2014 is almost done, and I feel a little sad to put this year behind me. It’s just been wonderful. There has been stress, and rough patches, but ultimately I think it’s been one of my best years ever. And I think it has a lot to do with the intention I set for myself.
For the past few years, I have not only thought about specific things I want to achieve over the coming 12 months, but I have also set an overarching intention for the year ahead. One word to encompass what I am aiming for, and to guide me in making choices. I first came across this idea at Maxabella’s, and I’ve found it really works for me.
2013’s intention was to quit smoking once and for all, as I had reached the age of 30 and by then had been smoking for almost half my life. And I’m proud to say I achieved that goal – 659 days and going strong!
For 2014, I wanted simplicity, after what felt like a few years of whirlwind-like activity, breathlessly zapping about from one thing to the next, picking up more and more “debris” as I went, and culminating with moving in to our house and giving birth to Little R within the space of a couple of weeks.
I have most certainly attained simplicity this year. Whenever some new challenge had reared its head, I would consider it, and then remember my promise to myself of simplicity, and turn it away if I didn’t feel it was essential. Being on maternity leave has been a gift, and I chose instead to focus my precious time on my children, my house, and the creative hobbies that interest and nourish me. I have found in the past that I take a long time to cool back down to a relaxed state after a time of busyness and heavy stress, and it has taken me 6 months since finishing work, obligations, and big life changes to feel like I’ve fully recovered.
Now that we’re about to head in to a new year, when Moose will start preschool and I will inevitably go back to work, I don’t want to lose what I’ve gained in 2014. It will be a challenge to figure out how we fit everything in once we are all out of the house and in to the world on most days. I want to remember to keep things simple for all of us, so we give ourselves the best chance of staying connected to each other, relaxed and fulfilled. For 2015 my intention is to maintain this simple state. I want to keep life uncluttered of obligation and frenzy, in order to preserve our quality time together, doing the things we love to do and spending time with one another. It will be more important than ever.
Do you set resolutions or intentions for the year ahead? If so, what’s yours?
Wishing you a fun, memorable New Year, full of promise for a wonderful 2015.