “baby” I was not sure that I was not making a big mistake in selling. I read lots of stories of entrepreneurs who sold their company and lived to regret it, and I was concerned that I would be one of them.
Happily, I can now report that one year later I have no regrets whatsoever. The team is happy and have big opportunities that I alone would not have been able to give them. We have won exciting projects overseas and travelled to countries we had never been to before. Far from regretting my decision, I am delighted.
However 2016 was not just about new beginnings career wise. It was also the year I finally made a dream come true, setting up a foundation that offers support to abused and underprivileged children. The Foundation launched its first project in September, a counselling service for children going through difficulties in life, and the signs are very positive. We are making a difference! I am now looking forward to expanding in 2017 and offering even more services in the community. I am truly grateful for all the help I received along the way – it would not have been possible for me to pull this off alone.
My new career and the foundation are important, but at the end of the day my biggest blessing is my family. At the risk of sounding like a cliché, they are the centre of my existence – my life is built around them. I am so very grateful to have met my wonderful husband twenty years ago, and even more grateful for the family and the life that we have built together. It has been hard work, but so worth it!
So thank you 2016. Thank you for being so good to us. Here’s hoping that 2017 will be just as kind.
Happy New Year everyone!