I am making 2012 the year of "changes," of living the good life, of being inspired and being inspiring. Of good health and joyful reflection. I say "changes" because I want to focus on the positives, on bringing out the goodness and light, not change the core essence. I am calling this year the year of me, (and not feeing vain or selfish in saying so). Being inspired by Ali Edwards
and her One Little Word Project
, I am focusing that energy under my Little Word that packs a punch: STRENGTH. What does strength mean to me? It means endurance; to keep going, to move on from difficult situations and not be bogged down by them. To have strength of character to do the right things. To have strength in confidence to walk the path, and know when to turn around and try a new path, be it well traveled or unknown. To appreciate that those who wander are not lost and to live the life I imagined.
This year, along with empowering myself with STRENGTH, my husband and I came up with a list of 25 or so things we would like to accomplish this year. This is all new to me, but instead of having a resolution to change, let us strive for accomplishments to do. Here's my list, in no particular order
- Make macaroons
- Have more date nights, a once a month at least is the goal.
- Ride my bike more, this I am very excited, for I plan to get a new one in just a few short months! Thoughts? Suggestions??
- Clean up Evernote- It is outta control!!
- Commit to updating Mint, peace of mind=peaceful finances.
- Learn to Sew. I had received a sewing machine from my Mother-in-Law from Christmas of 2010 (!) and I still have yet to take it out and turn it on. This is year, no worries! Just create!
- Sew a Skirt- have a small hunch I will catch on to this sewing thing quickly and would like to create some cute stuff. Note to Self: Wear more Skirt.
- Sew an apron. Which will lead me to bake more, and perhaps make those macaroons.
- Keep on Knitting. This past Holiday season opened up a new realization of how much I love to knit. I would like to continue this and make more time for knitting.
- Read a Biography. There are so many interesting and inspiring people to read about, and I just haven't. This year I will make some more time for reading a bit of non-fiction for a change.
- Try The Happiness Project. I bought this book last year, and started reading it. Its really good, but never tried to do the "project" while reading. I will try this year. January is all about Boosting Energy. An excellent start to the year of STRENGTH, I would think.
- Learn to Meditate. This is a big challenge for me, since I have the attention span of a 3 year old, yet the idea of the calmness of mind and spirit intrigues me. Why not?
- Create a Meditation nook. A place where I can go for peace of mind: candles? I think so.
- Study Buddhism. My husband and I have been talking periodically about this. Neither of us are very religious, but the thought of having something to ease my unrest in the world, and yes in horrible behaviors that I witness would give me a more sense of purpose and peace.
- Paint a picture. Going back to my art roots. Just to make art for the simple joy of making art.
- Hang wedding pictures. Matt and I celebrated our 1st anniversary this past November. It has been a great first year of marriage, with personal ups and downs that just made us closer in our love and relationship. And I have still to print our wonderful pictures of that day to hang up in our home. Well, 2012 is the year.
- Yoga. At least once a week. Yoga has been a saving grace in a sense for the peace and wellbeing that I have been missing. This past year, my husband and I have been going regularly to a local studio, and that weekly fix just helps keep me present and balanced in somewhat difficult times.
- Clean up MacGourmet. Love this program. Love to bake and cook. Time to give it some love, clean things up and sync to my electronics.
- Drink at least a bottle of water a day. Notoriously bad at not being hydrated enough. Just keep the bottle filled with water and take a sip every once and awhile.
- Read 25 books. My GoodReads number this year. I failed to make last years goals, but that's ok. We will try again.
- Discover one new musical group.
- Run more. I would like to sign up for a 5K every season: TowerTrot, FallColors, Frigid 5K...just need to find a good spring run and I am set for the year. 5Ks always make me nervous, but I always finish the "race" feeling accomplished and strong.
- Be a more mindful eater. Recognize when I am grazing and stop when I feel full. Take time to prepare a satisfying meal, especially breakfast and enjoy it.
- Start hybrid Scrapbooking. Another shout out to Ali Edwards, and her beautiful and inspiring scrapbooks of her life and family. She capture moments in time that are genuine and real, and that is how I want to look back on my life. To remember the moments and small things that make up the everyday.
- Organize my jewelry and closet. It is an uninspired eyesore. Lets try to change that, shall we?
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