January 15, 2015 0 Comments Winter

Want to Make the New Year 2015 Different? Read on…

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Want to make the new year 2015 different?

Firstly I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and apologise for my absence in the last month. I got swept away with the holiday season and then travelled to sunnier shores (see picture above)!

Whilst being away I reflected on the past year and started thinking about my goals (some may say New Year resolutions) for 2015. I find it easier (as I think most do) to feel calm and relaxed on a sunny, warm day allowing enjoyment of outside activities. Everything can seem better and more enjoyable in the summer months, however
living in England, this kind of weather is not very frequent.

We cannot rely on the English weather or any other external influences to instill peace and relaxation, we need to look for it within ourselves and manage our own well-being. This means we need to make a little bit more of an effort to put things in place to help keep us grounded and relaxed.

I wanted to share with you the ways in which I am going to achieve this in the new year 2015. I have also added a new way of goal setting.

1. Meditation
I find meditation invaluable, it helps to calm and focus my mind. However it can be easy to let things slip and before you know it you are out of the habit. Sometimes I do not even realize what is missing and then it clicks. Just 10 minutes of meditation a day makes such a difference for me!

2. 100 days of gratitude
Practicing gratitude can help keep you grounded and remind you that we all have
reasons to be grateful, no matter how large or small. I have committed to 100 days of gratitude; every morning I write down three things I am grateful for, what a great start to my day!

3. Exercise
Like practicing meditation, I find exercise needs to be a part of my regular routine to remain committed. Winter is often the hardest time to keep up an exercise routine, however it is also the time when exercise can be most beneficial and make you feel good. I plan on exercising twice a week.

4. Vision Board
A vision board is where you place images that represent your ambitions and dreams. Quite literally it is a visualisation of what you want from life, this can be connected to your career, relationships, home, travel etc. You can focus on one area or your whole life. You start with a blank canvas and use pictures/words from magazines, you can draw and write on it – it is your space to make your dreams a reality. It helps you to identify and clarify your vision of how you want your life to be and what you want to achieve. You should place the vision board somewhere you will see on a daily basis to remind yourself of what you want your life to be.
I have never tried this before and am going to create one for 2015 as part of my goal setting. I am looking forward to it, it seems like a fun exercise to do!

I would love to hear if you have made any goals or commitments for 2015 and if so what they are.

Until next time

Best wishes

Chloe
M: 07789 007732
E: chloe@chloemichaels.co.uk


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