Hello there, how are you? I hope you enjoyed the holiday season, and are now sinking into 2016. Reece and I enjoyed the most wonderful holiday season. There was a balance of quiet, peaceful, reflective days, and busy, fun filled days with family and friends. It was perfect in many ways, and just what the two of us needed.
These last few weeks were healing for me, Winter Solstice in particular. It is such a simple day, the shortest day of the year, but it is also the time in which we welcome back the light, and open our hearts to that light. This year Winter Solstice allowed me to say good bye to the past and the future I thought I was heading towards, and to say hello to a new path, and journey, that I am moving towards with much confidence and strength. The light from that day was carried forward throughout the holidays and created the perfect beginning for my new path.
During the last few weeks, I have been reflecting on 2015, it is just something we do this time of year. In many ways it was a good year. I accomplished many of the things I wanted to, meet and exceeded some of my goals, connected with many friends in a deeper, more meaningful way and enjoyed this journey I am on. My life is full, and I feel blessed and grateful to be living this life.
2015, of course, was darkened towards the end of the year when Justin announced he was leaving Reece and I. The messiness of life definitely stole a little light from my days during this time, but that messiness was also beautiful in some ways. It has allowed me to reflect more on what I want for myself and for Reece. It has allowed me to discover a strength I didn't know I had. It has opened my eyes to a different future, a future that I am happy to say, I am confidently stepping into. Although it is a process, and will take time, the healing has begun, and there is more light than dark in my days.
There is no regret for anything that happened over the last twelve months, all of it is part of my journey, the same journey that has brought me here, and shaped the person I am today, and will continue to shape who I become. As I move into 2016 there are no goals, no resolutions, no intentions, no guiding word for the year. Instead this year is about just living life, one day at a time, noticing and fully sinking into the every day moments, and continuing on my path of simple, mindful living.
2016 is going to be a good year, not only can I feel it, but I am going to make it happen. Are you ready? I am!
The photos above are a small collection of the moments I captured over the holidays. I didn't take many photos, instead choosing to be fully present, and in the moment over the last few weeks.