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a new year


Here we are in 2010, and my wish is simple: for health and happiness.

I have lots of plans, goals and dreams for the year ahead, but more than anything this year I need to focus on my own health and wellbeing. Over recent years it’s been so easy for me to lose myself in all the things that I am to other people – both personally and professionally – and it’s time for me to reclaim something for myself. For women, and particularly for mothers, I’m sure that’s a common theme.

I’m not talking dramatic life changing resolutions that began when I woke up yesterday, but rather more sustainable lifestyle changes that will lead me down the path to my destination.

If I had to give that destination a name it would be ‘balance’.

My life feels out of whack and my health is suffering. If I’m really going to put myself out there… and I’m hesitating… my weight has become a major issue and it’s something that I absolutely need to address as it impacts all areas of my life. Again, this is about balance not cabbage soup diets (not that I’m ever that extreme!).

How about you? Can you relate to any of that? What are your plans for this year? Do you make resolutions, or like me are you taking stock and planing new paths rather than instant dramatic changes?

Whatever you wish for, I hope twenty ten is all that and more.

xx
Lisa

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08416381619350382481 Gifts Created

    Lisa I totally agree with your posting. I too find myself on the path of balance in my life. I this year promise to put myself before others and question my direction. I promise to put the needs of my family before my business and live a little this year. I also promise to spend more times with family and friends.
    Hope to catch up for a coffee in the new year. Sarahxx

  • http://redorgrayart.blogspot.com red. or. gray. art.

    balance ..a very important thing to do…blessed 2010 to you…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18414242141985378801 Sophie Isobel Designs

    Yes indeed! Balance is my word for 2010! I want to make time for everything I love.
    Sophie x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15849163903759164196 Anna

    Happy New Year Lisa….and ditto..I thinking keeping your resolution simple is the way to go. Mine this year is just to eliminate my life from anything that doesnt enhance it for the better..be it negative friends, bad food, horrible habits…you know what I mean? so that all or most of what remains has is a whole lotta goodness :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11731006032499344619 katiecrackernuts

    Lisa, I hope you do find that elusive balance. You put so much into everything you do … you need to put some of that effort into looking after yourself, it seems. Happy New Year. A toast to balance (with mineral water and a squirt of lime).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12526087060203536108 Damaris

    in brazil we say that if you have health you have everything.
    take care of yourself!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13167908545959094224 Katherine Lee

    happy new year my dear!

    xo katherine aka. urban flea :)
    http://www.urbanfleadesign.net

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15742167397662346566 Corrie

    yes I hear you lisa! having a family means mummies put themselves last and everyone else first!!!! I make my children eat so healthily and I pick and choose and am a little snacker!!!! My biggest thing is just to do a bit of exercise! I agree its about balance, give me the choice of craft or exercise I choose the first meanwhile hubby gets out and runs for an hour everyday! I get to the top of the stairs out of breath!!!!

    good luck for your resolutions and a fabulous 2010! If I could I’d walk an hour a day down in manly and get toned up, always better to start easy than go all out and lose interest!!!!

    corrie:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03194635000729975256 Anna

    Hi Lisa,
    My resolution is to quit being a lurker, and actually say hello to the lovely people who let me read their blogs. So hello, and thank you for keeping me entertained and inspired this past year (sorry – a year really is too long to lurk, isn’t it?!)

    I also wanted to offer a tip for your weight challenge. I recently lost 19kg using a website called Calorie King (no – I’m not being paid to say this). It’s pretty boring in that you have to log in every day, but I found it an easy way to really be accountable for the amount I was eating/exercising. Worth a try – best of luck!
    Anna

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16612444956383880156 Kate Kelleher Blue Sky Butterfly Studio

    You are successful in so many ways. It is difficult trying to find a balance with anything when you have kids, a business, and life itself! I think you do a terrific job and I look forward to another year of great reading in 2010!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02255310309447767848 Ange

    Hi Lisa,
    Know what all of that feels like… And set out on my own path to rediscover balance last year. It’s always a challenge but oh so rewarding. And the old adage is in fact true (although I was afraid it wouldn’t be …) Be true to yourself and the rest will follow.
    Courage! Have a wonderful 2010 on your road to Balance
    Ange

  • http://www.marmalademoon.com/ Kate England | Marmalade Moon

    May you find balance and health in 2010!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16159884385791364434 Eva

    I relate to your post so much! My own word for 2010 is “strength” – strength to make the choices needed to manage my own weight, strength to rule over my own life, my own mind, my own body… Strength to make little choices every single day, rather than changing everything one day and hopelessly failing the next. I suppose I’m looking for a little balance as well.
    Good luck with your word and 2010! I’ve been enjoying your blog for a while now, but rarely leave a trace behind. Looking forward to seeing what 2010 will bring. Happy new year!

