Last lazy Sunday afternoon, while I lounged my tired body and absent mind around house with my iPad I come across this beautiful post from Maxabella. She asked herself 10 questions contemplating the year that was, 2014.
A wrap up of sorts.
Something that started my brain ticking over again, however slowly after all the festivities of last week.
New Years Day is a huge day for renewal. Taking with you the past year but with a fresh heart and mind about things.
New Years Eve, as the clock ticks past midnight, if I am awake, I always take a minute for myself to make a wish for the year to come. How I want things to play out. But I don’t often give much thought into the year before. Today that changes.
Thanks to Maxabella for triggering this for me and if you are also keen to take some time with these questions there is a blank list at the bottom of this post for you to copy over.
1. What word do you think best summed up 2014?
Settle. 2014 it was a year where we settled. We moved to a place where we had no plans to leave. We moved into a house we had no plans of moving out and wouldn’t grow out of. We buried our roots and we settled.
2. What did you do for the first time this year?
I took the plunge and went back to writing, something I always dabbled with but never gave a good go.
I took on solo parenting for two weeks at a time as our family settled into FIFO life. See there is that word again!
I had acupuncture, doing anything to try to fall pregnant. Jury is out if it worked or it was a coincidence but hey presto!
3. What is one thing that happened that will have lasting consequences?
I wiped out a fair chunk of that voice inside my head that squashes my ambition and stops any projects dead in their tracks. With this, I am also learning to be much kinder to myself.
4. Was there anything you wish you’d done differently? Why? How?
Not really. Things are how they are and I guess that is how they should be. I am happy with any decisions I made or we made as a family. I might take forever to make the decisions but I am not one to dwell on something once I have already started strolling down that path.
5. Do you have a favourite moment from the year? What made it special?
There was a moment this year that was so simple and normal that shouldn’t mean much. I was reversing out of our driveway with Ari (2.5 years old) in the back seat. We had been in our new house for a few months by this stage. Ari pipes up from the back, “Mum, I love this. I love Ari’s new house”. It made me so happy, I wanted to jump around and give him a kiss. All I want is for my kids to be happy and this just made my heart melt.
6. What lessons has 2014 taught you about yourself? About others?
I like rocks. I like big rocks that I can hide under.
I had forgotten how to put on my big gal panties because if anything got to hard I would just walk away or find the nearest rock. Having kids and moving back down to a capital city has taught me that sometimes you just have to deal and do the shitty stuff too. Plus the shitty stuff really isn’t that shitty once it’s done.
7. How will the lessons from this past year change the way you approach the new year?
I will be softer on myself, especially with another baby arriving early in the year. Family needs to come first and putting family first is taking care of my mental and physical heath so the family can run smoothly. There are times when I can’t do it all and that is fine because being present and sucking in the short amount of time little ones are actually little is the best and most important thing of all.
8. What do you most want to do in 2015?
The first half of the year will be really family focused of course but the second half I want to shift gears with this online space.
9. What do you most want to change about yourself? The world?
I’m happy. Of course there are the things I have mentioned previously like being kinder but being aware of those things is the first step to correcting them.
In these past few months I have realised how lacking my thoughts on health are. The second half of 2014 has not been a good one for health, more for what is easiest. So next year I plan to change that once I go back to being one person again and firing on all cylinders.
10. What one word do you hope will sum up what you hope to achieve in 2015?
I’m working on this and I think I have it. Will share it with you here tomorrow. Get your thinking caps on too because I can’t wait to hear your one word for 2015.
- What word do you think best summed up 2014?
- What did you do for the first time this year?
- What is one thing that happened that will have lasting consequences?
- Was there anything you wish you’d done differently? Why? How?
- Do you have a favourite moment from the year? What made it special?
- What lessons has 2014 taught you about yourself? About others?
- How will the lessons from this past year change the way you approach the new year?
- What do you most want to do in 2015?
- What do you most want to change about yourself? The world?
- What one word do you hope will sum up what you hope to achieve in 2015?
Share and own your 10 questions below in the comments section or if you have written about than elsewhere share the link.
Happy New Year my lovely peeps. Stay safe. Thanks for joining me in 2014 and I can’t wait to see and hear more from you next year.
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