So, January, we meet again. Almost into February now, and I am now reminiscing about Christmas past, and thinking of the year ahead. What delights lie in wait? What trials will be sent to test us? What are our hopes and dreams for 2016? Last year had it’s fair share of difficulties, and it would be lovely to have a somewhat easier twelve months to look forward to. It is customary at this time of year to make a list of do’s and don’ts… DO lose half a stone (or maybe not), DON’T drink alcohol in January (say, what now??), DO save an extra £x per month, DON’T go to bed later than 10pm during the week. All great in principle, and if that’s your thing, but this year I am aiming for just one resolution…
DO… Enjoy life to the fullest!
Life is for living, after all. I don’t want to wake up in 10 years time, and realise that my children are all grown up, and I’ve been too busy existing to notice. I have long term plans for fabulous holiday when my children are a little older, but I want to make a list of things we want to do in 2016. I have asked both children and Mr to think of some things they would like to do, or places they’d like to visit (preferably keeping some level of realism so that we can definitely tick a few off), and I am coming up with my own.
Go on holiday
We have a weekend in London booked, and are spending a week in Majorca with all the family. I’d like to get a week away with Mr and our boys at some point too, perhaps to Cornwall. Eldest’s school trip to Germany has take up the time we’d normally go away together, but it would be lovely to arrange something else
Learn something new
Spanish would fit nicely with our holiday, and although I did used to speak a (very) little Spanish, I am fairly sure it’s no longer enough to be understood on holiday.
Last year our walking fell by the wayside somewhat, and we all (well, Mr and I, at least) really missed it. This year I’d love for us to tackle five new ones. Now that the children are older they can manage longer walks, and trickier climbs, which will make things a bit more interesting.
Weekend away with Mr
Maybe for our anniversary? I’d love to visit Copenhagen, but not sure a trip abroad is on the cards. Perhaps Edinburgh Fringe Festival again
Regular pilates/yoga and meditation
I know I feel better in terms of relaxation and overall physical health when I make time to do a bit of gentle exercise, but last year that also got pushed aside. I really need to get more healthy to make the most of life.
Have a monthly time out session
Even if it’s just coffee and people watching, but I want to try to make time for a massage/facial every few months. In order to look after the people I love, I have to look after myself, inside and out.
Keep in touch with old friends
Easy to say, but often harder to do, when day to day life gets in the way. I have some very good friends, who are important parts of my life for various reasons. We might go months without seeing one another, but I love them dearly, and must make more of an effort.
Take the children on a mystery tour
No idea when or where, but I think it would be super cool to bundle them off somewhere!
Live by the words of Audrey Hepburn every day – For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
Writing this list got me thinking a little. What do I want my life to look like in a year’s time? How would I like people to think of me? It’s no secret that I am a bit of a stress-monster, which is definitely my worst trait. I want to make an effort to think before I react, and make patience and understanding my priorities. With this in mind, I accidentally came up with a little mission statement/pep talk for myself. This is just something that I can use as a reminder, in the hope that it will soon become second nature…
Organisation, rest and fuel keep me strong and able to achieve anything I set my heart on.
Life can be a struggle, or it can be an exciting challenge – mistakes are an opportunity to learn. I choose to live each day with understanding, patience and compassion; to fill my house and family with love; to be the best version of me that I can, and to inspire others on their journey through life.
Live Like A Unicorn – Unicorns don’t stress or panic. They don’t get upset. Unicorns are strong, yet graceful, and greet every situation with poise, beauty, charm… and a little bit of magic. Then they eat cupcakes and gallop majestically over a rainbow.