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First off, Happy New Year everyone!

2020 put us through the wringer, here we are stronger than ever as we face the year ahead.

If I am completely honest, the spirit of the holidays didn’t really hit me until Christmas morning when Kaizen was unboxing all his presents. The joy I saw in his eyes was an instant wake me up. My inner voice pretty much said – Get it together!

We had a mini reset as a family, heading off to Phillip Island for the holidays. It was such a relaxing time, a change of scenery, away from the constant demands of day-to-day life.

My husband and brothers biked pretty much every day while my mum, sister and I checked out all the local food scene. It was divine! You know how they say holiday meals have zero calories? We definitely threw ourselves into it with gusto.

It was here in Phillip Island where my introspection started. Being alone with my thoughts is something I’ve neglected amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Outside of a never-ending mental to-do list, I’ve had scarce opportunity to simply be. 

Looking into areas within me that need change – refining – as a mum, wife, daughter, and sister. 

As a mum, I need to be more present in my son’s life. Fully present especially in moments wherein he asks for me. 

As a wife, I need to make more time for the things that matter to my husband. My husband and I are opposites – he has a very pedantic approach to cleaning where I have a more organic approach.

As a daughter, I need to try not to be too opinionated. Sometimes knowing when to keep my silence to avoid saying things I can never take back. Words have the power to wound deeper than a knife. 

As a sister, I need to be more understanding of my siblings’ perspectives. Being an ‘Ate’, it is very hard for me to let go and let my siblings learn from their own mistakes. I guess, having lost our Dad, I have always tried to provide them with a measure of stability. This turns into sermons sometimes – comes from a good place but not always well-received.

In all other areas of my life, it’s important to continue to will the good of the other. Living a life free of regrets. Focusing on things that unite instead of divide. More positivity and more dreaming coupled with action for 2021! 

How about you? Any resolutions/goals to start your year right?

(For comments or feedback, email rainelaysico@gmail.com)

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