HAPPY NEW YEAR
I started my first day of 2016 with a yoga session and finished it with an adventure. A memorable trail ride through the bush on horseback with the kids, my two sisters and niece. We laugh now about our crazy stubborn horses. They enjoyed dragging us through the thick scrub for two hours. We have the scars to prove it (more like a couple of scratches). But we did it and I am so proud of my two children who have never been on a long horse ride before this.
January is the month that slips through my fingers all too quickly. I am aware of it now and want to work on my main project as much as I can. But life throws us challenges in the midst of parenting.
The wonderful weather beckons us to the beaches and outdoor activities. The children are on holidays until the end of this month. Its almost impossible to find the time for what I want to do. Being creative and consistent is the key. I admit, children (tweens) wanting something to do every second of the day becomes my challenge. How about you? Do you feel January goes by without a thought? Or are you one of the lucky ones who gets to work from day dot.
I’m not going to feed you my long list of new years resolutions, or one word to live by. I have too many for this year and feel I will carry out all my goals if I truly live a well-balanced life.
It begins with my health. I cannot be at my best as a mother, wife and artist if Im unfit. At the end of last year I added yoga and weight training to my fitness menu. The odd bike ride with the kids and my morning walks weren’t enough. Trying to avoid sugar is not hard for a savoury queen (chips, twisties, yum) like me. My weakest link is a mouth watering (flaky pastry) meat pie or a gourmet Pizza. (Tandoori chicken my fave).
By limiting these foods and keeping to an exercise plan, my mind feels clearer already. I won’t lie, the body is reluctant to let go of old habits. My husband inspires me (go Pete). He has trained now for about six months. I can see the visible changes in his body and general well-being.
I am older than he and so we joke about how it will take my body longer to learn and crave these new habits. Some days my mind is eager but the body says no, and visa versa. It’s funny how we humans know whats good for us but we fight it daily.
Its time to shine in 2016 because I want to live in the moments, evolve and grow. Grow in mind, body and spirit. My hope is, if I live this so-called, well-balanced life, It will allow me, to thrive in all areas of my life.
THE PLAN (not a resolution)
I’m going to finish my picture book, it has taken me two and half years to get to this point. It will never be perfect and to learn, I must set it free. I enrolled in a webinar on how to make 2016 my year to finish a picture book (Readers Digest webinar). 12 goals to help make it happen and have my book ready for an agent/publisher. I will also receive a critique of my manuscript as part of the package by an agent/editor. It is the main reason I signed up. Once I have my feed back and make all the changes I will also take it through another critique with Readers digest. One final professional critique, one I will pay for, something I have not done yet. I need to stop worrying about the illustrations FINISH them and trust in my journey.
I say to you, I hope 2016 is a year for LOVE, PEACE and JOY. I look forward in reading about your lives, hopes, dreams and achievements. Thank you for entertaining me for the last three years and here’s to another year full of adventure’s.
Share a goal for 2016 with me, we can keep each other accountable.