reflecting on 2015

reflecting on 2015 on the Geoffrey & Grace blog

It’s taken me a little longer to get round to reflecting on 2015 than I thought it might. This is partly due to being distracted with plans for restoring our home, but more on that later.

2015 was a year to let the dust settle on all the changes that happened in 2014. The year didn’t quite pan out like I expected, (when does it ever though?) and I found myself discovering new priorities and a new focus.

Here’s a look at what 2015 looked like for Geoffrey & Grace…

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my summer of slow living

Geoffrey & Grace my summer of slow living

It won’t be a surprise to you that after my last post on ‘big thinking and slowing down’ that I am dedicating this summer to some ‘slow living’. I need to regain some balance, and to me this seems the perfect way to do it.

My thoughts have turned to slow living lots recently. I often find that I naturally want to work at a slower pace than parts of our society seem to require. I like to take my time to process things, and when there is a lot happening, I crave time to soak it all up and let my thoughts have a little bit of space to develop. This was only highlighted by recent trips to London where everyone is literally moving at such a speed. I was reminded why I love it so much where we live, but even in our sleepy market town by the sea, you can’t avoid certain aspects of our society that expect you to keep up with things and move at a fast pace.

It turns out though that I am not the only one craving a more gentle approach to life. Last weeks post seemed to strike a chord with many of you, and it would appear that lots of us often get that desire to slow things down.

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big thinking and slowing down

"What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare?” W. H. Davies - What do we do when it all gets a bit too much? How do we begin to slow down... Read more on the Geoffrey & Grace blog

“What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare?” W. H. Davies

I have been a bit quiet this week and have wanted to completely unplug if I am honest. I don’t know whether it’s the warmer weather or because the summer break is approaching but I am desperately craving a holiday and have a big desire to do some slowing down.

The last year has been a busy one, but I think it has particularly come to a crescendo for me lately. I can feel myself being swept along with life, and something inside is telling me I need to take a pause, and I’m feeling the need to re-evaluate things. On top of this, certain events have left me doing some ‘big thinking’… which in itself is pretty tiring – but essential if I want to live a happy and fulfilled life.

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wholehearted and creative living

Why wholehearted and creative living is the way forward. Why it's important to make space for creative things every day. Let's spread an awareness of why being creative is essential for wellbeing, and how creativity enriches our lives.Some of you may have noticed a few small changes to the Geoffrey & Grace blog recently.

Several things have happened over the last couple of months that have made me think about why I am doing what I do, and how I do what I do.

One thing that has been at the forefront of my thinking is Holly Becker’s advice to “use your blog as a catalyst to help you live the best life possible”. I think this is a great suggestion and my blog is constantly challenging me to learn and develop, but I also want to inspire others to get the most out of their life, and live the best life possible.

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