Christmas and New Year: Are You Happy?

So, it’s Christmas.

It’s the end of the year. Well, it basically is anyway. And with that, this is the last blog post of the year too (don’t be too upset, it’s still Christmas!).

I’ve had a crazy year myself. I started working for 1st Stop Recruitment at the beginning of 2017, with my work anniversary in the last week of January. Just a month later I became a dad (which is another developmental story altogether). From then, I’ve progressed from a brief temporary period of data entry, to resourcing, to trying my hand at consultancy, to a combination of marketing and resourcing all thanks to a workplace that lets everyone discover their strengths. I’ve met so many different people, discovered how great LinkedIn is, and began my long course of learning about a wider variety of industries that are new to me.

And most importantly, I’m happier than I was this time last year. This time last year I was fresh out of a job at Christmas time with an expecting partner. That was pretty heavy. Now I’m in a job that I’m really happy with thanks to the work I did for the company prior to starting in the office. I feel recognised, and I feel lucky. I feel happy.

Now, what I really wanted to get at was: do you feel happy?


Don’t get me wrong – nobody can genuinely be happy 100% of the time. It’s practically impossible. Things can pretty much always be better. But do you feel generally satisfied? Call me old-fashioned, but Christmas is a time for appreciation and ‘goodwill’ or whatever. I don’t know about you but I think it’s great when you sit back and really consider all the good that you have in life.

Sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes it feels like the whole world is against you. When you feel like that (and trust me, I battle with those feelings myself very often), it’s so important that you really think about all the positives.

You’ve got support and people around you who want you to be your best. (If you don’t, you have my support. You got this!) You’ve got a roof over your head. If you’re reading this, you’ve got an internet connection. Leading from that, if you’ve got an internet connection, there’s a plethora of content out there for you to read, watch and learn from.

If you aren’t happy, then you have to do what you can to change it. It can be easy to fall into complacency, and ‘wait for the right moment’. Good things come to those who wait, but why wait for an Amazon parcel you never ordered? Why wait for a tree to grow that you never planted? There’s no time like the present. If there’s something you wanted to do, find a way to start doing it. “Baby steps”.

To Round Things Off…

I know this hasn’t been a particularly work-based blog, nor a particularly long one. But I wanted to ensure that my last blog this year was a positive note. This year has been a year of change for many: many scary, new, positive changes for me, all because I was ready to take hold of the opportunities I was presented with. I seriously hope that next year is the one for you. Happy Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the 1st Stop team!

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