2015 is here!
Well, hello there, my bright-as-a-penny-sparkling-in-the-sun (basking in the glow of this brand new year) friend, and how are you doing on this (finally-fine!) day? I am sat, enjoying the light that is pouring through our windows, and nursing a (very large - I'm talking, as big as my head) mug of tea (adorned with the words 'Tori's Tea' - a wonderful Christmas gift from the family I used to Nanny for), plus a head full of buzzing-about thoughts (as is always the way nowadays!).
(*Note: thanks to revision, I'm finishing this post in the evening, so the light is no longer pouring through the windows, but - instead - we are being artificially-lit by the poor excuses for lighting this flat came with*).
I do hope that, for you, this month has started in a way that you'd be happy for the rest of it to follow suit (minus the inevitable the-day-after-the-night-before hangovers I'm sure many of you had to cope with, for which Annie has a miracle cure!). 2015 promises for so many a brand new show-me-what-you've-got-and-I'll-tackle-it-head-first start; a clean slate, a blank page...the chance to 'begin again'. I've seen 'resolutions' and 'goals' posts aplenty of late (good luck to EVERYONE who is starting the year with something to aim for!), but my favourite has got to be this piece from Erin (of Design for Mankind) on her 2015 non-goals (reflecting on all those things she is learning to embrace about herself.....in this moment - doesn't that sound wonderful?!), mainly due to the fact I'm more of a 'let's see where the moment takes me (because I'm a pessimistic-perfectionist)' kinda gal.
For me, January is to be a month dominated by revision, as I prepare myself for my (second-to-last-ever set of) exams, starting on the 15th. As this is the case, I've decided to allow myself to take a little breather and a break away from this space - I shall be sharing as and when I'm able to - but no more than I can handle - to not get in the way of my revision. So, you might see me here once a week, or this might be the last time you'll see me until February (when, trust me, I will most definitely be back!). I'll see what I can do!
Meanwhiles, to allow myself a little down-time (all work and no play...and all that) - away from thoughts on Marx's theory of alienation, classical compatibilism, and human reproductive cloning - I'm working on that tantalising-trio of mind, body, and soul. I've actually taken to doing a little reading of late (how it's happening, I don't know, but I'm definitely NOT going to query it!), and am about a sixth (not sure why I felt the need to be specific) of a way through Danielle La Porte's The Desire Map, the aim of which is to figure out how I want to feel in 2015. It has to be said, I'm enjoying the read thus far, and am very much looking forward to getting stuck into the workbook portion in the second section.
Speaking of...I've just downloaded Susannah Conway's 'Unravelling the year ahead' workbook - which I did all thanks to Esmé (who is a marvellous creature, well-worth a follow - her most recent post 'Other People's Success: On Artistic Jealousy' discusses feelings of envy and jealousy in a way that makes me feel quite normal (we are only human, after all) for having them - and in particular because she has got me thinking about what I produce, and the creative legacy I'll leave via my online presence) - and, furthermore, have subscribed to Susannah's 'Find your word' 5-day email class (the first task for which I really enjoyed tackling!).
I'm also working through A Beautiful Mess' Blog Life e-course (which was graciously gifted to me by a friend), to help me clarify a few things blog-wise, and I can definitely say that, despite barely having scraped the surface as of yet, I already appreciate the insight it's giving me into the Tori's Tales of the future (wooooohhhh). On top of all that, I'm participating in the Yoga With Adriene #30daysofyoga series (which you can subscribe to via the YouTube channel). I have been a huge fan of Adriene's for quite some time now, and I'm looking forward to finding something new from her on my YT sub list every day!
And so that is it, for now, dear ones! I'll be seeing you when.....well.....I see you (although please do feel free to drop me a hello or two below, or give me a little summin' to respond to by way of your plans for this month of January. I'm a busy-body; I like to know these things), if not before, via the mystical ways of social media...