Renewal, Rest, and Re-awakening my Creative Self

This will be my final post of 2017. I don’t know about you, but the year flew by for me.

In previous year-end posts, I’ve tried my best to reflect on what I’ve learned and provide some inspiring thoughts.

This year I have nothing to offer.

Instead, I want to share a few words received from a friend this morning. It was his Christmas wish to me as we were not exchanging cards this year.

“… may I wish you joy and all things nice, as you (hopefully) rest and recover from your intellectual, physical and emotional exertions this year and, above all, I hope that you will find some sense of renewal….”

I hope he doesn’t mind my sharing his kind and wise words. Despite that we live in different parts of the world, we’ve connected over the years on topics ranging from politics to poetry. He is after all, an author whom I greatly respect, and his thoughts mean a lot to me. Thank you, John for your friendship. ❤

One word in John’s message resonated with me — renewal.

On a biological level, our bodies’ cells are dying and being replaced all the time. The renewal of these cells restores our strength, and yet, it’s been some time since I thought of my life as requiring renewal.

Christmas and year-end festivities only highlight the non-stop nature of our lives. If we are lucky, it’s time with family and friends but in a pressure-cooker environment. Once it’s over, we breathe a sigh of relief, and it’s on to the next thing … it doesn’t stop unless something forces us to make a change or we decide to shift old patterns.

I like the idea of renewal.

For me, it’s not about changes to diet and exercise, two things I already take seriously. It’s not even about renewing my spiritual self. It’s about something much more basic.

Rest and sleep.

I never take naps. I tend to stay up late and often sleep only 5-6 hours nightly. This pattern is catching up with me. Moving forward, I endeavour to rest/sleep more so I can accomplish tasks with greater energy and vitality.

By resting more often and sleeping better, I also hope to renew the relationship with my creative self. I’ve not been thinking clearly, certainly not clearly enough to write consistently. Mental fatigue has set in and in order to re-awaken my tired brain, I’ll be spending less time on social media, (something I’ve already cut back on significantly this past year).

It will be past midnight and Christmas Eve by the time this blog post is made public, so I’ll close now to go to sleep and renew myself. 😉

Wishing you and your families a wonderful Christmas and the best for the coming year.




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19 responses to “Renewal, Rest, and Re-awakening my Creative Self

  1. Awesome!!
    Merry Christmas to you!!

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  2. Lisa

    Congrats on all your accomplishments! You go girl! Have a wonderful holiday season and yes, revitalize!

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  3. Merry Christmas and renewal to you, too. ❤

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  4. Warm thoughts of you and for you! Hope your Holidays are special! xox

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  5. i was really happy to see that my liver cells are regularly replaced. Cheers…

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  6. I thought the headline title looked familiar … and of course I don’t mind you quoting me.

    When thinking of renewal, I also had in mind that, at this time of year, the Winter Solstice, nature itself has dumbed down its activity and in so many of its flora and fauna, is renewing itself.

    You get about as much sleep as I do. And, like you, I decided I’ve got to change that.

    I wish you a great renewal in our next year on this beautiful planet of ours.

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  7. Merry Christmas and Merry Renewal! 😛

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  8. Darcy Ballantyne

    Becoming new again is a great objective to aim for–in all areas of life. Hoping you get lots of sleep and rest in 2018 so we can continue our adventures in the new year! All the very best to you and yours this holiday season, xoxo

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  9. Rest and renewals – so critical to being well and to being creative! Wishing you a wonderful new year, my friend!

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    • And you Letizia! I actually have one more post going out tonight. I thought … what the heck? It was in me to write it and so I did. I am so happy we connected this year. xox