Hello! I’m feeling ever so positive about 2017 lovelies!
My word for 2016 was ‘Clarity’. You can read my blog post all about it here. I wanted to spend the year trying not to feel so overwhelmed, being able to put things into perspective, to see through the fog of that to-do list and to have clearer boundaries.....
To some extent I achieved this and I feel really good about that. At points I did see that there was just too much going on, I was saying yes far too often. So I said ‘no’ to some things that were taking up a lot of my time and preventing me from working towards my goals. After I got over feeling a little bit guilty, it felt great! Prioritising space and time to build our business was fantastic. I am looking back on a year where Jenny and I have made many significant steps forward and now we can review what we have done, how it went, where we are at now, what we want for Two Crafty Brownies going forward and importantly too, what we want for ourselves.
2016 was interesting wasn’t it? Like Jenny, in her lovely post last week , I have heard many people expressing that they want to see the back of 2016 and that 2017 has to be a better year. So much happened in our world didn’t it? We were often shaken by political and world events. So much loss, tragedy and conflict……..
Personally, 2016 was at points happy, fulfilling and sometimes even ‘jump up and down’ exciting. But it was also difficult and so so tiring. I suppose that is life isn’t it? Ups and downs…..Although I managed to say ‘no’ a great deal more, I did end the year absolutely exhausted and this exhaustion slowly gave way to illness over the Christmas break. I’ve thought a lot about this and I’ve realised that I still have a tendency to say ‘yes’, but to myself. Yes, you should be cooking more interesting meals, reading more to the kids or doing more at home to top up their learning at school, yes you should be seeing your friends more, reading more novels, learning more skills for the business, earning more, eating more healthily, exercising more, helping the world more…….Oh My Goodness! This list could and does go on and on…...I should be doing more, I should be achieving more, I am not doing enough. I am not enough. This is a message I have been telling myself for years. I hide it well, but to those who know me well, they see it and they tell me, “Be Kind To Yourself Lu”.
So friends, my word for 2017 is KINDNESS. I CHOOSE KINDNESS. Excuse the capitals, but I am shouting this from the rooftops! I am singing it from the branches!
KINDNESS and LOVE are the answers. Not just towards myself, although this is where I need to start. Kindness and love are what YOU need too and I am sending so much your way right now. Thanks for reading, thanks for listening - big love to YOU!
Kindness and love are what the world needs. Just imagine where we would be if people could just stop and see that? I know there are so so many kind, loving people out there - hundreds, thousands, maybe even millions and I am lucky enough to have some of those in my life - both real and those I have never met! I understand too that this is not simple. We live in a very complicated world. But if we did simplify issues sometimes, if we did look at things in terms of kindness and love, wouldn’t we be able to prevent conflict? I for one would love to see more empathy and humanity, especially in those who hold responsible, powerful and influential positions. We have had a few role models who have achieved this recently but a few is not enough! I am not going to get on this soap box I see before me, because this will not be a blog post but a rant and perhaps a book too, with lots of volumes!
I am choosing kindness. For me, this means that…
I am going to do the things I love to do and I am going to believe that I can do them! This point encompasses so much. This is the root of everything. This is about my wish list - all those things I would love to do for me and for or with others. This is about believing in myself. I have so many dreams and ideas and I am going to start to work towards some of them. I don’t want to be the one who stands in the way of my dreams. If I have a go, some of them might come to fruition. If something doesn’t work out (I do not like the word ‘failure’!), I will give myself a pat on the back for trying, work out why and move on to the next thing.
I am going to try and get ahead of myself, to tick things off the list ahead of schedule wherever possible, so that I do not do things with a sense of panic. I like to do things thoroughly and that means giving myself enough time to do them.
I am going to play, have fun and lark about - even if I have to schedule it in! Tee hee!
I am going to stop at points during the day, week, month and throughout the year to really SEE what I have done and take moments to be proud and grateful.
And the message that I am going to give myself? You have done enough. YOU ARE ENOUGH.
Well lovelies, I started by saying how positive I feel and I am going to end by reiterating that. I am really really looking forward to 2017! Have a fabulous weekend. I am going off to have some organised fun!
All the love and kindness, Lu xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx