2017 – A Year For Taking A Breath 

It’s the time for year when everyone’s thoughts turn to resolutions, and generally mine too. 

I have a restless spirit – my brain is always roaming for the next thing to do, the next skill to learn, the next horizon to conquer. 

In many ways this has served me well but it can also be exhausting when you feel constantly restless. 

But something odd happened to me this week … 

I was roaming Pinterest as I have a tendency to do when looking for inspiration (if you haven’t tried it I would highly recommend it) and bolstering the content of my rather fabulous ‘Word Porn‘ board and I suddenly had a brain wave! Yes. They do happen on occasion 😉

Why not just pick a word as my focus for the year? 

Everyone is always so focussed on change – next year I have to be better, I have to be different, my life has to be bigger and more impressive!

And I think that can sometimes be great, but often times quite self defeating. I mean, it just kind of assumes that everything you did in the last 12 months and everything you were for the last 365 days was not quite good enough. 

I worked blooming hard this year – I learned a huge amount professionally and, I think, grew a lot in my job and as a person. And whilst that is all brilliant I think it cost me a lot in terms of reserves too. 

The upshot is that I don’t want to spend all of 2017 thinking about where I should be, what I should have or what I should be doing. 

Been there, done that! 

I want to focus on enjoying where I am, counting my many blessings in all that I have and consolidating what I am actually doing now. 

So no resolutions for me, just a single word – Meraki 
It’s a Greek word, which is probably just perfect for a Classics geek, and it means to leave a bit of yourself in everything you do. 

It means to do something with passion, with absolute devotion, with undivided attention.

And that is going to be my ‘resolution’ for 2017 – not to change or improve or want something better but to consolidate all that I have. 

To enjoy my new job, to pour time and love into my relationship and children, to appreciate what I have, to pour some time/ passion into my little company, to spend more time reading/ writing/ playing and most importantly to relax. 

I can set more goals and resume my eternal restlessness for 2018, this year is for pouring my soul into what I already have 😘

Happy start to 2017 all! 

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