Tomorrow is the new year; 2014! Also, a new moon. New moons are a wonderful time to set intentions for yourself. With both colliding and cohabiting on the same day; seems like a better time as any to set forth your intentions for this year.
However, I need to let go of what didn’t work in 2013. It was an “okay” year. Not bad, not goo. Just really “okay”.
I had a lot of great moments and not so wonderful ones as well. Some highlights of my year included raising a puppy! Oliver has brought a lot of laughter and destruction into our life. The destruction of course being merely cosmetic things like shoes, rugs and toys. But his happiness and insanely strong personality created a lot of wonderful funny memories for this year. Another highlight was Chai’s complete recovery from a splenic torsion as well as Mast Cell tumor. This one lands on both the good and not so good list. But in the end it was wonderful to hear she is healthy and having Oliver around puts a little more spunk in her daily life!
Some other major pluses this year was job security! My job is in Finance/Real Estate and with all the ups and downs over the last few years; 2013 was stable and actually a really great year for our business. It was the first year in some time we did not have to struggle financially to make ends meet every month. I am very grateful for this. As someone who has felt the blow to the economy VERY strongly I cherish having a job that I can return to daily. Even if it is a stressful one at times.
One of the greatest memories from 2013 was celebrating 10 years of marriage with my husband. He and I have been through it all! And celebrating such a milestone and knowing I am so very blessed for a wonderful husband and friend. Someone who laughs with me (and sometimes at me), someone who supports my yoga path and is typically right along side me when I want to try to change things up in regards to health and well being. He is my rock. I love that man.
Also, this year I was able to see friends and family a bit more. I hope that continues on into 2014!
But, 2013 had some real bumps in the road too. Chai’s surgeries (multiple) cost us our entire savings; but of course we wouldn’t have thought twice about it. It was needed and we were lucky to have the funds. Our house is in need of some major repairs, my yoga practice really hit some tough spots. I struggled through (and not gracefully I might add) some reluctance with my practice. Where my practice (asana) was really one to two days a week. In turn my body suffered. Weak, weight gain and stiffness all settled in and made my body their home for a good 6 months.
But, with a compassionate approach over the last few months I have dug out from under it. I slowly integrated back into my practice. Being patient (still working on this) and kind to myself. Being HONEST with myself and allowing my practice to be exactly where it is NOW not where it was years ago.
So, I begin to slowly clean my own lens; to see things as they are. Truly accepting here and now. I look to 2014 not with some whimsical idea that all is going to be perfect, amazing and so much better than 2013. It would be great if that was true. However, I look to 2014 as a time to strengthen myself. Not just in the physical sense, but in all aspects. Working to strengthen my resolve to take care of myself, to really do the work to become a stronger healthier me. Physically, mentally and emotionally.
I have aspirations and goals; as I am sure you do as well. However, I tend to over-complicate things…often. So I am keeping it simple. While journaling the 5 most important things in my life today this came out:
- Family/friends (because to me good friends ARE family)
- My pups
So, it only makes sense that they remain the focus. After all each of the above create the frame work of having a satisfying and happy life.
So to keep it simple I intend to:
- Honor my family and friends. Make an effort to show up more, be present and enjoy the moments together. HONOR MY COMMITMENTS! Laugh more. Cuddle more. Take longer walks. Travel more.
- Have a dedicated yoga practice. Using David G’s alchemical recipe: 1) long term 2) consistent 3) with great vitality and ardor. (I have to add that finally practicing with David in 2013 was a highlight. I am so enamored with his approach to Ashtanga)
- Health- over hall my body, cupboards, fridge and life. To understand what is and is not working for me. Do some research (I am starting with Macrobiotics. I just ordered a cookbook and pressure cooker. Wish me luck!)
2013; you know you weren’t so bad. You taught me ALOT! I was forced to work through some things that I refused to come to terms with. It was time. A lot of lessons learned. I am grateful for that. I am happy to have experienced you. Now, as I say goodbye to the past. I am greeting the future with a smile, a simple plan and no expectations.