There’s something rather magical about the start of a new year. As clichéd as it may sound, it’s a wonderful opportunity for a fresh start, a clean slate and a new page. In previous years I’d set goals and a long list of resolutions for January 1st, but rarely managed to make them stick. I’ve come to realise that it’s far more useful to use this time to create plans, rather than starting the year by making huge changes. Although I love the opportunity to start fresh, I’m not a huge fan of the phrase ‘new year, new me’. Yes, some people may feel they need to start over at the very beginning, but I really don’t think a complete overhaul is necessary. Chances are, no matter what stresses were thrown at you last year, you’re doing just fine. If we started again in January every year, we’d never get anywhere at all.
The beginning of the year is a great opportunity to look ahead and plan developments. I like to think of it as an excuse to grow – it’s the perfect time to sit down and take stock and work out where it is you are and where it is you want to be, and make a plan of how to get there. Write a list of what you want to achieve, and start deciding on what actions are going to get you there. Make them small, or as big as you can dream, but either way, writing them down is a good place to start. I personally prefer the idea of intentions too, it sounds so much more definite than resolutions, and somehow more achievable that way.
A few of my intentions for the year ahead include:-
Make & Create – cook more, bake more, sew more, crochet more – keep working on the little creative outlets I enjoy
Eat well and balanced – and finally cut out dairy again (Sadly I cannot ignore my lactose intolerance forever!)
Practise – play the piano, take more photos, teach myself calligraphy – develop my skills to be the best I can be
Balance my time – organise my schedule to free up my days. Make more time to go outside, and switch my phone off every once in a while.
All of these are part of my project to simplify my year, to focus on the little things in life and generally slow down a little. Read more about A Slow 2017 here. What are your plans for the year ahead?