Hello and welcome to January's Chiefs’ Chat!
For the first Chiefs' Chat of 2021, our three Chief Commissioners share their inspiration for the New Year.
This popped up on my Facebook page recently from my teenage heartthrob! Donny Osmond’s thoughts for this New Year felt appropriate! He said “During the first week of this new year, I'm reminded of the beauty of a clean slate. There's no question that 2020 was a uniquely challenging year for each of us. I'm enjoying this fresh start and the chance to reassess my priorities, habits, and the way I spend my time.
Instead of passively waiting for a great year to magically happen, I encourage you to take charge and make 2021 a great year. Regardless of what's going on in the world around you, you can:
- Focus on positive habits that support the goals you'd like to achieve and the person you'd like to become.
- Serve often.
- Prioritize meaningful relationships and connection.
- Set boundaries when appropriate.
- Surround yourself with people who will inspire, lift and encourage you.
Be a little better today than you were yesterday. Here's to a brighter year ahead!“
In Girlguiding NWE we all do these things every day, don’t we? Yes we all have our moments, and yes we have some big challenges on our hands at the moment but perhaps instead of being hard on ourselves when the usual New Year’s resolutions go by the wayside we think about the five things Donny Osmond has given us to think about! So each day surround yourselves with inspiring people, prioritise meaningful relationships and be kind to yourself. Even on the days when things don’t quite go right, there is always a positive if you look and then get up and start again tomorrow. We will get through this together and rebuild stronger than ever!
I rather feel sorry for January. We love to celebrate the start of the new year – and as the daughter of a Scotsman its always been a time to celebrate in our house. And we are full of hope and resolutions for the new year.
Then we face the post-Christmas period and the weather is pretty grim and all we want to do is get through January. That’s why I feel rather sorry for the month – we seem to spend a lot of time wishing it away. What about using that time to plan, relax and gather our thoughts; enjoy the time spent looking after ourselves, decide what we want to do during the year and then making our resolutions on the 1st February?!
Making choices and deciding what we want to achieve shouldn’t be confined to one day a year and we also shouldn’t be afraid to change our plans as circumstances change.
We are looking at our Region plans for the year ahead and I know these are very much about how we can keeping enjoy everything we do in Guiding – and we really hope your resolutions will mean you will keep doing all that you do for Guiding and the girls and young women who get so much from all we can offer.
Happy New Year! Inspiration for my new year’s resolutions has actually been taken from one of my favourite people to follow on Instagram: Stacey Solomon. Stacey’s Instagram stories are so enjoyable and uplifting to watch, yet also very real and grounded. The joy of a Daim bar, or dance-mopping the floor, is never lost on Stacey, and her Instagram content is a great reminder to enjoy and appreciate even the small, mundane things. Whether it’s family, food, or fejkas (Stacey Solomon inside joke!), this year I want to pay more attention to the things I’m grateful for but would often take for granted.
I have another resolution which goes hand in hand with this. I want to try and re-wire my brain to help me reflect on my privilege and what I’m grateful for. Instead of saying ‘I have to do xyz’ I’m trying to make a conscious effort to say ‘I get to do xyz’.
“I get to write this essay because I’m privileged enough to have an education at a top university.”
“I get to clean the kitchen because I’m lucky to be living in a lovely house with my friends.”
“I get to do Guides tonight because I’m so lucky to be a leader in this amazing organisation.”
I’d imagine it’s a really useful exercise for anyone to do, whether as a new year’s resolution or not. Especially when applied to guiding, I think it can really help to get back to basics and be a reminder of why we do what we do!
We hope you enjoyed catching up with us again this month. As always, you can find us on Twitter, where you can ping us any questions or simply share all of the incredible work that you are doing.
Julie, Kathryn, and Emma.