31 December 2014

Some Words For 2015

Whilst I'm not a resolution kind of girl, I do like marking the start of a new year in some small way. I like to think about the year that's passed - what worked and what didn't - and think about my intentions and hopes for the new year ahead. 

It's with this in mind that I've decided to follow the lead of many of my blogging friends and pick a word for 2015. Well actually, it's four words because brevity isn't necessarily my strong suit. 

Do stuff, with intention

The comma is important because, firstly, I want to do stuff. I want to ignore the fear and the "I don't know how / I'm not good enough" voice and just do stuff. I want to have a crack. I want to be productive. 

And then, the intention bit? That's about consciously deciding how I spend my time. That doesn't mean no faffing about on the internet for hours, it means conscious faffing*. I want to decide to spend half a day on Instagram, not get to the end of the day and think 'what just happened there?'. I want to decide to spend a week or two focussed on the family, rather than constantly feeling like I should be doing something else or something more. I want to be present. I want to plan more, to allocate time appropriately, to have clear priorities. 

There's also something about intentionality that has a certain kindness, a compassion to it, because it asks you to consider the consequences and impacts of each decision, each action. That's important, too. 

A disclaimer - last year, or maybe the year before, my word was FOCUS. And that totally didn't help with anything. But I'm feeling positive about this one. I think. 

*Conscious faffing. I feel like this is a term that could take off, yes?

Do you have a word for the new year? Or a phrase? Do you think it helps bring clarity to your year? Is it just something fun to do? Or entirely pointless?


  1. Excellent post you have here. I don't do resolution either, but I always focus and know what I want to do. I agree to do stuff, with intention :)

    Greetings from Malaysia.

    1. Thank you Sabrina! Wishing you a happy new year from sunny Sydney :)

  2. I love the "conscious faffing" and it could totally take off. I'm feeling a little the same at the end of 2014, I want to be more proactive and less reactive. I'm hoping to be all about mastering self discipline in 2015 and through that achieve more. I'm fairly goal orientated anyways, but there's something so sparkly and crisp about a new year that makes me want to sit down with a blank page and plan out the coming year. I can't wait to see how you go in the new year :)

    1. It's slightly odd how one can get so excited about new years and fresh starts! It's quite a nice thing I guess. I'm also pretty goal orientated, but I felt like last year I was a bit ( a lot!) confused about what my goals were. They kept changing, which is life I guess, but it made me feel like I was just floating along and not actually achieving anything. Hence my desire for intentionality this year!

      Here's to both of us having awesomely productive years! Happy New Year to you x

  3. CONSCIOUS FAFFING. I approve. And this is my intent for the new year.
    Happy New Year, Emily!

    1. I knew it would stroke a chord! Because faffing is good, it's just when you do it accidentally that it causes problems... Hope you have a great 2015 Juanita x


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