Bright. Shiny. Fun. Full of promise.
I just love a new year; like that new calendar with spaces waiting to be filled up (or not) and new ideas for how I want to improve myself and my life, the new year stretches out before me with its immense possibilities.
Every year, I choose a word that embodies what I hope the year to be and what I hope to focus on. It sets a focus for the entire year. You can read a wonderful post about that by Sheila over at Sure As The World from 2013 and 2016. My word this year will be “vitality”. I am thinking specifically of self-care strategies that lead toward feeling vitality. “Self care”, by definition, is self-initiated, deliberate, and under my control. I want to use these strategies to create and live a life of vitality, of sparkle, of vigor. And that begins wih me, and a focus on the things that give me wellness.
I also choose a method to write down the priorities that are largest and looming in my mind; last year I chose concentric circles (you can read about this here); this year I actually am drawing a tree with beautiful branches and placing my greatest priorities and hopes and values for 2017 on these branches. I got these beautiful metallic watercolors in my Sketchbox this month (my husband ordered this for me for my Christmas gift and I am so happy with it – you can see more about it at SketchBox). I usually hang this above my desk so I can see it and love it all year. I also use a passion type planner, and create vision boards. All of these things keep my priorities at the forefront of my heart and mind. So, plenty of fun projects to do for this upcoming year!
For New Year’s Eve, we plan to spend a quiet evening at home with our children. I would like to have a fun way to draw a board game for each hour that we are awake, lovely finger foods and bubbly drinks, and cinnamon buns for New Year’s Day. We usually spend New Year’s doing something that we love as a family. Traditionally it is hiking and being outside in sunshine and fresh air, so we are thinking along those lines again.
My wish for you, dear reader, in this bright and shiny new year, is to find and embrace joy in your lovely life; to find courage to be authentic in your personal life and in your parenting; to find connection, warmth, and love this year.
May 2017 be blessed.