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The bullet train of 2019

Aimee Pearce

How is it possibly already February? The summer holidays seemed to stretch on forever and now all of a sudden school is back and the year is speeding away at bullet train pace. I’ve never experienced the back-to-school vibes before but my eldest started school this year and all of a sudden I find myself catapulted into the world of school drop-offs and pick-ups, lunches, play dates and birthday parties. To be honest, it’s a little overwhelming! Not so much the routine of school but just routine in general. And with the year thundering away there is a part of me that is slightly dreading the seemingly infinite routine ahead. School is 13 years right? For ONE child? I feel like I’m still running behind everyone at the back of race track, struggling to get my breath and we are only just off the starting blocks!

5 seconds ago I was exploring a beautiful NZ beach and now I have to do WHAT?!?! Pack school lunches?!?!?!

5 seconds ago I was exploring a beautiful NZ beach and now I have to do WHAT?!?! Pack school lunches?!?!?!

During times when life seems a bit crazy, I find it can be helpful to reflect on my core principles and beliefs. It’s a great way to feel more grounded and to help make decisions wisely instead of just responding to everything the way you think you are expected to. Personally I feel like I haven’t had the headspace to set new, exciting goals for 2019 or establish “resolutions” but when I started to feel like I was scrambling already this week, I went back and read over some past resolutions and musings from previous years. Years ago, Elissa wrote about some of the ethics of her consumption choices and referred to a blog by Bruce Weinstein who talks about ethical intelligence and the five principles he considers core to behaving ethically. To me, these are not only valuable principles when it comes to consumption, but also a pretty good benchmark for family life, for friendships, for travel and just all round being a better person. These principles are:

  1. Do No Harm

  2. Make Things Better

  3. Respect Others

  4. Be Fair

  5. Care

If you’re like me and haven’t had time to set goals and plan for this year, I hope these principles are helpful to you!.

Happy travels xx