Monday, January 02, 2012
Happy, happy New Year Spark friends!! I hope you all had a wonderful evening/day in one way or another.
Yesterday my mom & I went to the farmer's market downtown & picked up a few things. One of our favorite stores just a few places down happened to have a store-wide 20% off sale so we also checked that out. I got to visit my brother yesterday which was a lovely treat since I missed out on it last week. I also got to hang out with a friend of mine that I haven't seen in a few weeks.
And then I celebrated New Year's in one of the best ways possible I could ask for. Normally I hate New Year's Eve. Don't get me wrong, I love almost everything about it, but besides my childhood & a couple of years in the semi-recent past, most of them have been disastrous & just absolutely horrible. This year I vowed to stay in so as to not tempt fate. :P
I did have a couple of people ask me during the day where I was going to be & what I was doing, but all day I just felt content with being myself for the evening. Later on at night my mom was getting ready to head over to her boyfriend's house to have dinner with him & his kids, when she told me that my present for the New Year was that I had the house to myself for the whole night. She wasn't going to come home. She also turned the heat up to 70 (she knows how much I hate cold) & forwarded any calls that would come through to her cellphone. I was speechless. I could do whatever I wanted & not have to worry about other people being around! So I went to the store, got some fruit & shrimp. Had a little meal to myself, played the piano & sang as loud as I wanted, & took a realllllllly long bath. I absolutely loved it.
I had a couple of things planned in mind for today - getting back into my routine finally, making better food choices again, help my mom put away Christmas decorations - but my body had other plans for me shortly after I got up. I'm not sick but I'm definitely not feeling right either. I tried looking up symptom stuff online but nothing was definitive. So I just decided to listen to my body & try not to sulk (too much) about how I'd have to had a back burner day. I did get in an hour of yoga though & I didn't splurge during meals so those were successes!
The turning of the year seems really different this time around. It feels so incredibly light, so full of possibilities & endless opportunities coming my way. I feel a whirlwind of productivity & activity coming, but I know I'm strong enough to handle all of it, & I know it will all be things that I enjoy & will only help further me along in life. When thinking of my goals for this year, I wanted them to be unique & specific to me. Here is what I came up with:
- Be more active in producing creativity that is true to myself (whether writing more poetry, starting my monologue idea, playing piano more, learning more poi, etc.)
- Find, sign up for, & run a 5k by the end of summer (preferably spring but will depend how busy I am)
- Continue learning & growing as far as my exercise & food habits go: always being mindful & aware, always strive to try new things, & push myself a little bit now & again when I'm able to
- Find a full-time job that I am passionate about with a company (preferably non-profit) that matches my views or beliefs (& if needed, move!)
For each of these I have steps broken down further to help keep me remembering & working on things, & to help not feel so overwhelmed. Little steps that are easily attainable can lead up to the big ones if you have them set up right!
I'm excited for the new year & I wish all of you a blessed year full of success, love & happiness! Here's to beginnings that WE can create to help change our lives. :)