Hi lovlies! I’m writing this post from a little country town in the south of England, where Mike and I are visiting a friend for a few days. It’s absolutely gorgeous … but also a bit windy and wet, so I’m hiding inside with a cup of tea and taking a few minutes to reflect back on the year that was (as you do this time of year!)
And what a year it has been! (Although I do feel like I say that every year!!) A year never feels like much time to get things done, so whenever I look back I’m always amazed by everything that has happened.
Here are a few big changes I’m grateful for in 2016:
I left my full time job. Back in June, I quit my full time job. There were a lot of things I loved about my job, but also a lot of things I didn’t. Mostly, I often found myself bored. I’m one of those people that hates routine, so if I’m not learning new things or being challenged I get restless. My solution? I started doing temporary (‘temp’) work and I love it. Obviously now I’m travelling so I’m not working at all, but I think that when I return to the workforce I’ll try and continue doing temp work. I’m not 100% sure how this will play out in my future – right now there are a lot of question marks – but for now I’m ok (and happy) with that.
I started this blog. I’ve been blogging in some form since long before it was called blogging. (I think I started in 2001.) I love blogging because it’s a great way to exchange new ideas. It is because of blogs and other internet resources that I discovered minimalism, and to a slightly lesser extent, what inspired me to travel the world. The Internet changed my life and I love adding my contribution! (Oh – and just in case you’re curious, I don’t make a living blogging and the very tiny amount I’ve earned has not come close to covering my operating costs. I’m unfortunately not one of those bloggers who funds there world travels by writing about it! Although that would be nice!!)
I’ve made some strong friendships. I’m not exactly an introvert, but I sometimes struggle with making true friends (or I worry about losing my existing friendships.) However, this year I’ve been blown away by the kindness and thoughtfulness of the friends in my life, new and old. I’m truly lucky to have such generous friends, who love me even though I’m always running away to different corners of the world. (Thank you xxx)
I got married! It’s funny, for most of my life I never considered myself a ‘marriage person’ – right up until I got married! But I can honestly say that being married to your best friend is the most incredible feeling in the world. I’m really lucky that I found someone with a big heart, a big imagination, and the same big crazy dreams – and even luckier that this year he married me.
I’m travelling the world. Well, not sure there is much more to say! I’m currently in the middle of a seven month round the world trip; it is something Mike and I have been talking about almost since we met, so sometimes I have to pinch myself because I can’t believe it’s really happening!
NOW … LOOKING FORWARD
For the past couple years, I’ve been choosing a ‘word’ for each year using Susannah Conway’s free email course. Choosing a word is all about finding focus for the New Year (in Susannah’s own words, it’s ‘gentler’ than a New Year’s resolution and I agree.)
After 2012/13 (which was a period of massive upheaval in my life) I needed to rebuild, so in 2014 my word was Foundation and in 2015 it was Commitment. I was laying the groundwork for my dream life: paying off my debts, downsizing my life and sorting out my priorities.
As a result of hard work and good luck, I’m now in a very good position and I want to make the most of it – so I’ve chosen Intention as my word for 2016.
I want focus on living with intention, which for me means: listening to my heart and being true to myself; making time and creating space to do more of what I love; letting go of the rest (ideas, relationships, expectations, clutter) – anything that isn’t actively contributing to my happiness and wellbeing.
To help me with this goal, starting in January and continuing each month I’ll being post my Intention Plans on the blog. In the plan I’ll choose a monthly focus for each of the above (listen to you heart, do what you love, and let go of the rest) and I’ll also address the practical steps I’m going to take to make it happen.
(Psst – this idea was inspired by Catherine, who shares her monthly goals on her blog The Blissful Mind, which I adore and I’m sure you will too!)
In addition to living with intention, my two major goals for 2016 are to continue blogging and to plan a big Australian adventure for later in the year (but more about that later!)
Thank you everyone for all the support you’ve given this little blog since I launched in September. Here’s to another year of blogging and chasing dreams! What are your dreams for 2016? Let me know in the comments! x
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