2017: Renew

2016 was a doozy for many of us in so many ways and already 2017 is looking like it’s going to be interesting to say the least.   At the beginning of each year I like to pick a word to focus on as I move through the new year and for 2017 that word is renew.  As I reflected on the year past, I realised that there were many things I let slide that I shouldn’t have.  Things like self-care, boundaries, my level of involvement in my community, professional progress, blogging, my spiritual practice,  dreams, crafty goals — you know … all those things which sustain us as an individual.

According to Merriam Webster, the word renew means to:

resume (an activity) after an interruption.

I love the synonyms, especially the highlighted ones:

 resume, return to, take up again, come back to, begin again, start again, restart, recommence

They remind me that as long as there is life, there is the opportunity to resume, restart, recommence a way of life that is beneficial to me and the world I live in on a larger scale.

My wish is that you too find what you need to renew the habits, activities, way of living that sustains you.  Now more than ever,  we need to live in a way that allows us to truly thrive.

Happy new year everyone!  ❤

Lightning Round: Choices

  • curves or corners?
  • minty or fruity gum?
  • sand or surf?
  • two or ten?
  • diamonds or pearls?
  • hot chocolate or hot cider?
  • roses or tulips?
  • observe or explore? Both, circumstances depending.
  • sweet or salty?
  • uniform, workout clothes or pjs? None.  Jeans, chucks & T-shirt.
  • actor or director? Both, circumstances depending.
  • debit or credit card?
  • fiction or non-fiction? Both.  Where good writing is concerned, don’t ask me to choose.
  • silk, wool, or cotton? wool
  • grammatical or mathematical error? Both.  A puzzle’s a puzzle no matter the genre.
  • email or telephone?
  • movies or theatre?
  • uphill or downhill?
  • tent or trailer?
  • now or then? Both, circumstances depending.

For my “i have to plan everything down to the last detail” personality, this journal exercise was eye-opening.  Despite knowing in my mind for the most part what I like and what I don’t like, having to choose quickly surprised even me.  I know the goal is to pick one option or the other, but what was made clear is that choices are not always black and white. Sometimes they’re grey.  Or red, or orange, or brown, or blue.  Because we are unique, individual and complex.

No matter what the options or the choices, one thing remains: gratitude.  Always.

Maybe realising those things is the real goal of this exercise.  Hmmm ….