What is it about a new year? Is it about starting afresh, having a clean canvas to paint?
1st January is just another day in our lives.
Even so, I love the ‘line in the sand’ a date can create. Crossing over 31st December does give a sense of new beginnings. Especially because it makes me reflect on what I learnt in the previous year – about myself and the type of life I wish to lead – and how I can translate that into the next. It also helps to write about it here, as a record for future contemplation, accountability and change.
Even though I have a handful of projects and experiments in store for 2015, these days, I don’t set concrete goals. It’s more about lifestyle and not ‘achievements’. This calls for conscious awareness of what works and what doesn’t, and, then, to build supportive habits. This is a life-long process.
Over the last few years, I’ve tried different approaches.
Last year, I used my core values – freedom, health, deep connection, integrity and calm – as my guiding light.
In 2013, I used the ‘two words’ idea (my two words were connection and movement), and in 2012, I created a mission statement:
To live a holistic, happy life by making mindful time for people most important to me, eating nutritious food, looking after my health and having a career that doesn’t feel like a job.
All of these ‘goals’ and aspirations for a life well-lived still ring true. In fact, in writing this post, I see a strong theme – the importance I place on my holistic health and the people around me for my happiness.
This year, I’m trialling Alexandra Franzen’s – whom I consider my virtual mentor – five questions for a bright clear and focussed new year:
- What am I bored with? The seriousness around food, and the same old routine.
- What do I want more of? Self-belief, light-heartedness and fun.
- What can I let go of? Taking responsibility for other’s feelings.
- What would give me peace of mind? Being punctual and patient, trusting life.
- What am I devoted to? Being helpful, kind and thoughtful.
What about you?