I always love the freshness of a new year. It always feels like the slate can be wiped clean and you can start the year in the way you want your life to be. I know new year resolutions can get a bad rap, but I relish the holiday down time to slow down and make some intentions for the new year. This year is one I know will be different and that’s due to some big changes I made as 2014 drew to a close.
I quit my job
In the dying days of 2014 I walked into my boss’s office and quit my job. I’d love it if it was that simple, that one day I decided that I would resign and marched right in there and did it. However, I am never that decisive so the move followed months of weighing up pros and cons, of planning, budgeting, dreaming and scheming. All the layers of my decision making process intertwined and proved to me beyond reasonable doubt that it was the move I had to make – for myself, for my family and for my career.
The final weeks of 2014 were a flurry of tying up loose ends, farewells and Christmas planning so sitting here now feels very much like a new beginning. While previously I’ve been a freelance writer on the side of my part-time job as a journalist, this year it’s all up to me as to how much money I earn and what my work/life balance looks like. While I’ve been hankering for this kind of freedom for a long while, it also presents a myriad of challenges – how to live an inspired life on less, how to stay motivated when working from home and how to create an organised and distraction free home (as it will now also be my place of business!).
Towards Mindful Family Living
If I was to sum it all up, my big goal for this year is to create a mindful family life – living with intention and making choices that support our family’s values, aspirations and dreams. A big part of that is continuing to look for ways to stress less and look after myself so that I can be the best mother I can to my boys. I want to introduce systems that tame the chaos of our family life. I want to live adventurously and explore new outdoor activities as a family. I want to make the best use of my time and free myself from frazzled. I want to stick to a budget that allows us the means to plan for our future. I want to make good food choices for myself and my family. And lastly, I want to share how I go about that with you, so you too can start to explore what mindful family living looks like for you.
So, who’s with me? I’d love to hear what the new year holds for you and what changes you want to make to live more mindfully in 2015.
Photograph: Alicia Summer Photography.