Well Hello 2019!
So… I was going to write about resolutions, plans and goals and how to start the new year in a fabulous fashion (about a week ago). I should also be on a beach in South Africa , basking in the sun, reflecting on life and visualising my best self…
Then life happened and I found myself on the first plane back to London, supporting loved ones in a sorrow that is not mine, but also is…
All of this has made me reassess what I want from this year, what I see as important! It made my tentative resolutions seem shallow, not particularly well thought out, throwaway and easily forgotten.
As I jolted back into London Life, I started thinking about the easiness of the superficial and how this has become a way of life. It permeates everything from how we shop, the news we follow, what we eat, wear and how we spend our time.
It has made me question how I navigate life, the impact of my decisions on myself, others and the world.
Over the years, I have flirted with mindful living, reducing waste and minimalism, but I have done so half heartedly…because I am busy, short of time and often looking for convenience. And like the enabler she is, London provides all the convenience and sparkly throw away fashion, you could every want. I am weak to her ways and find it easy to get swept away in the thrill of the ease. This is especially true, if I am tired, hungry, feeling down and in need of confidence. I am always on the look out for a miracle cream, the perfect red lip and mood altering outfit. This has led to multiple buys of the same, identical red and nude lipsticks, basic black sweaters and white t-shirts. Don’t even get me started on food. I am a feeder and I love a full fridge, but this also means forgotten veg and throw away foods. I am not even thinking about social media and the time wasted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!! (and really rubbish TV!!!)
It made me think long and hard about what it is that I want from my days this year and where I will find the most enjoyment and fulfilment.
This means that I am making changes (slowly) and starting to say NO to impulse buys, throw away fashions and lifestyle choices and YES to mindful living, deliberate decisions and (re)discovering what I love.
So, for January, I will be taking life slow. Prioritising friends and family. Cooking up a storm. Taking time out to read my favourite authors, listen to my favourite songs. Doing lots of yoga (maybe) and finding my way into nature (even when its cold, grey and rainy).
How are you starting the year? What are your hopes and dreams for 2019?