December is a month I have grown to love. Not only because of the welcomed break from work and school runs and the delicious food it comes with but because of the opportunity it gives me to unwind, re-boot and re-focus. I breathe easier in the month of December. I am awakened to the fragrance of nature and serenaded by her sounds. I notice my children more, I listen to them genuinely and I enjoy them more. I slow down enough to reflect and ponder over the year; gratefully recollecting everything that has led to the sum total of where I find myself as the year closes. It’s a month that rekindles hope with dawning of a new year. I plan again, I dream again, I hope again. December…beautiful December…I’m almost getting lost in song! Why don’t we take a look at some ways in which we can maximise on the break that often comes with the Christmas season?
Re-booting is different for every person. What rejuvenates you? When do you feel most alive? What could you do all day if you had the choice? What do you yearn for after a really busy and stressful day? These pointers can give you a fair idea of what re-energises or re-charges you. While taking a break from the year’s roller coaster ride, it is needful for you to be deliberate about doing the things you love. Whether it’s gardening, baking, reading, shopping, dancing, writing, doing crossword puzzles…that very thing that ministers to you in a way nothing else does…you HAVE to indulge yourself in it. Why? Because it re-fuels you for the year ahead. By the time most women hit December their tank is running on empty. Carving out the time to do what you love has a remarkable way of re-filling you with the inner energy you will need to take on another year.
While taking a break from the year’s roller coaster ride, it is needful for you to be deliberate about doing the things you love
Human beings are creatures that thrive on relationships. No matter how comfortable one is with her own company she needs companionship every now and again. During the year everyone is so busy hustling to make ends meet there’s hardly time to really reconnect with loved ones. The year-end break, however, provides a great opportunity to touch base with extended family and friends and it needs to be maximised on. Re-connecting is not only enriching for the inner self, it beautifully recharges you for the journey ahead.
No matter how comfortable one is with her own company she needs companionship every now and again
One of the things people regret as they grow older is not taking enough time to reflect and take stock. Our tendency is usually just to go-go-go, hardly ever taking time to stop and take a look back at how far we’ve come. How can you really gauge how you’re doing, if you don’t take time to re-trace your steps every now and again? The year-end break is a good time to look back and take stock. Yes, things may not have gone according to plan. You may have had several detours along the way. You may not have envisioned yourself being where you are as the year closes. BUT. You’ve probably met some targets, you’ve likely outdone yourself in some areas, you could have gained ground on areas you had not planned to. Taking stock always brings perspective and it helps you to better launch for the year ahead.
How can you really gauge how you’re doing, if you don’t take time to re-trace your steps every now and again?
The dawning of a new year is something I find amazingly beautiful. No matter how the previous year has been, the advent of a new year renews hope. It gives you another CHANCE. It says you can try again. That’s how we find ourselves making New Year’s resolutions, setting goals –restrategising! But I won’t dwell on the how-to of all that, Google can assist there. What I would like to talk a little about is how to keep going on those goals throughout the coming year.
- Once you’ve clearly mapped out what you want –to lose weight, to read more, to take better care of your hair, to play more with your kids, to hang out more with your friends, to go out more with your spouse/partner, to set aside more money for your investments –then RUN with it! But when you lose steam (even on the first round) don’t give up. Pick yourself up and try again! And if you jam again, try again. If you have to start again every month, start again. No matter how many times you default, pick yourself up, dust yourself up and begin again.
- Allow fluidity in your goals. If it so happens that you find yourself taking another direction on a goal you had set -and it is beneficial and positive –then go with the flow. We all know that circumstances sometimes require that we re-align. Give room for that as you take on the year
- Don’t go it alone. Take the new year journey with people who believe in you and want to see you succeed. People who are not afraid to tell you when you are slacking. People who will check on you every now and again and hold you accountable. We all need these, to keep at it.
- Maximise on the periods of momentum. You will not always have the energy and desire to pursue your goals as the New Year unfolds so maximise on the times when the ‘oompf!’ is there. They will make up for the times when you will feel completely out of it.
No matter how the previous year has been, the advent of a new year renews hope
I hope you will be able to maximise on this year-end break if you are getting a break. I will certainly try!