Today I woke at 6.00 am to do my SAVERS. I sat outside for my silence and watched the sun come up, but only for 10 minutes today, that is long enough for me to start the day well and recharge and reconnect the body and mind to the natural world around me. I noticed this morning it's darker later than usual and as we go deeper into December I'm sure this will continue to be the case.
I had chance to reflect that I am usually by this time of the month , I am much more prepared for the festive season of December, usually sitting back and enjoying the celebrations quietly thankful to myself that I have been so prepared. This year however I am not and time seems to have gotton away.
During my visualisation I decided this morning I would spent some time thinking about what this time next year might look like for me. That gave me the opportunity to think about what I wanted to do differently and why I felt this way this year.
It's good to review how you feel and possibly the reasons why as then you can then make any changes you wish. This is something I have learnt over the last 5-7 years and really encourage everyone to do it in every aspect of their life.big or small changes they are all significant to growth.
I did my affirmations and then went straight to exercise , today I have set myself a challenge to do 30 mins cycling , hence the shorter silence section outside (along with the fact it's very dark) . The cycling hard going even though it was just an extra 10 mins (I'm still on the hardest setting as you know that's where I started, focusing on time and distance on that setting) but once compleatly I can proudly say I've Done it! , Great! Feels good!
Then I read some of my new book, I will review that breifly in a future post and then did some journalling.
Ok now stay with me here, I haven't got my years mixed up. I pulled out my 2016 and 2017 Journal and decided to create a spread to prepare for not only this year but also next year. It didn't take too long and Even with the colouring (a therapy in itself) what it did do was help me think about all the things I have a responsibility to action and what I want to do both this year and next. From my visualisation I knew what needed to be covered. Whilst the pressure is on to get these things completed for this year, I decided next year would be different and by the beginning of December 2017 I would be ready, feeling calm and more organised ready to enjoy the season in a different way , which somehow was not what had started to happened this year. No judgement on myself just action! After all making the changes that you want takes time and commitment, but you can do it! As can I just remember that no one is perfect. Just don't give up!
So as I plan this years crafts and family activitys, shopping and wrapping days, social events and work commitments. I decided I would have a few pages with the title ' thank you past self love from future self) who knows maybe this post only ever needs to be done once , ever!
It's about planning to make a change and giving myself reminders and actions to complete to make this change happen. Over what is really something quite simple. Imagine reading this next year knowing there's nothing my brain needs to feel overloaded with, just actions and as I complete or remember we things this year I can add them to these pages. Christmas this year will be great, I have no doubt about that but next year will be better again! I will be brining my visualisation alive and I'm sure my future self will really thank me!
I Intend to post more about this spread over on my Journaling pages so click the button above if you want to know what I have covered in more detail and why.