2016 is here – it’s time to breathe

2016 Breathe - Ever-changing Life of a MumTake a deep breath in, take a deep breath out. The new year is here and there are 366 fabulous days ahead of us (yep, it’s a leap year folks) to make, create and be who you want to be.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m not one for setting new year’s resolutions as all too often they tend to be broken bringing up unwanted feelings of guilt and unhappiness, and seriously who wants or needs that?!

Instead I prefer to set intentions for my year ahead. Intentions that can bubble along and allow for flexibility and movement as the days, weeks, months roll by and with a young family that’s the way it has to be!

This year, I have though decided to set myself a word, something that I can hopefully come back to again and again to re-set myself as I need to.

I’ve tried a few on and the one I keep coming back to is: ‘Breathe’.

I truly think it’s something that I’ll be able to apply in so many aspects of my life.

To be be present, focus on the moment and breathe. Another year has past terribly quickly. My baby girl will be turning one in just a few short months. Miss 10 heads into the senior years of her primary school and Miss 6 has just completed her Prep year. Where has that time gone?!

Breathe through the tiring, troublesome moments. Remember to be grateful for all I have. Let’s face it, parenting is a hard gig and while I am ever the optimist and a positive thinker most of time, there are always going to be days when life gets you down and it all gets too much.

I also want to make a new commitment to my yoga practice, which has been rather sporadic of late, to say the least. This morning I did the loveliest gentle yoga at home with Miss 10 by my side. There was plenty of slow breathing and relaxing movement that left me wanting more. But I recognise that I need to accept it’s not always easy to find the time to roll out the yoga mat so I will learn to enjoy these moments when I have the opportunity arises and if they don’t, well that’s ok too.

There’s much more, but that’s a good start.

Breathe in, breathe out.

I’m really looking forward to the year that lies ahead. It’s exciting to think about what might just unfold. Here’s to a fabulous 2016!

Do you set new year’s resolutions, intentions or a word to guide you? Feel free to share, I’d love to hear about them.

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