Monthly Practice - Dreams and Goals
Take a peek at my monthly practice of penning dreams and goals for the upcoming month.
As usual for this monthly practice, I start with images (from magazines typically) and from there, I pay attention to my heart and slowly identify goals and dreams that are important for me in this new month relating to business, family, home, health, faith etc and I write these down. Hope it inspires you to create your own monthly practice.
First off, I'm just enjoying the sun shining in our garden - how about you? That might be why I was inspired to use sunny yellow, green and gold washi paper within my dreams and goals spread for this month.
The woman with the bike (pic above) is inspiring me to think of simpler times and days. I think it's the nicer weather that is reminding me to take the time to enjoy it. It always seems that every year at this time, I decide to make a point of enjoying the summer weather etc. and then seem to rarely give myself the gift of just a little time outdoors to sit and enjoy the garden and just 'be'. This year though, honestly, my body and soul are crying out for a little 'R and R' time.
The pic above reminds me again of simpler times and perhaps my childhood and my Granny's weighing scales, bobbins etc. You see what I mean? If I pick images that resonate with me, they always have a deeper meaning and give me clues as to what I need in my life too - you'll maybe find the same thing happen for you.
I love the quote that I've written out (see above) and here it is:
From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.
My dreams and goals for May are a mixture of the following:
- homemaking - some house painting, touching up, organising and tidying (always ongoing lol)
- gardening - planting some spring/summer flowers with some colour to enjoy
- friends - gathering time around the table with people we love and enjoy their company
- listening to God's whispers - being quiet and pushing back the clamour to do more
- enjoying building our relationship with our new puppy Guy (who is now four months old)
- Brooklyn - looking forward to time with a friend to see this film and enjoy a glass of wine
- Bloom - workshop - excited about hosting my first in-person art/journaling workshop locally at the very lovely surroundings of Grassfield Hall, owned by my good friend Lisa Homer
- art-making (always on the list)
Partial review of April:
- Robert (my husband) and I started puppy classes with Guy. We have one more left now.
- Visited Lime Tree Observatory and had a really interesting evening for this event. The four of us had a great time and are looking forward to visiting again and this time using the telescope (it had been raining).
- Enjoyed a couple puppy play dates.
- Lots of good company at our local church for a Ladies only meal.
- Guy had his first walk which was crazy. To say he was excited, would be an understatement lol!
- Sent out my monthly-ish Newsletter.
- Gave myself a hand exfoliation.
- Enjoyed a wonderful orchestral performance arranged via our youngest son's school.
- Watched 'The Drop Box' film at the church ladies group that I attend. A must see, very sad but inspiring too. It's about a pastor in South Korea and how he installed a baby box - 'a warm bin, lodged in a wall, that allows mothers to deposit their children without being seen'.
- Tour de Yorkshire - waited in the wind and rain with our boys for the cyclists to ride by and then enjoyed some tea and cake.
- Hubby and I spent a lot of April with a really bad cough, earache etc, so plan to feel a lot better for May (still coughing as I type...).
- Guy is now fairly practiced with several training commands ie. stay, sit, come, drop and leave.
- Many, many early mornings taking our puppy outside.
So, I hope May finds you well and please share your monthly practice - do you do something similar or do you have some tips for changing the process around a little? Do share...