Taking the time to reflect upon the last year has always felt important to me.
It’s almost like it’s taking the time to accept all that has happened, the good and the less-than-good, and begin a new year with a clean slate.
That’s how most of us start the New Year, isn’t it? Making a resolution to do better?
Well, most people don’t keep their resolutions. I can tell you now, you won’t be hearing any resolutions from me. I will be making commitments and lifestyle changes to myself, to my family, and to my blog.
Before we get into that, I want to take a moment to wipe my slate clean from 2017 and share with you my highlights and bumps from this year.
Owl Creek wore a few different hats this last year. Although there was a struggle with balance, I gained clarity in the last few months on what’s actually important and realigned myself with my vision for this blog. More on that to come.
I made some mistakes this year. I feel like life has snowballed me and I forgot how to enjoy it and how to be myself. It’s as if I spent so much of my twenties trying to check off boxes to find myself that I ended up losing myself.
In trying so hard to discover my purpose, I stopped taking in what I already have. I failed to pour into the most important parts of my life. I became someone just going through the motions of life, instead of breathing in all of the joy that my life is blessed with.
It’s hard to be truly honest with yourself about your faults, but I learned that I am extremely hard on myself. It’s typically a result of me over committing and I’m working on improving that.
The first and biggest change I made earlier this year was switching my blogging platform. I will call this a highlight, although it was not without its bumps. That one threw me a curve ball and was definitely not as seamless as I had hoped. I will still say that it was the best decision I could’ve made in order to move forward with Owl Creek.
I had a blog post, A Letter to my Children: Know Your Worth, published on Her View From Home. This year, expect more pieces like that one. It really was written from the depths of my soul for my babies. I’m not sure if I’ve ever had any piece feel more natural or authentic.
After 2 years of resisting, I began using Essential oils to support overall wellness in my life. I learned that emotional health is just as important as physical health. This change has really opened my eyes to better products that use quality ingredients and how much that can support a healthier lifestyle.
Self-care became a priority in my life again. I fell back in love with reading and discovered a few books that shook me to my core. I had forgotten how satisfying it feels to get lost in a good book.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2018
Heading into 2018, you may notice a few small shifts I am going to be making in order to continue to realign my blog with my vision. There will be more focus on what lights me up, which will hopefully inspire you.
First, expect more writing. Nikki Elledge Brown said it best in this podcast, “Magic happens when you put pen to paper.” Whether I am journaling or typing, that’s when I feel most connected to myself.
YOU WILL NOTICE EVEN MORE CONCENTRATION ON HEALTH, HAPPINESS, FAMILY, AND DESIGN.
This year I will not allow myself to lose sight of what’s the most important part of who I am.
My focus will shift even more towards simplicity and not over committing. In order to stay aligned with the most important parts of my life, I need to let go of anything that doesn’t spark a fire in my soul. While I love connecting with you all, I want to connect with you how it feels best to me and not how others tell me I should.
This means that I will be closing my facebook group. While I have loved getting to spend time with you inside of there, if I’m not doing it well then I shouldn’t be doing it at all. I will be super present on Instagram and, of course, here on my blog. And who knows, just because it doesn’t feel right now doesn’t mean it won’t later on.
It’s important to take the time for reflection, as often as you need to, in order to change, grow, evolve and learn. I invite you to take a few moments to yourself, even if it’s 5 minutes, and reflect.
Thank you so much for sticking with me on my journey and I can’t wait to spend 2018 with you!