Happy New Year!

I’m not the type to make New Year’s resolutions. I used to be, but it seems that I start on Jan 1 with good ideas and by Jan 10th, I’ve forgotten all about them. Instead I like to plot a course or set an intention for the upcoming year.

 

This year is all about relaxing my pace. I tend to overload myself with commitments and things to do. It’s all good. I want to have an active social life, keep my mental health crisp and exercise my body. But…perhaps it is good to spread everything out a little bit. And pat the cat more—really take the time to enjoy it. Not just like pat, pat, done.

I have been meditating regularly since November 1st! Great goal, and it really has helped me to calm down and not let every little hiccup in the road send me into a tailspin.

I have started a regular morning yoga routine. Still not that committed to that yet. It hasn’t stuck, but I keep at it. After all, it took a few months for the meditation to become an every day thing. Perhaps this too. The only thing that gets in my way is my mind. Maybe yours too. What do you think? I find myself saying, “This is going to take too long and I have so much to do.” I need to reframe that. If only I told myself, “This is only a half hour in a 24 hour day. You have time for it and your mind and body will thank you.” AND…instead of “This is hard.” perhaps, “This is making me stronger.” Hmmm. Just maybe.

I am definitely one of those people, who starts my “diet” on January 2nd. Not this year. This year it isn’t going to be about food restriction, watching calories, or pretending I am going to go to the gym every day. Let’s be real. When it’s under 30 outside for multiple days, all I want to do is crawl back in bed with the warm covers over my head. Winter takes a toll on me. This year I have a different strategy. I plan to embrace healthier habits as they come (and perhaps crowd out unhealthier ones.) For example, I will begin each day with a glass of lemon water regularly, instead of periodically. This flushes out my system and hydrates me for the day. I think taking a gentler, less all or nothing approach towards my eating (and drinking) habits will definitely work better for me. I am not good with all or nothing!

Lastly, I want to take time to enjoy every day and all of the wonderful things I am doing, instead of worrying about fitting it all in. So…for this last 15 days of my Rouxbe Online Vegan Essentials Baking Course, I am going to try to enjoy making my last 2 assignments, instead of dreading having to do all that work! lol! And…I am going to enjoy learning, repeating, memorizing and repeating my singing and dancing for 9 to 5. I really am excited about being in this show. It goes up on February 9 – Mar 4 and it is going to be a blast come show time, BUT I need to enjoy the process more, not just the product! 

I am also excited about all of the classes and workshops I will be teaching during January and February. I am really looking forward to meeting new people and sharing what I know. 

Looks like 2018 is going to be a calmer, more peaceful and gentler year for me (or at least that’s my plan). What about you?

Wishing you a peaceful, happy, healthy 2018!

Laura