NEW YEAR, NEW ME // NEW YEAR, SAME ME?

NEW YEAR, NEW ME // NEW YEAR, SAME ME?

  • By - Jessica Pettit-Mee
  • 19 January, 2019

We're now half way through the first month to the year 2019 and while there’s been a rapid influx of ‘New Year, New Me’ blog posts, newsletters and Instagram captions flying around to last you until 2029 I thought now would be a good time to wade in why like every. other. year. I don’t fancy making resolutions.

The New Years resolution subject can put people into 2 camps "New Year, New Me" or "New Year, Same Me" and whichever one you find yourself falling into, it doesn't really matter, both are full to the brim with positive intentions and its all about the resolutions and changes that work for you! People are people and writing down our tasks of year can symbolise one getting one’s metaphorical sh*t together. Maybe you prefer to jot down ambitious bullet points of what you plan to change, do more or less of in a moleskin journal but personally I like to choose a word/ theme as my intentions for the year. I think its a nicer way —— compared to the traditional ‘New Years resolution’ which I can never stick to and always end up making me feel like a failure.

Life //

Being a grown up can feel like always having a list of to-do’s and possibly never really feeling satisfied. The thing I want to achieve in 2019 is so BIG and gut-wrenching that I want to make sure my goals are actionable items that I can cross off a list. I don’t want or need to put any added pressure on myself. I’d rather just take it a step at a time being present in the moment instead of overwhelming myself with things to achieve. For now I’ve adopted a new approach to handling my never ending to do lists - Simply don’t look too afar head, figure what to do in January and take it from there.

Work //

The big thing I want to do this year is release a collection of paintings at my first solo exhibition (which I know will happen so I can tick that). And in order for this to finally become my reality I made the leap from working full-time to part-time at my “day” job. I’d often lament “I don’t have enough time,” and for the most part that was true, but in all honesty I’m a terror for underestimating how much time I need to meet my own deadlines. Many a time have I given myself a deadline only to realise I underestimated how much time realistically was needed. In the end my plans would change requiring a re-do to my whole work scheldule. The cause…Bad time management…Perhaps? But my Achilles heel is my obsession with detailed work. I approach my work with precision and accuracy in a bid to improve my technical ability painting by painting.

Work //

The big thing I want to do this year is release a collection of paintings at my first solo exhibition (which I know will happen so I can tick that). And in order for this to finally become my reality I made the leap from working full-time to part-time at my “day” job. I’d often lament “I don’t have enough time,” and for the most part that was true, but in all honesty I’m a terror for underestimating how much time I need to meet my own deadlines. Many a time have I given myself a deadline only to realise I underestimated how much time realistically was needed. In the end my plans would change requiring a re-do to my whole work scheldule. The cause…Bad time management…Perhaps? But my Achilles heel is my obsession with detailed work. I approach my work with precision and accuracy in a bid to improve my technical ability painting by painting.

Intentions for 2019 //

This year I’ve given myself the gift of time. For years I’ve allowed myself to dream courageously but felt the constraints of the impending tick toc on life’s clock. At times this led me to feel as if thats what it would only be..just a dream. My relationship with time is complex. The scarity of time can be overwhelming and on the far pendulum swing I think I’ve all the time in the world. This year is all about finding a balance, learning how to utilize the time I’ve been given. Recently I went to the most beautiful full moon/ women’s circle intention ceremony. It was such a beautiful experience to set our intentions for this year and lift each other up with encouragement. There is something so special about women supporting other women and saying the words out somehow added extra purpose and clarity to what we all want to bring into our lives.

The beauty of New Years and fresh starts, is that only you make the rules so they can be as big and wild or small and powerful as you wish.

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