It’s the last week before Christmas. Are you stressed out or have you already found your festive spirit?
I’m beginning to slow down and looking forward to having some time off with my little family. I’m actually almost done with all my Christmas gifts, and I have even wrapped them pretty this year. Go me!
I have found the time to send Christmas flowers, written about half of our cards, unpacked the bags from the weekend and planned the food for when we are away. We are going to the Cotswolds for Christmas with a little visit to Garth’s family in Somerset on Christmas day.
Our lovely friend Leon has offered up his beautiful house whilst he is in Cape Town, and we jumped at the chance to get to spend some time outside of London. Meanwhile, some friends will stay in our flat, so it’s a bit like we are playing musical chairs with our homes this Christmas haha. Why not? Sharing is caring!
Then on the 28th, we head off to Sweden to celebrate New years with my family. I can’t wait! It will be the best kind of busy for the next few weeks coming up.
This is my dream, vision, focus, and goal for the week;
My mantra this week – “To evolve we have to eliminate”. It’s hard to realize we can’t do everything we want to do in life. There is just not enough time and energy. I have so many different ideas and things I want to do all the time. But I have to limit myself a bit, not to get anxiety about everything I’m not doing. So these next few weeks I’m going to really have a good long old think about what I really want in life. I need to eliminate anything that is not a part of my life-plan and that doesn’t give me joy. Life is too short!
My affirmation this week – “Pour from a full glass”. I have used this affirmation before. It’s a great one when life feels a bit stressful and I’m tired. It reminds me that if I have nothing in my glass, then I have nothing to give. For me to be at my best, I have to prioritize my own well-being. If I don’t take care of myself, sleep well or try to do too much, no one wins. We have to have before we can give.
My goal this week – I’m going to make it to 2 yoga classes before we leave on Saturday. I didn’t go at all last week and I can feel it both physically and mentally. I really need those few hours to get really warm and sweaty, to re-charge and just move whilst focusing only on my own thoughts. It’s like charging my phone batteries with a really good charger.
My dream of the week – Lately I have begun to realize that I would like to work with something positive. We are meant to work to live and not live to work. For this equation to add up we have to work with something that really makes us happy. I crave to do something positive for others, but I still don’t really know what. A little seed has been planted in my brain, but I’m not exactly sure what it will become just yet.
My vision this week – “The sun is rising over a calm sea, the air is balmy and slightly humid. I roll out my yoga mat, take a deep breath and start my session. My body feels strong and healthy even though I’m well past 50.”
This is a vision that could start with a yoga trip somewhere warm and later develop into living in another part of the world during the winter months. I often think about what I would like my life to be like when I’m in my 50s,60s and even 70s. Even though there are many years between me now and me then, I have to set the foundation for that life now.
My focus this week – I’m choosing to focus on the calm. I want to keep the pace from our weekend away and focus on one thing at the time. I’m going to finish reading my new book and just enjoy our beautifully decorated home before we leave.
The event of the week – Ida and I are shooting for a really fun project launching in January on Thursday. After the shoot, I’m going to declare Christmas officially. Bring on the food, family, songs, and gifts! Whoop!
My lesson from last week – I choose how I react to things around me. I chose how much energy I want to put where, what my focus is on and how I feel. In the end, all of these things come down to choices and I always challenge myself to look at every situation in a positive light. What can I learn, what could this lead to and how can I use this experience in the future?
My everyday-luxury this week – I’m going to treat myself to a full-body massage on Friday and a pre-Christmas treat.
My inspiration this week – The book I’m reading at the moment is called “Ikigai – The Japanese secret to a long and happy life” and I find it totally inspiring. I have only read half of it so far, but it’s already challenging me to think about my life in a different way. “Ikigai” is the Japanese word for “purpose of life”. Not only do we need to eat well and exercise to feel good, but we also need to find our purpose in life. This really resonates with me at the moment. I have felt a little bit lost since I had Ace. I’m not sure that the goals I had for my life previously are aligned with what I want now. I think I need to find my purpose in life again.
Have you had a chance to look at your dream, vision, focus, and goal for this week?