“Change your story, change your life. Divorce your story of limitation and marry the truth. You can make anything happen.”
— Tony Robbins
In mid-December, I took advantage of a rainy day and completed Susannah Conway’s Unraveling the Year Ahead 2015 workbook. As I responded to the questions in my journal, rain bounced off the skylight in my kitchen, Christie purred on my lap, and I drank copious amounts of creamy coffee.
As the rain fell, I filled one-quarter of my Midori notebook. I’m glad I ordered extra Midori paper because I’ve been journaling a lot this month. December is the perfect month to reflect on the past year and to dream and scheme about the year ahead.
I won’t bore you with a verbatim article from my journal notes; instead, I’ll share some of my favorite books, accomplishments, and essays that made 2014 awesome. Then, I’ll talk about some of my intentions for the upcoming year.
Favorite professional accomplishment of 2014: Publishing My Morning View: An iPhone Photography Project about Gratitude, Grief & Good Coffee
Favorite personal decision of 2014: Moving into town
Favorite photo essays of 2014: Mt. Shasta Lavender Farms / Succulent Magic / A Day at Castle Crags / Fall Colors in Yreka, CA / Kangaroo Lake / The Utah Edition / Adventures in McCloud, CA / A Tiny House Camp Out
Favorite guest posts: I was honored to guest blog for Flow Magazine during December! Read my articles here.
Favorite RK articles of the year: Life in 700 square-feet / Why I’m Moving Into Town for the Winter / On the Depth of Loss / On My Teaching Adventures / On Running a Web-based Business / What I’ve Learned from Indie Publishing /
Gratitude in the New Year!
“If you’ve got a billion dollars and you’re ungrateful, you’re a poor man. If you have very little but you’re grateful for what you have, you’re truly rich.”
— Sir John Templeton
In 2014, I wanted to feel joyful, creative, and at ease in my personal and professional life. I decided to concentrate on this concept after reading The Desire Map. Focusing on how I want to feel has enabled me to make better choices and cope with challenges, too.
In 2015, I’m emphasizing one word and one feeling—gratitude. When I’m grateful, everything changes. I’m less fearful, more loving, and I treat myself with kindness. As I move into 2015, I’ll write about my intentional gratitude in more depth.
Below are a few activities that I’ll be focusing on in 2015:
I finished reading Tony Robbins’s new book, Money: Master the Game, and it’s inspired me to create a long-term financial plan and reexamine my relationship with money. During our 20s, we focused on paying off our debt, saving for a tiny house on wheels, and creating a resiliency fund. That fund includes roughly 6 months of living expenses, so if my business falls apart or if Logan loses his job, we can still pay our bills. However, we’ve neglected long-term financial goals. When I’m in my 60s or 70s, I want to be financially comfortable and able to choose whether or not I want to work. And, if I can’t work because of my health, I want to have a steady income stream to pay my bills. In the new year, I will work with a financial advisor to map our long-term financial intentions.
I will continue to share my words and photos on the blog and teach ecourses. However, I’m retiring “Writing in the Digital Age.” Instead, I’m creating content for A Simple Year: 12 Months of Guided Simplicity and crafting a few new e-courses, including one about journaling and another that’s focused on blogging. I can’t wait to share them with you!
In 2014, I set an intention to take care of my physical and emotional health. I’ve done an okay job with this goal and will continue to work on this intention during 2015. The past 12 days have tested my commitment to self-care, though. I picked up a cold, which turned into bronchitis. I’m starting to feel better, but I’m still fatigued. The doctor told me to rest and to drink lots of fluids—however, I’m not good at resting. I’d rather be working or outside walking! With that being said, I’m doing my best to follow the doctor’s orders.
I’ve been blogging for over seven years and each year it gets better, thanks to you! Thank you for visiting my corner of the web. I’m grateful.
P. S. During 2015, I am partnering with 7 of my favorite writers and simple living advocates! We are offering a year long e-course called A Simple Year: 12 Months of Guided Simplicity.
Topics covered include clutter, work, money, relationships, cooking, fitness, and more. The course is $199, so roughly $16 per month. I hope you will join us! Happy New Year!