Reflecting on 2023: Celebrating Achievements and Embracing 2024 with Optimism
As we approach the end of another fast-paced year, it’s time to take a step back, appreciate our accomplishments, and look ahead with hope and determination. Ellen Goodman’s wise words resonate: “We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.”
The year started with uncertainty as I faced the challenges of recovering from a brain surgery known as pituitary apoplexy. Uncertainty loomed over whether I would fully regain my sight. I spent considerable time at home and in the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, contemplating my future. Despite the odds, I had already decided that there would be a focus on self-care and wellbeing, which would shape my work moving forward.
1: Health and Wellness Transformation
In 2023, a journey to improved health and wellbeing was one of the most significant milestones. Despite initial challenges following medical issues, I successfully shed 9 kilos. This accomplishment was a testament to the power of determination, dietary changes, intermittent fasting, exercise, and a positive mindset. It taught me that our mindset plays a pivotal role in achieving our goals. In 2024, I’m eager to explore holistic health further.
2: Skydiving for a Cause
2023 brought thrilling adventures, including a heart-pounding skydiving experience from 14,000 feet over Nottingham’s stunning skies. Beyond the adrenaline rush, this adventure had a purpose: raising funds for the Mental Health Foundation. It reinforced the idea that stepping out of our comfort zones can lead to extraordinary accomplishments while supporting a vital cause.
3: Exploring Thailand
Amid a bustling year, I realised the importance of rejuvenation. After intense recovery and a fast-paced life, I embarked on a transformative journey to Thailand. I savoured Ayurveda treatments there, relished nourishing vegetarian cuisine, and immersed myself in Thai culture. It underscored the significance of self-care and the need to pause and reflect.
Top 3 Audiobooks of 2023
2023 was also a year of enriching knowledge through audiobooks. Here are three noteworthy picks:
1: “The Plot”
“The Plot” provides a gripping look behind the scenes of political intrigue, revealing the hidden forces shaping our world and offering a unique perspective on leadership dynamics.
2: “Stolen Focus”
“Stolen Focus” explores the reasons behind our diminishing ability to concentrate, challenging the notion that it’s solely a personal failing. It provides insights into regaining our focus in an age of distractions.
3: “Derren Brown’s Boot Camp for Life”
“Derren Brown’s Boot Camp for Life” is a transformative guide to rebooting our minds. Drawing wisdom from psychology to philosophy, it offers a path to reduce anxiety and lead a more fulfilling life.
As we enter 2024, let’s carry the spirit of celebration and growth. Each achievement, adventure, and audiobook has contributed to our personal development. If you were to look back on your year, what would be your three most significant achievements? Please feel free to share. Drop me an email!
Mike Lawrence: Health & Wellbeing Enthusiast and Mental Health Advocate
Hi, I’m Mike Lawrence, and I’m dedicated to enhancing mental health and wellbeing. After overcoming significant health challenges, including brain surgery, I’ve committed to a journey of self-improvement and helping others. My adventures range from thrilling skydives for charity to transformative travels in Thailand. I share insights from my experiences and key learnings from impactful audiobooks. Join me in exploring holistic health and wellbeing, and let’s embrace life’s adventures together!