2019 was overall an amazing year for me in so many ways. We became acquainted with our new home that we had purchased at the end of 2018; I set some solid resolutions for 2019 and crushed them; found new passions as a creative outlet; gained a sense of self-assuredness that I’ve never had before; and (NEARLY) mastered a rock solid level of self-control that I didn’t realize I was capable of harnessing.
But, those personal accomplishments didn’t come without difficult lessons. These are the lessons I learned in my “level up” year that set me up with many personal gains for 2019. I hope many of you find this useful for your own level up year in 2020.
Now, onto the music :) …
Winter is part of nature’s design as a time to hibernate, reflect and plan ahead for the planting and harvesting of the upcoming seasons, which is why I love the idea of New Year’s Resolutions. We are stuck in our homes, the weather is cold and uncomfortable, so we turn to self-reflections and simple comforts (a warm fire, a cup of tea, cozy pajamas) and ultimately give into much needed rest. I created a winter playlist that you can listen to while journaling and goal setting that I felt best captured the vibe of this season. It’s heavy on intense, emotional classical music because that’s just what I like to listen to the most this time of year (Vivaldi, Chopin, Mozart). My favorite piece of music on the list is Chopin’s Winter Wind Etude (Op. 25, No. 11). I quickly gave up on playing this piece many years ago and settled on his Revolutionary Etude (also on the playlist) because….well…it was just too complicated for me. Hmmm. do I smell a new goal for 2020? Winter wind starts out soft and quiet just the like the first few flurries of winter, but quickly escalates into a wild winter storm. It’s one of my favorite pieces by Chopin, and I hope you will enjoy it-along with the rest of the music on the list. To stay up-to-date on the latest blogs, add your e-mail to the list below and receive the Deerwood + Jones Newsletter!
Natalie from Deerwood + Jones