There’s no better opportunity than the start of a new year to look back on the one past and ponder… What did I achieve? What aspirations came to fruition? What do I want to do more of this year?
It is this last question that really made me think… in 2013, we sold the house we had built together and travelled to two continents – some pretty big bucket list items right there. So, now what? Do we literally just have a year of the daily grind ahead of us?
Whilst the next of the big things may take some further effort, it is in the little things that we find enjoyment, satisfaction, refreshment… they are the smaller stepping stones that get us through to the bigger boulders of life. Thus, my answer was quite simply “do more of what you love”.
This doesn’t necessarily mean it is the be all and end all of your life – what I love to do may not pay the bills right this minute – but again, don’t think so big… go smaller. Take an hour to flip through your favourite magazine for inspiration, pack a picnic and head to a beautiful spot with a friend, buy a pretty vase and fill it with fresh flowers. Do more of what you love!
And, make it intentional! It’s all too easy to put off day trips in lieu of washing, forego a sleep in order to check off the to-do list, head into the office instead of enjoying the weekend. Sometimes, it’s ok to have a little ‘me’ time. To centre yourself and be refreshed for what comes next.
So, here’s to 2014, and doing more of what you love!