  • http://beckybus.se/wordpress Vintage Fairy Tales Rebecka

    A little change is a good change!
    Balance is the word and the world!
    Thank´s for an inspiring blog!
    xx
    Becky

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02835737810295355817 Kim Carney

    I have been so wrapped in my overly stressful work that I have forgotten about my life, my family, my friends, having fun, my health … my other interest like making fun things for ME. This year I am hoping I can refocus and make it more about me and mine 😉

  • http://www.littledollface.co.uk Helen Evans

    Loving your blog! I have made the paper Christmas wreath and I don’t think I could have said it better the way you summed up your New Year’s resolutions. Beautiful – good luck with it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17713769270945517617 lisa :: the red thread

    Thank you all for your lovely comments and support… I knew I wasn’t walking this path alone! Balance does seem to be something that’s often quite elusive these days. I wish you all the best in trying to find what you seek this year. Thanks so much for your thoughts.

    And Anna, thanks for leaving your very first comment! Woohoo, I’m glad you made the resolution to say hello.

    xx
    Lisa

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01468098288953735324 Julie

    Lisa, Lisa, Good on you for taking a breath and… exhaling! As long as I’ve known you, your creativity has been an insatiable beast, and combined with your generosity of spirit, you’re quite simply one of us “Women Who Do Too Much”. “There is a time for work. And a time for love. That leaves no other time.“ (Coco Chanel). Enjoy! Jules x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17347500412731766502 Thea

    We definitely have to look after ourselves first. Have a Great New Year! x

  • http://studiohopscotch.blogspot.com/ Barb Fisher

    Happy New Year Lisa, and good luck with making some small and significant changes towards finding that balance. I get so excited at the start of a new year, it’s like opening a fresh new journal and taking such joy in the crisp, blank pages just waiting to be filled.

    My new years resolution, like many other people, is to do with health and fitness. Last year, I made some small but important changes and actually got serious about changing my lifestyle permanently. I lost 11kg that way, and my goal for 2010 is to take that just a little bit further and incorporate a few more changes, building upon the base I have already created.

    Good luck with chasing your desires and I am looking forward to sharing your adventures in 2010!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04280632343565376907 ArtMind

    Hey Lisa,

    I also feel that I need to balance my life a bit more this year. Living the handmade life is more then a full time job and it does feel like it gets on top of me sometimes.
    So, I’ll walk this path with you & hope that we’ll succeed in doing so.
    Thanks so much for being so inspirational and sweet! I love popping into your blog – it’s one of the blogs I do make time for to visit on a regular basis! 😉

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15085442896657350125 Charlotte-

    My key words for 2010 are: still, document, create, write, yoga, massage and red lipstick!

    Charlotte x
    http://nouveaufemme.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16219482020450093441 Michelle | Cicada Studio

    Balance has been a perennial goal for me it seems. I never seem to find it. Makes me wonder if I even know what it is- or if I’ll even know when I obtain it. This year I’m determined to say no more often- not only things impressed upon by others but by myself. I put so much pressure on myself that it can throw me out of whack completely. So, “no” to excess internal pressures and “no” to doing things other people would like me to do, but I don’t feel 95% comfortable with (a little challenge can be a good thing!).

    Happy New Year, Lisa!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07035153208070359958 inkala images

    May you find balance along with love and laughter along your path. For me, 2010 is about being able to believe…believe in my dreams and so much more.

    Ingrid x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08432340625450110214 belleandboo

    Balance, yes it’s so good, I was working way too much before coming to Sydney, I just ned to remember not to go back to my unbalanced ways when I go home.
    Happy New year I hope it brings you everything and more
    Mandy x

  • http://goodgollymissruth.blogspot.com/ Ruth

    After reading the comments from your other readers it seems you have a world of support for achieving more balance in your life and in turn losing weight.

    I completely relate to your thoughts on these two things. In the past 3 months I have lost 10 kgs and got to my goal weight on New Years Eve. It was a great feeling to start a new year with the body I have worked so hard to achieve.

    My advice for you on this journey
    1.Eat small portions of fresh fruit and vegetables and include protein in every meal. Protein builds muscle which in turn burns fat.
    2. Exercise everyday even if it’s just for 30 mins and do it in the morning before the rest of the world gets going. You’ll be surprised (as was I) at how much more energy you have during the day – something about endorphins?
    3. It is a tough journey to take but you will feel so much happier and healthier when you get to where you want to be.
    This is how I did it and it worked.

    Have a great 2010. Believe in yourself – you’re worth it!
    R