Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Welcome 2014 Goodbye 2013

Well it's the new year again - 2014!!!!!

2013 was an interesting year. I learned many a new thing about myself, changed my whole food lifestyle, let go of some old baggage, got disheartened, got excited, got disappointed and let down, had health issue with my husband MJ and now need to change whole lifestyles. I will say one thing about 2013 - it was a year of unearthing, so I think 2014 will be a year of discovery. 

Each new year that arrives I like to write myself a list of goals/resolutions/intentions whatever you call them for the year ahead. I like to have something to strive towards, to achieve, to focus on. But before I get into them I want to reflect back on my resolutions for 2013 and see if I achieved them (see post here).

2013 resolutions:

Focus more on my relationship with MJ and don't let life and people destroy it: Yes I did more this year but I still let life and others damage it more than it should have been. We attack each other sometimes instead of clinging to one another. This still needs more focus in 2014.

Be more creative. Continue my blog adventure: I did continue my blog which I'm proud of, I joined Twitter this year and got some new readers and followers (I've now also joined Instagram)

Prepare myself for being a mum: Yes I changed my eating and I’m differently healthier than I use to be and we have started trying (fingers crossed)

Continue to rely on God: I have but I’ve had my moments of downfall. It’s a lifelong journey.

Give myself permission to be me - forget about what others say: To a point but I’m not really sure who I am actually

Photograph more: No I’ve photographed less this year sadly

Learn to love myself: I have a little, I’m more comfortable in my skin than ever before but I still have a long way to go.

Love/Support MJ more: Yes but I’ve been too hard at points on him. I need to improve on this. I will always love him though.

Continue to work on fitness: Yes I’ve kept up with Zumba and have started doing Yoga in the mornings before work. I still would like to improve more though.

Floss more: No I sucked at this

So I don’t think I’ve done too badly with 2013 I have achieved and missed also but I moved forward.

So now drum roll please

2014 Resolutions 
  • Continue focusing on my relationship with MJ and continue to love/support him
  • Work on my mental and physical health – learn to mediate.
  • Continue to rely on God
  • Try to discover who I am
  • Try to live a greener lifestyle
  • Continue on with and grow my blog
  • Embrace creativity in all forms
  • Spend more time with my niece and nephew (they are just so crazy and make life so wonderful)
  • Forgive
  • Let go of anger
  • Love more

I’m looking forward to heading into this New Year with a focus and just ready to surrender to life and live it. 2014 is going to be awesome.

What are your plans for this New Year? Are you excited?

Monday, 23 December 2013

Why is there so much pressure on Christmas?

Why is there so much pressure on Christmas? Why do you have to have the right amount of gifts or food or decorations? Why do we have to show off everything to try and impress our family and friends?
I love Christmas but over the last few years it’s really starting to lose its shine.  Everyone seems to make it all about the presents, all about the food, all about the lights and decorations. 
Christmas is so much more than that. It’s a time to celebrate Jesus coming to earth as our Saviour, the ultimate gift (hence why we give presents). Share the good news with friends and family together having a great time.
If you don’t believe in Jesus, Christmas is still so special too. It’s a time to spend with loved ones and enjoy time together and celebrate life.
We have seem to have lost the meaning of Christmas somewhere in all the money being spent trying to outdo each other in who has the better gift. I almost want to start a boycott on presents, so we can just celebrate not compete.
This Christmas, try and focus on the real meaning of Christmas, yes presents are nice but they aren't the ultimate goal. Celebrate life, Jesus, family and everything that’s good in the world this Christmas.