I turned on my computer to type a few new year’s reflections, to talk about my One Little Word for 2016, and my hopes for a calm and centered trip around the sun over the coming year.
And then we had an earthquake. Just a little one, 4.5 magnitutde, but enough the rattle my nerves. And to feel like just maybe the Universe was sending a big, fat “HA!” my way.
My word for the year of 2016 is Peace. Ha.
Earthquake or no earthquake, that’s what I hope to focus on in 2016. I’ve been practicing the One Little Word thing (inspired by Ali Edwards) since 2013, when I chose Embrace. 2014 was Bloom. 2015 was Intention. To be honest, I thought I might go with Shine for 2016 but over the past few days, peace just spoke louder and louder.
2015 was a very good year, but it was also full of growing and stretching and taking leaps. In 2016, I want to focus on self-care. I want to do something creative every day. I want to read more books and spend less time on my phone. I want to continue to deepen my yoga practice. I want to write in my journal. I want to be more gentle with myself and my expectations.
Of course, as the earthquake so gently reminded me, we can’t always control everything and force things to go smoothly. So, I want to keep peace in my heart, and be intentional about how I choose to respond to stressors. I want to continue to let go of anxiety and perfectionism.
It’s a tall order, but it’s also a relaxed one. I’m hoping that it might include creating more and posting more in this space, but I’m not making any promises. I am however, knitting some socks (a belated xmas gift) and I’ll be participating in the Downton Abbey mystery knitalong (disclosure: if the construction is too unconventional, I will not feel guilty about abandoning the KAL and picking my own pattern. Peace, remember?) So, knitting is happening, and Kellen got me a new laptop for Christmas, so the odds are in my favor for posting more. We shall see.
In the meantime, best wishes for a peaceful 2016!