I guess January is traditionally a time to reflect on what’s gone before and focus on the future and on what might be. To be honest, I’m not a believer in new year resolutions – they’re pretty easy to come up with but they’re even easier to break! Having said that though, I do think that it’s very helpful to have some direction in our lives. For me, personally, if I don’t have some goals or don’t know what I’m working towards I tend to drift & get a bit lost along the way. So rather than setting new year resolutions, what I try to do is set intentions and get focussed on what I’d really like from the year ahead.
Here are a few of my intentions for this year:
I’d like to live in the moment more and consciously appreciate all the wonderful people & things in my life. It’s so easy to get bogged down in the day to day and spend our time worrying about the future or dwelling on the past. This year I’m gong to try my best to make time for meditations in the hope that it will help me be more in the moment. I bought this wonderful Mindfulness audio book a few weeks ago which contains ‘An Eight Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World’ and so far I’ve actually managed to do it every day – a bit of a first for me! In fact, you can download (for free) the meditation tracks that they use in the book via Amazon, so you could give it a test run before committing to the book. I’ve only been doing it for a few weeks but I really do think it’s having a benefit. The average length of a meditation track is about 8 minutes so in general it’s pretty manageable to fit into your day.
I’d love to travel more both as a family and individually. I’ll be writing more on my love of travel soon, but for now suffice it to say that this year I’m setting my sights on Italy for our family summer holiday. In particular Puglia and my dream is to stay in a Trullo! I’m just putting it out there into the universe in case anyone’s listening!
I’d also like to make proper time for creativity, for painting and for my own personal photography work. In an attempt to bring more creativity & fun into our lives, myself and a couple of friends have just started an Art Club. In fact, last night was our first night and it was absolutely brilliant! We started painting at about 8:00 and before I knew it, it was midnight and I was driving home with a big smile on my face and I slept like a baby last night! I guess painting, or any kind of creative pursuit is a lot like meditation in that you’re focussing so much on what you’re trying to create that you completely zone out the outside world or any worries you might have….I think I’m hooked! The plan is to meet every couple of weeks to paint or do whatever creative project takes our fancy….no strict rules, or homework, the only aim is to create something in the few hours we have together. It was such a great way to spend a few hours. I have to thank my lovely friend Jane over at That Curious Love of Green who has inspired me to make more time for creativity this year – she is amazing at making time for creativity. She is currently writing a book, makes time for painting and creativity in general…and she also has two little girls at home. Pretty impressive!
All of this thinking of intentions got me reflecting on our business and why we started doing what we do in the first place. I guess for a huge part it was because of the realisation that we need to live in the now and cherish every moment that we have & that the love we have for our families is one of the most important things in this world. If our photography can help people to remember this love then 2015 will be a pretty good year!
What are you all working towards in 2015? I’d love to hear in the comments below.
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