I have made a lot of progress over the past twelve months.
I graduated from Lund university, got a job at Spoon Agency, and bought my first home. Phew!
I couldn’t have done it without the amazing support from my family, friends and colleagues. You know who you are. Thank you!
My three words for this year helped, too. They kept me focused on action and reflection, which turned out to be a killer combination.
Just last week, I joined a Thai boxing gym. Earlier in the year, I signed up for a dance and yoga studio in central Stockholm.
Here are some of my best articles of 2016. I hope they can inspire you to make the changes you want in your life. Remember, don’t ask – act!
Actions define who we are. What will you do next?
From a master’s student to a full-time employee
One of the biggest changes I made in 2016 was to become a full-time employee. I am still getting used to it.
In this section, you’ll learn more about the ups and downs of writing a master’s thesis and starting a new job.
I wrote about my Spoon internship at the start of the year. Back then, I had no idea I was going to work for them. I was lucky it turned out the way it did!
It pays off to be useful and curious. To keep it real, to staying true to who you are and what you believe. It’s important that you share the values with the company and the people who work there. It makes everything a lot easier.
Luck favours the prepared, so do your homework. And then leap forward.
I handed in my master’s thesis in May. It was one of the most difficult and demanding undertakings I’ve ever set out to do. In hindsight, I’m proud of my accomplishment, although it did take a toll on me.
In this article, I share a behind-the-scenes look at my life as a master’s student.
Let me warn you, though. It was a pretty crazy life… (No wonder professors talk to themselves.)
I’ll admit there were days when I wanted to give up on my master’s thesis.
The task was so overwhelming, and the outcome so uncertain. These handpicked articles help you to:
- Overcome “analysis paralysis”
- Find your focus (and “stay in the zone”)
- Get unstuck and treat yourself with the respect you deserve
You run this show
Taking action requires you to set wortwhile personal growth goals. But have patience. New habits take time before they become routine.
Check out these articles to master your morning, evening and fitness routines.
I recently re-committed to one thing that benefits me immensely — getting up early. The earlier I get up, the more I get done, and the better my day goes.
But establishing this new morning routine has been hard work. In this article, I share how I implemented a morning practice that helped me achieve my broader goals.
This was one of the best changes I made in 2016.
A good morning routine depends a whole lot on the night before. We live in a fast-paced society that celebrates burning the candle at both ends. “I can sleep when I’m dead” is a badge of honour.
Problem is, you struggle to wind down and get the rest your body needs.
This article shares a few tips and ideas on how you can improve your evening routine so you can get the sleep you deserve.
Are you also scared of gyms? Me too, at least a little.
Gyms make us self-aware and prone to constant self-comparison.
“She’s way thinner than I am.”
“Wow, look at how strong he is, I’m so skinny!”
But these comparisons come at a cost, and we eventually stop going to the gym because it’s no longer any fun.
Fortunately, there is a 3-step formula that can change all that. Ready to take your fitness goals to a new level? Make sure you read this article.
Pursue less, become more
In 2016, I learned that “less is better”. Be picky what you choose to do and who you spend your time with. Only invest in activities and relationships that nourish you.
Learn when to say yes and no. Figure out what’s most important to you (also known as your personal mission statement). Remember to course-correct when you’re getting off track (and don’t beat yourself up over it).
Again, easy to say, hard to do. But we’re all in this together.
These popular articles show you how to cut out the fluff, become more optimistic, and set up your own meditation practice.
Do you take on too much and feel scattered and out of control?
Are you unsure whether you get the right things done?
Essentialism might be the answer you’ve been looking for.
Optimists and pessimists, we’ve all met both.
An optimist is naive, overly enthusiastic, and has the head in the clouds.
A pessimist is a true cynic, grumpy as hell, and expects the worst about everyone and everything.
But there is more to optimism and pessimism than meets the eye. You often need a bit of both, depending on the situation.
Learned optimism creates an inner dialogue that supports your wellbeing. Do yourself a favour and master this essential life skill.
167 days, 335 sessions, or 55 hours of meditation. How did that happen?
Just like many others, I struggled to set up a meditation practice that worked. In my humble experience, enthusiasm and willpower were not enough.
Here are a few things to help you get started with your meditation practice.
Tip: Don’t just read about it, do it!
Major takeaways 2016
There is a big difference between knowing what to do and actually doing it.
The core principles boil down to:
- Know you can change (growth mindset)
- Make it fun (a beginner’s mind)
- Do what you like (intrinsic motivation)
- Take baby steps (incremental change)
- Always get better by trying out new things (constant progress)
Simple, not just always easy. But closing that gap is always worth doing, and something I intend to do more of in 2017.
How about you? What are your goals and dreams for the year ahead? Looking back at your own progress, what are you proud of? What major takeaways have you learned in 2016? Please let us know in the comments!
I have lots planned for you in 2017. Can’t wait to catch you then! ????