If you're like me, then every year is going to be the year you really crack it. It willl be the year you finally work out what it is you are here for. The year all your resolutions are kept. The year you become the la-la-lady who's got it all together. Well it's going to be another year of trying anyway.
Ever since I was a teenager I've had a New Years Eve ritual of writing down the key personal / global achievements of the last year; plus my hopes and expectations for the year ahead.
So this year two tiny things have had an impact on how I do this goal setting. Firstly, I ordered the 2013 Create Your Incredible Year Calendar & Workbook by Leonie Dawson. I've never bought that kind of thing to download before; and I ummed and aaahed for ages.
I mean the worksheets were gorgeous and crying out to be filled, all rainbow hued and filled with Leonie Dawson's beguiling art. I was just a bit luddite-ish about the idea of downloading an ebook workbook. But look at this…how could I resist?
Ms Leonie Dawson is Australian creative goddessey guru, with bags of energy and a beguilingly cheerful and straight talking manner. She also runs an affiliate scheme, which I'm guessing is why there are so many reviews of her work on the web.
Which I'm pleased about, because these women-entered reviews were so compelling that they really persuaded me to take the plunge and spend the 16 quid or so on these.
I've taken the plunge and signed up to be an affiliate too, so if you do click through and purchase via my link then I get some lovely pennies!
The whimsical artwork is gorgeous and life affirming, and the questions really cut to the chase. There is a section on reviewing 2012, which I loved, as once I started writing things down I realised that I'd achieved more than I'd thought last year.
Not just the gentle domestic joys (seeing DH start reception, learning to crochet), but also some small creative ambitions (starting my blog, beginning to tweet) and some amazing family experiences (a much wanted and much appreciated good old fashioned warm beach holiday on the Canary Islands, and yes I know that makes me sound spoilt, but believe me I know how blessed we are)..
I also – rather grudgingly – used the releasing 2012 pages of this workbook to look at some work issues that have been the downside of last year.
There was a lot of processing to be done here (aka much wailing and gnashing of teeth). BUT by answering the question on what lessons i learnt last year, I began to see why a particular scenario was manifesting itself in my life again.
Touch wood, I may be ready to take a deep breath, grow up and move on (figuratively! No big moves for a while please.).
Okay, ahem, in the spirit of sharing and of illustrating how this workbook can help you find the diamonds in the rough of your year, here are a few of my insights that I learnt through this 2012 closing ceremony. In 2012 I learnt:
.1. I discovered I love creating music. Singing, piano, Native American flute. Beginner pleasures but ones that give me great joy, even in the midst of self-indulgent darkness.