• I am a notoriously busy and fast paced person; in archery I shoot 3 arrows in the time most people shoot 1; in daily life a talk quickly and that only speed up when in meetings and during other time sensitive occasions. I am only able to write this piece as the internet is so slow on this train that I can’t do any work, although I have already worked on a paper I am writing. Taking time to breathe make you relax and think things through, it also means you can get more done in the long run and is a lot better for your health.
  • Be grateful for the opportunities you are offered. I have spent much of my life continually grabbing opportunities and developing the privileged position I am now in. Definitely, a lot of what I have is based on my skills and know how in the areas to get to where I am with these skills I had to be in the right place at the right time a hell of a lot of times. I know that I probably will never be content with what I have but I am grateful for it and reminding myself of that is great for your mental health.
  • Be kind. This point is quite obvious and believe it or not I was before 2017 but this year has really hit home to me how much a small chat, a compliment or even a smile could lift someone’s spirits. This applies to everyone, the stranger on the train, a person you don’t know who you’ve been sat next to in class or a friend you just passed who you kind of knew about 4 years about.
  • Be yourself. This year more than ever I have been myself, my full out there, flamboyant, quite camp, self. Strangely I found my true self is a combination of Eddy and Patsy from absolutely fabulous: as I swan into a room with a glass of champagne in one hand, the bottle in the other, shouting “Sweetie Darling” this is further reiterated to me.
  • Don’t drink so much you fall face first out a moving taxi and lose the keys to your flat and office. No deep moral message… Just don’t do it.
  • The best restaurant in Dundee is Bridgeview Station. For any one fancying a trip to Dundee it is well worth but beware of the fine dining portions.
  • Beetroot and venison is an amazing combination which can be used to create the most amazingly posh version of a shepherd’s pie.
  • Get an organiser. My online calendar worked last year but this year my head has been everywhere and would really have benefitted from a full diary and organiser. Fortunately I received a pocket calendar diary for meeting scheduling on the go and a full leather organiser for my office desk to plan my year and sort my expenses. I would thoroughly recommend a physical copy in addition to any online diaries.
  • Wow them. They key to most things in life is having the ability to wow people. Make sure you present the full you with all the trimmings and in the most extroverted way. The ability to be out there can make people at ease with you, feel more confidence in you and generally create a better overall impression.
  • Life’s a journey, everyone’s destination is the same.
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