Breathing into 2014….

January second, two thousand and fourteen…. FOURTEEN!

Last year I showed up to my blog on our first day of 2013 and timely wrote “Ponderings“. This year I’m struggling to ponder, reflect, and offer up wise thoughts on already the second day of the New Year. My mind wanders to the novel I’m reading and I think, get on with it. Just write. Then you can curl up and read.

Obviously, I’m not ready to let the “holidays” go. As 2013 was a very full, creative, challenging, and busy year, this latter part of the year offered me, finally, a moment to release and just be a couch sloth. A trip to my chiropractor today, however, revealed that slothing isn’t that great for one’s back and neck. Time to get moving again!

But… did I mention that I’m not that ready to get going? My fingers are crossed that the foggy chocolate brain will ease by the weekend, and NEXT Monday will be the real return to normal life.

I witness people setting their goals, and big plans for the upcoming year and I wonder “what are mine?”.  Last year, as the year before, I chose three words to repeat each day in order to inspire consciousness in my actions of the day, week, year.

Create, nurture, and honour. My 2013 words. For the most part, I did follow these verbs. In creating my one woman show, Dusty Shoes, and taking it to two Fringe Festivals, I honoured myself, and I believe I nurtured my personal path as well. The venture was one I had dreamed about for years.

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I didn’t do it alone, though. I had sooooo many people support me, encourage me, work with me, offer me assistance in such generous ways. I am so grateful and fortunate.

In reflection, 2013 was a year of immense gratitude time and time again. It was also a somber time of having to help my family during difficult changes. All enriching experiences.

As I lounge (yes.. lOUNge) into 2014, I believe the energy is giving me a clue to one of my words for this year…. breathe. Breathe and read, breathe and sit, breathe and get off the computer, breathe and be with friends, breathe and move outdoors.

Through a New Years Eve conversation with friends, I think I discovered my second word, deepen. Deepen your reasons for why you do what you do. Is it just to make a buck, or does it go deeper? Or can it go deeper?

Third word? It stems from a book I received at Christmas, “Laughter”. Laugh, or Seek laughter, lightness. Even during the dark times a laugh can drive you through that murky tunnel. Maybe I can create some laughs, and have a laugh myself.

What do you think?

To you, I wish a good journey on the 2014 train. May you and your loved ones have the strength, the humour, and the love to thrive and to also hold you in a tough moments.

Bonne Annee!

Pajama day in PEI ("storm stayed")
Pajama day in PEI (“storm stayed”)

 

 

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New Year Ponderings…. 2012 to 2013

Cup of tea in hand, birds chirping on the balcony (five dollars of bird seed is good entertainment value), I stare at my computer on this last day of 2012 and wonder what brilliance I can bring to my final post of the year. IMG_5315

I’m not sure.

I could review my year, as so many of us do. And, or, I could dash off my hopes and dreams for the New Year. Or, I could expound on the absurdity of a “new” year when time is time and just goes by day by day, and really, is anything different?

But, there is that psychological component. A new beginning. A new slate. New ideas. New resolutions. A new agenda, literally and figuratively. I get that, and somehow, am seduced by the idea. And, maybe that’s okay.

Last year, inspired by Chris Brogan (a great guy to follow), I chose three words for 2012, which I spoke aloud at the end of my stretching routine each morning. Embark, manage, and focus. “Embark” meant I needed to explore and do things that took me out of my comfort zone. “Manage” meant improving how I took care of my business and personal life. “Focus” meant to hone in, and not be so much of a multi-tasker (nice way of saying “scattered”?).

How did I do?

Not bad. I did undertake actions that challenged me. Jumping on a plane to another country when I hadn’t travelled for a while, hiring a business coach, being a student, saying no more, and writing more regularly and publically were a few. Focusing continues to be an ongoing challenge but I’m substantially more aware when I float away from an unfinished task and pull myself back. (Now I’ve added cute little birds feeding on the balcony, I’ll have to work harder at not drifting!) And, because my focus has improved, my “managing” has followed suit. Choosing to let go of old ideas for my business has also helped to hone in. (My biz coach gave me a thumbs up!)

So, dare I be hopeful for 2013? Boldly, I declare yes! In the latter part of 2012, I committed to a venture that will take me massively out of my comfort zone in 2013 (overlapping resolutions!) but closer to an overdue passion. The result will reveal itself in August at the Edmonton Fringe Festival in the form of a one woman show – written, performed by yours truly.

Insert a big gulp!

There is much ado about following your dreams, your goals, and taking that leap of faith into an area where fear loves to herd in all obstacles. Magazine articles, inspirational seminars, self-help books, and even advertising all coach you to follow your passion. There’s a lot of pressure to rise to your potential and attain everything you want in life.

But, what if you are happy to just plod along and enjoy your day to day activities, your day job, and your surroundings. Does that make you less somehow? No, it makes you purely in line with life. Maybe you don’t have a burning desire for a big dream. Maybe you’re content with good conversations, good meals, sharing coffee with friends, being there for loved ones, exploring a new path in the woods. And, maybe that is enough.

So… where ever your energies lead you, to a good coffee shop or to be a world renowned speaker, I wish you peace, satisfaction, and a gathering of good stories to entertain your imagination. And, I challenge you to open your eyes wide, and just check in to see if there is a way to make a moment a wee bit more special. (Maybe it’s putting chocolate flakes in your coffee, or a random act of kindness to a stranger.)

Happy New Year and Good Health to you and your tribe.

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