Oh how I love this time of year. The air is chilly and the ground is covered in snow. The sky is always grey...okay, I don't actually love any of those things.
It's also the season for fresh starts. For re-evaluating last year's goals and setting this year's. For the feeling that anything is possible, if we just want it badly enough. And, the season for choosing a new One Little Word.
I have previously chosen:
2012 // practice
2013 // balance
2014 // complete
2015 // nourish
Nourish showed up for me a lot last year. Nourishing Mason with healthy food. Literally nourishing Ivy with my own body - growing her within my womb, and providing her with milk now that she is here.. Nourishing my business and my creativity. Working harder to nourish our marriage. I made a lot of good food choices. But I also made a lot of really shitty ones.And to be quite honest, that is where CHOOSE grew from. A desire to keep choosing the things that fill my life and nourish me - and to make new choices for my body to move closer to wholistic health.
I see CHOOSE showing up in my life in many ways this year.
In 2016, I see myself choosing to practice self-care - I am beginning to accept that I can give more of my best self when I take time to nourish my best self. Meditating, reading, yoga. Heck, even showering [mom's, I know you know what I'm talking about].
In 2016, I see myself choosing to purchase more whole foods [most of the time]. I prepare and eat a lot of really healthy, nutritious food and meals. This year, I am choosing to expand my palate and eat less sugar. Not no sugar, because that's silly [hello birthday cakes and candy cane hot chocolate!], but less of it, for sure. Also, I have a second whole30 planned for the end of this month, and will complete at least one more later in the year. I see myself choosing to breastfeed past the one year mark, if that is what Ivy chooses with me.
In 2016, I see myself choosing to keep reading and writing. I didn't hit my book goal for 2015, but I'm setting the same one for 2016 ad determined to surpass it. The bonus being that the books I started last year but finish in this one still count ;) I blog intermittently. I write lengthy instagram posts. I have a journal, a tarot journal and enough notebooks to start a small shop. This year, I will choose to keep writing, because words make me feel magical.
In 2016, I see myself choosing to work smarter, not harder. If that means going back to my job, then I shall do so. If it means late nights filling jewelry orders and nap times spent creating, then so be it. This year, working looks like limited distractions [ahem, no phone as I work] and increased productivity.
In 2016, I see myself choosing to continue minimizing. Buying less "stuff". Donating more things we no longer love or need. Using what we have already got, repairing things that can be fixed and loving the simplicity we are cultivating. More does not always mean happier, and I am determined to keep whittling things down until our house is only filled with things that are lowed or useful.
These are the things that have me feeling hopeful. light. excited for the year to come - so these are the things I will focus on, the choices I will strive to make with consciousness and intention.
What is YOUR guiding word for 2016? What are you choosing for this new year?