I set myself just one very certain and clear intention for this year, and that has been to slowly ease myself into things - in my own way, my own time, my own rythmn, at my own pace. I'm so very pleased to have truly honoured this, as it's allowed me to thrive during this time of transition, flowing from one year into new beginnings. I haven't had a holiday like many have, I've still been working behind the scenes, but I've taken things more slowly during this time. As the new year rolled in, it was a natural flow for me, from just one day to the next, and I was very conscious to not get caught up in any 'hype', feel pressured, or place any new year expectations on myself. Instead, to just to stay focussed within, connected to my own vision and plans, and to gently ease myself forward, one day at a time. As I continue to, and deeply encourage this for you, too.
It can feel easy to get caught up in how others are starting their year. Especially on social media, with so much time we can spend scrolling on our little screens. It can be a time when everyone is talking about goals, or ways we should be doing things, or setting up our year ahead in certain ways, and even a need to be doing more.
If we allow it to, it can feel pressuring and overwhelming - and especially if you're someone like me, who prefers to walk my own path, to not follow along, but to find and create my own way, and I feel and know that I'm the best version of myself when I am really practicing this, in every way.
A few things have felt really supportive for me, to ease myself into this year. And I wanted to make mention of a few of these, in case they resonate for you, too.
Reminding myself of my core values - in my personal life and for my business, supporting others. It has felt so grounding to have my values so clear to me, and to then create some intentions around these, and visions and plans moving forward. It's meant that I feel more calm, more connected within myself, to my own meaning and purpose with all I set my heart to, and has given me gentle confidence to move forward into this year. Knowing that things still feel uncertain in many ways, and yet, I know what's truly important to me, and what matters. And when we are living so aligned with our values, then I think life just flows naturally, with more ease.
There's no pressure, no expectation, and certainly no looking to what others are doing, or following along, or even comparing in any way - there's just a self assuredness and reminder to come back always, to what is true for us, within. And to take action steps, and ways forward from this place.
Decluttering my space - both internal and external. I've cleared my desk, and another space I love to work from, and that's felt like a fresh start to begin this year. No old notebooks or planners lying about, but fresh new pages to write on and to begin. I also spent time clearing out my files, and emails and making really easy-to-find places for everything, in more of a simple and structured way. I feel more calm, and organised with my work space from doing this. I've also spent time writing in my new planner for this year, and setting aside days/ times/ spaces where I'm available for all things in my business, and my personal life.
All of this feels far more organised, with some structure and systems in place, rather than feeling I'm cluttered and just randomly going from one thing to the next, or having too many tabs open. I'm not a fan this year of needing to muti-task or to do many things at once. I'm a huge fan, and it's an intention of mine, to do one thing at a time, and to give all of my presence to each thing, in this way. Presence is a deep value of mine. I already feel as if I am completing and finishing tasks and projects, and feeling energised by this, rather than constantly feeling in between everything, and rushing from one to the next.
I've been very mindful of decluttering my internal space/ world too - and again, coming back to my personal values, and creating my days, time and space to be truly aligned with these. Being gentle but firm in what truly supports me, and what doesn't - and this has already shifted and changed many things, moving forward.
Setting up my days to best support me, and to feel attuned to these themes that are so important - to feel calm, connected and confident - and when I truly embrace self care as my way of being, and tune into this in everything I do, then I don't feel cluttered at all - I just feel clear, and certain that I am following my own path, and I have gentle actions that I can always take from here, moving forward. And it brings me joy, to do so.
Taking things one day at a time. There is no rush, there is no pressure and no expectations to place on myself. To me, it hasn't felt as if this is a fresh, wonderful new year - as I'm only too aware of uncertainty in our lives and our world right now, and in my own personal life in some ways too. I haven't felt caught up in the hype of this new year, and having all the hard times over, as I don't feel that's true. And that's not being negative, that's just real and honest. I know so many who are having very hard times right now, here, overseas, through covid and the pandemic, and many here in Australia who are still trying to rebuild their lives through the bushfires this time last year. So, amongst uncertainty, I always choose to be optimistic about the future and to look to possibilities and opportunities, and to the hope that I believe lies ahead. But I'm also choosing to tread gently, kindly, carefully and slowly into this year, with everything I do.
Taking things day by day - or for you, it might even be, moment by moment - breath by breath - just one thing and one day at a time. I think we can all achieve great things in small ways. And it's something I always like to remind myself of - and that my great things are my own, not anyone else's, and there's only my way, my pace, and my choices that I can make as to what feels true and aligned for me. And it will be and feel the same to you.
There's a little note in my book that I'm reminded of, as it feels the most soothing, calming and gentle way to begin this year -
Bring it back to this.
One thing at a time.
Feel each breath allow ease into your whole being.
Take it all in.
Let it fill you, each space of you, every crevice of your body, mind, spirit, heart and soul.
Feel the freedom that flows through you, with this allowing, softening, opening, of this one breath.
Bring it all back to this moment.
One thing at a time.
- a little reflection, taken from my book, CALM: Notes to Soothe and Uplift
You can purchase a copy of my book here -
I wonder as you read this, perhaps there is something that resonates for you. Or perhaps you have your own way that you've found most supportive to ease yourself, into this year, too. I'd love to hear and know, if so.
I would love to encourage you and support you always, to take things gently, slowly, and to mindful with your energy and time, and to really honour choices and decisions that feel true and aligned for you. Sometimes this means being honest with ourselves about things (and even people) that are working and feel supportive to us, and things that don't. And being really firm with ourselves about this. I always find that coming back to my values, and making decisions from this space, is something that shifts, changes and opens so much. And I feel more calm, connected and confident in moving forward, in so many ways.
If you would like to work together this year, and would love support in a truly holistic way for your whole wellbeing - to feel calm, connected and confident - in every way, I would love to support you.
I send you ease and calm as you gently and slowly take things at your own pace, and settle into your new year. One day at a time.
With love x
PS. I've been doing a gentle challenge of writing a blog/ journal piece a day for 30 days - you can find the past weeks posts on this website page - and I'll be continuing these through January. If you enjoy, then please do sign up to receive my "Letters of Support" which I send out weekly to my community. You can receive these and a beautiful eBook as a gift to download too: Self Care Reminders for this holiday season - -http://eepurl.com/gpmXun
Katie Jane is a Holistic Therapist, Life Coach, Health Coach, Nutritionist, Naturopath, Meditation teacher, writer and author. Katie has been working in the wellness industry for over 15 years, in private practice and online, and brings all of these qualifications and skills, along with her own lived experiences through challenges, changes and transitions. Her approach to life and wellbeing is truly holistic and unique for each individual. She supports and coaches clients to make powerful changes, to feel calm through uncertainty and change, to embrace self care as a way of being, and to thrive through life transitions.