We all need space and reflection.
Like ocean waves, we must retreat first before we can build more strength in what we are doing.
This reveals itself in almost all areas of life:
work, love, friendship, fitness, flexibility, connection, creativity.
Trust these natural cycles.
You may have noticed that it has been a little quiet on Ye Olde ART CAMP Site. I am taking a much needed "winter retreat" to be with my family and myself. I spent most of October, November, and December as a human doing and I am slowly returning to a state of human being, which is good news for all of us... especially my kiddos.
I wanted to pop in and share what has become one my family's favorite New Year's Eve traditions.
I am slightly allergic to the term "New Year's Resolutions". Even the definition of the word resolution seems harsh: a firm decision to do or not to do something -or- the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter. I cannot read the word without seeing visions of people surveying their bad habits and creating elaborate, expensive fix-it plans. It just makes me sad.
So here is how we ring in the new year at my house. Before the clock strikes midnight, we reflect (think, consider, contemplate, ponder, meditate) on the past year and we set intentions (to aim with purpose) for our new year. We write two lists and, if we are in the mood, we share them with each other. Oh, and candles are usually involved because everything is made more special with candlelight.
This year we are going to write our reflections and intentions on these pretty sun bursts! I made some for you and your family too! If you are already signed up for our newsletter you will find these pretties in your weekly newsletter (aka an email with a clever subject line). If you are not receiving our newsletter, sign up here and claim your prize!
Wishing each and every one of you a happy, healthy, creative, and connected 2018!
Here is an example of what an older kiddo's year end reflection might look like on paper:
And then the new year intentions: