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January: What Do You Value?

By Lucy Clementson-Mills
Friday, January 3, 2020

Hi and Happy New Year!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas break and had opportunity to rest, relax and take time out for whatever you needed.

I reflected a lot on this January newsletter as after Christmas it seems everywhere we look it is about “new year; new you,” coming up with new year resolutions or setting objectives for the year ahead.
This is something I love to talk about and could quite easily write a whole newsletter about.

But I actually think there is a crucial first step we sometimes forget or don’t think about and I want to touch on this for our January newsletter….

We are often so busy jumping to the end goal of coming up with our plans for the year, we don’t always sit back to wonder why we’ve chosen them.  Why they’re important to us.  What we hope to get, feel and receive from these goals.

This crucial first step we need to take is identifying our values.

Values influence and inform everything.  Our thoughts, our words and our actions.  They are so important because they help shape us.  Help us grow and develop.  They are our moral compass that guide us through life. 

Values are about us, what we stand for, what is important to us and what we strongly believe in.

So when we think back to creating goals, objectives or plans for the year ahead it is a good idea to think about our values first.  To make sure we are clear on what is important to us so we can then ensure any future planning supports our values, rather than go against them.

For example, if one of your goals for this year is to secure a new job and one of your values is CONNECTION, you would maybe think twice about accepting a job which is isolated, working remotely with no interaction with colleagues as you wouldn’t get the connection which you have identified is important to you. 

If we don’t start to understand our values and learn what is important to us, we can spend a lot of time on the wrong things which can drain us or leave us feeling deflated.

Yet something amazing really does happen when we identify our values and get clear with them as they help us to create the future we want to experience.

So this month I encourage you to identify your values.

You can use this downloadable table to do this.   All you need to do is go through the list of words and circle the 10 values which most resonate with you.   You can then look to reduce this list down to 5 values (if possible). 

Once you’ve identified your values, write these down so you don’t forget them.  Whether on a piece of paper you leave out so you can always see them, on a notice board or as a reminder on your phone.  Whatever helps you to remember them so you can always refer back to these to help you with anything from everyday decisions to making life changing choices.  You can also use these to help with setting any goals for 2020 and beyond.

They won’t let you down, I promise.

In other news:

  • Pregnancy classes: I cannot wait to meet the 10 women coming to my pregnancy yoga classes, starting 16th January.  I will be offering more regular pregnancy yoga classes from March time and will share more information next month.  If you are interested in finding out more please get in touch  and I’d be delighted to share more information.

  • Yoga Retreats: Only 27 more sleeps until our cosy retreat in the beautiful Brecon Beacons.  I can’t wait to share a weekend of yoga, delicious food and walks in the stunning countryside with the lovely group we have coming!
    I am also super excited to let you know there will be another yoga retreat this May!  I will be sharing more information next month but if you want to find out about this first please email me and I’ll make sure you’re on the mailing list.

  • Winter Is Coming:  I was asked by the wonderful Breathe UK if I would write a blog on ideas for looking after ourselves in Winter.  If you are interested in reading the blog and getting some tips and ideas you can do so here.

 

That’s it from me.  I hope you enjoy identifying your values and here is to a happy, healthy 2020 filled with lots of love and laughter.

With loving kindness,

Lucy

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