As we celebrate the dawn of a new year and make some reflections on the past I’m still trying to live in the present.
Each year for the past 10 or so I’ve spent some time between the 25 Dec and 1 Jan in contemplation of how well I did against my last years goals and what my next years goals will be. This year, I have a day left in which to do this. More than enough time if I can find my notes. While looking, I found a few notebooks and other things which reminded me of things I like. There was a sketch of my hand with a note I wrote saying ‘A few minutes of sketching does me the world of good. Must do more. xx’. Sketching will now form part of my weekly routine for next year (starting to plan my 2013).
Someone (Huge apologies as I don’t remember who) on their blog earlier in the year suggested writing a note of one simple pleasure you have in life each day for a month. I did that and now have a list of 32 (32? I know! I could have gone on too..) things that give me pleasure.
One thing I learnt this year was that I love fairy cake cases (I can’t help myself). I use them for my writing as they help me plan and edit my novels (more about that next year but you heard it here first…). Here’s my list of a few things that give me pleasure, (as written on a different fairy cake case each day for a month) in no particular order:
Wearing colourful clothes
Dancing to cheesy music
My new soundtrack to my life
Colour coordinated clothes in wardrobe
Looking at Big Ben
The arty use of the Union Jack in 2012 on everything
A tidy, clean house with friends round for food and drink
A nice bottle of beer or wine
(sorry, one had to be edited out for decency)
Baked potatoes & cheese on toast, not necessarily together
Honey melting on porridge
Laughing with friends and family
The smell from lemon scented geraniums
Memories of playing cards with Mum and laughing with Dad
Sitting on the sofa with a nice cuppa tea
The allure of a full moon
Robin, blackbird and collard dove waiting for me
Smell of cake baking in oven
Driving to family and friends
Baking for charity
Being creative: Writing; Painting; anything arty and crafty
Sun streaming through the windows
Looking at flames
Sound of geese; sea water in my toes; sound of bees etc.
Hot water running over shoulders
Drawing and looking at shadows
The realisation that I have 32 different fairy cake cases
Here’s to a pleasure filled 2013.