My word for 2015

As I mentioned in my New Year post earlier this week, I embarked on Susannah Conway’s “Find your Word for 2015” 5 day email class.

Each year I make resolutions and by February, I’m wandering what they even are. One of my resolutions every year for the last 10 years has been to lose weight and clearly that hasn’t happened. I think the only resolution I’ve kept for the last 5 years or so is to never live with regrets. To believe everything happens exactly as it is meant to and move on. This is of course not always easy and is a constant practice. Life can throw us some real curveballs and it sometimes takes me a little time to get my head around things. But ultimately I do and move on convincing myself there’s a bigger plan for me that I’m just not seeing yet.

So roll around 2015 and when I got wind of Susannah Conway’s “Word of 2015” it suited me just right. The idea behind it is to focus on the year ahead and what you’d like to achieve, what you see your perfect day as and how you want to feel. She sends you 5 emails that help you gather your thoughts and narrow down one word for the year ahead. As humans we’re constantly evolving and developing, learning and growing and what I loved about this practice was that she made it very clear that nothing is set in stone and so while I may find my word now, my word could actually change by March. This was reassuring because narrowing down to one word was no easy task.

My word actually came to me before I started the practice…it kept reverberating in my mind but I went through the 5 days to make sure it really was the word I wanted. And it turns out I wanted lots of words!! They included Focus, Conscious, Love, Abundant, Independence, Determination, Shakti, Kindness, Nourish, Healing, Freedom, Clarity and Commitment. In the end I narrowed it down to Conscious, Abundant, Determination, Shakti and Freedom. On day 3, she asked us to write down what each of the 5 words meant to us and what it really meant. I began to notice a pattern. All my words linked to me and finding my inner strength, my drive and also being more present.

Can you guess what my word is yet??

In the end I went with CONSCIOUS. When I reflected back on 2014 and looked forward to 2015, one of the things that kept popping into my mind was my inability to focus. While I am able to do many things, all in the name of multitasking of course, I realised that I’d rather do one thing well than many things half heartedly. I also realised that I spend a lot of time on my phone and catch myself saying to S “Just one minute” when he needs my attention. I most certainly do not want to be that mom with her head down all the time. No one’s Facebook status is more important that the time I spend with S. I’ve decided to remove the Facebook app from my phone and make my time with S a FB free zone. Let’s be honest, we’re addicts and while I know this won’t always be easy, it needs to be done.

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The other thing I realised was that I often sit down to write a blog post or read a blog post and half way through I’ll get up to go get something to eat or get a glass of water. Totally unnecessary! So my word CONSCIOUS is really a reminder for me to FOCUS, be more AWARE, be PRESENT and to really NOTICE all around me.

Here’s to living a more conscious 2015!! šŸ™‚ Do you have a word for 2015 or any new resolutions?

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Happy New Year

To say 2013 has been a rollercoaster of a year is an understatement. In my 30 years, I think this one ranks as the most difficult year of my life. It has tested me and hurt me, pulled me apart and hung me out to dry…BUT it has also taught me so much I needed to learn. So here goes my list:

1. Gratitude – My gosh has this year taught me gratitude. For everything I have but more importantly for EVERYONE I have. I am truly blessed with a great family and amazing friends. Without whom I wouldn’t have gotten through this year. You guys know exactly who you are, thank you!! Thank you for putting a smile on my face šŸ™‚

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2. Patience – All those mama’s out there will know, the transition from baby to toddler tests your patience beyond belief. That little dependent child who looks to you for their every need suddenly has their own desires and wants and boy do they want to exert their new found independence.

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3. Strength – As the famous song lyrics go: I get knocked down, but I get up again, ’cause you never gonna keep me down.” 2013 has shown me my inner strength, my strength as a woman and my strength as a mother.

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4. Love – No matter what life throws at you, we all have the capacity to love. My dad is a fan of Neale Donald Walsh and we used to have many of his sayings framed going up our staircase at home. One of them that stood out the most at the base of the stairs was “What would love do now?” and that’s a question I’ve asked myself many times this year. When faced with a situation that you don’t like or one that angers or upsets you, ask yourself “What would love do now?” And then react. Love is our greatest capacity.

5. Forgiveness – During our lives there will be people who love us, comfort us and treasure us. But there will also be people who hurt us, upset us and anger us. One of the greatest things we can do to those people (for our self) is toĀ forgive them. Because when you forgive, you let go and stop holding on to all those negative emotions (which essentially only hurt you).

This year I’m not making any resolutions butĀ I am going to do one thing and that is this:

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I’m also going to be taking part in 52/52, a portrait a week in 2014.Ā So look out for some really cute pictures šŸ˜‰

From my family to yours, wishing you an amazing start to the new year. May all your dreams be realised and all your wishes come true.

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