Hello to everyone who has been kind enough to follow my blog this year.
I really appreciate each and every one of you for encouraging, supporting and inspiring me through this strange and difficult time for so many of us.
Of course, there have been so many things to give thanks for this year.
But I just wanted to let you know, it’s OK if you are tired of searching for the silver linings. It’s OK if you are tired and fed up of the uncertainty that we find ourselves in, and it’s OK to feel upset even if your life isn’t as bad as someone else’s.
It’s OK if you are sleeping for 14 hours a day, and it’s also OK if you can barely sleep at all. There is no right way to feel at the moment, and there is no competition to be the most positive or impressive person despite the challenging and unexpected circumstances we find ourselves in.
Wherever you are in the world, I sincerely hope you are as happy and healthy as you deserve to be. But if you are unhappy and unhealthy, there is no need to beat yourself up about this too.
I hope that the energy of the New Year brings you some freshness, and I hope you know that you are stronger and more resilient than you even realize.
I tell you these things not as an enlightened being who has worked it all out, but as someone who is finding these times as weird and confusing as many of you, and who has had an equal number of days crying in my underpants and going for long hikes and drinking super food smoothies.
To prepare for the new year, I will write down 5 things I am ready to let go of on a piece of paper, and 5 things I am ready to embrace. For example, I will write down that I’m ready to let go of fear and ready to embrace trust.
I will burn this as midnight strikes for the New Year. (Because burning things always feels terribly ceremonial!) Perhaps you would like to try this too? I do find setting intentions and goals can be helpful and motivational, so long as we choose our words carefully.
For example: ‘my news years resolution is to lose weight and stop being so wobbly,’ is probably not very helpful or uplifting. But perhaps ‘my news resolution is to feel more confident and to nourish my body with healthy food and enjoyable sports.’ could be a great alternative.
Whatever you are going through, I hope you know that you are not alone. I hope you have people that you can turn to on the hard days and laugh with on the easier ones.
I wish you a Happy New Year, and hope that 2021 brings you everything that you need to thrive.
Sending a hug, Rachel xox