As we pick candlewax from the Christmas tablecloth and get rid of the last of the pine needles, this is the traditional time for agonising over our New Year’s resolutions and wondering how long it will be before we start to bend and break them. A week? A month? (And let’s be honest, anything beyond the end of January is pure fantasy). But at this moment in time, and in history, when the world seems to be turning and burning out of our control, it is more important than ever that we take charge of our own small universes and imbue them with as much positivity and joy as we can muster.
This year, instead of vowing to give up a bad habit, let’s focus on self-care and what that means instead, because a year-long spa day it certainly is NOT. It is time to take stock of your daily health and to build a joyful daily routine, filled with small moments of pleasure, administered and controlled by your own fair hands. What that might look like is up to you: perhaps it is as simple as having a boiled egg for breakfast in your favourite egg cup, or drinking fresh coffee from your most treasured mug. Perhaps it is time to shine a light on more home cooking, with an awareness of the source of your chosen ingredients. Maybe it is a plan to walk regularly with friends, whatever the weather, and to be more aware of the changing natural environment around you. Or it might simply be trying to build a better bedtime routine to help you sleep a little deeper for a little longer. These are your own small moments of joy.
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Emma could not be clearer about what this means for her. “More than anything else, I know that what truly makes me joyful is making stuff. Be it baking bread, growing geraniums for my windowsills, or sewing quilts- I'll be making more time for making.” Now the only question you need to ask yourself this year is: what will this mean for you?