New Year and a New Me, Right?

Studland heath

The beginning of new years are weird things.

There is an overwhelming amount of expectation on it as if when the clock strikes midnight our lives will be renewed. All of our wishes for a bettered self, from ending our vices to starting all the health kicks under the sun are going to come to fruition as the clock ticks over to the first of January. Course they are.

‘Doh’ (as day 5 strikes and my resolutions shatter).

Gorse bushStudland heathdog by the fire

It’s this annual cycle that makes new year a subtle kind of dangerous. A whole heap of hope followed by a bucket load of guilt as we miss the impassable marks we set for ourselves.

And so, I’m hoping to flip this new year ritual which is oh so familiar to me on its head this year and instead, my resolve is to expect less of myself. A kind of anti-resolution resolution.

If I’m honest, I’m finding the pace we are forced to run at is more than a bit much and I figure a good way to resist the relentless beast of constant progression is to disconnect. To allow myself time to rest- and to really rest. Not taking my time out as time to be on twitter or on perfecting whatever new skill I need to to keep in the game, but to switch off from all things digital and switch on to myself.

I want to buck the cultural mantra that says faster, better, more and instead go slower and learn a contentedness with the present and with less. I want to breathe more and think about it as I do (Michael Williams pointed to the bonus of this back when I was at the Do Lectures). To be kinder to myself and restore a perspective that has gotten lost under the sky of the big smoke.

Come on 2016, let’s be having you (in the gentlest, slowest way possible).


  1. Kizzy 9th January 2016

    I totally agree with you. I have set intentions and am embarking on a slowly lived lifestyle for the year to see how different I feel at the end of it. We constantly seem to be on a treadmill, rushing through day to day life and not actually living our lives, enjoying those important moments as we are always trying to stay ahead. Hope 2016 brings you lots of joy.

    • Rachel 13th January 2016

      That’s awesome! Got any plans for how? I’m going to check out your blog now… Sending you joyful wished for 2016 too x

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