I had every intention to share my thoughts on this new year in a video. The plan was to sit down and chat through my 2017 reflections and goals for the next 364 days, but as we know with plans, sometimes they change. I’m actually writing this in the wee hours of the morning (like 5am, friends) because I seemingly have come down with something. Normally, this would be cause for stress and disappointment, but not this year. I’m turning a corner. Instead of being frustrated that a video isn’t likely to happen, I’m going to seize this quiet, calm opportunity to share in written form.
So while it’s not the same as perhaps propping up your phone to watch me while you do dishes, let’s both grab a cup of something warm and relax for a little candid sharing.
Admittedly, I’ve been struggling to summarize the last year. Normally, this isn’t the case. Usually for me, it’s quite easy to pinpoint at least a few key highlights and/or takeaways from the past year, but for 2018 it’s not so obvious. I think this is because 2017 was, simply put, a lot.
Upon reflection the one thing that really stands out the most from last year, is work. I got swooped up in the whirlwind of entrepreneurship, with my newly launched KonMari consulting business, and balanced as best I could my online content. I won’t say it was easy. The more I unpack this thought the more I realize just how challenging things often were and how tested I constantly felt – both with work and on the home-front. While this may read in a negative tone, I’m not looking back with the same. Instead, I feel (albeit, tired) accomplished. I learned firsthand how truly unbelievable it feels to create something and then have it stand on its own. Opportunities came my way that I never imagined being offered and through that I found tremendous validation.
I’m thankful for the last year, I was pushed in ways I’ve never been and feel stronger and more focused because of it. If it weren’t for the hard work 2017 required, I know I wouldn’t be ready or prepared for all that I hope to accomplish during the year ahead.
New Year – 2018
Oh, the excitement of a shiny new year! Tell me, you get excited when January 1st rolls around, too? As cliche as it may be, I love the feeling of starting anew and focusing rather not on what didn’t happen, but instead what can. Whether you call them resolutions, goals or aspirations, establishing some objectives for the new year feels good. It provides focus, a sense of motivation and direction.
To keep things simple, I have established goals for each of the three main areas of my life: family, personal growth and work (in order of importance).
Below is what I will be working hard to achieve over the next year.
Presence. This is the one thing I want to focus on above all else. These treasured years are going by faster than I ever imagined. I don’t want to look back with regret that I was distracted from the most previous work I’ll ever do, mothering. I want the time I have with my children and as a family to count. For me, contending with “all I have to do” often compromises just being in the now. It is increasingly becoming more obvious to me, how unfair to everyone this is. When I’m with my children and we’re doing something as a family, I want 2018 to be the year that I really learn to just savour this blessing. In an effort to make this a reality, I am going to set aside my phone, turn away from housework and say “yes” to more play, fun and spontaneous adventures. I’m going to consciously take note of the little moments more: bedtime, little chats, sing-songs and the like. I also plan on using my “real” camera more to take intentionally planned photos of each child and schedule a family photo session.
Where to begin with this one! I’m no stranger to freely chatting about my personal growth journey in my content. For me, this is one of the most important aspects of my life and living. It’s also an area that I put a tremendous amount of pressure on myself – some warranted, some not. Unfortunately, it has become routine for me to self-evaluate and be disheartened. I focus only on my struggles and never even consider my triumphs. This often leaves me feeling depleted. For 2018, I want to be kinder and more patient toward myself. I want to work at being more realistic in my aspirations and listen to my body and my heart when they tell me to rest. Equally, this year will be the one where I finally start to prioritize my health and wellness (for real).
Step it up. It has become really clear to me over the last while, that I can and want to do more than I presently am with my online content. This labour of love area of my life, took a backseat to my consulting last year. It simply wasn’t feasible to give 100% to my YouTube channel and this blog while giving all that is required to starting a new business. While I know this to be true, I would be lying to say my absence bothered me. I love, love, love sharing with you all. Creating content really brings me joy and serves as a wonderful creative outlet. I have so much that I want to show, make and experience with you all and I can’t wait to get back into sharing things on a consistent basis. I have a lot planned for this coming year that includes home projects/care, travel, wellness, beauty and likely a whole lot in-between.
I’m looking forward to everything planned and unplanned that will make up 2018. I hope this time next year, I’m feeling fulfilled and productive. I hope the same for you! Let’s make this a good one…