Doing New Year My Own Way
Oh the pressure! My inbox is full of glorious downloadable worksheets, insightful questions, reflections on the year past and lyrical waxing on goals and brilliance for the year ahead. Love letters, lists, proclamations abound.
I’m kinda guessing yours may be too.
And in my head, I had planned to be so darn organised in the post-Christmas lull that I’d get all my planning done, miraculously inspired goals and timetables and spreadsheets would just pour from my fingers on a direct download from some uber-wise part of me.
And I’d write sparkling posts and emails full of brilliant insight. (ha!)
But the truth is, December snuck up on me this (um, last) year. And Christmas pounced. And in the aftermath of the busiest month of the year, I was tired. My brain needed, more than anything else, to rest – along with my body and soul.
I rested. I still am resting, although now I’ve started to tackle little projects, like washing/airing all the bedding in the house on New Years Day; sorting paperwork and setting up systems around my desk to help me manage it better; and I’ve sorted through half of my wardrobe (the easy half).
I’m resisting the pull of all those emails and status updates that imply the only way to start off a successful year is to do some magical process, set goals, and plan plan plan.
I am giving myself permission to ignore the underlying message (and any ‘shoulds’ or guilt) that if I don’t do this, I’ll be a failure. And the message that if I follow their way of doing things everything will change and manna will fall from the sky.
It’s hot. Summer is in full swing. My family is still on holidays. Honouring that rhythm, the seasonal need to slow down, feels delicious.
Sometimes the best way to start the year is resting. Puttering around the house. Eating mangoes and swimming. And napping, lots and lots of sweet naps. Refilling my tank in preparation for the year ahead.
The plans will come in their own sweet time. They always do.
I’ve been preparing for 2013 for oh, at least the last six months and possibly all my life. There’s been a feeling of expectation, an opening to possibility, a doorway of sorts into a newness, a freshness, a strong light.
It’s hard to explain, this anticipation.
And yet, here I am, resting.
As the first season of Calm Space Salon wound down last year and my thoughts turned to the future, the one question uppermost in my mind was:
What is sustainable?
For me, sustainable is about managing my energy so I am able to be completely present with my clients in every interaction. When I am present I give my very best.
I’m going to be talking a lot about ease this year. I just feel it.
The question I’m asking myself – what if this was easy for me? How would it look?
Not ease as in, lazy. Ease as in, it flows. Ease as in, no pushing a boulder uphill.
Ease is sustainable.
Knowing that by creating ease, I deliver the best I have to give. Knowing that by creating ease with ritual and intention, I will have the stamina and the motivation to keep going, to go the distance.
By creating ease, it becomes just what I do. And the ripples from every effort are so great.
I shared in an email recently (do you get Calm Notes?) about a dream I had. Of welcoming each woman in turn with a warm, love-filled hug as she entered the Salon. And I have delighted in watching that dream come true. There’s been a slow, steady influx of beautiful women making the decision to accept my invitation and open that door. I am so delighted they’ve made the commitment to themselves.
There’s still plenty of space for you, if you’re ready to commit to crafting your beautiful life this year. We’ll be doing it sustainably, with delicious servings of ease. You’ll get the very best I have to offer, in a way that doesn’t overwhelm you. With an emphasis on self-care and feeling more nourished than ever.
I’ve started handing out gifts to help you ease your way into the year ahead by filling your well, and there’s more to come.
The early bird pricing ends Monday 7 Jan – make the decision before then and you can lock it in for life.
Your turn. How are you feeling as the year rolls on in, hon?
Have you given yourself permission to start the year your way, with what your body and soul is craving?
Or have you heard too much of how the world tells you it needs to be done?
About Káren Wallace
As well as being the founder and editor of The Calm Space, I am also a coach who relishes the joy I get from watching women feel the power of taking small steps to transform their life. I firmly believe in the magic of making change sustainable – and easy – and adore watching the miracles happen.
When you (finally) make yourself a priority, it’s magic!