My New Year’s Day tradition is to create a collage visualization of my hopes, dreams and plans for the New Year and so this afternoon I sat down at the kitchen table with my husband and youngest daughter (who is 19) and spent a pleasant couple of hours scanning magazines for inspirational words and photos. My 2011 collage has a theme: Create. That is also the word that popped into my head during a Winter Solstice meditation with Diana Lang two weeks ago. I take it to mean that I can create the life I want, and it doubles as inspiration to create art and the written word. My plan has three categories:
1. Create health & peace of mind
2. Create and maintain relationships
3. Create art
I will create a more healthy lifestyle by developing the habit of exercise at Equinox and Curves and integrating it into my daily life. I have chosen the 10,000 Steps walking program and I have my spiffy new pedometer to track my daily steps. I have realized that if I walk (either on the treadmill or an extended walk with Charlie, my dog) for an hour, I can rack up the steps fairly easily. I am also committing to yoga at least twice a week. This also helps with creating peace of mind, but is definitely a good strength training routine as well. I will continue with resistance training to help build bone strength. The big news is my recent re-acquaintance with Weight Watchers. I am attending weekly meetings and making daily use of eTools to track my food. I have come to the conclusion that tracking creates the discipline I need to succeed. I am proud to say that In the past month I have really become mindful of the food I eat and am excited with the 5 lb. weight loss!
I will create peace of mind by tracking my spending and saving habits too, and will continue my money education and devotion to becoming money-wise. By tracking my habits on mint.com I will have a realistic visual of where my money is going and how I can gain control even in these tough economic times, taking into account furlough days and the cutbacks imposed on education by lack of State funding.
I am open to creating new friendships and devoted to maintaining those I have. I will continue to nurture the friends and family I am blessed to have in my life presently and appreciate these relationships. I am taking a positive path to relationships and plan to focus on positive aspects of relationships while attempting to eliminate gossip and other negative habits that are detrimental to honest friendships. I will practice patience, support and giving.
I will create art by focusing on my writing through my classes in the UCLA Writers Program, this blog, a daily 2-minute journal and various writing experiences. I will expand my creative experiences through any art form that becomes available and will be open to opportunities to express myself through music, art and crafts.
2011 is a blank slate, a new beginning and a chance to “Embrace the art of living.” My vision is clear and my plan is in place. Feel free to share your plan for the New Year! May it be a truly happy year for us all.