Merry Meet my friends! It’s a gloomy and chilly day here today in Ohio. We had several days of rain to the point of flooding in some areas…including my own backyard! The rain is gone for now, but the gloom remains. I’m home today, at least until this afternoon. I have Blackmore’s Night playing, a fire in the hearth, laundry going, and decided I had time to do a blog post.
How were your holidays? I hope that Father Christmas/Santa was good to you and that your family and friends had a blessed time together. I had a very nice holiday. My family enjoyed each other, the food was delicious, and Santa was good to us. My grandkids, especially, made the festivities fun for us all. Seeing Yule/Christmas through their eyes is a wonderful thing to experience. Brings back memories of my own childhood and my own children’s as well. And more memories were made I’m sure 🙂
Now, we head into a new year! For us Pagans and Witches, Our New Year officially started at Samhain, but having said that, there is much to celebrate about a new calendar year! There is something about counting down the last of 2015 and knowing that 2016 is here. For many, it’s time to re-evaluate our lives. Many of us look back on the last year and see things that were great and things that can be improved on. Some of us set goals or resolutions for the new year. Maybe we want to improve our health, our relationships, our jobs, our attitudes, our love life etc. Maybe we are still healing from illnesses or losses. I do all these things. But I do them kind of constantly, not just at the new year.
I don’t set resolutions, but I always have goals in mind. I think most of us do. After all, we grow stagnant and boring if we don’t have something we are striving for! Don’t you think? The start of a new year is like having a a brand new clean calendar of days ahead of us. We can jot in, fill up our days with whatever we want! You choose whether they are filled up with empty days of daily drudge, unhappiness, inactivity, and anger etc. Or…we can fill them with joy, love, happiness, activity, learning, and finding time to do the things we love.
I’ve talked about this before. Years ago, I read a book about changing one thing in your life to start yourself off on a better way of Life. It was a profound thing for me. Think how easy it is to take that first step….just change one small thing to start! For instance, you want to be healthier in 2016. If you need to exercise, try walking to the end of your street and back to make a start. Or sign up for a yoga class or look one up on Youtube. Or get a step monitor and pay attention to how many steps you’re getting in each day. Want to lose weight? Maybe stop drinking sugary drinks first….or cut down on bread and sweets, or don’t eat after 7:00 at night. Want to improve a relationship? Invite that person to have coffee with you, or make a long overdue phone call. Want to get a better job? Make a list of what works with the job and what doesn’t. Is there one thing on there that you can change to make it better? Or maybe take a class ..something that will lead you to your dream job. Tired all the time? Figure out how to get 30 minutes more sleep..in a bed! Not in a chair in front of the tv! (a mistake many of us make lol) These of course are just basic ideas, but you get the picture.
One thing I changed for myself was that I realized I didn’t have enough time to myself. Just quiet, by myself time. What one thing did I do to fix that? I got up earlier to have time in the morning to myself. Then I decided NOT to get on facebook first thing, but to journal or read, or practice my Craft in a simple way. Now, it’s a regular thing with me that I look forward to and very much need in my Life. It has improved my mood and my day immensely. And it was just realizing what I needed, and devising a way to get it!
No matter how wonderful our life is, or how not wonderful it is for that matter, we can improve our lives by making choices. My next step, to make time to get that herbalist class done..to make it a part of each day or a few days a week to get that certificate I’ve been wanting for too long! Also, I have been losing weight for nearly 10 months now and I have a bit more to go..but I’m getting there! Adding in better exercise will be a priority as well. I know that is something I NEED to do to get all the way healthy!
I am 57 years old, heading to 58. I’ve learned a lot in those years, and still learning. The main wisdom I’ve garnered? We make our life what it is. We can not blame other people or circumstances for what is right or wrong in our lives. It’s up to us not to allow that to happen. If your life isn’t as you want it…change it. Other things I’ve learned…always be grateful, find happiness in the small things, take time for our loved ones and relish every moment of every day! There is beauty all around us if we look for it, and listen to your inner Goddess/Spirit/Guide always!
Let’s look at 2016 as the year we’re going to do something wonderful in our lives! I’d love to hear what it is you would like to do? And by the way, it’s a goal, not a resolution that gets broken immediately. A goal is a long-term thing..at least that’s my take on it. We strive to meet a goal, no matter how long it takes or how many set-backs we have along the way. It’s the working to get there that leaves us happy and satisfied.
While I’m at it, let me thank my 748 followers who have visited my blog over 201,000 times! Wow! I very much appreciate anyone taking an interest in my writing or what I have to say. I love your comments and feedback as well and some of you have become dear friends. Thank you Thank you! Happy New Year to you and yours! May it be filled with all the good things Life has to offer!! ❤
Blessings and Love,
7 responses to “Welcome 2016!……..”
Thank you for these words of encouragement. They are needed at this time.
Dear Autumn, you know how much I love your philosophy of life!
Blessings to you now, and in 2016!
Bless you Autumn – you always have the words.
many blessings, Autumn. You bring joy, and a reminder to Be (in the moment)
Thank you for all the wonderful words. I find comfort and perspective when I read your blogs. It is truly wonderful to find someone as genuine and honest to them self and to us. Thank you. Blessed Be! I look forward to starting 2016 and continuing to be inspired by your writing.
A Happy and Healthy New Year is my wish for all!
Happy New Year! I have a goal(never been into the resolutions thing…too easily broken) and that is to get back to the way we used to be. off-grid life. I miss it deeply and I want to work on rekindling my passion of living the way that speaks to my every cell. 🙂 Blessed Be ❤