Welcome 2011!

by - Saturday, January 01, 2011


Happy New Year and welcome 2011!

I have been stewing for a couple of months over my goals for the year and I now realize that I'm on a bit of a different path for 2011. I ordinarily go through quite a process to arrive at my intentions, but this year that isn't working for me. I have a tendency to make choices based heavily on the complexity or difficulty of completing the tasks. Something that is hard to do is worth the glory of the accomplishment, right? Hmm.

By choosing to pursue only really difficult things, I tend to create unnecessary stress for myself. I hold those goals over my own head and try to force things that just aren't ready to happen. It is easy to feel suffocated by this unneeded stress. Some degree of challenge is essential for growth but too much struggling, in areas that I am not truly connected with, is truly pointless.

Rather than choosing to walk the path that is the most difficult to traverse, this year I have chosen this phrase as my mantra: sink in. Instead of creating my regularly difficult To Do list for the year, I want to sink in to honoring what I need in the moment. To assemble a life of "I-would-love-to..."s and "too-good-to-be-true"s. I don't want to spend my time unnecessarily. I want to play and be creative. To explore and make messes. I love this:

"Do your thing and I shall know you." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I did create a list of ideas such as getting to the beach more often, soaking in hot mineral springs, climbing things with great views from the top, simmering pots of heirloom beans, making homemade yogurt and breads, doing more yoga, and writing creatively. My list does fill a page. The difference, though, is that I will navigate the pace and direction of things with my intuition instead of a timeline or spreadsheet. I won't crunch numbers. I'll just sink in.

What are you going to do in 2011?

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