allotment · Christian · mental health · nature

New Year – keeping it simple

A few days before 2020 ended, I remembered that I had written a list of goals for the year. Despite the pandemic and forgetting that the list existed, I didn’t do too badly.

My aims for 2021 are very simple. Every day as a family, we want to:

  1. Hug
  2. Play
  3. Pray
  4. Be creative
  5. Enjoy God’s creation
  6. Laugh.

So far we have enjoyed falling snowflakes and the water flowing in our local brook again. We’ve drawn socks: stinky socks, odd socks, long socks, Christmas socks, spotty socks, holey socks, small socks and Christmas socks! We’ve hugged and prayed. We’ve pretended to be birds and rabbits. We’ve ridden imaginary invisible dragons. We have made each other laugh.


In addition, I want to grow some new produce at the allotment: I’m thinking broccoli, sweetcorn and cucumber.

Last year, my aim was to run 5km. Thanks to a friend and an amazing running coach, I managed not only 5km but also 10km! This year I want to get the 5km run down to 30 mins and for the 10km to be stronger and easier. I’m happiest exercising outside and it’s an easy activity to do when everything is shut.

Image by Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay

I’m also going to do something different in my lunch breaks with the help of a little book called Gone for Lunch: 52 Things to do in your Lunch Break as a way of showing myself some kindness. I’m also going to invest in my marriage with The Marriage Course and spend some time reading some parenting books.

Sadly, I never finished The Mirror and the Light last year. Reading a weighty tome about the downfall of Thomas Cromwell wasn’t what I needed during the stress and busyness of the first lockdown. It’s still sitting on my ‘to be read’ shelf and I like to think that I will finish it – maybe not this year though.

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