On New Year's Eve as well as gathering with friends and loved ones for partying, feasting and drinking I think it's important to take stock and steal a few quiet moments to contemplate the year gone by and the promise of the year to come.
I like to pare things down on New Year's Eve: to forget the excesses of Christmas and the hyperbole of New Year and instead focus on the promise of a fresh start and the freedom this suggests. Candlelight, flickering flames, a warming drink and my someone to dream with, will make my New Year complete.
If I were to have one wish for 2014 it would be for a simpler and happier year.
I have learnt this year that we can't predict what's going to happen next but that we do have choices. Sometimes more choices than we realise. I have learnt that choices take time but that some opportunities have to be seized or else they can be missed.
In 2014 I will continue to choose less stuff, to be grateful, to be mindful, to act upon my dreams and to nurture my relationships and my health.
I wish you all a happy, healthy and simpler 2014, my friends. Enjoy xo