The house in the pictures is not mine. It is a cottage just around the corner from me which reminds me of the house in the film The Holiday… a favourite festive film of ours. I wonder if it is as cosy and warm inside as it looks on the outside.
I love this time of year – the in between days. Between Christmas and New Year there is, for me, a sense of peace and magic in the air. No less because the festive season is coming to end, and, while I enjoy aspects of it when it is here, I am a simple routine kind of person and I crave the ordinary rhythm of ordinary days. I look forward to taking down the tree, clearing cards and decorations, preparing healthier, simpler food, and making way for the new year and new possibilities.
I also take these quiet days to reflect on how the year has gone, what went well; what not so well; what I hope to improve on in the next 12 months. In 2015 I accomplished several but not all the goals I set for myself. There was sadness, joy and challenge in fairly equal measure over the year and I’m not going to berate myself over what was not achieved.
I have made new goals for 2016. It is less about attaining, as it is about giving my life a sense of direction. I have a tendency to meander aimlessly from one interest to another, my fickle mind is often a-flutter with curiosity. So goals and ordinary routines give a sense of order to my life, a structure to contain the inevitable messiness.
If you are like me and could use a bit of help getting a handle on the coming year here are a few New Year planning resources I have found helpful:
I also wanted to take a few moments to wish you all the very best new year – I hope it is filled with all kinds of good things – with creating, sharing, learning, hoping, loving, listening and quiet moments of stillness and appreciation for all of life’s simple pleasures.