Here we are …… we made it! The last day of 2018 is upon us with 2019 just waiting to emerge.
Preparing for the year ahead.
Each year at this time I sit down and take time to prepare myself for the year ahead. I change journal/diaries (my own creation) and with that I also write down some of the activities, hopes and goals I’d like to complete in the upcoming year while seeing all the great things I have achieved in the outgoing one. These are pretty loose I have to say and not all of them are huge. I include things like getting a massage, reading a book, writing a letter to a friend – an actual pen and paper one that is 🙂 – along with some ‘work’ things like newsletters, ‘planning’ for homeschooling and blog posts and some more inspirational goals too.
Hoping to get back here a bit more often next year 🙂
They often aren’t all completed, actually I don’t think I have ever done that, however that is not really the aim. Those that aren’t completed in one year just more on over to the next …….. I have only just framed some cross-stitches I did for the kids after that being on my list for 2 years! Rather my ‘108 Things to do’ serves as a reminder instead of a ‘must do’ list which kinda takes the pressure off while still realizing my hopes and dreams.
You may also think that 108 is an excess amount of things to write down and you’re probably correct if you try to write all 108 at once. However I begin with with all the things I need to carry over (like updating my website so it is phone friendly), then the things I know I’ll be doing (like the monthly family blog) then add to it in drips and drabs along the year. I only came to 108 things to do as I couldn’t get the tables to give me 100 nicely. Then I read in a book how 108 is a sacred number 108 is a sacred number and felt kind of glad it worked out that way 🙂
Hope I can jump into the new year with as much enthusiasm!
With that said I’m off to get writing in that journal/diary. I hope this finds you remembering and releasing 2018 with a smile while welcoming 2019 for all the wonderful possibilities it holds.
Have you got some new year’s resolutions set? Have you stuck to them? Have you already reneged on them?
I’m a shocker for telling myself that tomorrow I’ll give up something or start something only to forget about it by half way through the day and then have to start all over again! I figure that the important thing is to keep trying and slowly but surely the gap between my ‘resolutions’ and my ‘reneging’ is widening.
In the past few years I have also taken to letting go of new year’s resolutions per say and instead I have decided to have a list of things I’d like to do over the year. This is simply a list of 100 things that I fancy having a go at or completing. I know that sounds like a lot however they are not all big items …. I have put down to read a book four times and to write to a friend twice included in my 100 for example.
I only have 108 because it fitted my pages neatly :0
I don’t have a time frame apart from in the year and I simply read through them every week or so to remind myself of the things I wanted to do. Amazingly just the simple act of writing down my future intentions and perusing them every now and again is enough to begin the ball rolling as in the first year I actually completed 80% of my ‘things to do’ without any pressure or goal setting.
Anyway … just thought I’d share what I’m up to and give a bit of food for thought. Hope this finds you enjoying the new year wherever you are and whatever you are up to.
I have this great book which I purchased many years ago while living overseas. When I found it I was going through a bit of a rough patch and this book really helped lift me from a dark place to one of renewed joy in the world. It has travelled to 8 different houses, in 3 different countries, since then and has been lurking at the back of my shelves until a recent de-clutter.
The book? It is ‘365 Inspirations for a Great Life’, by Lynda Field, and I thought that I would share today’s entry as it fits so brilliantly with where I am in my life at the moment. As I am de-cluttering my ‘good’ and working towards clarifying what I actually want, so that I can release anything which doesn’t fit with that, this exercise helps to check in with how I am doing. Thought you may like to use it to check in too. There can never be enough reminders of our dreams after all!