A new year should be synonymous with a new you. To me 2016 is about new beginnings. But it’s also about taking care of, replenishing and reinventing what counts most in our lives; great and small things that make us happy, that light us up and give us a reason to get out of bed each morning and I’m not talking about coffee here… well maybe I am… just a little, because I enjoy it so much!
I didn’t write down a list of resolutions this year, as I faithfully have ever since the word became part of my vocabulary, many, many years ago. I’m trying a new approach; to be better no matter what, every day, by making mindful choices. Of course that’s not always going to be easy, but with practice and great tools, such as enlightening books, I’ll hopefully make some progress.
First on my list: What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey. It’s a timeless collection of her monthly columns appearing in the O magazine and let me tell you, if you’re looking for inspiration, then this book is for you. I bought it last year, and kept it on my nightstand for those moments when I needed some sort of answer to life’s bigger questions. I was never let down; I can truly say that I've always found the wisdom I was seeking. Here’s a small taste of this wonderful little book: “Happiness is never something you get from other people. The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you are able to give. If you think something is missing in your life or you’re not getting what you deserve, remember that there’s no Yellow Brick Road. You lead life; it doesn’t lead you.”
Second on my list: Simple Abundance a Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. This is a fabulous little treasure; it’s all about pampering your soul one day at a time. In this generous tome, you’ll get mellow advice for 365 days of joyful living… “Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change. What are your hopes for the future as you reflect on the years that have passed?”
And third (drumroll please): Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I haven’t finished this one yet. I’m savoring every piece of it. As a creator (we all are by the way), this advice is right on and will keep you motivated when in doubt. I just love how Elizabeth addresses perfection. If you try to create something perfect, you just might never get anything done… that’s a true and sad reality. From this, I am learning to free myself of harsh judgements on what I wish to put out into the world. There will always be those who like and those who dislike, those who approve and those who don't... so, might as well get used to it and get on with what makes your heart tick.
For this new year, I’m bringing these little gems back to my shelf while discovering and adding new titles along the way. My wish for 2016 is to craft a fun, energetic and meaningful way of life!