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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

New Year’s Day. The one day when a whole year spreads before us like the first page of a fresh notebook. This is a day full of hope. A day when a new chapter of our lives wait, expectantly, to be written.

Today I challenge you to carve out a quiet interlude for yourself. However you decide to do it, make it your time. Time in which to dream and to map out your intentions for the year ahead.

Starting The New Year As I Mean To Go On

My favourite kind of New Year’s Day starts with a deep, warm bath filled with lovely bubbles. So that’s why Christmas and New Year are so close together…as January holds me in her spell, I can bathe away the blues in a tub filled with our Christmas treats! Sinking into the fragrant water, I let my mind drift. I reflect on the year that has passed, thinking about the good and the bad. This is the time to decide what to take forward with me into the new year, and what needs to be broken there and then.

Feeling warm and relaxed, I step out of the bath, ready to pamper myself with some more goodies – body lotions, a favourite perfume – before slipping into my cosiest of clothes. Once I’m comfortable, I begin by opening the first page of my new journal. Instead of resolutions, I write down my intentions and my deepest, most personal aspirations. Writing them down brings them to life and fixes them to a point in time. It’s like making a commitment with myself, a promise to make my dreams a reality.

Lastly, I take a sheet of A4 paper and write down all of those things that I want to let go off in the new year. I make it brief. This isn’t the time for turning things over (again), it’s a time for letting go. Once I’ve done that, that little piece of paper is coming for a walk with me…

Letting Go Of The Old Year

One of my favourite places is West Wittering beach. There are miles of gorgeous sand flanked by dunes. At this time of year, it’s cold and gusty…just the place to blow away the cobwebs.

I find a large smooth pebble, and make my way to the water’s edge. I know it sounds nuts, but I ‘pray’ all the bad stuff out of my life, and chuck it out to sea on the back of the pebble. It is done. Finished.

Back home, that piece of paper is shredded into a thousand pieces. I warm up with a nice mug of tea, and return to my journal to plan some good stuff for 2018.

I hope you’ll join me on my journey into the New Year. Please hit the subscribe button if you would like to be regularly updated with all of my blogs, and don’t forget to comment too.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE. May 2018 be a happy and healthy one for all of you.

Much love,

Val x


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