Hello there. Happy New Year!
It’s been a while since there was anything new on this blog of mine. In truth, ever since I took a holiday in August, I’ve not really got back into the swing of writing and, for the first time since I started Margot and Barbara, I’ve not suffered from any ‘must, should, could’ kind of guilt about not blogging. Life has been really busy, and full of change (and if I’m honest, rather a lot of stress) and writing has felt rather like a chore that I’ve gladly given up.
But slowly, slowly, the desire to write is returning. Annie’s recent post about blogging in 2015 really resonated with me. Blogging is whatever we as individual bloggers want it to be, and for me, that means a return to blogging as I originally intended; writing from my heart, with subject matters arising just because that’s what’s going on in my life. I’ve realised that although I’ve really enjoyed learning more about developing my blog, it’s never going to be the way I make money. And, I don’t want to feel pressurised to monetise my life, so that’s actually the right thing for me. I’m throwing away my schedules, planning, and self-imposed business plans and going back to basics.
The same things that I’ve always loved will continue to be the focus of this site; slow, outdoor-focussed living, everyday adventures, books, travel and learning – because they’re my life. And I do have a couple of projects that I’m working on that I will be sharing with you here, including my Makers’ Day in May.
All of this decision making has been hugely reinforced through spending the past week or so completing Susannah Conway’s Unravelling workbook and choosing my Word for 2015.
Nourish feels like exactly the right warm and comforting word for me to focus my life on, after a hectic, stressful year. It underpins my desire to slow down, spend more time in the outdoors and do the things that bring me joy and gentle happiness. It will mean practising kindness to myself as well as others and giving deserved attention to relationships with the people I love. It will mean making time for slowness, yoga, and perhaps even meditation, alongside picking up the pace a bit with running and walking in the glorious countryside.
I’ll nourish my mind and soul with exhibitions, films and shows, practising creativity and playfulness as often as I can and reading all the lovely, lovely novels languishing on my ‘to-read’ pile. Travelling to new places is also one of my favourite ways to nourish my mind, so hopefully I’ll get to see some new places around the world this year. I’m also planning to start a part time college course to support my long term career change plan, which feels like a positive step in nurturing my dreams.
And of course, nourish means making better choices for my body – more broccoli, less alcohol, better self-care for my mental and physical health. By re-framing it in my mind as ‘nourishing’ I feel like I’m looking after myself rather than embarking on a ridiculous, punishing and ultimately futile weight loss plan.
Setting intentions for the year through Unravelling has been a really positive experience. Intentions feel positive; celebratory, rather than restrictive. They feel like a better way of moving forward and making better choices that will not only affect my life but that of my children – more broccoli, everyday adventures and creativity for us all! – and I’m feeling comforted and optimistic about the year ahead.
To support my own memory-making for my 2015 and my Word, I’ve started to document my everyday commitment to it on Instagram with my own little hashtag #mbnourish2015 – I’m hoping to have a little photo-book made up at the end of the year to celebrate. Here’s to a nourishing year…
Do you have a Word for 2015? Or resolutions or intentions for the year? I’d love to hear your stories in the comments.