Well hello hi di ho there 2018!!!
I’m excited to have you in my life!
And I am READY for you!!!
2017 was one of the most challenging years I’ve had. It started with my hubby being diagnosed with cancer (his second and non related cancer to his first) then, our son started his final year at school ( I felt like I was doing finals!) and the pressures of that combined with his climbing competitions, as most of you know I care for my elderly parents and their health was a roller coaster ride being good not great then not to good again. I’m sure there were other minor life events but these were the major ones for me in 2017. And as the saying goes I was keeping my head just above water, (I’m a terrible swimmer too so that doesn’t help). What did help though, was having amazing friends around me who emotionally supported me throughout the year and my siblings from afar with their phone calls and text messages of support.
I’ve never run a marathon before but 2017 sure did feel like it for me.
I collapsed over the finish line relieved and exhausted, with my arms, legs, head and body all limp and listless .. and I was ready for a big Sleeping Beauty rest.
2017 exhausted me.
I still had reserves in my emotional tank to get me to the end but I was nearing on empty I admit…just barely keeping my shit together really.
I made it though and here I am READY for 2018!
So what will 2018 look like for me?
I don’t really know.
I have new found freedom with no more school runs, school lunches or constant “nagging” about whether our son is in his room studying or YouTubing.
And hubby has pretty much been given the clear for his cancer, although the thought and knowing of having had cancer still remains in the back of his mind. Overall he is in a good place.
My parents’ health is good as it can be for the elderly but most importantly they have good appetites and a happy go lucky out look on their life enjoying moments of happiness.
I’ve spent plenty of time reflecting and mapping out my future free life in my head, and nothing, yet everything seems possible. Part of me wants to be extremely selfish and the other part is telling me to be sensible about it. Exploring all the possibilities of a “new life” and having discussions with hubby about having to rediscover, reinvent, and redefine ourselves this year but where do we begin?
I do know one thing for sure. I want to live a minimalist life free from clutter.
All my life I have been surrounded by clutter, purely my own doing and as I think more about it putting my psychologist hat on, it was probably an avoidance behaviour. Avoiding what? I don’t know, maybe the responsibilities of real life. I have written about wanting to be a minimalist before. I think the clutter allowed me to not allow me to do the things that make me happy. It gave me an excuse, self punishment maybe. Hmmmm …this is getting a little too deep. Let’s just STOP there and get on with my 2018 life!
So although I have a list of 18 things I would like to do in 2018 (I wouldn’t call them resolutions because every year I have the best intentions with “resolutions” like most of us, and I almost never stick to them, my excitement and enthusiasm only last for a month at the most), my number one priority and “thing” I would like to do and achieve is to declutter my house and life and free myself, my mind and my family’s life of all the “stuff”. I know for a fact that by doing just this one thing will create a cascade of happiness based life events for me this year.
Next week I will share with you my 18 for 2018 things I plan to do . Things that brings me joy!
2018 is a year of embracing newness, freedom, clarity and fun!
And I am READY!!!!