In Between Days

Christmas Cottage

Inbetween Days

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:

Susannah Conway’s Unravelling The Year Ahead

Goal Setting and Action Workbook 2016

New Year’s Resolutions Guidebook

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.

Kim x

22 thoughts on “In Between Days

    1. Kim, I also use The Living Legend Materials. They really assisted in the Big Cross Country 2015 Move and creation of JoHannaMassey.com last year. I’m excited about my plans for 2016.

      I too, have a curious meandering mind. I enjoy it and also know that I must have a well organized plan if I am to stay engaged and focused on what needs to be done.

      A wonderful post and your links are to excellent materials.

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      1. Hi Johanna, I am a bit behind on my blog reading and have some catching up to do. But thank you so much for your support over the past year. Here’s to another excellent year of blogging. Warm wishes to you! xx

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    2. Hi Christina, yes it doesn’t work for everyone – what does? I’ve tried goals and no goals and overall I’m happier with something to aim for. Best wishes to you!

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  1. Wishing you, Kim, a very happy, peaceful, and blessed New Year! Thank you for the links to how to make the most of this very brand new year! I think they will be most helpful.

    I’m with you on doing best with a routine.

    Fim

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  2. I imagine a crackling open fire inside and old bare stone walls. I bet it has its problems though, draughts and rattling plumbing perhaps? Thank you for stopping by.

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