smell the roses - claire bradshaw

Time to smell the roses

It’s the start of a New Year and it’s an exciting time. There’s this beautiful feeling of freshness and renewal. mmmm

 

Maybe you’ve had a little break with friends and family, maybe you’re ready to take on new projects, start a new job, move house……

 

Before we start planning the next year though, it’s important to reflect and celebrate where we have come from in all areas of our lives.

 

We get pretty good at doing these reviews in a work setting , but truly how much time do we dedicate to reflecting on our own lives?

My question lovely one is can you take 30 mins to review the previous year before you put big plans in place for this year?

Think about what you did, what you learned, what worked well, and what didn’t work so well.

 

When you review these things, split them into the different areas of your life:

 

  • Relationships
  • Career
  • Family
  • Education
  • Health
  • Wellbeing
  • Spirituality
  • Finances

 

And celebrate! Wow what a year.

 

Celebrate how far you’ve come.

 

Even if some things didn’t happen as you wanted or dreamed, try not to worry or judge and know that you are exactly where you are meant to be right now. You get another chance to try again in 2017 if it is still aligned with what your heart desires and where you want to go.

 

I know in my life when I do this review, I often find that the things that I’d planned for that didn’t come off weren’t right at the time, or I’d lost interest along the way.

 

From this place of reflection, you’re then in the best place to set your intentions for the year that are truly aligned and are building on the previous year.  Somehow by doing this exercise and starting with the reflections, it makes the whole experience so much more satisfying and enjoyable.

 

And one last thought, if we don’t take this time to reflect, appreciate and be and we constantly go go go and do do do, then we miss a huge chunk of the magic and joy along the way.  We spend our lives looking for the next thing and the next without appreciating all the beauty around us, the journey of the highs and the lows and the incredible lessons this teaches us.

 

I’ve previously spent a 7 year period of my life doing, striving and pushing, without reflecting and appreciating, I’ve also spent the last 4 years, reflecting and appreciating.

 

I can say hand on heart that it makes the world of difference to put in the time to do this.

 

It’s like drinking in every element of life.

 

If we’re intentional about self directing our lives in a way that’s aligned with the universal forces, it can bring so much happiness and joy into life.

 

And you know what?

Only we can do this.

Only we can choose to live a more present, intentional life.

Are you ready to start now?

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2 thoughts on “Time to smell the roses”

  1. Beautiful post Claire. Reflection and celebration are so important — and something I think we don’t do enough of. I found reflecting and reviewing the year gone by to be so illuminating and insightful to help me get clear on my intentions moving forward.

    Chloe

    1. Thanks so much Chloe. I completely agree, if we don’t stop and take in where we’ve come from and build our intentions for the year ahead from there, then life just whizzes by, we feel unfocussed and we drift. But if we stop and do this, wow the joy :0) Have a beautiful 2017 x

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