This year has been a big year of changes and new beginnings for me, both with my creative work and in my life in general. It’s been a big and amazing year, but it has also been frantic in many ways. I’ve felt like I’ve been on a timeline for much of the year with a constant to do list. Despite all the amazing things that have come of this year, I have also felt exhausted and depleted at times.
The seasons of the year
The slowing in pace this month has been a stark reminder for me of the seasonal nature of our years, and indeed our lives. Just as there are seasons in nature for hot and cold, blistering heat and pounding snow, there are seasons in our lives and years.
There are times throughout the year for busy work and timelines, and there too are seasons for nurturing and slowness. Without both there would be no balance. They are a perfect opposite match and there is time for each in all our lives.
My time to slow down
Christmas time is that slow and nurturing time for me. My time to slow down, to rid myself of timelines, to create for me and to embrace the spirit of the season.
Christmas is the time of year when I can enjoy each day for what it is. It’s a time when I can spend hours making a gift for a loved one, or something for myself, without the guilt that I should be doing something more productive with my studio time.
It’s the time of year when I can listen to Christmas carols on repeat whilst indulging in a home baked Christmas fruit loaf fresh from my brother’s oven. When I can gather with family to share a home cooked meal and Christmas festivities around the Christmas tree with smiles all round.
It’s the time of year when I can sit quietly and reflect. Perhaps with rose coloured glasses on the year that’s been, but reflect all the same.
Above all, it’s that overwhelming feeling of everything being just right. The timelines are gone, the deadlines have passed, the to dos are all ticked and all that’s left is time to just be.
A time for reflection
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And that’s what I hope for you this December. Give yourself the gift of this time for you. Let yourself embrace the season. Create something just for you, or someone you love. Reflect on the year that’s been.
January will be full of opportunities to plan for the year ahead and start chipping away at your big goals, but for now embrace the season of just being.
There’s no better season for you to be just you. Embrace it.
How are you embracing the season of slowness and reflection this year end? And what are you doing to celebrate the festive season this year? I’d love to hear from you. Leave me a comment below.