I hope that you all had warm and wonderful holidays, filled with love, laughter and plenty of delicious food. We enjoyed visiting family in Ireland and having a few opportunities to walk on the beach. I think one my favorite moments was when my two-year old looked at the ocean waves crashing into the rocky outcrops and said full of incredulity, “Mommy, look at all of that water!” So beautiful to witness one of his “firsts” and actually recognize and savor it. (These moments can sometimes get lost in all the distractions when there are siblings, can’t they?)
I’ve been struggling with what to write about the New Year and my resolutions for 2015. While I want to stop and think about what I’d like to accomplish in the coming year, I feel that the idea of a resolution doesn’t quite fit. I’d prefer something a bit more gentle, maybe I’ll call it a guideline, though I like Soulemama’s term intention, too.
Here are my guidelines for 2015:
- “go with the flow” when it comes to practical tasks, not letting them get me stressed or overwhelmed, but just doing them (albeit more mindfully)
- “create more balance in my life” by tweaking my daily routine to include regular creative time with my children, more time outside, a regular yoga practice (daily would be lovely, though I’d be happy with consistent), and planned quality time with my husband
- “move towards increased health” by incorporating a regular detox into my seasonal rhythm (inspired by my yoga instructor who does a detox for a month every spring/fall and a week every winter/summer), by including more raw and fermented food in our diet, by making some more natural body care products and by getting more sleep
My hope is that by embracing gentle guidelines instead of rigid resolutions, I will be mindful of and more focused on the benefits of my positive behaviors, encouraging more positivity and bringing more patience, light and happiness to my year.