Hello friends… and a big hello to 2017.
I hope you’ve bounced into the New Year with a refreshed vigour.
After a short blog break over the Christmas/New Year period, I’m back today and sharing my 2017 word of the year.
I’ve been on what I guess you’d call a bit of a ‘retreat’ this past couple of weeks…. I felt a huge need to unplug from social media and my online business to spend time with family and friends…. do you ever feel like that?
During my break I did two things: spent time assessing 2016, because I believe we need to do this in order to move forward with the New Year; and I used this evaluation to plan and decide how I want 2017 to look for me.
All the time I was doing this, I was waiting for my word of the year to become obvious.
On reflection, one thing in particular stood out in every sector of my year…. general busyness had robbed me of what I consider adequate creative time and more importantly, I had stopped listening to my creative muse…. and her soul whispers.
If I’m honest, I heard my muse calling to me… but I kept spreading myself too thinly and satisfied my creative needs by grabbing little snippets of time in the craft room. I managed to jot down ideas and kept an art journal… which at times was the only creative output for me, but I didn’t make time to listen to ‘ME’.
Creativity is my passion and a huge part of my life. It’s what makes me, uniquely ME.
So, this past couple of weeks I’ve been soul searching.
I’ve been listening… like, really listening to my inner whispers.
Meditation is a daily practice for me. It’s time I give to myself, no matter what…. but even in meditation I wasn’t truly listening.
It wasn’t until I stopped at Christmas… took a deep breath and became really present that I heard what my soul was crying out to me…. enjoy this moment!
And then my word of the year was evident. It kept popping up over and over again.
It is time for me to listen to my soul whispers, follow my heart and make time to nurture my soul. For me, I know that includes group meditations, healings, time alone, daydreaming, laughing with friends, being creative and especially listening to my muse.
I’ve always been intuitive and completely trust my gut feelings on everything. I actually think that is true of most creative people, but somehow in all the busyness of 2016, I pushed intuition aside and took the easy route.
My word last year was adventure and I wholeheartedly embraced it and moved outside my comfort zone. It was the perfect word for a year that turned out to have a lot of firsts and unexpected events.
I know I’ll take a little bit of that ‘adventure’ with me into 2017, but now it’s time to centre myself again, heal, nurture my soul….. and listen.
While I’m ‘listening’ I may be a little less active on social media for awhile. I feel like it zaps my energy and I’m totally enjoying being truly ‘present’ in my life right now.
I’m already planning on a few changes for my business in 2017, but will be back to share those another day. For now, I’ll be investing in my creativity, following my heart and listening to my soul whispers.
I’m not sure what’s coming next in 2017, but I hope you hang around and join me on my soul searching, creative journey!
Hugs ~ Kerryanne
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