The 2022 review: some personal highlights
Hello, we hope you’re keeping well, and that, as we close out 2022, you’ll join our Corporate Culture colleagues for their personal highlights, behaviour change tips and positive observations on the last 12 months…
A year in reflection
I adopted a puppy via a rescue and rehoming charity to boost my mental and physical wellbeing. Training and exercising my new best friend has given me focus, and the extra motivation to get out of the house for a daily run or walk.
While attending 2022’s The Green Gathering “the original off-grid, non-profit festival powered by sun, wind, people and passion for change”, I witnessed the courage of people who aren’t scared to stand up for what they believe in. It reminded me that we can all use our voices and influence to call out injustice and bring about the radical change essential to our future survival.
Our wonderful old Kia finally began to reach the end of the road, so we’ll be buying an EV in 2023.
I’ve learned that if you release control and empower your people, from the ground up, to share the stories they want to tell – in their own words – you can open up real passion, pride and humanity.
In 2022, I adapted new behaviours to focus on challenging myself mentally as well as physically. I did this through starting to learn a new language and joining a book club to read material outside of my normal comfort zone.
This year, I finally learned that I’ll only stick to a fitness plan if I gamify it. So, I’m now happily and heavily addicted to a Zwift-powered exercise bike. Try it. Seriously.
One of the highlights of my year was attending Anthropy, where I heard lots of inspiring one-liners such as “a global solution is just lots of local solutions joined together” and “it’s easier to fast than to diet”.
This year I’ve thoroughly adopted a ‘just do it’, ‘YOLO’ attitude. Covid and lockdown especially have helped instigate a change in my behaviour, and I now tackle each day, week and month with a positive attitude and outlook on life.
When my 10-year-old started to question the environmental impact of the fashion industry, it made me reflect on my own shopping habits and the too-regular packages arriving on my doorstep. While I can’t promise abstinence, I have started to choose more versatile items, and use sites like Thrift+ for good quality, sustainable second hand bargains.
I visited Prague earlier this year and noticed the recycling bins were larger than the general waste bins. It’s something I’ve gone on to adopt myself… not the souvenir I was expecting to take home with me, but a welcome one nevertheless!
This year, I’ve fully embraced Corporate Culture’s flexible hybrid working practices, giving me a much better and healthier work/life balance.
On the one hand, I’ve exercised less, eaten less, and led a more sedentary existence. However, as a by-product of that, I’ve probably reduced my carbon footprint!
The year ahead
The last 12 months have certainly been a challenge for many in the UK and around the world, and the next year is likely to be at least as turbulent. But whatever the future brings, let’s stay positive and try to solve the big stuff together.
We hope to see you in 2023! Until then, be happy and healthy.
Everyone at Corporate Culture Group