20140119-145159.jpg There is a new year ahead and I’m starting to think about how it might look. I’ve been thinking about resolutions and writing down ideas.

I’ve been thinking about the year just passed, too. Thinking about what I have been proud of and what I need to let go of. Ashley’s beautiful posts have been very helpful here – she is a wonderful guide and friend in this online world, and I am always inspired by how she writes, how she eats and how she lives.

It isn’t news to anyone that 2013 was a hard one for me. I kind of knew it would be, but I had hoped that things might go differently. They didn’t. I got hurt. And I still feel raw, I ache and over-think things, but am finding my way through. Finding different things to hope for and work towards. I still have a lot to be grateful for, and I try to remember that each and every day.

In reflecting, it has been nice to see that in spite of everything this past year, in spite of love and work and home dramas, that I’ve maintained some goals. In years past I’ve had resolutions to manage my money better, and to focus on yoga more. This last year I have been very sensible with my pay - I have stayed on budget and I have not only saved, but I’ve paid off any debt I had, university loans included. And you should know that after seven years of tertiary study, that felt AMAZING. I’ve also practiced yoga every damn week. I’ve come back to the studio day after day, week after week. It feels pretty wonderful to think that that these aren’t resolutions anymore – they are just habits that stay with me, part of who I am now.

I have some bigger ideas for the year ahead, some personal things I want to achieve, and also a whole heap of small things. Things that don’t necessarily matter, but are nice little starters to share with you:

  • I’d like to learn how to braid my own hair – like those beautiful ones that wrap right across the top of your head. It sounds silly, but my hair is longer now and aside from out and curly, all I do is a messy top-knot.
  • I’d like to use my camera more, and to use it properly. It doesn’t have too many bells and whistles, so I should be able to wrap my head around the settings with a bit of patience and practice.
  • I’d like to read more – I wrote this last year, and did a little better, but by June all I wanted after work was to crawl into bed with some pasta and a BBC or HBO series to tune out to. I’d like to use my time more constructively. I got a whole pile of books for Christmas, and ones borrowed from family, that I am longing to get through.
  • I'd like to continue with my SUNDAY posts here - they are a nice bit of structure to my writing and my week. And I have loved looking back through them, of thinking of my life in pictures and words.
  • I'd like to go ahead and frame all the beautiful art I have. I have so much good stuff that just sits neatly in rolls and between cardboard under my bed. I am blessed to have a range of talented friends who have given me work, and some special pieces I have collected on travels over the years. I keep meaning to have them professionally framed - I mean, it is expensive, but absolutely an investment. I'm excited about this one!