(photo taken on December 27th, 2007, in Reykjavik)
This year’s grand finale is slowly but surely approaching and if you are anything like me (in love with ticked boxes, crossed to-do lists and impressive inventory of this year’s accomplishments), this is your last chance.
The mass-shooting epidemic of public bragging will start soon. Just imagine all of your friends (and enemies, for that matter) shamelessly cataloguing countries visited, kilos lost, diets invented, trainings completed, pets adopted, projects finished, likes received, clients won, rooms renovated, jobs left and found or kids accomplished…
What would you do? Write another sentimental essay on how you searched your soul and stayed true to yourself and close to your loved ones or gained a deeper understanding of something so personal that nobody really knows what it is? This is not to say that self-reflection or list of learnins aren’t important, because they are. But not just now.
Christmas with all the hearty food, parties, non-stop shopping, glittering decorations and annual bonuses just around the corner has reinvented itself as a time of tangible results. Whether you like it or not. We all had our bad days, some of us probably had a totally crappy year or very confusing one, we may feel worn out or misanthropic, we may’ve never felt less like partying, but, frankly – who cares? The overwhelming assumption is still that you’ve been given these 12 months of valuable time and you were supposed to make the most of it, you were supposed to have goals and plans and dreams and now it’s time to celebrate:
You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
So, with all that said – it’s still possible to do more and shine! Here is my personal last-minute accomplishment list:
- Visit a new city (Hey, Dublin and Istanbul)
- Take on a new habit, download a new app or try out new digital service (finally, signed up for Netflix!)
- Fix something in the house
- Read a new book (I have a looooong list there)
- Attend a networking event, business launch or Christmas party where you don’t know anyone
- Change your hair style (in Chicago, courtesy of Rachel at Charles Ifergan)
- Buy a last-minute ticket
- Host a party
- Try a new recipe (this is a big one for me, coz I rarely cook and don’t bake, so making these cheese puffs felt like a feat).