Happy New Year – Blank Page

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A huge Hello from me to you, wishing you all a very happy new year!

For me there is something quite refreshing about starting the new year with a blank page. It is a welcome shift of the brain that allows for more clarity, positivity and focus. This year I”m not planning on setting a long list of unachievable goals, instead I’m focusing on a continued journey of unlocking my creativity. I know by engaging with this creative side it releases the feel good chemicals in my brain, allows me to experience flow and helps achieve more inner peace.

I am going to continue to try and find ways throughout to simplify some areas of my life in order to allow more time for more creativity. This simplifying is often just a small change that can make a bigger difference to your lifestyle, mindset and wellbeing. A small recent example of this was last year. As you know from my declutter post I had a bit of a sort out. The main things I got rid of was inspirational clutter (the things I think I’m going to do, when in reality will never do) for example a pile of 31 books! I hardly ever read fiction books and this pile gradually accumulated over time for the me that was going to sit in my sunhat on a lounger on a red hot summers day for the whole afternoon reading….in reality the only books I really really love to read are cookbooks and anything else I listen to is always as an audio book. And for the days I relax on the sun lounger I really just like to sit and absorb the world, having the pressure lurking at the back of my mind that I should be making my way through this mountain of books ruins my experience and in is just a pressure that I’ve made up and created for myself. I’m also better now at politely refusing some things people may offer you, which can be quite difficult to do.

This honesty with myself allowed me not only to clear space in my home, reducing cleaning and the moving around of these items, but it allows me to make better decisions about what stuff I want to bring into my home and what I want to do with my leisure time. All this allows for a greater acceptance of the person I actually am rather than my fairy tail self that my mind sometimes thinks I am. Wow, who knew all that could come from a pile of books. They are now in the charity shop for someone to gain their joy from. But to those books I am thankful for the lesson and clarity they gave me.

So overall this year I will be continuing to nourish my Lagom, with of course some Fika along the way.

What ever you goals and dreams may be, I Wish you all the very best for 2022!

Sending you all the very best of wishes

Zoe Lou

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