Happy New Year!
At last… 2014 – the year of unexpected challenges – is over! Now it’s time to focus on creating the best year ever in 2015.
I hesitate to use the term ‘new year’s resolution’ because it’s usually connected to giving something up. Plus, resolutions seem destined for finding themselves on the ‘fail’ list.
This year, my focus is on the positive. Here are my intentions for the new year:
Spend my time and energy on work that fulfills me and enables me to live the lifestyle I choose
I’ve spent a number of years working on a business that, while it has had its successes, challenges me in all the wrong ways so this year my focus will be on finding a better, more enjoyable way to make a living while still enjoying the benefits of being self employed.
Reinforce good health at every opportunity – quality food, exercise, sufficient sleep, etc.
When you’re stressed and frustrated it’s very easy to slip into bad habits. This year, good health is a priority. Eating quality, nutrient dense foods: grass fed beef, free-range pork and chicken, locally grown fruit and vegetables – preferably from my garden – as well as a daily walk will be the big priorities.
Be mindful of where and on what I expend my resources
While I explore other options for earning an income it will be more important than ever that every cent is used in a way that adds value to my life. And (for the moment) new shoes will only count if my only other choice is going barefoot!
Increase self-reliance by decreasing dependence
Life abounds with uncertainties but it seems to be that at the moment everything is defined by uncertainty. For me, reducing debt (mortgage) and creating multiple avenues of income mean that my quality of life is more robust and less like a game of Jenga.
These are the main issues on which I’ll focus this year. Throughout the year I will, no doubt, set very specific goals that relate to a project or set of tasks but this year, I want to use an over-riding intention to set the tone for the year rather than a list of rules and regulations I try to force myself to live by. We’ll see if this turns out to be a better way to handle the classic new year’s resolutions…
So, here’s to an awesome 2015 for everyone! May you live it well and love every moment.