We are all guilty of it. Making promises after a gluttonous festive season to lose weight in the New Year and reciting mantras like ‘New Year, New Me’ and ‘2018 – my time to shine’ or what ever else a quick #instaquotes search has to offer. The term ‘resolution’ seems so final, as if by the end of the year all of my problems will be solved and so I prefer the phrase ‘New Year’s Intentions’ as more of a gentle reminder of where I’m headed. Don’t get me wrong. I am, by design, a natural born planner and goal setter…eldest born girl falling into the star sign of Aries (Don’t hate me yet!). So as we launch into 2018, I’m setting myself five new year’s intentions with a little help from some Mornington Peninsula favourites.
- Clean office/studio
I must admit I had to wade through a pile of Christmas cards, receipts and kids artwork to find my laptop to write this, but I think better in a tidy space so probably a wise place to start. And what a good excuse to find a super cute indoor plant from Herbaceous Flowers in Mount Eliza and perhaps a funky planter from That Little Shop in Balnarring, to create my happy workspace.
- Get a new diary
Ok so I got my 2018 diary in October because, as previously mentioned, I’m a planner. I like to know what I’ve got going on a couple of months in advance. I’m also old school in my love for a paper diary. It might be the teacher in me or that physically writing things down helps me to remember or perhaps I still don’t fully trust technology to keep my life under control. My favourite for practicality and delightful artworks is Frankie Magazine Diary available from Page8 Mornington, Flinders General Store and Antipodes in Sorrento.
- Less screen time, more book time
Destined to fail on this one as I spend more time on Insta and writing blog posts to rave about the Mornington Peninsula on MP Made | Scene | Eat. I do spend a ridiculous amount of time at night though scrolling absentmindedly when I could be losing myself in a book before bed. I will be on the hunt at our local Mornington Peninsula Shire Library but would LOVE some suggestions for your most treasured literary gems.
- Spend more time outside
I’m not promising that I will embark on a crazy exercise program but surely the mental heath benefits of fresh air and sunshine are worth it alone. We have so many fabulous places to visit on the Mornington Peninsula and I’m keen to explore some new ones this year including Cape Schanck rock pools and lighthouse, Quarantine Station Portsea, a bayside view of The Pillars on my new stand up paddleboard and the fruit-laiden hills of Main Ridge and Red Hill.
- Art creation and admiration.
We live in a part of the world that inspires so many artists and makers who express their love for the landscape and beauty of nature through, photography, painting, jewellery making and sculpting. I endeavour to reignite my creative fire and explore many different mediums this year. In order to do this, I can’t wait to visit the amazing galleries on the Peninsula and experience some of the workshops on offer. I’m all about accessible art so a gallery tour would definitely include Pt. Leo Estate and Montalto for the outdoor sculptures (and delicious food + wine), The Nook Gallery in Mornington, The Studio & Co in Hastings and Gordon Studio Glassblowers in Red Hill.
Well, that seems like a suitably ambitious list of resolutions/intentions to achieve this year. What I’m most looking forward to though, is meeting more Mornington Peninsula natives in 2018 and sharing my adventures with you.
* This is not a sponsored post. All of the businesses I have mentioned are entirely because I love what they have to offer.
Comment below if you have any suggestions for more artists to visit, places to explore, food to eat on the Mornington Peninsula.