A new year
Is an unopened gift
A letter in the mail
A crisp new notebook
A story yet to be written.
(Copyright Sally Murphy)
Happy new Year! Although I have mixed feelings about New Year’s resolutions (see my post about that here) I DO feel that there is something magical about a whole new year starting, with promise of new opportunities, new beginnings and crisp, clean pages.
Because I’m wanting to start as I mean to continue, I have registered for Anastasia Suen’s 30 for 30 Challenge, which challenges participants to write for 30 minutes every day for 30 days. Although the challenge starts tomorrow, I decided that the first of January was great time to get started (I guess that means I’m aiming for 30 for 31). So, the first thing I did this mronign was to sit down at my desk with my brand new journal and write for 30 minutes. Then I put a cross through the date on my desk planner. I look forward to doing that 30 more times, and to really get some work done on the exciting stories which I want to write in 2018.
After my writing session, I headed off to the beach for my first walk of the year. Aaaaaah. I am so lucky to live where I do.
So, my year has started with a flourish, which is great, because that is the word I have chosen to use to guide my year. Flourish works both as a verb (to grow and thrive in healthy, vigorous ways) and as a noun (a bold or successful act). And of course, if you are arty at all, you’ll also know that you can spice things up with a little flourish. So, I plan to flourish this year, and, hopefully, to help those around me (including YOU) to flourish, too.
PS. Do you like the picture? This is a photo of a sign at Yokine Reserve, a playground in Perth. The blue sky behind it hasn’t been edited.