So today is my last post for the year. I've decided to take an extended break for Christmas and New Year. My body is screaming out for it. It's time for me to retreat in, and enjoy a whole lot of nothingness. 

When I started The Whole Housewife in January this year, I set out with the intention of sharing my story in the hope of inspiring others, or at the very least, to show you that there is someone here who understands. 

This community has grown so rapidly, and for that I am eternally grateful. I'm a regular woman who decided to couple my skills with my passions, and ended up participating in the wellness revolution. The fact that my reach is expanding every day really excites me!

Around the same time that TWH came to life, I set myself a theme for the year. I would focus my energy on self love. I can happily say that I'm more in love with me, than I've ever been before. I'm more accepting, and more in touch with how to care for myself. I consciously make it a priority to do the things I love, like yoga, meditation, spend time with loved ones, eat beautiful food and spend as much time as I can near the ocean. But like any relationship, I need to keep at it. Just because 2014 is coming to an end, doesn't mean I'm closing off my self love practices. I've developed the rituals, now it's time to let them flow.

Being a natural planner, always looking ahead to the future, structuring things to align with goals, and life missions; I've had to welcome a big adjustment to let go of that. I'm learning to allow things to unfold in natural timing, and open myself up to receive whatever comes next. So to appose tradition, I'm not going to share any big plans for 2015, because I don't have any. I'm not going to promise changes, or some shiny new idea, because it's not how I roll anymore. 

For me 2015 will be about being open to receive. Whatever is in store for me, I know I can handle it, both good and bad. I won't be setting New Year's resolutions (and you shouldn't either!) rather a theme for the year, something to keep in mind through every decision that I make. 

When we learn to accept the natural flow of the Universe, we learn that everything is ALWAYS unfolding perfectly. 

Next Saturday, Michael and I, head away for Christmas with my family. It will be the first time in 7 years that I have spent a whole Christmas day with my mum, dad and brother. I am incredibly excited! It will be a great chance for me to practise releasing control. No plans, just taking each day as it comes. Rancho-relaxo, here I come! 

So in the spirit of recieving, I'd love you to share with me how you're going to open yourself up this Christmas season. It might be journaling, scheduling a day without any social get togethers, a day at the beach. How will you open yourself up to receive? Share your thoughts with me in the comments section below. 

Merry Christmas, and thank you for a beautiful year!