However you with to celebrate Christmas, or not, we hope that you have a wonderful time filled with joy and peace. During this time of the year most of us take stock of what happened during the past year, and what we intend for the new year. So I’m taking this opportunity to share some ideas, tips and links to help you prepare for 2017:
Do what you love
Robyn Wilkinson from Holistica says: “Amp up the fabulous factor in your life by doing more of the things you love and less of the things you don’t.“
Taking time to live a joyful life will inspire your work! And no, I’m not saying that you should always be happy! We should live balanced lives and feel everything that we experience – using that in our art, craft, writing or music. But we can also choose what we do. This might mean choosing to make art rather than veg in front of the TV. Or to go for a walk rather than browse nonsense on our phones. TV and our phones are great, but we also need to find a balance. It also means choosing to have a nice glass of fairtrade wine and chat with our best friend rather than cleaning the house for the umpteenth time because you’re scared your mother-in-law will make a surprise visit. Do more things that you love!
This also applies to our work life – hate your job? Find a new one, or start doing something part-time that you can grow into a business once you quit your job. Or how about talking honestly to you boss – offering suggestions about how you can have more fun and still help build the business? Need an example? If you hate working in front of a computer, but love working with people, ask your boss for a chance to spend time getting more clients for the company, or getting feedback from current clients.
Simplify your life
This something we suggest in our lifestyle guide, and one of the main principles behind the philosophies of people like Leo Babauta from Zenhabits. Follow the links in our guide or visit this one: How to Design a Simple Life, by Melissa Camara Wilkins on Nosidebar.com to get you started.
Get some more green in your life
- Plant a tree, or sponsor trees
- Spend more time outside
- Grow your own veggies
- Have an outdoors adventure, and invite some friends or family to join in the fun
- Volunteer at a nursery, learn about plants or join your local botanical society
Spend time with yourself
Spend time getting to know yourself, spoil yourself with ‘me-time’ or fun activities with people you love, and learn a new skill or language.
Nourish your mind, body and soul. Listen to yourself and your deepest wishes.
“You are already enough. You, being yourself, have a purpose.” – Melissa Camara Wilkins
Want more tips?
Join me in celebrating life, creativity and a new year filled with hope (we CAN make a difference) and opportunities for learning & connecting.