Time to Reflect on the Year
For the most part Christmas is over, well the rush, stress and preparation for the day is over. Now is the time to clean up from the aftermath of the relatives, food and gifts. It is also a time to reflect on the year that has passed as we look to the New Year and what we will do with it.
For me, this time to reflect has me asking many questions.
* What is it that I really want from this life?
* What is important to me personally and to us as a family?
I have been pondering these questions over the last month but more heavily in the last couple of days. I have learnt from years past that if I’m not proactive in thinking about the year ahead, I find myself in February wondering where January went and feeling like the year is passing my by and I haven’t even gotten into it yet.
I don’t want that for this year. This new year I want to get more of what I want out of life. I have a bit more of a challenge in that since Marcella’s birth I find myself running out of energy so much quicker than I use to. I get sicker than I use to, as my immune system rebuilds. I hoping to overcome that more this year as I continue to proactively help my system recover, from all the medication, antibiotics, blood transfusions, depression and losing more weight will help that along as well.
SO what is it that I do want from this year to come?
– More health,
– More energy,
– Less stuff,
– Less Baggage,
And to write a book!
These are some of the things that I am sure of, with out a doubt.
What I’m not sure of is what that looks like. My husband and I would dearly love to take our children travelling around Australia and showing them the awesomeness that is our country. Learning about what our country has to offer and the interesting places and people in it. However that sort of thing requires money, planning and some skills. Most of that check list we don’t currently have.
So some times I feel like I have so many conflicting dreams and want to do everything. The one where we travel as a family, but also the one where we have a hobby farm growing our own food, raising animals, and children. Both lives are living simply, enjoying our time together. I also have a dream of one day having a health retreat/farm where families could come and learn to eat well, heal there bodies, minds, and spirits, while growing in health together. I find it hard to determine which direction to take and start actively working to make that happen.
I don’t know about you, but I wish sometimes that I would get a lighting bolt from heaven or a big thunderous voice would yell at me what to do. Which direction to take. Do you feel like that?
So I think I’m going to go with the plan of “Loving my life”.
As we are de-cluttering out life the theme that we are working with is, ” if we don’t love it, get rid of it”. So that is how I think I will play 2015. If I don’t love it, it’s going.
So what does that mean? For me it means filling my life with more things that I love, making time for them and removing or changing the things that I don’t love or create joy in my life. I love reading and learning, it’s something that I do all the time anyway, but I think I need to start setting side some time to do that. I also know that I personally need to spend time connecting with nature and being out side. While the planning and organisation might not be something that I love doing, the end result is. What that time does for me as a person reflects in the rest of my life and my whole family benefits from it. One because I take them with me and two it creates a calm base from which to work from. Another goal for me is to spend more time proactively doing activities with the children. I often find myself organizing activities for them but not really sitting and do them, and I do want that contention with them. For me that will come into the way that I plan my homeschooling this year, and arranging our learning around that goal.
I do want to point out as well that there are things in our lives that we don’t necessarily love the act on doing but we love what it creates in us and in our lives, for example I might not enjoy or love the task that a friend needs done but I do love that I’m helping the friend in a way that they need help.
I would love to hear from you, what your goals and thoughts are about this coming year in your life?