Keeping it Light in 2016

Blue Skies
Captured while road trippin’ across Scotland, 2015.

Happy 2016 friends! It is still 2016 right?! It’s January! Okay okay… so it’s the third week of January. My internal clock is moving at a snail pace these days, so it takes me a bit longer to settle into reality.

I don’t know about you but 2015 was a spectacularly hectic year for me. A busy work schedule paired with a glorious year of travel, naturally took a toll on my physical health. Towards the end of the year when the pace picked up all around me, my body and mind were screaming for me to come to a halt. But I didn’t do that. Instead I kept going, pushing further, ignoring my all-knowing internal compass.

So at the outset of January, when the air is typically filled with hope, wishes and beginnings, I was drained, flustered and downright broken.

exhausted

After some thought and conversations, I decided to take a timeout from the hectic pace of things, and take care of myself; a pledge to rest and regroup. This isn’t about going back in time and becoming the person I was 2 years ago or something. It’s about acknowledging where I am today, and growing from where I’m at in this moment. Ultimately, it’s about feeling good and reconnecting with the things that help me get there.

There’s a fantastic line in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where one of the main characters is advised:

I am no jedi, but I know the force. It moves through and surrounds every living thing. Close your eyes, feel it. The light. It’s always been there. It will guide you.

So this is my moment to slow down, take care of myself and do the things that make me feel super. And of course, blogging is one of those things.

Do you have any intentions, goals or thoughts about 2016? For me, 2016 is all about ‘keeping it light.’

star wars gif

On a side note- if you’re going to do one thing before the end of the month, go and see Star Wars The Force Awakens, if you haven’t already. Geez!

Permission not to discuss food, for today

window museum
Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada

A very happy 2015 Friends! Please accept my belated wishes. At what point does it become obsolete to wish people a happy ‘new year’? Is there a cut-off point?

I will say from the outset that I don’t buy into the presumptions that:

  1. there is something particularly special about Jan 1st,
  2. this is the ONLY ‘new’ year,
  3. this is THE time of the year where we ought to reflect, respond, reinvent…ultimately, resolve.

Particularly the last one.

Most of us are fully capable of reflecting upon our lives on a daily basis. We can choose when and how we want to reinvent ourselves, without needing the permission of a ball-drop, fireworks, or an overrated date on the calendar.

The idealist in me insists that every moment is just as valid as the previous one to be able to start fresh and new. Missed the January 1st ‘start’ date for your resolutions? Or have you already had a cheat day? Fret not! You have permission to pause, regroup, and start again any moment you choose.

Today, on January 9, 2015, I choose to look up. It’s an intention to keep my gaze on the larger picture while being open to the unexpected. If at some point this year I decide to change this vision, I will allow myself to without any regret or need to ask the calendar’s permission.

Here’s to being in charge in 2015!