Hi from Sophie Scott.
I'm not sure about you but this time of year, my inbox is already starting to fill up with emails about setting and sticking to resolutions for 2016. Already!
But I'm not going to write a blog about how you should already be setting intentions for 2016.
Instead, I think it's good to take a moment and give thanks for everything that happened in 2015.
I hope the year has been a good one for you. :)
It's been an amazing year in many ways for me, both professionally and personally.
(Not the least starting this blog and hearing from you, my readers.)
At ABC, we reported on some important investigations including concerns about cosmetic surgery. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-20/breast-implant-clinic-probed-over-alleged-anaesthetic-use/6712978
And we continued our focus on crucial issues such as mental health.
I learned a lot from some very talented journalists and producers who I work with, and I continue to learn from them all the time.
I really wanted to develop new skills this year (like this blog).
While it might be difficult, stepping out of your comfort zone helps you to challenge yourself.
This year, I did that by accepting more invitations as a speaker, MC and facilitator.
It was nerve wracking at times I admit!
But it was very rewarding.
In the process, I met some amazing people, patients, health professionals and people who are passionate about health and well being.
Being able to find out more about important issues like rare cancers, suicide prevention and heart failure, just to name a few, made the events I hosted a very special experience.
So before you start drawing up a to-do list and making plans for everything you want to achieve in 2016, I would love for you to take a moment to give thanks for everything good that happened in 2015.
If it's been a tough year for you, take a breath and say to yourself, yes, thanks I got through it and am resilient, even in the face of everything.
So over the holiday break, think about the best things that happened this year, how you grew as a person, learned some lessons, found and lost things along the way and hopefully came out stronger the other side.
Leave your comments about what you have learned about yourself.
Thanks for being part of this blog and let's catch up early next year.
Talk to you then.
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