There are two things I do without fail every year...one is to read Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh and the other is to reflect on the year behind as well as the year ahead. The book was published in 1955 and the author ruminates on the challenges of modern life, about how modern 'gadgets' that were supposed to make life simpler, in fact made it more complicated. It's good to be reminded to slow down and make conscious choices rather than feel pulled in many different directions. Yes, something has to be sacrificed, but then something always does, and in the end the sacrifices are certainly worth it, if its the right thing.
As far as personal reflection, last year I found a terrific resource titled 'Unravelling the Year Ahead' by Susannah Conway. It's a 25 page workbook which begins on focusing on the previous year successes and not successes and then moves onto the year ahead. Last year I sat in a café for a few hours but this year I decided to light a fire in the fireplace, prepare snacks and a matcha tea latte while enjoying some music at home and it was a real pleasure. I took time to read through last year's notes and was pleasantly surprised to see how much I had accomplished off my list of dreams, even though I never did refer back to it. There really is something powerful about writing down your intentions. She's offered the download again for this year and best of all, it's free.
AIRdirondack Art Project