The unplanned year

“…there are often many things we feel we should do that, in fact, we don’t really have to do. Getting to the point where we can tell the difference is a major milestone in the simplification process.” Elaine St. James

I like the way this year has been our most ‘unplanned’ yet! And I love that 2014 has possibly been one of our best years yet!

I didn’t make any changes. I didn’t ‘plan’ to get to this point. I just ‘did’ things. {thankfully, a LOT of creative things!}

I signed up to writing classes, I took a photography workshop, I designed windows, I got my Visual Merchandising hat back on and offered myself to the local haberdashery. I filled the house with flowers. I played. I took photos and I played a little more. I did new things. I went to Germany. Alone. I said goodbye to working at the University in Cambridge, and hello to working Sundays in the Eel Catchers Daughter. I started our blog. And I had countless cups of unexpected coffee in the garden of the Old Fire Engine

There’s one thing I noticed…my love of planning. But I also noticed, as soon as I started writing lists or planning things, it felt like I was giving myself chores or tasks to do. When I stopped planning, and just did things that seemed like a good idea, as and when they showed up, it all got a little easier.
Like these little flower art scrabbles I’ve played with this year…all ‘unplanned’ & created when I had a quiet 5 {mainly while Lily slept}

Old habits are formed out of old ideas. A lot of the time, that’s what planning is. Looking at whats gone before. Setting out an agenda, and rules and ways in which to get from A to B.

Some things may need a little organisation, but for me, that word planning has gone out the window. I have no idea where 2015 will take us…it’s so exciting!

As we sit here on New Year’s Eve, I thank 2014 for giving me a new way of being. I like not planning. I now see it as ultimate faith.

“If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.” – Anatole France

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