2017 – a new year, a new start. I know much has been written already about what a crapola year 2016 was. I’m jumping on the bandwagon and putting my hand up too. Yes indeed it was. On so many levels. For me personally, 2016 was a very difficult year. I won’t go into the details but I’m happy to say I’ve come out the other side and am rearing to go. My business, my blog, my hobbies and interests were all put on the back burner last year (as you may have noticed if you were a regular reader). This year I’m determined to get back on track while remaining mindful of not putting too much pressure on myself.
In terms of numerology, 2016 was a number nine year – a year of endings. It really felt very much like that for me. The year ended with my first born (my son) finishing his schooling. It was a bittersweet time and had me mentally preparing for what is to come. I had an early onset case of empty nest syndrome and it left me feeling completely shattered. I am planning a blog post down the track about this subject because I think it is something women don’t talk about it. It seems a bit of a taboo subject and I’d like to research that a little to find out why. I’ve spoken to so many friends and even strangers over the past year and found it is a common phenomenon. But more about that another time.
2017 is a number one year. It means a fresh start, a new beginning. We’re already well into January and I have a real sense of optimism and excitement about this year. It feels good. I feel ready. I always love a New Year because it’s like a clean slate; a fresh start to get back on track.
For me that often starts around now. My husband is a school teacher and went back to work today and the kids don’t go back to school until next week. I find it near impossible to get anything done when they are all around. I try (each and every year) to set some time aside for work each week but because my work area is smack bang in the middle of the house, I’m always seen and available. And of course it’s so hard to say no when the family are heading off to the beach for the day. It is one of the down (and plus) sides of working from home. It’s a discipline that I am not very good at. So the new year for me often feels like I’m behind everyone else. Which then of course inevitably leads to stress and anxiety. This year however I’m really trying to let go of that and just go with the flow. No more pressure on myself. It is one of my goals for this year. I don’t do resolutions that are set in concrete, rather I have goals to aim for.
This year I aim to:
- Stick to a consistent work schedule
- Go to bed before 10.00pm on week nights
- Get up half an hour earlier to organise my day (this means a 5.30am start – we’ll see how that one goes!)
- Take time out for my physical health and wellbeing (regular exercise!)
- Stay positive and calm
- Stop complaining
- Take time out to smell the roses
These are fairly broad goals but that’s how I like to roll. And if things don’t go to plan, then so be it. I really think I’ll fall down in the 5.30am start to the day once winter arrives but that’s OK. I can pick up again when the weather warms. Last year I put so much pressure on myself to achieve so much that I was totally overwhelmed and in the end couldn’t manage to do anything. I will never put that kind of pressure on myself again.
I have so much I’m looking forward to this year : getting this blog back up and running; working on lots of different crafty projects and sharing them here; working on my graphic design work and promoting myself; I have a new found love of miniatures – my latest project is renovating my daughter’s old doll house; I plan to develop an online e-course; keep working on my artwork and hand lettering; do something creative each day – I’m finding art journalling works best for me; and continue to feed and nurture my creative soul.
I hope 2017 treats you well. What are your goals/ plans for this year? Do share. Lots of love.