2017, welcome! A whole new year is here. Can you believe it?! I am still getting used to the idea...
I realise 'Wednesday Supplement' doesn't quite have the same ring to it, but I'm easing into the New Year gently, so I hope you'll forgive my tardiness?!
Like the blank first page of a notebook, I always find the promise of a new year really exciting, but truthfully, also daunting: so much possibility! I have found over the years that having one word to define the year is more powerful than a list of resolutions I probably wont keep and it feels much more manageable too! So for me it's "Nourish". I want to nourish my self (allowing myself rest and grace), my baby and my family, but also the business I grew in 2016. I'm excited! How are you feeling about it?
1) Choose a word for the year.
Last years word- "Grow" was incredibly powerful for me (more in this blog post), and this years word "Nourish" feels so innately 'right' too. I absolutely love Susannah Conway's free 5 day course on finding your word for the year and really recommend it as a general planning tool for 2017. Link here.
2) Say Thanks.
Send 'thanks' for the gifts you or your family received over Christmas whether physical things or wonderful experiences. A heartfelt text or email will suffice if you don't have the inclination or time to make or send cards.
3) Love yourself.
January is traditionally the month of self loathing where marketers spend millions on making you feel shit about various aspects of your body and life in a bid to get your money. Take steps to nourish yourself if you feel you need too, but don't let it spiral into self hatred. I wrote a huge piece about this for Huffington Post which you can read f you find this hard, try listening to this lovely and short affirmation.
4) Go outside.
Sunrises, sunsets, stars and moons, at times of the day we can actually enjoy them; these are the most beautiful gifts of winter. Darkness can be incredibly beautiful, and creatively productive. Try to enjoy it.
5) Fill the house with January flowering bulbs
I love filling the house with White hyacinths throughout December and January. Paperwhites are also beautiful, and I'm hoping to get my hands on some Helleborus Niger.
Now the tree and decorations are all cleared away, take the opportunity to assess what is left- do you need to get rid of some stuff to make way for Christmas gifts? Be brutal with your stuff- if it doesn't spark joy or fulfill a practical purpose- get rid. 'Guilt' is NOT a reason to hold on to anything.
7) Nest and hibernate.
This one is staying on here throughout winter. Don't fight your bodies natural desire to hibernate! Embrace it. Take action, however small, in your home to make it a cosy retreat. I'm having another mini round of decluttering, piling sheepskins and blankets everywhere, and lighting candles everywhere I go.
8) Make Marmalade!
Seville oranges are in season now and make the most perfect marmalade. We always use the BBC Good Food recipe and highly recommend it- you don't slice the orange peel until it's been boiled making it a much easier process!
9) Celebrate Burns Night on the 25th.
I lived in Scotland for a few years and really enjoy this excuse for a January knees up. Get the tartan out, crack our your crap Scottish accents (in my case at least) and enjoy an offal-ie feast with friends.
10) Treat yourself to some new stationary
Use these quiet winter days to do some future planning and dreaming. Now is the perfect time to birth new projects. I am loving my Embracing The Seasons Calendar (sorry- all sold out now!) and my Get To Work book, and I like plain Muji lined notebooks for my daily list writing too. This trio of notebooks always make me feel like I'm bossing life!
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