Thursday, January 1, 2015

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On new year's eve, just after last year became this year, our friend Melissa handed out white sage leaves from her garden and invited us to go around the bonfire circle, burn our leaf, smudge ourselves and take a moment to let go of the past year and speak of our intention for the next.

When it came to my turn I spoke of how last year around this same circle I had announced that I felt like something big was about to happen in my world and that I was just waiting to see what it was going to be and that not long after that I had had my breast cancer scare. This year I'm hoping for calmer seas and nothing quite so dramatic.

I remembered that last year I had a burning desire to learn how to knit socks and had decided that in order to feel like a real knitter I had to make that come true. In August last year I cast off my first pair and have been pretty much sock addicted ever since. This year I told the circle, I'd like to knit a fisherman's sweater full of twisty cables, the more complicated the merrier.

And finally I thought that I quite liked the word even to carry me through my year but I've since changed my mind and decided to use grow instead.

IMG_2557 IMG_2571 IMG_2562 Today we've had the slowest day in months. We got up late, watched episodes of The Honourable Woman on my computer in bed, read pages of my book, knitted stripes on my socks and had two other families over who ended up shelling four crates of broad beans. It was a gorgeous, restful and happy day.

And at the end of the first day I feel like everything is open, filled with potential. Hopefully in 2015 we'll grow and preserve even more of what we eat, hopefully we'll make a start on the wool project, hopefully we'll travel overseas, hopefully our school will move and become bigger and better, hopefully our girls will continue to find paths that inspire them and fill them up, hopefully my farmer boy and I can work hard on the farm and still find time to follow our other creative dreams and hopefully, as my farmer boy said so well last night, we as a planet can realise that we are all connected and be kinder to each other and make movements towards peace.

And I wish you lovely friends, the sweetest, most creative, love-filled and peaceful 2015.

Do you have a word, a feeling, a project or a resolution to kick it all off, or are you keeping your options open and hoping for the best?


LoveLoveLoveLove

xx

32 comments:

  1. Happy, calm and thriving 2015 to you and your family. My word/intention for 2015 is love - to choose actions that come from love, instead of fear.

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    1. I love love, no place better to start. Happy 2015 to you!! x

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  2. Your day sounded like a great way to start off the New Year. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

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    1. Oh Kathy, wishing you and your family the most wonderful 2015. xx

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  3. Happy New Year Kate, sounds as though you have had a beautiful start to the year :~)

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    1. We sure have had a gorgeous start to the new year, I really hope you have too. Happy 2015!! xx

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  4. My state for 2015? Creative change, I think. I need to be thinking outside my box, and I'm hoping blogland will keep me balanced as I do so!

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    1. Creative change is a great one!! I hope you feel full up with creativity and inspiration. xx

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  5. Happy new year! 2015 sounds like a great year for you: My fingers are crossed that your wishes come true! I am looking forward to read about your life journey and adore your pretty pictures!

    Take care
    Anne (Crochet Between Worlds)

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    1. Thanks so much lovely Anne, I hope 2015 is such a fabulously wonderful year for you too. x

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  6. Feliz 2015 !!!!!!... que lo viváis lleno de PAZ INTERIOR, AMOR y SALUD !!!!!!! . Mi palabra más mágica para este nuevo año es AMOR , quiero moverme cada vez más desde esta energía ... AMOR para lo que es y FLUIR con lo que acontece en cada momento...

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    1. Happy 2015 !!!!!! ... they may live full INNER PEACE , LOVE AND HEALTH !!!!!!! . My most magical word for this new year is LOVE, want to move increasingly from this energy ... LOVE for what it is and FLUIR with what happens in every moment ..

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    2. Wishing you the most fabulous and love filled year lovely Karmen, thank you so much for all of your gorgeous, kind messages. xx

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  7. Happy New Year. Goodbye 2014-you've been a tough one!

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    1. I hope 2015 is wonderful and exciting and creative for you Jana. xx

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  8. Happy New Year from southern Indiana in the US. I did a letting go last night, too. It felt good and hopefully I've made room for something wonderful this year. My word for the next while is 'Trust'.

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    1. Ahhhh trust is such a great one Robin. I hope this new year bring you some wonderful things. xx

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    1. Thank you Jo. Happy, happy new year to you too. xx

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  10. Happy New Year and what a lovely day shelling beans. I love the idea of your resolution circle and your husband is right on the money!! I'm kicking the door closed on 2014 and really am feeling like a brighter chapter is about to unfold....good luck on your travels.
    Jan x

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  11. There is the something bright and beautiful about the number 2015. It has a lovely ring to it.

    I wish you and your wonderful family a peaceful, prosperous and magical New Year. You are such an inspiration to us all.

    Stephanie

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  12. What a lovely post, as always, Kate.

    My word for 2015 is sanctuary. I want our home to feel like a sanctuary.

    I also have a list of feelings that I want to feel this year. I've taped this up in my bedroom to remind me.

    Lots of love and peace to you all. xxxxxooooo

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  13. As usual a beautiful post Kate. Happy and wonderful 2015 to you and your family, may it be all you hope and more.
    I have a word for this year too, a first for me. it's nourish. I wanted it to be kindness or gratitude but nourish kept pushing in so I'm going with that. I figure kindness and gratitude are a part of nourishment anyway. I'm hoping for a year of good health and living, no more just existing and getting by but actually living this life I've been given.

    cheers Kate

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  14. I loved the photos of everyone working together.
    This year, I am just asking for no major heartache. Surely not too much to ask?

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  15. Gorgeous moments captured in these photos Kate. I am going to steal Brydie's word for the year...connected x

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  16. Hi Kate, thanks so much for doing what you do!! I absolutely love your blog, it is so inspiring! Over the last 12 months I have laughed and cried with you and you have inspired me to think outside the box with our patch of 5 acres in western Victoria! I have also started my first pair of socks which is just amazing, I can so understand why you're so addicted!
    I would love to know a bit more about where you learnt your photography, I find it so hard be rural and remote. Also which Lightroom course you are looking at online?
    Thanks heaps, Sam

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  18. A happy new yr to you kate ,and your lovely family,i have three words i,m kicking off the new yr with , slower,simplify,and challenge, i,m a mum to three girls like you so i know how busy you are ,but they are grown up now ,but i live my life as though they were still at home,charging about at 60 miles an hr,i,m liking the slower word very much,and simplify i think i,ll find hard as i tend to do things the hard way!!! and i,m setting myself a challenge every week ,watch this space !!!!!!! wishing you a healthy yr kate for you all xx

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  19. that last sentence would be my hope for 2015 for you and your family and for mine... I'm challenging myself to start an online store to sell my pottery/ceramic pieces - just have to get my studio up and running and the renovation in there complete.

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  20. HAPPY NEW YEAR and WELCOME 2015!
    It seems I am not the only one who is happy to say goodbye to 2014 judging by some of the other comments.
    I've never really gone for the one word idea but, because you asked, I have considered: FOCUS might be a worthwhile word. The last few years have been very busy and at times too much! There are things I want to achieve but have been so distracted with other demands, they didn't come to fruition so I need to FOCUS this year instead of spreading myself too thinly.
    May 2015 be kind to you and to us all. Cheers xx

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  21. Happy New Year and thank you so much for a wonderful blog! Every post lifts my spirits and transports me to a world full of fresh fruit & veg, giggly girls and homemade bread! I have two words for 2015 - "settle" and "balance".... xxx

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