A reflective month
January can be a tricky month to navigate, especially when there’s so much pressure to create a new version of yourself. I’ve lost count of how many emails I’ve received about health and fitness and although this is a positive thing, I personally find the new year is one of the hardest times to implement change.
Instead of making new year’s resolutions, I like to use January as a time to take a step back and evaluate, with playful days to dream, explore, make plans, try things out, create and have some fun.
If you haven’t considered what you’d like from 2018, now is a lovely time to explore your thoughts and create some intentions for the coming year. By doing this you may find you’re able to set some positive goals full of purpose, fulfilment and joy.
Reflect, dream, create and grow
Today I’m sharing a few questions to get you thinking about 2018 and how you’d like to plan your year. To do this, simply grab a pen, some paper and take a little time to lightly consider your life. Think of a new year as a blank canvas, free of boundaries and restrictions, and try not to overthink the questions but simply observe what flows from your heart and intuition. Sometimes we can surprise ourselves with what emerges when we stop, look inward and take a moment to playfully dream.
What feels good in your life right now?
What brings you happiness, contentment and joy?
What (if anything) is helping you to learn, develop and grow?
Is there anything missing in your life right now?
Is there anything that isn’t working or feeling good?
Is there anything draining you of your energy, motivation and time?
What would you like the year to look and feel like?
What would you like your days to look and feel like?
Do you have an overarching vision for 2018?
Create and grow
How will you create your vision of 2018?
Is there a quote, affirmation, mantra or word to guide you?
What would you like to achieve during the year?
Living from the heart
With a little gentle reflection, you will hopefully begin to see what’s working and what isn’t and from this, you can start to think about the best way forward and if you need to set any goals. Remember goals don’t need to be life-changing, a goal may simply be, ‘spending more time with friends’ or ‘going for a walk every day.’
Goals act as gentle markers to help us to stay on track and create nurturing habits. You can set a goal at any time, it doesn’t need to be a new year or even a new week, just try to go with what feels right for you and enjoy the journey.
For further support, I’ve shared some practical tips to help you reach your goals and if like me, you’re in the planning stages I hope some exciting ideas emerge! Thank you, as always, for stopping by.