While many people are spending these first few weeks of December frantically scrambling to make their Christmas ideals a reality, I’ve already skipped over Christmas in my psyche. We finished funding our Christmas budget over a month ago and we’ve already picked out and purchased most of what’s going under the tree. So, we’re pretty much just waiting for the day to actually arrive.
Since I’m not anxiously preparing for Christmas, my mind has been on loftier things. The approaching new year.
Investing in 2018
It’s no secret that New Year’s Day is my favorite holiday and January is always my favorite month. It’s a new beginning. A clean slate. A time when all the possibilities are possible… A fresh start.
I love the idea of gathering up all the experiences of the last 34 years of my life and investing it all into the new year to make personal progress and grow in all areas of my life. That may sound profound to some, but as a highly introspecting person, it’s just normal for me.
I had a strange epiphany last year that not all change has to be big and small steps in the right direction are still growth. Last year I was wading into uncharted waters when New Year hit and my life in general had had some pretty big changes. The pressure I was putting on myself to have some huge New Year’s goal or plan was downright depressing. So when I took a step back and gave myself permission to ease into this new change one baby step at a time, it gave me a sense of relief that I wasn’t slacking or letting myself off the hook completely.
2017 has been inspiring. It’s been eye-opening. It’s been refreshing. It’s been jam packed with opportunities and I have thrived. I’ve learned more about myself, my potential, and my God-given purpose in life. I continued to ruthlessly declutter and minimize my belongings. I’ve opened up space, physically and mentally and the year has just flown by.
Seemless transition of growth.
Now 2018 is staring me in the face and once again, I’m struck with an awakening. I’ve always looked at New Year as a way to jump start change. I’ve always planned a big New Year’s project to tackle as soon as Jan 1 gets here and then some other personal development items to take on immediately thereafter. But this year, I’ve realized, I don’t want the new year to be a jolt of change anymore. I want to edit my life to the point where the transition from one year to the next is a seamless progression of growth.
I don’t want to stagnate. I refuse to become complacent. (It’s just not possible with me anyway.) What I want is steady growth as a way of life. Moving methodically from one challenge to another without the expectation that this change is going to “revolutionize” my life or suddenly make me who I’m supposed to be.
Living an edited life.
My journey to minimalism has ripped off so many personas of who I thought I was or who I wanted others to think I was. I’m comfortable in my own skin now and I have clarity of mind. I don’t feel the need to do a complete turn-around. I know I’m headed in the right direction.
That’s why 2018 will be a year of editing. I want to hone my skills, carefully weigh my options, swap things I like for things I love, invest in meaningful relationships, and make the distinction between things that are useful and things that are needful.
What does “editing” look like in a practical manner? I’m still working that out, but I think it’ll be a series of challenges. Twelve challenges actually. One for every month in 2018 to cover topics like health, business, relationships, cleaning, hobbies, and such. Stay tuned for the finalized list… hopefully before January first arrives.
What are your plans for 2018? Are you wanting to make big changes in your life or are you also wanting to edit what’s already going well? Let me know in the comments.