Tuesday, January 3, 2012

resolutions

I love resolutions, and lists, and goals. These are all things that make me feel like I am Getting Something Done.

But my resolutions for this year are *mostly* about doing less.

I don't like stress. And yet stress and anxiety have plagued me since I was a first grader, keeping myself up at night worried about where my black and hot pink Barbie sneakers were so I'd be prepared for P.E. the next day. It's a tough life for first graders these days.

We are living in a time of great anxiety. We stress about our careers. We stress about our health. We stress about our appearance. We stress about stress. Because let's face it...we know that reducing stress is one of the first things we can do to improve our health. (Not to mention our careers, our appearance, and our happiness.)

So my main resolution this year is to let go of stress. And instead of trying to do this in a frantic, must-stop-worrying-NOW sort of way, I am just going to be better about using the practices that I know reduce my stress without adding more things to my to-do list.

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1. Be mindful, be present, be loving.

Stop any negative thoughts as soon as they start. The only time it is possible to live is now. So breathe in and breathe out, and remember that everything is okay. Do everything with intention, live in the moment, and radiate love.



2. Tilt

I found this post by Sarah Wilson so incredibly relate-able and spot-on. In it, she says that achieving perfect balance is pretty much unattainable. The key to happiness is to allow yourself to become totally immersed in the things you love. She calls this practice "tilting".

Her words:

Breaking constantly is exhausting. Saying “no” is exhausting and doing things for balance, rather than because it matters to you is, frankly, martyrish. Tilting on the other hand is a positive flow forward, a moving “with” life.


3. Eat healthy, eat happy.

I am so glad I indulged over the holidays, but my body, my skin, and my brain have all gone on strike. It's time to get back to clean eating, and I'm in love with Dr. Fuhrman's food pyramid as a guide. It prioritizes micronutrient-rich foods and a vegan diet, without making treats totally off-limits.


4. Yoga, thrice a week.

I love exercise. But the recent gains I've made in my strength and stamina have left me a bit lacking in flexibility and balance. Plus, yoga is an amazing technique for managing stress, and since exercise is already a part of my routine, this is totally manageable.



5. More photography.

You wouldn't think this would be a problem for a blogger. But I tend to take pictures of food and crochet projects. And that's about it. This year, I want to use up more of my memory card on memories, the real stuff that makes it worthwhile to have a camera.


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What are your resolutions this year? I have been so inspired by other bloggers' great ideas. We can't manage it all, I guess, but I love all of the reminders of what's important.

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for your lovely comments :) I love your resolutions especially the tilt one, balance is so hard and I am starting to agree that it seems unattainable, something is always throwing me off! I can't wait to read more posts on how your resolutions are going! XOXO

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  2. I think I want to steal your goals for 2012....I love this list!

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  3. I love this post! I have a similar resolution to reduce stress in a non-stressful way. I also resolve to drink more milk (w/ sugar free chocolate syrup of course) and to use more eco-friendly household/cleaning products. May sound silly, but I think they're all attainable and will make a difference to me!

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  4. Thanks, Jennifer!

    Megan, definitely steal them! ;-)

    And Court, I don't think that sounds silly at all...it's the little things that make a difference.

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  5. I really like this post - you're right, we often stress over everything. I might employ this same list of yours :)

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  6. I'm so excited that you stopped by. I have to say, I think you may consider me a new finding clarity regular. Your recipes are absolutely delightful looking [healthy is my kind of recipe] and you seem absolutely fabulous. Hope to see more of you!

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Thanks for making me smile. =)