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how i want to live in 2017

Today was my first day of semester 2 at vet school and tonight I’m taking the opportunity to rewind. Lights dimmed, music on and a cup of tea by my side as I look to the year ahead.

My last couple weeks of 2016 were blissfully spent with loved ones.  I only had two weeks of Christmas holidays and it passed in a euphoric blur: a long catch up with a close friend, an extra special Christmas Day with my family and boyfriend, many a game of Monopoly, mulled wine and gingerbread, my parents’ home cooking and a beautiful New Year’s firework display among others. A precious finale to what has been a year of incredible ups and downs.

I don’t want to dwell too much on 2016 tonight, except to take what I experienced and learned and apply them to how I want to live the days and months of 2017.  At the start of each year despite making my own resolutions with good intention, admittedly I have never found them all that effective.  This year, I want to gift myself a word to live by.  Simply ‘Live.’  It can be both broad and specific.  A word that I can carry with me as a value, as a reminder.

Live. Why ‘Live’? I spent so many days last year merely existing, lost, letting time pass by.  This year I want to throw myself wholeheartedly into every single day, to feel purely alive.  To create a life worth living so that this time next year I know I did and achieved as much as I possibly could.

I want to live creatively.  Write until there are no more words and only an ache in my hands remain.  Don’t wait for inspiration to come, seek it.  Take things that are sad and dark and craft them into pieces that are soft and light and hopeful. Share my art and tell my stories because every voice matters. Even mine, especially when I feel small and insignificant. And I want to live curiously.  To be enthusiastic about learning.  To read voraciously – fiction and non-fiction. To be inquisitive about the world.  To ask questions and never stop.

I want to live compassionately. To be kind to others and to myself.  To develop my empathy, to try and understand even when it would be easier not to.  But to also know where my boundaries lie and to know when I should put myself first.  I have always been my own worst critic, pressing down hard on my shoulders.  When my mind becomes noisy and turbulent, when I feel woefully inadequate – and I know I will at some point – I want to remember that I am enough. That I have never stopped growing and I will keep on learning and growing.  Maybe I’m not exactly who I want to be right now but I can do something about it, whether that’s changing my own attitude or making a different choice.

And last but not least, I want to remember to live in the moment more often.  Absorb the beauty of the world around me and open my eyes to the simple joys that are right in front of me but easy to forget or ignore. Last year I discovered how relaxing it is to take a walk, to feel the wind in my hair, to marvel at nature. Noticing the different hues and colours of the sky and the trees soothes my soul in ways I never imagined it could. Throwing my head back to the inky night skies and picking out all the stars, the pinpricks of light, makes me feel at once small and infinite. These simple things can mean so much.

Live, live, live. Be bold and fearless. Worry less. Enjoy every minute.  Here’s to 2017 and living.

What are your words/goals/resolutions for 2017?

Much love,
Beverley x

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18 Comments

  1. Reply 5th January, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    This is such a beautiful post! I completely know how you feel about wanting to truly live, rather than just going day to day.

    Ella xx
    http://www.inellaselement.co.uk

    1. Reply 7th January, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      Thank you for the kind comment, Ella!

  2. Reply 5th January, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    I make myself at least one resolution per year, even though they always fall through. I guess it’s just habit? I like your idea of choosing a word to live by! I can especially relate to your “live in the moment”. Sometimes I take the time to look around myself and am amazed at how beautiful nature can be sometimes. It’s easy to overlook or desensitize yourself to something when you see it everyday.

    And of course, it’s always important to remain a lifelong student! 😀

    1. Reply 7th January, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      Hi Rezina, thanks for visiting again and leaving your thoughts! Isn’t it wonderful when we just stop for a moment and take in everything around us? I hope we are both successful at living in the moment this year 🙂

  3. Reply 6th January, 2017 at 6:15 am

    May your 2017 be filled with words, wonder, and experience. I too would want to have these kinds of goals that you listed.

    1. Reply 7th January, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      Thank you for visiting, Alissa! May 2017 be the year we both accomplish our goals.

  4. Reply 6th January, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Your Christmas sounds perfect!

    I love exploring the meaning of “to live” and your 2017 sounds amazing already!

    Cora @ Tea Party Princess

    1. Reply 7th January, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      I hope 2017 will allow you to explore more of what it means to ‘live’. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Reply 7th January, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    What a wonderful post! Let’s live our life to the fullest. Maybe ‘live’ will also be the word of the year for me. Anyway, my word of the month is ‘zeal’. I’d like to share it to you as a kick start for this month. Hehe! 😉

    1. Reply 7th January, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      Thank you for the lovely comment, Augustin! Zeal is such a fantastic word, I do feel much more energised and really hope to keep this attitude up. I look forward to what 2017 will bring 🙂

  6. Reply 7th January, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this Beverley! And thanks for leaving a comment on my post 😆 Living life to the fullest is important and being in the moment is important. I learnt it from my meditation practice! The only thing that actually matters is what’s happening presently. Not the past or the future.

    1. Reply 9th January, 2017 at 10:30 pm

      Hi Pauline, thank you for visiting and leaving a comment! You have definitely piqued my curiosity about meditation – I’ve never really had much interest in finding out more about it until now but I can see how it might be beneficial to me.

  7. Reply 8th January, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Aw, Beverley, this is absolutely beautiful!! I love love LOVE the idea of living in the moment more – when I was a student I used to walk down by the sea every day, and it was just the most invigorating feeling. Somehow I’ve lost that in my adult life, which is so sad… now I’m on a quest to get that feeling back!
    Beth x

    1. Reply 9th January, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      Thank you for the lovely comment, Beth! Best of luck with your quest to find that invigorating feeling again – I’m sure you will!

  8. Reply 10th January, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Beverly, I love the way you write <3 you are very talented and the pictures that you use are truly my type of aesthetic haha. Just looking at your blog makes me love it already 🙂 I think it's important to live in the moment and be grateful with what is happening right now instead of dwelling in the past or worrying about the future. Living in the moment makes you appreciate the things that you have today 🙂 Honestly, I think that's something I need to do more often this year.

    Thank you for a beautiful post! 🙂 And beautiful blog once again. I might pay a visit and check out your posts someday <3 Nice to meet you!!

    Jillian @ Jillian’s Books

    1. Reply 11th January, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      Thank you so much for the heart-warming comment, Jillian! Your compliments mean a lot, especially since I admire your writing too. You really have brightened my cold, rainy day 🙂 And you are definitely right that living in the present makes you more appreciative – I suppose living gratefully is another goal of mine as well. It’s lovely to meet you too, Jillian, and I would love if you were to visit again!

  9. Reply 12th January, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Loved reading this, really insightful and relatable! Feeling a little bit of derealisation at the moment actually but I will do anything to really live in the moment. Wishing all the best for 2017 for you!

    Hannie Arden | Missing Wanderer

    1. Reply 14th January, 2017 at 12:11 am

      Hi Hannie, thank you for visiting. I hope you are able to find a way to live fully in the moment soon! Best wishes to you for 2017 as well 🙂

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