Preface to my new years resolutions -
I’ve been seeing a lot of buzz about Danielle La Porte’s recent offering, The Desire Map. Although in my full-time-student state I’ve been unable to purchase the full program, I watched the introductory video and I was very taken with the idea of focusing on feelings rather than concrete objects or achievements. Danielle argues that we pursue goals and seek things not for their inherent value but because of how they make us feel. I think there is some truth in that. So when setting my resolutions for the new year, I decided to first ask myself: How do I want to feel in 2013?
I want to feel ENERGISED and HEALTHY
- Eating more fresh, plant-based, nutrient-dense foods
- Drinking more herbal tea and vegetable juices
- Regular exercise (get my body moving!)
- A daily ritual of yoga (even if only for 15 – 20 minutes) and meditation/contemplation
- Resting when my body tells me to
- Regular massages for sore, tired muscles (self care!)
- Deep, restful sleep (and practicing yoga nidra when sleep eludes me)
- More laughter
I want to feel STRESS-FREE and SPACIOUS
- De-cluttering my home (of things) and my life (creating more open spaces in my diary)
- Embracing that dreaded word “no”. I am a chronic yes-girl and people-pleaser, but this year I want to try to say “no” more and to say “yes” only to social engagements that excite me
- Remembering to breathe deep and slow (Via)
I want to feel OPEN
- new opportunities and experiences
- myself – to being an imperfect creature, and to being ok with that
I want to feel ENGAGED
- my wonderful life; and
- with my work.
To achieve this I need to stop procrastinating and stop multi-tasking. My plan is to set aside the morning hours of every working day to only do my research work. No checking emails, no social media, no texts, no getting distracted and click-hopping all over the damn internet. Also no putting stupid amounts of pressure on myself – it’s just a few hours of work, after all. I want to relax into it and enjoy it. Get involved, get immersed, get productive. And when I am done for the day, I want to leave my work behind. Go do something else fulfilling and don’t carry my stress with me. It sounds almost contradictory, but I think a little compartmentalisation could really give me more space and freedom in my life.
2013 is going to be a massive, incredible year. I can already feel it.