“So, this is the New Year. and I don’t feel any different.”
Happy 2015! As I said yesterday, 2014 was a tough year. I don’t normally put much celebration or emphasis into the New Year, but I have been looking forward to the beginning of 2015 as an opportunity (or perhaps an excuse,) to have a “fresh start.”
I haven’t come up with an official list of resolutions, although there are some daily habits that I’m making an active choice to really focus on this year. I’m also taking on a 52 week challenge based on the book, 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You – I’ll be blogging more about this book – most of the challenges listed in the book are health and wellness related and I’m looking forward to exploring them and to start taking better care of myself.
I’m choosing to devote more time to Art Journaling and blogging this year, as well. I’m committing myself to running my business. I am challenging myself with goals that are fulfilling and healing to me both on a physical level and on a creative/mental level.
If I’m honest with myself, I know that I could have started these changes at any time. There’s nothing actually magical about January First. The truth is, I get so caught up in this idea of a “fresh start”, but a mindful life is not made up of calendar years. It’s just made of “the now” – the present. A mindful life is the series of observations and inventories that we make when we stop thinking about how we’d like our life to be, and notice the one we’re actually living. I find this to be an incredibly liberating idea: There are no fresh starts, but there are also no false ones.
I also plan to do some fun things I try to do every year, like read a bunch of new books and re-read a bunch of old books and collect more awesome records, too. These are the sort of “resolutions” that I enjoy to keep track of throughout the year, just because it’s fun to look back and see when I collected certain books or albums.
I really like these suggestions for alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions from Yumi Sakugawa: I’d heard of choosing a word to focus on, and have always found that to be a great minimalist approach to resolutions, too.
PS: Here is a free Printable January 2015 calendar for you! Enjoy!