No resolutions for me
It is that time of year. Retrospection and looking ahead. Reflecting and planning. I don’t really do new year resolutions, but I like the idea of evaluating what you are doing and feeling, so you can see if you need to make changes or if you are in a pretty good spot.
Word of the year
One of the things I have heard a lot about the last few years, but haven’t been able to quite “get”, is finding a word for the new year ahead. A word to focus on and work towards. A few weeks ago, out of the blue, a word popped into my head: healing. “That’s it”, I thought. “That’s my word for 2018”. I have been through a rough patch over the last couple of years. I was depressed, stressed, and anxious. I was in a very bad place both mentally and physically. So I have been working towards getting healthier and happier, and I have come a long way, but my main focus for the new year is to make a conscious effort to heal even more.
One step at a time
So how will I do it? I don’t know! I actually have no idea, but I am thinking if I put one foot in front of the other, show up, do the work, and meet everyone and everything with love and openness, I should be able to manage. Because I know most of the tricks. I have been reading, listening to and watching a lot of things from very clever people the last couple of years. I have so many ways I can be better and do better. From breathing correctly, to being present, to being the love, to make space, to show up, to silence the inner critic, to exercise, to eat better, to sleep more, to figure out what I want from life, to ask for help. What do they all have in common? Look after yourself! Not in a selfish way, but in a way that gives you the energy to be there for others.
I am confident and excited about the year ahead. I feel it in my bones: it will be a good year filled with high ups and probably a few lows, life wouldn't teach us anything without them, and I am ready for whatever it will bring. When you have seen the darkest darkness and made your way back to the light, things seem a little less scary and overwhelming. Happiness seems to be reachable. Healing, physically and mentally, is absolutely possible.
Happy New Year!