I am writing this on a very misty, foggy day here in Newcastle, England.
It is currently Autumn and the colours are beautiful, even on this rainy day.
I have been doing a lot of reflecting lately and have chosen a ‘mantra’ for 2018 (I’ve been doing this each year for the last few years as it gives me a theme to be mindful of and aspire towards each year).
My mantra for 2016 was “Happiness”:
This was a nice choice after having experienced my happiest days in 2014 and 2015 (2012 and 2013 were also awesome). However, sometimes life can throw a curveball (or a couple of curveballs) at you and it was a mixed year… I think it taught me that things can’t always stay the same and that there are ups and downs and change will inevitably occur. For example, I had my second baby in 2016, so it was a very happy year in some ways, but I also developed post-natal depression (this hadn’t happened after the first baby), AND I lost an old friend to suicide, so it was also an extremely tough and emotional year. As in every year that goes by there were highlights and lowlights: I climbed a mountain, we road tripped some more around the USA, grew our family (by one!), and left the USA at the end of the year for Christmas in Australia, followed by another massive relocation…
My mantra for this year (2017) is “Adventure”:
This is because we packed up and left small town USA (after four amazing years there) and relocated to the north of England. I didn’t think a mantra such as “Happiness” would fit quite right so I chose “Adventure”, as traveling and relocating with two little kids certainly provides that.
And I have now chosen a mantra for 2018 (which is coming up fast): “Simplicity”.
Lately I have been focusing on simplifying my goals, and decluttering, both physically and mentally! I hope to continue with this throughout 2018. In great news our Wellbeing eBook will be ready very soon (by the end of 2017 in fact), and I am also currently writing memoirs. There are a lot of mixed feelings when it comes to writing my memoirs. I am writing about a lot of dark and disturbing material from my early life, so it is an exhausting and draining process. It is also very rewarding as it gives meaning and purpose to my life and allows me to reflect a great deal. Hard, but worth it!
So these are my reflections: Happiness, Adventure, and Simplicity.
Also grief, loss, sadness, and the many challenges that come with life.
I’m sure there is much more to come… and I will share some more reflections with you again soon.
Wishing you a wonderful week!
Love, Bridget x