As we approach the third week of the new year, the fast energy that accompanied the beginning has started to subside. Gone are the rushes of hosting parties, dinners, brunches, and crafting vision boards. The initial days of January were a whirlwind of work and projects, the expected hustle that marks the commencement of Q1 – planning, arranging, settling, and dealing. However, in this moment, a white-marbled butterfly graces my window, gently nudging me to slow down and appreciate the simplicity of the little things. It's a call to reconnect with nature, to find solace in the present.

The start of a new year often overwhelms us with what we are supposed to do and not do. I am quite sure we are all somewhat fed up with the ever-growing lists so I will try to keep it short.

For the next two weeks, try to:

1. Clean out your closet and donate (if possible)

Take the opportunity to declutter and simplify your living space. Donate items that you no longer need or use, allowing for a fresh start and the chance to contribute to a good cause.

2. Write things out with pen and paper

Step away from digital devices and engage in the therapeutic act of handwriting. Whether it's journaling, making to-do lists, or expressing thoughts on paper, this practice provides a tangible connection with your thoughts and ideas. Believe me, ink and paper is much more powerful than we think ;)

3. Find time for a morning walk

Incorporate a morning walk into your routine to kickstart your day with fresh air and physical activity. It's a simple yet effective way to clear your mind, boost your mood, and set a positive tone for the rest of the day.

4. Read or watch more of positive things

Consciously choose content that uplifts and inspires. Whether it's books, articles, or videos, immerse yourself in positivity. This intentional shift in your media consumption can significantly impact your mindset and overall well-being.

5. Turn daily tasks into special moments

Transform mundane daily activities into opportunities for mindfulness and appreciation. Whether it's savoring your morning coffee, taking a moment to enjoy a meal, or relishing a simple accomplishment, infuse each day with small but meaningful moments. This approach fosters a sense of gratitude and joy in the ordinary aspects of life.

In consciously adopting these practices, may we find a harmonious balance that allows us to savor life's small joys and navigate the year with intention and grace.

January 17, 2024

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Thyra Amelinda

Thyra is a content creator. Previously a social media manager at a creative PR agency, she’s been in the creative industry for almost 4 years and is currently on a quest to empower people especially young women through her musings. As an individual who aims to live a simple life, she loves spending her time reading, writing and playing tennis—anything to be away from the hustle bustle.