Monthly Musings ~ January
Hi beautiful friends,
Welcome to my blog and Happy New Year to you all. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and had a chance to relax, unwind & take-stock.
We’ve just turned the first page of Chapter One of 2022 and it feels all shiny and new, full of possibilities ~ a chance to press the reset button. I’ve never really been one for setting resolutions as such, but I do like to write down one specific word that I return to throughout the year and I also like to set a series of little goals that over the course of a year, 3 years, 5 years mount-up to create something wonderful.
My word for 2021 was “Challenge”, I knew that launching a new business during a pandemic was going to be tough and this year, I’ve been thinking lots about seeing the hard work paying-off in various areas. So, my word for 2022 is “Manifest” which is actually the theme of January’s Monthly Subscription Box.
We have the power to create the life of our dreams and it’s so important to remember that by pushing ourselves each day, we can build a life full of colour, happiness, opportunity & hope. Hope is the key, when we have hope, anything is possible. If you have begun the New Year not feeling quite as chipper as you’d like, please remember that hope will return, the rain doesn’t last forever and the sun will shine again.
We have been challenged in so many ways over the past couple of years, and sometimes, it might not feel like we are capable of reaching our goals but like the beautiful lulling waves breaking gently on the shore, life ebbs & flows and we always come back to centre in the end. We find our way home and we are imbued with the strength that we’ve gained by overcoming our challenges, ready to bask in the golden sunshine of our continued and unwavering efforts.
If we think about the analogy of each year as being a brand new notebook (I have more of these than Paperchase!), with each page signifying a new day, we have the opportunity every morning to write the story of our lives. How we choose to paint our own particular canvas of life is up to us and each one is beautifully unique; an expression of all that we’ve accomplished, overcome, are proud of, feel happy about.
Here are my monthly mantras for this brilliant & shiny first month of 2022. I like to write them down and keep them close; under my pillow in my purse, on my cork board ~ it’s a nice way to gently remind ourselves each day that positivity and hope are always one thought away.
• I welcome this new chapter of my life with open arms
• I am capable and worthy of magnificent things
• I am open to embarking new & exciting challenges that push me outside of my comfort zone
• I understand that I need time to rest & relax
• I am proud of myself for coping
• I realise that I am the key to unlocking my happiest life
• I know that things will get better
• I am ever-striving to move forwards
• I will allow myself to sit with my feelings
• I will love & respect myself now matter what I’m going through
Many of these mantras I have been repeating to myself or a while and it does make a difference, I can assure you of this. Feel free to re-write, edit or write your own set of mantras for January ~ I will keep posting mine each month so do use them if you think they’ll nurture and nourish you.
You may have noticed that I’ve changed from ‘Monthly Mantras’ to ‘Monthly Musings’ ~ I wanted to use this opportunity each month to get my thoughts on paper and share them with you all so it’s evolved slightly to make space for this.
I wish you all such a happy January, I hope that you fill it with fun and happiness. I’ll be back in February with more Monthly Musings so I’ll see you then.
All my love & encouragement,