Solstice thoughts and intentions for 2018

Today I have woken so very pensive, looking back on 2017 with a smile, feeling lucky and a strong drive to change the world. This emotion is nothing new in Ness world, even as a child I would wake up at certain times and completely want change, this would result in a day of changing my bedroom furniture around and everything within my room, clearing out my wardrobe and throwing away what I no longer needed, it drove my Mum nuts. It was a very emotional thing that I identified a desire for change so needed to make my environment different, a fresh start to enable my mind to shed the old.

I went through a stagnant period of my life when I forgot who I was in many ways. This is why I never regret periods of sadness as they gave me strength and forced me to evaluate my life.

Difficult times made me a better person.

As an adult, I have identified this need heightens around the period of new moons, new months or solstice. I like to do personal audits of my life, evaluate where I am as a woman, detox what no longer nourishes me and try to become a better version of who I am.

So many adults are on a path that they do not enjoy yet they continue along that route as a new path seems way too much of a challenge. This saddens me so much as life is so precious we should spend it fulfilled and happy.

We all should make the commitment to be better each day by having better thoughts, making better choices, and taking better actions. The better person you are, the better people, life situations, and opportunities you will attract into your life.

I will personally be participating in a winter solstice cleansing ritual to clear my mind and balance my energy in preparation for the new year. Many people around the world use Winter solstice to cleanse their spirits, rid themselves of old energy, and make room for new, good fortune that approaches with the rising winter sun so why not start this as one of your traditions also?

It is so beneficial to happiness and growth simply to be able to sit down within a stress-filled pre-Christmas period and evaluate your own happiness. 

Write it down, I have compiled a list for 2018 that I really want to achieve to become a better version of who I am. This will be something I keep close (eg, pinned on the fridge) to reaffirm it throughout the year. I can also use the blog at the end of next year to help with years of evaluation. 

I want to give more love. This is basically just by being a more loveable person. Giving more praise, credit and sharing my true emotions more as so often we think someone is beautiful/inspirational/wonderful yet we keep that emotion to ourselves, this is wrong. A total waste of an emotion and maybe that one shared emotion could change that persons day and make them feel happier about themselves. 

I want to always try and see both sides of a situation. Although I have always had very firm beliefs and morals I pride myself on having an open mind. This I would like to extend and grow to make me less judgemental and more understanding. 

I want to read more. Fibromyalgia fuzzy mind stole this passion from me as my concentration levels hindered my enjoyment. I really want to regain this passion for books. 

I want to be more creative. I have many passions and creative hobbies, I want to extend this knowledge more and also inspire others to find happiness in their own creativity. There are few things as rewarding and life-affirming as creating something new with your own two hands.

I want to become Vegan. This is something I have dipped my toe in and out of for many years as a teenager and always failed. I have had long periods of vegetarianism but giving up eggs and cheese always proved way too difficult for me.  This is now something that is always there poking at my mind, the inner voice saying, "Do it" and so I am. In all fairness, it may not be that much of a challenge for me now as I don't really eat that much meat and enjoy it. I am not someone who craves bacon butties and the only possible issue I foresee is eggs in cake! Being lactose intolerant I had to give up yoghurt and cheese, I can tolerate a small amount of milk in tea or coffee but even then I actually prefer almond milk to cows milk. 

Eating meat was always a pitfall for me in the belief of Buddhism as one of the five precepts of Buddhism ethics is abstain from killing. I always used the loophole that Buddha was not a vegetarian but that was him, this is me. It is something I really want to achieve now. How can I claim to love cows, chickens and baby piggies so much yet I eat them? There is an abundance of nutrient-rich food available so why am I being hypocritical? 

I want to make a difference. Being an activist is something that has always been within me but often I allowed situations, illness or personal restraints to convince me that there is nothing I can now achieve. I feel this is wrong and have researched many new ways to make a difference. I will dedicate a blog to this as it is far too long to discuss in this list. There is always a way if you are committed enough. 

I hope I have inspired you to take some quality time and give your year an appraisal. We often do not give ourselves a well-deserved pat on the back for surviving a year. Writing is therapeutic so release your thoughts onto a piece of paper and then you too can return to your musings next year. 

Write a letter to someone or something that hurt you in 2017, you do not need to send it, the therapy and closure are in your words on paper. Go into Christmas with closure and a fresh start for 2018. 

Like I have, write your intentions down, it affirms them. Be honest and fully open with your intentions and dreams for 2018. As you close your thought, meditate for a moment on the closing of this chapter of your life and the start of something new.

This will be my last blog of 2017 so thank you all for everything and I truly wish you all a wonderful Christmas.

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Love and gentle hugs to you all


  1. Thank you for the inspiration for me to write again. I’ve been “lost” os sorts and really understand this post.
    Happy Christmas and have a wonderful New Years. mini2z


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