Happy New Year! May 2018 be a year full of adventures, love, freedom and gratefulness.
For a lot of us, 2017 has been a challenge. Thanks to This American Girl‘s New Year’s meditation, I have looked back in a positive light, despite all struggles. I had some tough times this year – travelling from Australia to Ireland, looking for a job, heartbreak,… Just to name a few. But I know that I have learned a lot from these experiences. And we should more often just celebrate that we were able to survive such difficult times. While I sometimes felt completely lost last year, I can finally let some hope in again. I am excited to see what the coming months will bring.
You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.
What you’ll discover will be wonderful.
What you’ll discover is yourself.
– Alan Alda
The days are finally getting longer again. I love Christmas time though and was so lucky to be able to spend the holidays with my family. This is definitely something to feel incredibly grateful for. I even got to spend my birthday at home (with snow! yay!). Joining a hiking club, I also got to see beautiful parts of Ireland while being able to spend time outdoors. As I felt quite restless and anxious lately, I tried to spend as much time as I could in nature. Also, I developed a daily yoga routine (coming back from work, lighting some candles and stepping on the mat does wonders when it comes to self-care and balance – even if sometimes you don’t feel like doing any exercise at all and you have to convince yourself to begin at all) and I am trying to eat healthier (soups, lots of soups for winter!). Sometime in the future, I would love to go on the journey to become a yoga teacher… More of that in another blog post.
Freedom is found within, in the shape of our laughter and the way we love, in the truths that we live by and the stories we become.
― Beth Kempton, Freedom Seeker:
Live More. Worry Less. Do What You Love.
By the way, my sister got me the most beautiful card set “The Universe Has Your Back” by Gabrielle Bernstein for my birthday. The first card I drew said “My fearless freedom lights up the world.” I hope that this might even be a tiny bit true – learning how to set myself free and choosing not to give into fear has definitely been on my journey for the last years.
I can’t wait for spring to give me an opportunity to travel through Ireland. This weekend, I decided I needed to re-charge and do something just for myself. Ocean therapy! Taking the bus to Youghal, about 50 minutes away from Cork, was the best decision I could make for this New Year’s weekend. Even though I was tempted to socialize (don’t get me wrong – I feel very happy that I got to meet people here that I can connect with, but sometimes I just need some quiet time and to just be, without any pressure) , I knew that deep down I just wanted to be outside, at the beach, listening to the soothing sound of the waves.
Luckily, the sun came out on the second day and I took a long walk past the Lighthouse, along the Front Strand and Redbarn Beach. I felt as happy and carefree as I hadn’t felt in a long time. Youghal is such a cute town, not just the beach, but the historic buildings and Christmas lights make it feel cozy. Today, on New Years Day, I even got to see a rainbow. This should be a good sign, right? Being back in Cork now, I definitely feel more relaxed and ready for the new year.
It was my life – like all lives, mysterious and irrevocable and sacred. So very close, so very present, so very belonging to me.
How wild it was, to let it be. – Cheryl Strayed
Otherwise, I have seen bits of the green Isle – Kinsale, Cobh, the Comeraghs, Hungry Hill, Dublin,… How long I will stay? I am not sure yet. We will see what 2018 will bring. I definitely want to do a road trip to more spots in Ireland.
Also, Iceland is quite close and other beautiful spots in Europe 😉 Any suggestions?
- Worked and lived in Canberra (Australia) for a while
- Moved to Cork, Ireland
- Spend Christmas at home (after four years away)
- Survived some heartbreak
- Stood up for myself (even though I usually shy away from it)
- Did what was good for myself (spending New Years at the beach)
- Felt grateful each day at least for a minute, even when it got tough
- Managed to complete the TEFL course and the IELTs test successfully
- Made new friends
- Recovered from some health problems.
I want to think again of dangerous and noble things.
I want to be light and frolicsome.
I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.
― Mary Oliver, Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays
I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions. But if there would be one, it would be to love myself no matter what (guys, we are enough!). I want to trust, be more creative (writing, dancing, singing), spend time outdoors and be more mindful (accept any uncomfortable feelings instead of avoiding them). In addition, I want to keep going on my yoga/meditation journey.
So, again, I hope that you will all continue on a beautiful experience in 2018. And yes, it’s not always easy, but sit with any feelings. Let them in. And then let them go. Even if it might take months. Think about anything you could be grateful for. Do what feels good for you (even if it is just sitting with a cup of tea/coffee and looking outside). Breathe. Remember, this is an amazing adventure ❤