Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution? I have and I often wonder why change becomes a theme for the New Year. Afterall, it’s just an arbitrary date on the calendar. As you probably already know, the problem with New Year’s Resolutions is that you often feel less resolved by February.
Change can feel hard and overwhelming.
The other thing about New Year’s that often gets to me is when the TV news does a recap on the year that was. It’s a reminder of all the sadness, death, disaster and war that exists in the world alongside the few golden sporting moments and latest divas to hit the charts. To me, it’s just a reminder that despite massive changes in technology, progress in health science and more affluence globally, human beings still suffer and create suffering, still crave fame and still live empty, meaningless lives.
When I look at my kids I feel this overwhelming sense of joy mixed with this overwhelming sense of sadness because I know that unless something changes for them, they too will become part of the treadmill of life. It’s really easy to get caught up in the rhythm of daily and seasonal life–Christmas, New Years, School, Sports, Music Lessons, Valentines, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day…. Before you know it, another year has passed and you’re left asking yourself: What have I accomplished in that time? What difference have I made? Am I happier and healthier than I was a year ago today? Is my family happier and healthier?
Each morning as I get up to make coffee and tip toe into my office to get a few hours of work in before my kids are up, I look around at the dirty floors and sink full of dishes and wonder if life will ever be any different.
I wanted to do something to break this cycle in my life, so I started making a list of things I could do each day to make small but significant changes in my life and in the lives of those around me. That list has turned into my soon to be released book, 31 Days to Mumatopia.
If you could do just one thing every day for 31 days to create a happier, healthier life, imagine the ripple effect that could have on your year, your family, your community and the world.
The book is divided into 31 days instead of chapters. Each day carries a different theme to help inspire you to live a more mindful, fulfilling and purposeful life. The best thing is, when you get to the end of the 31 days, you can do it all again the next.
What small but significant changes can you make each day?
In the lead up to the book’s launch, I’m releasing each day as a blog post. I’m also releasing a 31 Days to Mumatopia Challenge, so you can join with me in creating incremental changes that make your life more fulfilling, fun and meaningful.
I’m launching a new podcast called The Mumatopia Project, where I’ll be interviewing amazing people around the world who are making a difference for women and girls and the Mumatopia Retreat will be on again in 2016! Details for that coming soon.
ps: This is the second incarnation of Mumatopia. The first was my birth and postnatal doula service that I had to give up two years ago when my marriage ended. Mumatopia has been dormant over this time, but I still get requests to run retreats and still feel a pull to make a bigger impact for women and girls.
Thanks for sharing in the journey with me. Together we can make the world a more caring and humane place…. one day at a time.
pps: Due to my .com.au being a victim of divorce, I no longer own it and it has been taken over by an opportunist with a dodgy website and all. Please note that the .com.au website no longer has anything to do with the Mumatopia brand.