I recently read a fantastic post from Hello It's Gemma called Reflections and Intentions. I don't really feel much of a need to reflect on 2014 (it was incredibly busy but we had fun and we were happy) but I loved Gemma's idea of having intentions for the coming year rather than resolutions and also the way she represented those intentions in a single image ... a table of intentions. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? So I decided to steal both of those ideas for my January's styling the seasons post (with approval from the lady in question, don't worry).
Yes, I'm feeling in a bit of a pink mood. It's not normally a favourite colour of mine but we've experienced the most beautiful of sunsets and sunrises recently that have been tinged with this delicately strong colour that it seems to have infiltrated my home too.
But back to my intentions for 2015 ...
DREAM - My 100 Stories Are Now Beginning. Every new year deserves a new notebook. A clean page. A fresh start. I'm a list maker and a note taker. More so now that I have two children and ideas seem to pop in to my head and then swiftly disappear as I inevitably end up chasing the boys around the house or meeting their constant demands for 'more food'. Writing this blog is important to me and while I simply don't have any more time to dedicate to it other than a couple of posts a week, I want to continue to jot ideas down and have plans for the future even if I can't implement them all right now.
RELAX - The tealight is on the table as a reminder that it's okay to do nothing on occasion; not all minutes have to be filled. I used to be great at unwinding but now I feel like it's an evening wasted if I haven't ticked off a million things from my ever-increasing to-do list. I need to convince myself that taking it a little easier every now and again is not time lost but instead time to refresh and reinvigorate. Don't all the best ideas come when you're lying in the bath?
TRAVEL - The honeycomb ball and the photographs represent fun and holidays. We have a summer holiday planned in Greece and we were also lucky enough to be chosen as Mark Warner ambassadors in 2015 (you can see our entry here) so we'll be heading off on a family skiing holiday in April. I want to continue to explore North Wales too and rediscover the area where I grew up and see it through the eyes of my little two. I adore our weekend walks and love using them to improve my photography skills (something else that I also intend to work on this year too).
CREATE - The two ninja peg dolls and the pot of colouring pencils are there because I want to do more little craft projects with the boys. They both like helping in the kitchen and making things so I think it's time for me to actually do some of the things that I've pinned on my Pinterest boards rather than simply admiring them on my laptop. Bad mother, I know, but I'm not really one for a house filled with children's 'art' so I'm looking for more practical projects ... perhaps decorating terracotta pots for a mini herb garden or using fabric paints to brighten up plain napkins ... projects that they will enjoy but mean that I don't have to display their 'masterpieces' on my lovely white walls.
RUN - And lastly, there's the cup of fruit tea which is to remind me to continue living a healthier lifestyle. Having lost two stone in 2014, it's not about losing weight but instead staying fit and healthy and making good choices (yes, chocolate will still feature on occasion). I really enjoyed the Couch to 5K programme and am going to stick with it this year and see if I can beat my time or run a bit further.
I'm really excited about 2015. It's the first year of many where we have no life-changing plans. I'm not pregnant, we're not moving house, neither of us is changing jobs, we're not emigrating, the eldest will continue to go to the same school, the littlest will continue to stay at home with me, I will still say no to getting a dog. No upheavals at all (or not that we know about right now). And that feels really, really good.