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A reflective month

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 the 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 and create some intentions. By doing this you may find you’re able to set some positive goals full of purpose, fulfilment and joy.

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Reflect, dream, create and grow

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. 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.


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?


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?

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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. 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 to 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.

Further reading

Practical tips to help you reach your goals
How personal reflection can guide you in life and work

Thank you, as always, for stopping by, I hope you have a wonderful day.