As part of #oneword365, Balance was my word for 2016. Do you know how hard it is to find Balance in your life? Sometimes I thought I had found the answer and then other days I was so out of equilibrium that I felt dizzy!
Whilst I am still working towards attaining more Balance in my life, my word for 2017 is ‘Simplify’. Actually perhaps my 2017 word will help me achieve Balance which I so desperately wanted in 2016.
Life is a blur at the moment. 2016 saw the passing of my father-in-law and increased care of my 90 year old mother-in-law. Days just seemed to run into the other over the last six months of the year. I was tired constantly and found I couldn’t sleep. No time for my husband and the one joy of each week was minding my darling grandson Ethan.
In 2017 I just want to step back and simplify my life (and perhaps take some of my own advice that I’ve written about on the blog!).
Simplify my thoughts
I’m guilty of overthinking and worry can rob me of happiness at times. Worry is such a wasted emotion, so in 2017 I’m aiming to give my mind a rest and simplify my thoughts. I’ve decided to increase my yoga and meditate (seriously) each day.
Simplify my connections
In 2016, Social Media and my blog totally took over my life. Checking who was following, who wasn’t, who subscribed, who unsubscribed. Was my content good enough? Did I write too much or too little?
I started the blog when I retired as a way of expressing myself and encouraging others to lead a healthier and happier life in midlife. However, 2016 found me spending so much time on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Stumbleupon, Flipboard and Niume.
Phew! I’m exhausted just thinking about it!
I have spent hours, commenting on other blog posts in several Facebook Groups plus maintaining my Sizzling Towards 60 Facebook page and my #couchpotatotofabfit Facebook Group PLUS my website that my ‘hobby in retirement’ took over my life.
I’m am assured by many other bloggers that they feel this pressure on their time as well.
- Reassess why I blog and stick to my plan
- Don’t compare myself with other bloggers
- If I don’t enjoy what I’m doing then find something that I do enjoy
Simplify my time
Sounds simple doesn’t it? However, when I look at what fills my time at the moment, there isn’t much ‘fun’ time. Not saying ‘No’ enough and doing things that don’t make me happy has taken up too much of my precious time.
In 2017, I will jealously guard my time and be more discerning in how I spend it.
- spending more quality time with my darling,
- spending time with my family and friends in person rather than social media or texting
- I will also still be running with my Saturday Sisters but I also want to try new things. In fact, I recently wrote a post ’17 things on my ‘to do’ list in 2017′ which details things I would like to try or make time for in 2017.
- I want to ‘just be’ each day and appreciate the wonder of a beautiful blue sky or the happiness that flowers can bring just by looking at them.
In other words appreciate the simple things in life – a cliche but true.
Well I think that is a good start to putting my word for 2017 into practice. I will be sharing my progress throughout the year and hope you will follow along.
Would you like to Simplify your life? If not, what would your Word for 2017 be?
Let’s Keep Sizzling!