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A month of reflection

January can be a tricky month to navigate, especially when there’s so much pressure to create a new version of yourself! I’ve lost count of how many emails I’ve received about health and fitness, and although this is a positive thing, I find that new year is one of the hardest times to implement change.

Instead of making new year’s resolutions, I like to use January as a time to take a step back and evaluate, with playful days to dream, explore, make plans, try things out, create and have some fun. If you haven’t considered what you’d like from the year ahead, now is a lovely time to explore your thoughts, create some intentions and plan your year. By doing this you may find you’re able to set some positive goals full of purpose, fulfilment and joy.

Plan your year

Today I’m sharing a few questions to get you thinking about the year ahead. To do this, simply grab a pen, some paper and take a little time to consider your life and work. Think of the new year as a blank canvas, free of boundaries and restrictions, and try not to overthink the questions but simply observe what flows from your heart and intuition. Sometimes we can surprise ourselves with what emerges when we stop, look inward and take a moment to playfully dream.

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Plan your year

Reflect

What feels good in your life right now?
What brings you happiness, contentment and joy?
What (if anything) is helping you to learn, develop and grow?

Is there anything missing in your life right now?
Is there anything that isn’t working or feeling good?
Is there anything draining you of your energy, motivation and time?

Dream

What would you like the year to look and feel like?
What would you like your days to look and feel like?
Do you have an overarching ambition, vision or goal for the year?

Create and grow

How will you move towards your ambition, vision or goal?
What will be your first steps?
Is there a quote, affirmation, mantra or word to guide you?

Living from the heart

With a little gentle reflection, you will hopefully begin to see what’s working and what isn’t and from this, you may wish to set some goals and intentions. Remember goals don’t need to be life-changing, a goal may simply be, ‘spending more time with friends’ or ‘going for a walk every day.’

Goals act as gentle markers to help us stay on track and create nurturing habits. You can set a goal at any time, it doesn’t need to be a new year or even a new week, just try to go with what feels right for you and enjoy the journey.

As with everything I share on this blog, please take whatever resonates with you and leave the rest behind. If you would like to discuss your goals and intentions and make some plans for the year with a coach please get in touch. I would be delighted to support you.

Further reading

Setting my intention for the new year with a word
Practical tips to help you reach your goals
Bring your dreams and goals to life with a vision board

Thank you, as always, for stopping by, I hope you have a lovely day. Until next time, I’ll see you over on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.

22 Comments

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    Kate Baxter 12th January 2018 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Yes! This is definitely how I’m approaching my January. With an overall feeling of what I’m wanting to accomplish but no hard and fast rules that can be easily given up at the first hurdle. I haven’t quite settled on a mantra or affirmation – those tend to become more apparent to me as the year progresses – but I definitely feel like 2018 will be a year of hard graft leading to success – or at least I hope so! x

    • Natasha
      Natasha 12th January 2018 at 4:39 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Kate. I hope you’re having a great week and I wish you an abundance of success in 2018!

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    Sue 12th January 2018 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous and thoughtful questions Natasha. January can be a positive time if we approach it that way

    • Natasha
      Natasha 12th January 2018 at 4:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Sue. I hope your new year has got off to a great start.

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    fashionforlunch 12th January 2018 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    ITS Amazing asking yourself these questions and the instant responses you give yourself which you didn’t expect! Lovely post! And thank you!!! Xxx

    • Natasha
      Natasha 12th January 2018 at 4:42 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Kirsty. I hope 2018 is treating you kindly and you have a fabulous weekend!

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    Lazy Daisy Jones 12th January 2018 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Thank you I was hoping you may share a few gentle coaching questions with us all. I will sit with these and ponder queitly tomorrow when everyone is out. Just me and a cup of tea?
    Ashley x
    Ps Wow wasn’t your hair long back then? fabulous pic! Shoreditch I think?

    • Natasha
      Natasha 12th January 2018 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, I hope you find them helpful. :) Yes, it was a bit too long! Have a lovely weekend, Ashley.

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    Tamsyn 12th January 2018 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Such fab ideas Natasha, I love the idea of taking the pressure off and using January to day dream a little! Xx

    • Natasha
      Natasha 12th January 2018 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Tamsyn. I hope you’re having a gorgeous month! :)

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    Antonia #tidylife 13th January 2018 at 10:26 am - Reply

    I really like this post, Natasha and the approach you suggest as it doesn’t feel too overwhelming; just a gentle nudge in the right direction. They are really good questions to spend some time thinking about.

    • Natasha
      Natasha 22nd January 2018 at 6:56 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, I hope you find them helpful.

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    Ripple 13th January 2018 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    A very lovely and useful post! Especially the questions – such a great idea and suggestion! And I agree so much about taking a little break. If I didn’t have a gigantic wave of exams coming at me I would definitely use all of the month to just play around with my dreams and visions. Thank you!

    With kindness

    • Natasha
      Natasha 22nd January 2018 at 6:56 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your kind comment. Good luck with your exams!

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    Helen Perry 14th January 2018 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Great thoughts to encourage us to reflect helpfully and meaningfully in January, thank you for sharing. Hx

    • Natasha
      Natasha 22nd January 2018 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, thanks for stopping by!

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    Cristina 17th January 2018 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Lovely post, with lots of thoughtful questions – I love this. I just linked to this article in my latest blog post too, hopefully some of my readers will benefit from your suggestions :) xx

    • Natasha
      Natasha 22nd January 2018 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Cristina, that’s really kind of you! :)

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    Briony 21st January 2018 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Amazing post! Definitely how I want to approach my year too. Thanks for sharing lovely!

    • Natasha
      Natasha 22nd January 2018 at 6:58 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, I’m pleased you found the post helpful.

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    Soleil Sierra Cervantes-Riego 24th January 2018 at 1:28 am - Reply

    Great post! Those questions will be my guide for the whole 2018. Thanks for sharing ! XO

    • Natasha
      Natasha 26th February 2018 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      Good luck with your planning and thanks so much for stopping by!

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