Happy New Year.

I don't know about you, but the first week of the year has me feeling like I could do with another few weeks before January actually starts. The kids were very reluctant to return to school, and I didn't blame them. I feel like we all so enjoyed the warm cocoon of family time over the break that I completely understood the butterflies in the tummy and the not wanting to go. I'm going through my own version of that when it comes to 2022. While I'm happy to see the back of 2021, I'm not striding into 2022 armed with new year resolutions and gung-ho goals. I'm feeling introspective and contemplative, which feels like the perfect way to prepare for the year ahead. Dipping a toe in, rather than jumping in feet first.

I'm doing Gentle January.

It turns out the kids are settling back just fine and I know that's how I'll be feeling about the new year soon enough but, for now, I'm taking mindful, tentative steps. It's what feels kindest to me right now. So, while work of course needs to be done, I'm carving out time for myself too right now. Unfortunately I started the new year with a cold (not Covid) so that made me slow down and listen to what my body needed. And my mind too. It's funny how, even as someone who fully knows all the benefits and advocates daily practices, I can still let them slip further down the priority list when life gets busy. That's what happened towards the end of last year, so I'm prioritising journaling again and putting more time and thought into my mediation practice.

To give it some structure, I've started the year with Gabby Bernstein's 21-Day Manifestation Challenge. Calling it a challenge makes it sound far more intense than it is, Gabby has such a supportive, gentle way in how she encourages you. The daily steps are bitesize and simple to do. I'm 2 or 3 days behind and I'm ok with that. An even gentler way to absorb her advice and wisdom is to check out her podcast: "Dear Gabby".

Gabby Bernstein's The Universe Has Your Back, one of my favourite books.

The easiest way for me to prioritise self-care is through my natural skincare routine. My favourite step is the Delphio Facial Oil massage I give myself twice a day. Even if I don't have a lot of time, knowing I'm putting pure, nourishing plant oils on my skin never fails to make me feel good, and breathing the scent in deeply with its aromatherapeutic qualities can literally turn my mood around.

This month is all about regrouping and recouping the spent energy of 2021. And by slowly and gently refocusing on the practices that support me, I know the energy needed to tackle this year as it ramps up will come. The gym can start next week.

Much love, Sara xx

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It's the final week of school before the kids break up for Christmas and I must admit, I feel far from Christmas-ready. Are you feeling there's a whole bunch of stuff still to do?! I know I am. But I've realised that nothing will go wrong, even if all the things on the list aren't ticked off before the big day. It's really about being together and enjoying family time, whatever that looks like for us, and, of course, eating. We've all had a tough year, or, more accurately, two, so how about we make a pact? Let's commend ourselves for having kept going and for still standing. I think that's a very big deal, actually...

How can we be kinder to ourselves this Christmas? A major way for me, which I've already touched upon, is to soften expectations. I'd really like a relaxed one this year, we've all earned it. So if the wrapping doesn't look perfect, or I don't manage to prepare 13 sides (I actually did that one year and it nearly killed me) then that's ok! Embracing those imperfect moments and actually having a bit of a laugh about them, sounds bloomin' lovely to me. Another big one is not feeling guilty for saying no to things. I do want to see people over the festive period but I'm not going to put pressure on myself. There will be days when I live in my onesie and I'm not going to feel bad about that. Watching the deeply flawed Love Actually will be happening at some point and I'm not apologising for that either.

When we're all up for it, getting outside and sipping a hot drink is something I'm also looking forward to. Appreciating the small things and really earning that onesie time when we get home. Also, I will need some alone time. There's no doubt about it. After all the planning, the doing, the making sure everyone is looked after and happy and all the work that's gone into this big year which started with 3 months of homeschooling (yes that happened THIS year, it feels like a lifetime ago!), some time for myself with a cuppa in front of Columbo is my right. And yours too. So, this is just a little reminder - it's all ok, you've done enough and there's going to be some lovely moments to enjoy... we're almost there. Much love, Sara xx I'm taking the final Christmas orders of Delphio Facial Oil this week! Click below to give the ultimate gift of self-care.

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