It feels like a really long time since I’ve been in this space, the last few months of 2016 were a bit of a blur with so much going on! We went away to the coast for Christmas, and we’ve been home for a few days now.
I’ve been having a break from running Fred & Pepper and have just been trying to slow down and spend some quality time with my family. I’ve also had plenty of down time to reflect on the year that was…
Last year was the first time that I picked one word to guide me through the year. I chose Clarity, using the word to set goals around having a clean and clear mind and home environment so that I could make better decisions. I had intended to declutter our home, clean up my diet, and practice yoga regularly.
I started out ok, but the year panned out very differently to what I expected. I had some family issues arise that took a toll on my emotional health, and the more I tried to seek clarity in these situations the more elusive it became. I threw myself into starting my handmade business on Etsy, and while I absolutely loved it, I immersed myself in it to avoid all of the emotional overwhelm going on in other parts of my life, and then was not spending enough time in other areas. Toward the end of last year I found myself rather emotionally burnt out, which led to me being very tired, unproductive and just not myself.
Out of all the confusion and emotion though, I found clarity in other ways. After making myself stop and pause, and listen to my own heart, it’s become very clear what I need in my life, who I am and what I need to be happy. And that I still have plenty to celebrate for 2016…
We put in a new kitchen which has been a great benefit to our whole family, I had a successful first year running Fred & Pepper, and we announced the impending arrival of our 6th baby, who is due to arrive in April.
There were times throughout the year I thought clarity was maybe not the right word, but it has been just what I needed in the long run.
Did you choose a word for 2016? Did it work out well for you?