Honestly … I didn’t feel much of the joy that I choose to write about and focus on through my blogging this year. Looking back as 2016 comes to an end though, there is a lot to be grateful for, thank goodness for the practice of gratitude! There are days when gratitude literally saves your heart from breaking. A blogger who shares as openly, intimately and honestly as I do goes through a regular soul rattling decision making process .. to share or not to share. I pick and choose from so many emotions, daily happenings and thoughts.
I am feeling a bit burdened by stuff lately. Although we live in a 2 bedroom apartment, its mind boggling how much stuff you can accumulate, store neatly and actually not need. ‘Retail therapy’ was a thing for me for many years, only at the ripe old age of 40 something have I started to lose interest in this past time. The shops just don’t excite me like they used to, the short lived buzz is becoming more and more empty … and all of this stuff I find myself surrounded by is weighing me down emotionally!
Before you get too excited about the brand new year looming .. there are a few lovely things you can do before the end of 2016. I adore this time of year, I am a true Christmas tragic and the simple joys of this season will always be close to my heart. This doesn’t mean that life is easy, far from it. The reality is that the new year is actually a most welcome fresh start and something I am deeply craving! The simple rituals that you can work into your end of year celebrations are such a lovely way to mark the end of 2016 and prepare to welcome 2017.