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! 

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.

I love Dr Seuss!

Reading his fabulous books as a child never failed to elicit a giggle.

To this day, I still get the same result when I read them with my own children.

The greatest thing for me is that now, all of these years later,  I’m able to appreciate the still very relevant life lessons in his work.

How about you?

Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do. And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities – Dr. Seuss

What a fabulous outlook on life!

I thought I would put together some of my favourites, I’m a complete sucker for all things positivity and growth 🙂

So many to choose from, but here goes …

 

The More That You Read

The More Things You Will Know.

The More That You Learn

The More Places You’ll Go

 Today you are you, that is truer than true.

There is no one alive who is youer than you.

 Don’t cry because it’s over

Smile because it happened

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You’re off to great places!

Today is your Day!

Your mountain is waiting!

So get on your way!

Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut

You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

You are you. Now, isn’t that pleasant?

A person’s a person, no matter how small.

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Be who you are and say what you mean.

Because those who mind don’t matter

And those who matter don’t mind.

Will you succeed?

Yes you will indeed!

Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed.

From there to here, and here to there.

Funny things are everywhere.

Step with care and great tact.

And remember that life’s a great balancing act.

Today I am going to act

As if this is the day I will be remembered