Today it was time to write...not about a product, a review or anything to do with a company of any sort. I needed to sit with my thoughts and reflect upon the year ahead. I started out by visualizing the past year..the path I have traveled, and what moving into a New Year represents to me. I saw myself traveling down a familiar path lined with trees that meandered through the woods, over bridges, across roads and back through the forest. It was a changing landscape: Dark and moody, bright and airy...I felt tense in some of the spaces I envisioned and joyful in others. I traveled with a large wheel barrel which held a number of items physical, emotional and spiritual: memories, tools, lessons, keepsakes. I moved about as if my baggage was as light as a feather, yet the contents proved the weight of the load. I visualized myself laying seeds along my way, seeds that would grow...that would become something bigger. Ideas, intentions, dreams. I promised myself I would return to these seeds to care for them, and to nurture their potential.
There came a point in my travels where it was time to deviate my familiar path, to a new road that branched off in a direction that would still remain apart of the original. You see, this has happened many times before. When I visualize my travels on this earth from birds eye view, the paths are all interconnected. Some are much harder to access and revisit, while others remain a pivotal road that I return to from time to time..to reflect and observe the growth of my seeds.
This new path was the birth of our daughter. It was unlike any road I had ever traveled, and it was filled with an entirely different light, sound and feel. I felt rooted with every step I took, knowing that this path is one that I have been traveling towards my whole life. I tread lightly, taking in the beauty, learning and growing from the obstacles I encountered along the way. I see myself today, and I am still on this road, except I am sitting quietly on a bench with my wheel barrel in sight...and it is time to leave behind some of the contents, but it's also time to observe some of the most recent items that have found its way inside.
Today is New Years Eve. After visualizing my path, I take the time to write down some negative thoughts and self talk that have come along with me throughout the year that hinder my happiness and self love. They come out of the barrel, (this is not to say that they may end up back in there) and I try to be patient with myself as I remove them time and time again. I must be compassionate as I grow and learn from those burdens I carry.
After considering all the seeds I have planted and the paths I have traveled each year, I have decided to change my approach to entering a New Year. I have decided that I will replace my New Year's resolutions with a Mission Statement. My mission statement will encompass one Large Goal, that can be broken up into smaller increments, so that I can celebrate each milestone. Also instead of writing down a list of goals for the upcoming year, I will write myself a letter expressing gratitude for the goals I have met. Perhaps I will share the letter that I wrote to myself...or perhaps not.
What I do want to share is my Mission Statement for now. The smaller increments which are the building blocks of my Grand Goal for the year will be written on stones in my home. As I accomplish each of these milestones I will celebrate. I will, however, ensure that these stones Do Not represent absolutes. They are meant to be flexible and harnessed in the time that is right, and I will not shame or punish myself if I do not celebrate them at a strict pace. I trust that each stone will be celebrated because they are not resolutions or traditions...they are decisions. They represent what I want for my life. So here is my mission statement
"My mission is to act as an instrument of positive change in family and community. I will participate in all aspects of my life with purpose, mindfulness, compassion and gratitude. I will nurture and develop my passion for the motherhood community to build my life's work. I will cultivate inner peace and self love within myself when facing challenges. I will also ensure that my home is loving and calm by creating space and time to be quiet with my family, and to live in the moment, content in our surroundings. Finally, I will find peacefulness within myself by looking inward while using my heart to guide my path towards my dreams, my mind to pursue the knowledge needed to accomplish my dreams, and my inner strength to create balance among all of my personal obligations. Finally, to walk life's path with the understanding that there is no way to happiness, as happiness IS the way"
Within this mission statement are all of those little increments I told you about. From those I will write my stones...the milestones that will help me to honour the mission I have set for myself. I hope that you all have a year of positive growth, love and peace. Happy New Year!
Hi! My name is Amber, I am a wife and mother to Piper June. Welcome to my blog. You will find my path towards natural health and wellness as well as my honest discoveries as a new mother. In all aspects of life, I strive to cultivate Balance through a mindful existence. I share my experiences as a mother, helpful product reviews and companies that I am passionate about for our family. I am so grateful for your visit xo