Monday, December 21, 2015

Reflection and Goals

It's been a few days since I last posted.  To be honest I didn't feel like it - I had a few low days and just couldn't muster the energy or the desire to blog - so I didn't.  

This Christmas has been the only Christmas that I can ever remember since being a home maker and parent that I have been well organised and not stressed about anything.  I have made gifts throughout the year and tried to be thrifty, organised and a bit carefree.

All of my food shopping is done, the gifts are wrapped and I am looking forward to the next 4 days prior to Christmas of just relaxing and chilling out before the big day.

Yesterday our neighbors dropped in for a quick hello and to exchange gifts.  They gave us this adorable silver reindeer ornament.

And even had him engraved with the children's names on it.  He will be very much treasured.  It's gifts like these that really do become well loved.  

We made it to the farmers market again this week and I bought that rhubarb plant I drooled over last weekend.  I will plant it today and nurture and love it.

I then came home to a wonderful afternoon in the kitchen making 3 batches of my Thermomix Chutney and a batch of Kiss Biscuits.  

We are off out to lunch today with my old work mates and my old boss just loves my chutney and home baking so I popped some biscuits and some chutney along with a pretty tea towel for his wife into a gift bag.  

I know that he will appreciate them.  It is much more fun and economical to give gifts like these - All homemade and gifted with much care and love.

A couple of cookies and a tea towel make a simple little gift as well.  These are for another friend who doesn't need anything really but I know she will appreciate this small gift.

At this time of year I find myself reflecting on the year just gone and making a little list of what worked and what didn't.  What needs changing and my goals for the coming year.  They are not resolutions but instead a bit of a wish list and a mantra to try and live by.

I read many blogs of women with similar goals, interests and philosophies and one in particular rang so true with me this past weekend.  Sophie's blog post is one which I thoroughly enjoyed and will try to use some of hers as a template for my own life.  They are :-

Buy Less, Live More
Give Homemade Gifts
Write More
Create a Minimalist Wardrobe
Tread Lightly
Learn A New Skill
Give Back to the Community
Connect with Mother Earth
Live Simply and Love Greatly

Some more I could add is :-

Live Frugally
Upcycle and Recycle as much as possible
Stress Less

It will be interesting to see what I can put under each title in a year's time when I reflect back on the year.

So this will be my last blog post for the year.  I am going to kick back and enjoy this time with my family and begin to live by my own motto of stress less and just enjoy life as it comes.

I have a few plans for the blog for next year but will chat to you about those in January.

Thank you for reading my blog and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2016.

Stay Safe and Enjoy your time with your loved ones.

Love and Hugs,

Fee xx


Julie said...

Beautiful makes there Fee ... love your new ornament, its gorgeous. Your blog is such a lovely place to visit. Hope you & your family have a wonderful festive season, may it be happy & healthy for you (& creative too). x x x

Wendyb said...

wishing you the very merriest of Christmases dear Fee.....stressing less sounds perfect......I'm thinking of my mantra including something like that too.....there's quite a few changes here so things are going to have to be different. love laughter happiness and blessings to you and yours sweet friend.....hope Santy brings you special joys.
love and hugs always xoxoxo Wendy :o)

Guida said...

I wish you and your family a wonderful and Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. I also want to wish you lots of luck with your new project/career path. I love reading your blog.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

We're travelling a similar path, my dear friend, and I look forward to more weekly 'phone conferences' next year full of inspiration and blessings, one to another.
Merry and blessed Christmas to all the Ransley Clan! xxxx

Michelle Ridgway said...

Merry Christmas Fee to you and your family. I enjoyed your post so much. Beautiful gifts....handmade and homemade with love can't be beat x

Marie said...

I enjoy your blog so much Fee & can't wait for your return in 2016, in the meantime take care and relax. Merry Christmas to you & your family.

Christine M said...

Have a wonderful Christmas Fee. xxx

Noela said...

Have a wonderful Christmas with your family Fee. Hoping 2016 will be a great year for you. Looking forward to seeing you in March. Hugs Noela.

Unknown said...

Wishing you a blessed Christmas full of love and joy. Enjoy the time away with the ones you love best and most and let the new year begin with fewer demands and more relaxed.


KaHolly said...

You are certainly on the right track! Good for you! Have a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. Your little gifts will be so very much appreciated. And you pictures are divine! You must have been a professional photographer in a previous life! XO

Unknown said...

Wishing you and your family a safe and happy Christmas Fee, thank you for sharing this year and looking forward to reading more from you in 2016 xo

Jacqueline said...

Best wishes for you and yours too.