I write this on the back of returning home from our Christmas trip to Auckland. And with this timely post, falls the eve of the New Year.
Our trip away took me a few days to rest my mind from having been working since Labour weekend travelling around the country and abroad capturing some amazing moments and witnessing love in all shapes and sizes. It has been full on and while at times I am found staring blankly, my mind is racing with all the projects and work I have to do that is yet to make it's way out and onto paper. I left my camera home so to completely shut off during the holiday. I attempted the first few days to edit but had to force myself to put my laptop away. Then came the late nights and the over-eating.
I think, other than the company of family and friends we managed to catch up with, my highlight I think from the trip came on our last day. I sat around the dining table with my parents sharing with them some concerns and some love. I have come to learn that in these types of conversations, my words need to begin with positivity then constructive criticism and followed by being open to suggestions of change. When done carefully these conversations turn out much better than hoped for.
I have also come to learn this year that I am continually left with the sense of complete gratitude for the life that I have, and the people that I live it with. I am grateful for my parents. FULL STOP. They have taught me to realise even more so each day - forgiveness + acceptance. I have always had a "voice" with my parents, which is probably why my brothers continue to turn to me to be the "spokesperson". This is something I'm learning to do better at giving my daughters' a voice to share their concerns with me.
There were a few things that I wanted to do better this year and I feel I am definitely not in the same place I was last year - physically (not so good), mentally + spiritually (much better). God has given me so much this year and that which I have prayed for. I feel 2016 will be more about refining how I handle what I have been given.
We have great dreams and visions for 2016 and our prayer is that it is God's will for us. We are excited to be venturing out into the unknown and hopeful for great opportunities for us and those around us.
I have decided that 2016 I will continue to do better by implement what I am calling my "5-FOLD INTENTIONS". For at least 30 minutes each day, these intentions will help me to focus on what I will do to live a better + fuller life.
My 5-FOLD INTENTIONS are based on, what I have come to realise over the years, is important to me:
- INTENTION 1: SPIRITUAL - Spend time to talk to God, read His word, share Jesus, have conversations about Faith
- INTENTION 2: PHYSICAL - Do something active that will improve my health
- INTENTION 3: MENTAL - Spend time to develop my mind, watch TED, read a book, connect with someone who inspires me
- INTENTION 4: RELATIONAL - Catch up with an old friend, Check up on someone, Spend quality time with my girls and/or husband, be a better listener - quick to listen, slow to talk
- INTENTION 5: PERSONAL - Appreciate myself. Be adventurous, be creative!
I'm excited for the new journey ahead! And to share more about my journey on this blog.
Happy New Year everyone and I hope that 2016 will be better than this year!!!!