Respect

first pages of 2022

Hello and Happy 2022 to you! If you are following for a while you know every year I choose a word to focus on during the year. It’s a tiny thing but always brings me back to the moment. This year I’ve chosen R E S P E C T.

Basically, RESPECT in relation to setting limits and boundaries for me. Setting barriers for protecting my values, mind and body.

In another hand, I need to give more space to my kids, young adults, to explore and to speak up their wishes and thoughts. I need to let go of my helicopter mother instinct. So, in this case, it is respecting their boundaries.

I’ve just come back from a long overseas trip. If you have noticed I haven’t posted for a while. I had many triggers during this trip, both physically and emotionally. I’m still processing them, but it’s clear that the lack of self-respect and boundaries is something I need to work on.

Journaling is my form of therapy. Using words or/and images I express myself and make sense of my thoughts. I’m pleased the page number for my first page of this year is the 100th. It has a feeling of resetting, starting anew. I used to have a new journal for the new year, but I’ve given up this habit. Now I just keep going with my pages, freedom of choice.

It’s wonderful to travel, to go away a little, but the best is to come back home, to come back to myself.

Hope you are home wherever you are!

Have you chosen a word for the new year?

Hugs,

E.

Hello 2021

Happy New Year to you!

It has snowed during the night and it’s all white outdoors as I write this post. Just now, I looked through the window and I saw a few snow flakes falling down from the sky. I’m in the kitchen, the coffee is brewing, I’ve waffles on the toaster, the Christmas tree is still up with the lights on. I can say I’m having a pretty cozy Monday morning, perfect to be the first one of the year.

New year, new possibilities! As usual, lots of plans, decisions, resolutions…, but in the end, the turning of the clock is only a formality, we are still the same, and the world is moving at its own rate.

2021 started with a makeover on my blog. It was the first creative task I did on the 1st. I changed the theme and moved things around. I will focus on photography this year, so this new theme is more appropriate than the previous one, which was a kind of writer’s blog. I added a new profile photo to depict a personal style to my site.

I hope to keep up eating healthy food and journaling to maintain a strong body and a peaceful mind. As I get older my body and mind are getting more synchronized, so when one isn’t doing ok the other endures the consequences.

TRUTH is my word for the year. Sometimes I let my true-self go out of focus, so I can please others and be kind, other times I say yes when I wished to say no, it’s enough! I’ll try to be truthful to myself in the first place and accept the fact that it isn’t my duty to make others happy all the time.

I have been choosing a word for the year since 2014. It is a quick way to make me grounded and make me focus on what I need to work on.

I would love to know if you’ve chosen a word for the year, or if you have made some resolution.

Wishing you a lovely first week of the year!

E.