Happy Lori to you

A new baby joined my family late last year (my cousin). A long awaited baby – the first in the family in 20 years. It was amazing to welcome him to the family and he is loved more than I can say.

The day we all met him was a day we hoped and dreamed and prayed for over many years. His arrival was that reminder that we all sometimes need, that above all else, we must always have hope.

It can be easy to forget of the miracles that take place everyday but they do happen and we must remember to be thankful for this.

Last week was Lori which is an Indian festival celebrating the harvest. It’s also a time when families celebrate a recent wedding or birth and we celebrated this year like we’ve never celebrated before.

It’s so great getting the family together and seeing people who you haven’t seen for ages and laughing and joking and just enjoying the happiness that is being shared. I wish you all a (belated) happy lori and hope that you have much to celebrate over the coming year.

 

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(Belated) Happy New Year

Hello 2017!  It’s good to see you!  I can’t complain too much about 2016 though. It was a pretty good year for me. I think I had a bit of a mid-life crisis 18 months ago which triggered a lot of changes to my life. I spent the first half of my life working hard and saving for the future and I intend to spend the next half playing hard and spending my own hard earned money on the things that I enjoy now because tomorrow is guaranteed to no one. (The rule in our house is that they that earn it can spend it as they so wish.)

It’s made me happier but I still have some way to go. I’ve accomplished plenty in my life so far but still have a lot of goals to meet. I like the new year. It forces you to do an end of year performance review of your life and come up with a plan for the next 12 months like you do at work.

One of my key goals is that I don’t want to be in the same place at the end of this as I am at the start. I want to see movement and changes in my life and I want to experience new things.

One of my new year’s resolutions is to learn the art of mindfulness. I want to be able to relax and enjoy the journey as it’s not all about the destination anymore. I think the older you get, the more you realise that.

I’ve got the obligatory lose weight, get fit and healthy on the list too but I think that when you’ve made any changes to your life and seen results, it gives you the motivation to carry on making changes. I’ve still got some way to go but I believe if you start off small, you can make a big difference.

I’ve got a lot of different things going on in my life this year and I look forward to sharing my journey.