New Year’s Resolutions and Message – 2023 🙂
What will 2023 bring? Experiences, weather and all things as they are meant to be… is a good place to start 😁
Hi folks a Happy X’mas & Merry New Year to you all from Germany / Switzerland having been in China for 18-months – the longest I’ve been in one country since 2000!
2022 was another unique, challenging and enriching year, especially in China where lockdowns, uncertainty and misinformation were thick on the ground providing richer than normal learning opportunities… 😋
In Feb I left Shanghai to visit our school in southern China and 5 months later I returned! 😂 Shanghai had a severe lockdown for 2 months where people could barely leave their apartments that I was able to watch from a distance while staying in our Beijing school’s boarding house. The cases started to mount in Beijing so I took off to ChingQing and then stayed in another 4-5 locations to avoid the lockdowns till my visa expiry took me back to Shanghai in late June.
It was rough seeing so many of my friends and the Shanghai population go through the strict lockdowns while myself feeling first elated and then strangely insecure in my life and work in China.
April put me in a hall of mirrors and resulted in a radical acceptance of the world and whatever it decides to present us / throw at us. Some good podcasts from Michael Singer helped me be much more unconditional in my life, relationships and not having to be a perpetual nomad! It seems not being able to travel to over 20 countries a year and ending my partnership with Serafina was still hitting me hard so it was nice to find a new way to see the world, myself and aim towards being back in flow with life, no matter what it presents…
Since April life has been a wonderful learning platform and getting back to the playground of rich experiences of people, places and circumstances no matter what they are and not bound to having a dynamic travel plan and constant new experiences stimulation.
Putting this into more practical terms I’ve enjoyed a few wonderful constants in my life – running, the running community in Shanghai, work and everything else 😀
Running: I’ve been a part of the Meowjang running group with two tough sessions each week and a long run on Sundays. The community is fabulous on and off the track and it turns out my fitness can go higher and higher and I’ve managed PBs in every distance possible from 1500m to marathon to trail running. A couple of highlights have been my first half ironman (1.9km swim, 90km ride and half marathon) where I got fastest running time and won a cycling top 😜, won my first trail run event in a 32km race where my shoes blew out with 10km to go but managed to use from demo shoes too small for me to win those shoes (but in my own size weeks later!) and finally a marathon PB of 1.43.27 ave 3.51min/km which was completely impossible to me till all this training and putting it together in my first official marathon race… Enough bloating but the biggest take away has been the joy of running, people, community, fitness, health and having a passion outside of work – big thanks Shanghai and China running community 🙏
Work: I’m still the Group Head of Sustainability and Global Citizenship for EiM education group. This is my third year in the job and by far the longest job I’ve ever had. It is a wonderful challenge of being in a corporate environment and aiming to create change from the inside out and engage with our group of schools and a wonderful bunch of Global Citizenship Leads in all our schools. It became hard to visit our schools in China with covid restrictions till it opened up in late Dec so I organised to support our new Ignite program at our school in the Swiss Alps 😂 So I’m currently on the train from my best mate’s place in Berlin to Switzerland. I’ll be in Switzerland till mid-Feb and then on to our schools in Singapore and Seoul and a first time visit to our Green School Bali till April and return to China and see what is happening there!
Teaspoons of Change: continues to roll along with online panels, presentations and the odd keynote. This year saw a lot less engagements with EiM and ToCh of just 78 gigs with 6735 people but still moves a collective total to 1810 presentations to 156,557 people over the years and something I continue to feel proud of and aim to share some lenses and approaches to global citizenship.
I continue to enjoy the huge metropolis of Shanghai, a normal’ish job and 2023 might see me explore a new union with a lass from Yorkshire who I met a month before then taking off for 4 months, as is usually the case, but at least just 4 months and not 4 years away…
So it seems I will be floating around the world a little more in 2023 and China might even open up to visitors. No matter what happens it will be a year to embrace, learn from and dance with as best we can with whatever comes our way… Hope to connect with you and wishing bests for your set of 365 this lap of the sun 😁
Below are the NY Convolutions for 2023 and a scorecard on 2022…
Big hugs, best wishes and happy moments to you all! d’Arcy. xx
2022 in pictures below…
New Year’s Convolutions 2023 and review of 2022!
|Make computer folder names more fun and exciting|
|Find an example each day to say ‘this is a happy moment’|
|Look up! Appreciate all that world that exists way above eye level!|
|Some crazy running challenge or extending my ultra runs and trail running… Details TBC.|
|Make sure I cook my own food on the 30th of the month (China is so easy to just buy meals everyday!) and be sure to have jelly with it! Not made jelly much since my 2010 NY resolutions|
Carryover from last year(s) to do again (some of them for a long time now!)
