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.
Many times on our travels as we talk to others about our life on the bus I have had people say to me, ‘ oh, I wish I was as brave as you’. Others, I can see by the look in their eye, think we are completely off our rockers! I’m pretty sure the ones who think we are a ‘few sandwiches short of a picnic’ are only curious to have a look so that they can go home, take stock of all the luxuries they won’t live without and congratulate themselves on not being as mental as us 😉
Visiting the longest place name in the world
I’m not sure if it is brave or crazy (though I’d probably verge on the latter) however I do know that throughout my life I have done this many times …. thought of something I wanted to do and then just got on with making it a reality. Anything less would somehow feel like a watered down version of life. Bad stuff can happen where ever you are; whether you stay at home or not, whether you take risks or not, whether you travel or stay put. It is a fact of life that things change and how we deal with those changes can make it a positive or negative experience.
One thing I do know about the life we are living now is that it is allowing our family to experience many more of the wonderful things that life and people have to offer. It is certainly a great way to counterbalance all those negative stories in the papers, the ones that breed fear and uncertainty. People, on the whole, are good and life is thriving all around us when we take time to look and listen. Our children are seeing all the amazing things our country and people have to offer along with some of the issues which we don’t deal with and try to sweep under the carpet.
My point? That giving things a go is worth it. Making your ideas a reality can be life changing either through you deciding to go ahead or realizing that ‘dream/goal/idea’ actually wasn’t for you after all. So go on … make the most of each day if only to put your toe in the water of possibilities.