I really enjoy listening to the Happier podcast with the writer Gretchen Rubin and one of her recent talks was on creating a theme for your upcoming year. I liked this idea and started to think of words which could shape my year. After much thought, I have chosen nourish. There are a number of reasons for this, I want to focus on my health and lifestyle this year. At times I feel overwhelmed by the toxicity in life, the relentless 24 hour lifestyle and I want to step back and choose what I want my life to look like. I also feel that this is a year where I need to be there for my family, its a tough year for Little Miss, SATS, the move to secondary school and some other personal bits and for Little Man ensuring that his learning difficulties don’t lead to isolation. Mr S also needs a little TLC too. Whilst my primary focus is my family, I feel the theme will also trickle out into our community.
I think that my first part of the project is myself, I can’t support others without being nourished myself. Although the main things, preparing healthy, fresh, local food, being outside more etc.. will have an immediate effect on my family as we eat the same meals and given the children’s ages, share the same leisure activities. To stop the feeling of being overwhelmed, I have already put a plan of the week together, choosing nights for different areas, eg Tues, lifestyle, Sat, blog, Sun, household admin. I have also added a ‘Nourish Thursday’ once a month in my diary up until August (I need the new school year dates to continue further) Once a month I have put aside a day to do something solely for myself, my ideas include a massage, visit a museum, shopping etc..
I love that there is so much one can explore on this project, to nourish the mind, body and soul. I started brainstorming a few ideas and created the word art below. I am looking forward to a year of nourishment for us all.