|Catch 25 leaves! Upgrade from 20 leaves in 2022 and must be different leaves, from different trees, on different days… 👍|
|Spot a rabbit-shaped cloud – It is the Chinese year of the rabbit, still need my tiger before CNY!|
|Favourite colour in 2023 is light blue! Toyed with aqua in the past and always liked navy blue|
|Repeat – Meet someone from Angola! Didn’t happen in 2021 or 2022…|
|Repeat – Continue to not buy a single bottle of plastic bottled water – 11th year in a row|
|Repeat – 4pm each day pause for four DEEP breaths and connect with everything and nothing!|
|Repeat – Leave voice messages for kids birthdays – Love doing this so much – add your kid to the list if you want a message from me to them (and I have your WeChat / WhatsApp!)|
|+ the more common (boring) ones of push-ups, chin-ups, didgeridoo practice, Buy Nothing New Month in October & not using big towels…|
Always find new and exciting ways to add plenty of Teaspoons of Change to my life and the world! ✊ 😊 🌏
The resolution results from 2022…
|Conduct a poll on what people prefer: left or right; odd or even; north or south – add your answers here and no fence sitting!||This was great – see results here: https://forms.gle/USLgmXadxxZ8xsgbA Results overview below…|
|Lay in bed till 10am at least once this year! I did it when I was in hotel quarantine in China in 2021 and it was such a novelty and worth doing again at least once more in my life! 😉||Didn’t do it in 2022 but did manage after a night of celebrations and dancing on NYE and slept till 10.30 on 1 Jan 2023! 🙂|
|Develop a closer relationship with trees swaying in the wind – I think there is something a little hidden and beautiful in that… So closer attention to trees and the wind in unison||Totally, the streets of Shanghai are perfect for this and I’m in trace with the movement of tress and leaves while catching a few!|
|Try to use the word bumrush in 3 different contexts appropriately – the more formal the better||Maybe only once and it was a good one but it just isn’t a natural word for an Aussie so didn’t peel it off 😜|
|Run a marathon each month as a part of the Insanity Challenge 2022||Complete! Not always easy with lockdowns and extreme heat in summer but DONE!|
|Catch 20 leaves! Different leaves, from different trees, on different days… 👍||Good start, slow middle and solid finish in Chinese autumn. 20 done by early Dec and then 25 for the year ✊|
|Find a tiger-shaped cloud – I’m in China, it will be year of the tiger & shout out to the UrbanTigers running group in Shanghai!||Nup… Got a couple more weeks till Chinese New Year and then it will move to a rabbit so let’s see! Good tiger Strava art however…|
|Favourite colour in 2022 is red! Has an aura in China and not a colour I’ve liked much in the past||Lots of red appreciation opportunities to celebrate communist red!|
|Repeat – Meet someone from Angola! Didn’t happen in 2021…||Not again but not surprising as not many people entering China this year…|
|Repeat – Continue to not buy a single bottle of plastic bottled water – 10th year in a row||✅ Was better prepared for hot Chinese summer with water bladder backpack!|
|Repeat – 4pm each day pause for four DEEP breaths and connect with everything and nothing!||Not always 4 breathes but always a pause to know there is a non-duel world out there|
|Repeat – Leave voice messages for kids birthdays – Love doing this – add your kid to the list if you want a message from me to them (and I have your WeChat / WhatsApp!)||I really enjoy this but did notice I was a day or two late most of the time so want to be on time more this year!|
|+ the more common (boring) ones of push-ups, chin-ups, didgeridoo practice, Buy Nothing New Month in October & some more Mandarin learning…||Fail on Mandarin learning other than the variety of steam bun options and sustainability vocab and a bit behind on push ups and my huge pecks 😂|
|Change my ring tone each year with the song I’m into at that time (switch from Hang Massive to Mos Def to now didgeridoo hip-hop!||Want to do this with my new fav music from ExP a Yorkshire rapper 👍|
|Spend at least 30 mins playing my didg once a week||Fail. But do bust it out for office events!|
Great poll results for the poll on what people prefer: left or right; odd or even; north or south
What a spread across the world!
Female over representation but that can be put down to male laziness so all valid!
Question 1 and seems we are still a little bias towards the right but pretty close. Personally I prefer left as it is my preferred leg for kicking in footy but nice to see a balance of preferences 😂
I can’t for the life of me figure this one out… How can people prefer off over even!
This one might come down to the 31% representation of Antipodeans in the poll…