WHAT?! It's February already! So I am a little late to get going but... I love the New Year! It feels like a fresh start, a new beginning. I am filled with hope and wonder at what might lie ahead.
Sometimes I can get pretty carried away. I think I’ll be someone entirely different this year - hoorah! - only to get halfway through and realise I am still me - bother!
Luckily, I am pretty alright to start with, I have a lifetime to grow and learn and I don’t have to have it all sorted by the end of this year - phew!
Still – the New Year is an opportunity - to reflect, refocus and restart. So why don’t we take some time to celebrate, gather our thoughts and go confidently in the direction of our dreams.
So much happened last year! When I write it down I am in awe. There were some truly incredible things I am thankful for, and some really hard things I am thankful are behind me.
And look - I’m still here! I’m still getting up each morning, making my bed and facing whatever the day may bring - whether I feel like jumping for joy or crawling into my cupboard.
If so much happened last year, imagine what could take place this year! I don’t have control over it all, that’s for sure. There are already some things set in stone (which I can write on my new calendar).
But there are some things I can choose. How can I be a better person, student, friend, daughter, sister, musician, artist or athlete this year? What is in my heart that I would like to nurture, and what would I like to work on breaking free from?
Sometimes these deeper, harder things - the changes I want to make that I know take time - I write down and put somewhere I will see often, because I am forgetful and mess up a lot!
What are a couple of small things I’d like to try for fun? I might not get around to them all but there is no harm in a little dreaming.
What are a couple of habits I know would be really good for me to start. Flossing my teeth? I’ve been meaning to do that for years! Eating more vegetables? Reading?
It’s ok if I don’t do them perfectly, but I could make more of an effort. I might spread them out over the year so I have a new challenge every two months rather than a heap all at once.
Now is the time! I have dreamed the dreams, it’s time to start doing! If I try to do and be it all at once I might get exhausted, or frustrated, or obsessed. So it’s best to start with small steps.
I have a habit of trying too hard. But often I get good at things by accident! My fingers fly over this computer keyboard, but only because I have been tapping away at it for years.
Learning to touch type was gruelling! I didn’t know my fingers could feel so clunky and confused. But I had to become a skilled typist to be able to do the work I am passionate about, and to write to people I love when I am far from them.
So little by little, without thinking about it too much, I learnt to type, fast. So, don’t try too hard, just stick with it. Success takes time.
I know many people don't like making New Year's resolutions. I understand. It’s scary to try new things, to try and grow or change, and often we fail. And we don’t need a New Year to set some new goals. We can do it any time.
So the New Year is simply an opportunity, for us to choose to take - or not. You don’t have to scrunch up your face all tight about it. If you ask me, it’s actually kinda fun!
Here are some of the bella team’s hopes for 2016:
Hannah: Save some money so I can move out of home. Take small steps towards my goals rather than simply dreaming about them.
Nancy: Write a short book.
Vita: I want to grow stronger! I want to get better at letting go of disappointment. And I want to be more proactive and passionate.
Dani: Join a choir. Do an acting class. Do work experience in radio.
Jess: Move out of home and balance work, uni, fitness and friends.
Kandice: Learn to skateboard. Update my business website!
Me: I want to learn to make quiche. I want to run 10kms (this is a carry over from last year). Learn to be content with where I am at and allow myself to have moments of quiet and rest.
Stay tuned for a progress report in December!
by Henrietta Lee
Photography by Ben Reeson.