Hello there! Happy New Years if I haven’t greeted you with it already. I hope you had a lovely holiday and that the coming year is filled with love, laughs, and manageable challenges. What are you having today? I’m having Caramel Drizzle coffee with a hot chocolate packet. Decadent and delicious!
Yesterday I realized what I want for this coming year:
I want to find Peace in my day, in myself, in my decisions, in my surroundings and generally in my life. I’m not a peaceful person. I’m generally on the go, can be intense, and exude a lot of energy. I can’t change who I am, but I can adjust how it comes out (maybe). At the very least I want to engage in more activities that make me feel calm or peaceful. (Even if I’m not doing it “right”, like going to yoga.)
I want Simplicity. I think maybe I have too many options in my every day life. Don’t get me wrong, I love options, but having so many projects to choose from, friends to spend time with, and things to occupy my time, I’ve gotten away from the people and activities that mean the most to me. I also think that getting back to a schedule of activities will be beneficial. How many times do you just do nothing because you’re not sure what to do? For me, that’s a good damn amount of time. Take last night for instance, I had about 3 hours of time I didn’t count on. What did I do? Nothing super productive! (Only partially my fault though, handyman dude wouldn’t shut up and I was stuck talking to him for like 40 min.)
I want Joy. I fount a note on Lil Blue Boo that summed it up for me, “Happiness is a feeling based on a circumstance. Joy is an attitude that defies circumstance.” I’m generally happy, but I’m choosing Joy this year. To revel in the perfectly crystal clear blue sky, the high five of a 6 year old who had a fantastic swimming lesson, the first Johnny Jump Up that pushes through the snow, Frank making dinner or me laugh, the laughs of my friends, and the hugs when we need them the most even when it’s a bad day.
There are lots of things I’d like to get done this year and that I feel that I need to accomplish (an unofficial To Do List for 2014 if you will), but they generally fit into making one of the above possible.
Also, I think that my added desire to have less stress in my life fits in to all of the above. Finding peace in myself, my decisions, and generally my life will let me feel better about stressors. Simplicity will allow me have less stressors to begin with (theoretically) and by doing the things and spending time with the people I find Joy in, those stressful moments will be lessened and hopefully overshadowed by joy.
I have high hopes for this year. You?
**If you’d like me to make you a visual reminder of what you’d like for your year (like the above or 2013’s), let me know. I’m happy to do one up and email it over. It’ll be tagged @courtiscrafty and with your permission later this month I’d like to share them.