It’s that time of year again folks where we start to think about what the next twelve months might look like for us. I love this time of year because it makes me feel reflective for the year I’ve just had; grateful for the good bits (there’s been a hundred) and wiser for the bits I probably wouldn’t want to repeat again (less this year for me…progress!), and optimistic for the year ahead. So whilst I don’t particularly believe in New Years resolutions (come on guys…do you ever actually keep to them??), it is nice to start thinking about how we would like to fill our year. Like a blank canvas…we can make it anything; learn something new, take a class, visit a certain place, be more healthy, accomplish that particular dream or goal.
To say that from the 1st January we are going to be more this or more that I think is basically setting ourselves up for massive failure! It’s January guys, it’s the most miserable month of the year. In the past it’s the month I can’t think of anything past heading straight home from work, throwing on my snugglies, pouring myself a glass of red and eating a good hearty British dinner! Comfort is what we need in January…going to the gym after work, eating salads? No way! (Apologies by the way to people who actually get genuine enjoyment from going to the gym! If that’s your thing…well, actually I am massively jealous!!) I’m not saying to go crazy or anything, I mean perhaps don’t have that second chocolate biscuit with your cup of tea, or maybe have fruit for your something sweet after dinner. Everything in moderation.
If you want to be more healthy I believe that comes naturally when we are happy in ourselves, in our lives. Find something that makes you tick instead and nurture that thing. Do fun things. Wrap up warm and step out in the fresh air. Or when you are sat on the sofa in your snugglies with your glass of red wine, get out your laptop and start working on that new thing you want your 2017 to be filled with. Write. Read. Be inspired. Fall in love with your passions again. And then when you’re ready, when the time is right…get out there and make those things happen. It could be a month from now, 6 months from now, or something that has to wait until the end of the year. Either way isn’t it nice to be thinking of those things, imagining them happening and then actually doing them. That’s a buzz right there! Basically guys, by the end of 2017 what do you want to be able to look back on and have the memories of from the year you’ve just had?
In my experience plans never really work out exactly the way we… well plan them. So instead I like to say let’s have an idea…
So what ideas do I have for my 2017?
1. Make a Difference
This really is the one that my 2017 is going to be based around. I’m so excited about this. So early 2017 will have me headed back to Nepal so that we can get the ball rolling with the start of the rebuild. I will be meeting with the architecture in February and together we’ll be visiting Sita at her village home in Dhading. We need to get an idea of the logistics behind the build and how long it’s going to take. By the end of 2017 we shall have a new home for Sita and her boys. It’s going to be incredible.
2. Walk/Hike/Trek (whatever the correct word for it is) more:
So I’m not going to pretend here that I’m the healthiest person in the world…because seriously…I’m really, very, incredibly, not! But over the last year I have discovered something that makes me feel good, that helps me with the over active mind I have; the thoughts, questions, doubts, insecurities. I mean it can be quite overwhelming at times. Can you guess what that thing is? ….Hurrah, you’re a clever bunch you are…yes that thing is walking.
I started properly about this time last year when I was preparing (quite pitifully) for my trek in Nepal, walking around the village I live in. Then the trek…well we all know I felt about that. Just an incredible experience. But it’s the way I feel when I’m walking; Peace, clarity, content. These are things that I struggle to find in my day to day life. I’ve often been told that I would benefit from meditating, but I just can’t get my head around it. At least not the conventional way of meditating. Just sitting or laying there with my thoughts…to be honest that sounds like hell to me. But I realise that we can find our own form of meditation and I think for me I’ve found mine through walking. It doesn’t switch off my thoughts but being out in the air, in nature, getting some exercise, it turns my thoughts from negative to positive. I start to feel optimistic, that yes I can do these things, or even no that thing I thought was right for me actually isn’t. The cloud starts to lift and I start to see things with a clear head. So I want 2017 to be filled with lots of walking. From village walks around England to mountain treks in wherever. Before I head back to India in a few weeks I want to set myself the challenge to walk from village to village staying over at friend’s or family’s. These are villages quite far from each other crossing countryside I’ve not crossed before. So it will definitely be interesting, and exciting. Also whilst I’m in Nepal I am hoping to walk the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
I’ve spent years trying to find a sport or exercise that fits in with me and my lifestyle. As soon as I gave in to following my dreams…I found it.
3. Wedding Shinnanigans:
My sister is totally getting married this year!!!! Eeeek! More importantly I’m going to be Maid of Honour! I know right! (only kidding Ems, clearly you being a bride is a lot more of a big deal than me being maid of honour)! I’m so excited…I’m, I mean Emma, is going to look like a princess. All eyes will be on me, I mean Emma! Damn it why do I keep doing that!
Haha only kidding. I’m super excited for my lil’ sis getting married to the man of her dreams. She is going to look absolutely stunning and I will more than likely burst with pride at some point during the day. Before the big day though we have wedding prep shinnanigans and of course hen do shinnanigans, the latter being a surprise destination to the sis (I’ll tell you all about it once she knows 😉 Until then…mum’s the word!).
4. Snow Fight:
I haven’t seen proper snow in nearly 4 years! What the hell global warming! I mean we might have a little flurry, wake up in the morning to a winter wonderland, but then by the time we’ve had our morning cup of tea and finished our breakfast we’re left with watery remains. So at some point this year I would like to see snow and I would like to have a snowball fight and I would like to stand out in the snow whilst it’s actually snowing (I know…I have such a romantic mind don’t I…)
5. Trans Siberian:
I can’t imagine I’m going to get much travelling done this year as making money really needs to be a priority, but I want to set myself an incentive. After having seen Everest this year I started thinking about some other things that on my death bed I want to be able to say I’ve done (that’s not morbid is it??). Crossing from Moscow to Beijing on the Trans Siberian, with a stop off in Mongolia, is one of those things. Doing it in the winter in the snow and ice is how I imagine my journey across Siberia. Imagine how beautiful that would be; the light of the sun on the white of the snow, the frozen trees and lakes, the romantic setting. Ah…I’ve imagined it many times. So I’ve decided that my incentive for this year will be to take the trans Siberian next winter. Not a bad thing to be working towards eh!
So that’s it guys…these are some of the things that will help create a full and happy 2017 for me. Why don’t you start thinking about what you might want yours to look like…. It’s exciting isn’t it 🙂
By the way, just an after thought….it’s great talking about all these happy and positive things and I’m sure and I hope that your year is a happy one. But bad things can happen, do happen, and more than likely will happen. Throughout these times just try and remember and reflect on all of your blessings; family, love, freedom. Find beauty and comfort in the small things and remember that it will all get good again. x x x