Happy New Year Friends & Readers!

I always find that the weird time warp between Christmas and New Year, when you’re on leave and not really sure what the date or day of the week it is, is the perfect time for reflection, of the year passed and the year ahead. 

2017 was a good year for me personally, in spite of the chaos around me, I took a very valuable lesson from the year and I managed to maintain fairly good mental health. My depression and anxiety disorder seem to be, for the most part, under control and I certainly hope to continue the same way into 2018. 

But there are some changes I want to make, most importantly, I want LESS of what’s not important and MORE of what is!

I watched a documentary on Netflix a few months ago, Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things, and it had a profound effect on me. It really got me thinking about what’s truly important in life and how all the things that we I collect do nothing for me really. They don’t make me happy and ultimately they feed into my dissatisfaction and also affect my anxiety. The more things I accumulate, the more stressed I feel, like I’m being smothered by all the things! 

Check out the trailer:

So my focus word for 2018 is LESS!

I know it seems ironic because I want more time, more love, more happiness, more health, but I am really starting to feel like I will have so much more if I accumulate less! 

I know minimalism can be a dirty word for many but I do believe you can live a minimalist lifestyle without living starkly. If that makes sense? 

As an example, I’d call my decor style, if you can call it style, more shabby chic/comfortable than stark minimalism, but…. I still have too much stuff and it’s time to start getting rid of it.

For example, I have a cupboard in our spare bedroom that is overflowing with spare sets of curtains that haven’t been used in years. I have a three tier cupboard in my kitchen that it full to the brim of glasses that we never ever use. I have clothes in my cupboard I haven’t touched in months. I have just things shoved in every draw and every space in every room in our home that don’t get used. They serve no purpose other than to make me feel stressed and drowning in things! It’s time for them to go.

So I plan to start from tomorrow, clearing out the clutter, getting rid of all the things that remain hidden in draws and empty spaces but that leave me feeling like I’m drowning in stuff. Stuff that I don’t need. And stuff that I actually don’t want!

What is your word/goal/plans for 2018? 

Tying in with the less theme for the year is more…. I want to say no to more things and yes to what actually matters. On a personal level, I want more time to do the things I love and spend less time worrying about what doesn’t matter. 

Then obviously there are the usual suspects too, focus on my health, focus on my fitness, focus on my husband and my children. Focus on my career. Focus on all the things that are actually important and LESS on the things that aren’t!