Jokingly, we treat our year end as if it is mine and my husband’s annual shareholders meeting.
What kind of life do we want to build? How would we like to live? What brings us joy?
Simply, how do we create balance, contrast and harmony in our everyday.
These are the things that come to my mind:
- Small space living: while this one is a given for living in Vancouver. We are choosing to stay in downtown Vancouver and pursue living in a relatively small footage than if we live outside the city. The small space offsets cost and stress of commuting long hours. I have personally owned 1 car named Clarissa, who unfortunately was totalled in Calgary at the beginning of 2017. I was very lucky to come away whole (concussion, back pain and scratches aside). Living close to where we work allows us to be car-free which is liberating in itself. Free from car maintenance, insurance and parking costs, etc. We see a lot of health benefits to walking as well, given we already spend a majority of time sitting down and in front of a screen.
- Less things, more life: We've moved around a few cities and even moving around apartments within those cities that I developed an internal check before bringing any item in the house. Is this something I want to move with me? Post-KonMari method, I simply ask, does this spark joy? After living with relatively few things and by that, where I know exactly all the items in my wardrobe or know where a little widget in my place is located - only then I know that things are in order. More than physical space that any material thing takes up, they also take up mental space. Right now, there's a corner in our small bedroom that I have been meaning to tackle and I know that is not resolved in my mind. I do know that the less things I have (quantity speaking), the more room I have to reflect on life, family and relationships.
- Growing, taking risks: I find that I personally err on the risk averse side. I know this may come from a combination of how I grew up and what I now do for work - always scanning and assessing risks. So generally the idea of paring down and cutting down on material possession, though not an easy challenge, was something that spoke volumes to me. In contrast to that, how can I continue to grow? How and where can I take more risks? Growth comes from facing fears and challenges.
I don't have all the answers yet, but those are some of the things I am thinking about to start off the year.