Hello! As I’ve read on many other blogs this week “I didn’t expect to be away for so long”! But once I finished work and unplugged from the computer, I really did not want to reconnect even to blog, so I chose to embrace that, and stayed silent!
Now it feels like time to say hello again, and more than that I feel that what I would really like to do is pour a few cups of coffee and actually converse with you all, rather than just share a list, an idea, or activity. Alas that is not possible, but just reflecting upon it has made me glad; it makes me feel that there is a little community growing here, which is just lovely.
So that is the direction of this post, a little catch up on the past couple of weeks. How was your Christmas? Here it was lovely to be away from school and work and just be together, to play, have fun, and each have time to pursue our interests alone and together. We also found a little snow, amongst the sheep of the Yorkshire Moors as you can see above!
And moving towards the new year – happy new year! 2015 feels full of promise. I’ve set my goals, and started some baby steps of progress. We’re settling back into work and school, and it all feels good.
A few highlights of this first full week of 2015 are:
1. Finishing knitting a hat (with pompom!) and gloves for birthday gifting next week – step one in my goal this year to make at least one part of every gifting this year.
2. Enjoying the first meditation from a beautiful book gifted to me – Meditations on Vatican Art a beautiful and inspiring book based around 28 of St Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises. I started with the meditation on Jesus’ Baptism and it was wonderful. I am so looking forward to working through this book slowly this year and savouring every opportunity that arises to pray with it.
3. The book that I’m reading each bedtime is Jesus – A Pilgrimage, another Christmas present that again takes the reader more deeply into Jesus’ life.
4. Starting The Great Adventure 90 day Bible Reading Challenge. I hinted the other week about my struggles with Bible in a year plans, and so I love this idea of this 14 book adventure that covers the main stories of the Bible. Together with this tick chart it is an interesting start at a whole Bible read!
5. And tomorrow I start a Spiritual Formation Course that my diocese is running this year, I am super excited about that, and will most likely be sharing more on that as the year progresses.
So that’s my catch-up. It’s good to be back here! How about you? What were the highlights of the holiday, and what are you excited about this year?