It has been a difficult year. I have lost track of the amount of times I have said or written that in recent weeks. The first of December is the start of advent with calendars, candles and decorations everywhere. So time to be jolly.
This has been another tough week and I am honest enough to say I have struggled on a number of occasions. I have been stuck in self reflection, frustration and a sense of failure on many levels. Communication and PR is a tough world, policing is a tough world and when they come together it can create pressure. So I have lived with a cloud over me for much of the week.
Too often we gloss over things and bottle them up. I have been guilty of that many times over the years but am doing my best to change.
My start to the festive season was to have created a jar of advent affirmations. For those who don’t know what affirmations are they are positive messages that you can recite and focus on to help yourself and improve your mood. I wrote them some weeks ago and it is my alternative take on the usual chocolate advent calendar.
Today I started with “I am grateful for this moment and find joy in it.” I definitely have the first and I am working on the second part. I am privileged to work with amazing people and I have this week. I have an amazing support network and great friends. I get to do the most amazing things that can really help people. I am loved by family and friends, and fabulous animal pals.
You know what there is a lot to find joy in both today and everyday. So I will keep my affirmations close and allow myself to be reflective just some time. This week may have been hard but I have survived and that can only make me stronger. A final thank you to everyone who has helped me this week – you know who you are and I am truly grateful.