Too often we let the day rush by without taking a moment to stop, think, unwind and appreciate the wonderful little things that it has contained.
At the end of 2016, I took part in this fantastic yearly review exercise published by one of my favourite bloggers, Anuschka Rees.
It is a really valuable collection of 50 questions to inspire you to appreciate all the big and little things that occur in twelve short months.
Though, by early Spring, I have found that I have slowly started slipping into a routine of letting Monday become Friday without much thought for the in between.
It was time to readdress, re-evaluate and remind myself of the discoveries, excitements and adventures of the first quarter of 2017. However rather than sitting down and bullet pointing it all like I did as a year-end project, I have decided to do a weekly series of four questions and answers.
I will post some of them online, if you enjoy reading them, in the hope that it inspires you to slow down, take a deep breath, and remember all the wonderful things that have happened in what, without reflection, seemed like a merely average week.
So, with the view of looking back across 2017 for the first post. Here we go:
- What one event are you going to tell your grandchildren about?
It would have to be our recent adventure across West Coast USA. We kept a diary each day to remind us of the stories behind the experiences we have in memory, and often captured on film and photos.
The warm desert sunrises, the fresh sea air of San Francisco and Lands’ End, the crisp wines of Napa Valley and the throbbing of our feet as we hiked, walked, ran and wandered through four different but incredible cities.
- If I had to describe the start of 2017 in three words, what would they be?
Warm, Rewarding & Mobile
Warm, because I have felt warm and content with our day to day life.
Rewarding, because so many wonderful things that I have been lucky to experience or worked hard for have occurred.
Mobile, because I have rarely spent one week in the same city since the start of the year due to work or travel, which is something new to embrace and understand.
- What new things did you discover about yourself?
I discovered that after years’ of being unable to sleep on transport, I could sleep like a baby on a long-haul flight thanks to the wonders of meditation, lavender spray and a hardy eye mask.
That I can suffer really terribly from writers block, which came out of nowhere at the start of the year, and disappeared again of it’s own accord.
Podcasts are something I can enjoy, I had just not found the right one. For anyone looking to get into them, I would wholeheartedly recommend Serial, The Black Tapes and Lore.
I love pomegranates
4. What single achievement are you most proud of?
Personally, it would have to be finally finishing my book (watch this space) but honestly, I am so proud of all that everyone around me is achieving at the moment. My husband, friends and family are all doing amazing things.
So there you have it, the first in a series. I would love to hear your reflections on 2017 and would find it so interesting if my fellow bloggers, writers and readers followed the same weekly challenge and shared their stories!
If you don’t feel like committing to sharing your thoughts regularly, instead just take the time to appreciate the big and little wonderful things that have made you happy in the last year, and be aware of the things that have detracted from this sense of wellbeing.
It will help you be mindful of what to prioritise, and what, if anything, to let go.