Firstly, Happy New Year lovely humans! I hope you all had a fab NYE doing what you love (we watched movies, ate baked camembert and drank champagne, so I feel I can say that I achieved that).
SO – as someone who is constantly making lists, pondering how to live better and reflecting on the days, months and years as they pass, I’m sure it won’t surprise you that I’m a fan of setting resolutions and starting the year ahead with purpose.
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For the last couple of months or so I’ve felt like things have got a little out of kilter for me. I’ve been more time-poor than ever and had less time to do the things I really care about. I’ve also found myself dedicating less time to ‘self-care’ (which I wrote about here); attending fewer yoga classes, getting less sleep and letting my Filofax get a little out of control. It turns out that being having plans for 10 weekends in a row, fitting in three gym sessions a week, planning a wedding, working my full time job (also moving offices; adding two hours to my daily commute), and finding time for blogging, is a recipe for burnout.
In December I decided to try and find my way back a little. I started using my commute to listen to inspiring podcasts, cleared a couple of weekends for ‘chill time’, started reading Spirit Junkie and using guided meditations. I went through a couple of weeks where I had to cancel plans just to be at home, catch up on sleep and regroup.
I feel like I’m in a better place now than I was but I still have a little way to go to ensure I’m in the right place to meet all of my 2015 goals (or even decide what they might be!). I’ve been reading The Desire Map and trying to get to the heart of what it is I ‘desire’, in order to guide me through the rest of the year. (The Desire Map helps you decide on your core desired feelings, so that you can set intentions and actions that help you towards the way you want to feel). Sometimes it’s tough to look inward and decide what it is you really ‘want’, or even how you might ‘want to feel’. It’s so easy to find yourself being guided by what others seem to want, or like, and lose your sense of ‘you’.
I was chatting to Tom this morning about wanting to decide on a ‘word’ to guide me through 2015. I have done this in previous years and I find it helpful in providing direction and purpose throughout the year. I have decided that this year my word will be ‘b a l a n c e‘. It’s something that I think is sometimes lacking from my life, and when things have got a little out of control or unsettled it’s usually because of a lack of balance. Finding peace, balance and being more present will definitely lead me to a happier, and healthier 2015. One of the tasks I want to undertake over the coming weeks is to have a huge de-clutter to allow me to find some more balance at home.
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Of course, even without any of this goal-setting, 2015 is going to be a pretty amazing year! We get married in April, and then have a month on honeymoon in Bali (where lots of chill time, and yoga, will definitely be happening!) There is a lot to be excited about right now and I can’t wait to get stuck into this year.
What are your goals and resolutions this year? Here are a few links, and an image with some suggestions, to help find inspiration if you’re still working on yours. (And if you have a ‘word’, or have blogged about it, please leave your links as I’d love to read them).
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003. The 2015 Manifesto
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