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A mindful, grateful, creative life: Life constantly hurls lemons at us. I’m on a mission to make lemonade as best I can, by God’s grace.

A thought for 2014


We’re on the verge of a new year. For most of us reading this, it will be yet another new year. But through the ups and downs of 2013 and recent years, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I live my life. Where I invest my time and efforts. Some of these thoughts I’ve shared with you. Some of these thoughts have been inspired by you.

At the beginning of 2013, I had a go at making some resolutions. I have never made it through many weeks before I lose my resolve. I realised that I don’t like them because they are too prescriptive and restricting. I came up with some specific goals, and I would say that I have largely lived this past year in the spirit of them.. but not to the letter! A year is a long time, and I can’t even predict what will happen from one day to the next, let alone for a whole 365.

This year, I’m not going to attempt any resolutions as such, but I will continue bearing in mind lessons I have learned. I tried to live 2013 intentionally and mindfully, building on relationships that I have offline as well as online. I guess the overall idea is summed up in this thought-provoking talk by Ric Elias and also the first video I shared in another recent post:

I’m interested to know what your outlook for 2014 is. Not how you predict it will go, but what attitude you intend to have, going into the year ahead. I still intend to knit, cook and get creative as much as I can, but I’m hoping to have less time for that soon. More on that in the not too distant future I hope!

Well I wish everyone happy celebrations and einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr (I love how the Germans put it – roughly translated – a good skid into the New Year)!


12 thoughts on “A thought for 2014

  1. I’ve been thinking about resolutions and goals ever since the new year. I never used to do resolutions, but the last few years I’ve been very aware of ways I could change little things in my life to make things that little bit better. But I don’t particularly feel I have to do that at the beginning of the new year, you can start something any time, or get rid of a bad habit any time. It’s nice to hear what other people’s mindsets and ideas are on goals and resolutions. It’s inspiring. Thanks for the video tip, it’s also very inspiring! 🙂

    • Yes! One can never have too much inspiration! I like the attitude that you have to changing things at any time – I agree, little steps when they are needed, work better for me too – hope your endeavours are going well so far in 2014 – thank you for stopping by!

  2. i’m going to eat more garlic

  3. Less time to be creative? This sounds intriguing.
    For 2014 I shall be taking a leaf out of my old pal Mischa Skinnydog’s book; just be.
    All the best for the New Year Lemmony Bloggitt x

  4. I intend to go into 2014 with a curious mind. I discovered mindfulness in 2013, and that while battling anxiety doesn’t work, being curious does. I know there will be both ups and downs, but I feel more able to live these now. Not dwelling on the past or being frightened of the future, but enjoying the now, all the little things I used to miss.
    Happy 2014 to you!

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