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Intentions

Happy New Year to all my friends, family and faithful readers!  I hope that 2018 is kind to you and I wish you all health and happiness.

I was inspired by a friend and fellow blogger to do a 2017 reflections post and, as per usual, I had it written in my brain. But since I never got fingers to the keyboard, as I sit here on the first day of 2018, I think I’ll let 2017 off the hook and focus on 2018.

I am actually one of those people who likes the renewal of the New Year. I do tend to make resolutions — some more successful than others — but this year I feel like “intentions” is a better word. “Resolution” seems so formal and rigid. If I slip a day (or a week or a month…), it feels like a failure. I broke my resolution; I might as well give up. The word “intentions” seems much more forgiving. By definition: “a determination to act in a certain way; an aim or plan.”  It’s more directional, forward looking, and there’s a better chance to get up and try again tomorrow.

So my intentions for 2018, in no particular order:

  • Treat people with kindness and generosity.
  • Support and encourage my husband and son (and my step-children, where possible).
  • Recover from post-holiday eating (which hasn’t been ideal) and get my family back on track. (Starting tomorrow!)
  • Resume yoga, at least 3 times a week.
  • Write more, at least once a week.
  • Read more.
  • Schedule more family game nights.
  • Continue to find time to spend with friends.
  • Graduate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
  • Start up my business (soon, I hope!).**
  • Continue my novice activist role.
  • Purge “stuff” wherever I can.
  • Continue to focus on health (good sleep, stress management, etc.).
  • Hydrate more (a constant struggle for me).

Directional. Goals. Aims. Intentions.

Progress, not perfection.

Here’s to a fabulous 2018!

**I’m hoping to share more information on my new business in the coming weeks, including name, logo, website, services, etc.!  It’s both scary and exciting!  I can’t wait!

IMDb: Intentions (2003)

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Reflections

I always view the New Year as a time of reflection — on both the year that ended, and the year to come. I count myself as one of those relieved that 2016 is over. It was a tough year, complete with disappointments, uncertainty, fear and loss. Many of these things have distracted me from focusing on my health, and I found myself a bit stuck in negative feelings.

To be fair, 2016 had a lot of highlights as well: parties, dinners and game nights with family and friends, volunteer activities, vacations and trips (New Hope, Cleveland, Lake Placid, Virginia, Brockway, NYC), music events (recitals, concerts, football games), Marina’s engagement, Mikayla’s off Broadway play, and a few weddings. We had a year of continued good health, with me passing cancer-versary #4, and blessings of all sorts. I am grateful for so much in my life, but the ups and downs of the past year were draining.

So where do we go from here?

I’m not necessarily a big “resolutions” person. I’d like to think I am reflecting on my life all year long, continually looking for ways to be a better person and to improve our lives. But as we start the new year, I wanted to think about the areas that should be priorities.

Yesterday I watched a video produced by our church about having your Best.Year.Ever. (Watch here.) The first principle is to start with the end in mind, meaning: think about where you want your life to be at the end of 2017 and create a blueprint of how to get there.

I’ve always struggled with long range plans and answering questions like “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” Or even 1 year.  I’ve been around the block enough to know that life doesn’t always go the way you plan or expect. Those curve balls keep coming so I find it hard to be very specific on where I want to be in a set period of time.

That said, here are my high level areas of focus for 2017:

  • Re-commit to my Health (and that of my family).  This includes getting back to clean eating (no oil, no processed, etc.),  cooking more and eating out less, juicing, more water, and exercise. I need to get back on the treadmill, and I really miss yoga.
  • Spend more quality time with family and friends. Laughter is good for the soul, and so is time with the people you love. Combine them, and it’s nothing short of heaven. 🙂
  • Read more. Write more.
  • Be grateful and look for the little joys in life.
  • Declutter. Simplify.
  • Pray more, and accept each new challenge with grace and strength.

As you reflect on 2016 and starting anew in 2017, what’s on your list?

IMDb: Reflections (1984)

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Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get serious again about cooking!  While I’ve behaved fairly well the past few weeks, there have been a lot of fast meals and a few too many Christmas cookies.  I received Happy Herbivore’s newest cookbook “Light & Lean” for Christmas (another great gift selection by my hubby) and I have to say, I’m loving the recipes.

So far, I’ve made Irish stew, garden chili and corn bread.  All are vegan dishes, easy to make (unless you count chopping veggies), and absolutely delicious!  I can’t wait to try other recipes and definitely recommend the book.  There are some work out plans in the book, too, but those will wait for another day.

I’ve made great use of my new cast iron Dutch oven with the stew and chili.  I just have to figure out how to make room for all this new stuff in my kitchen….  Time for some serious purging and reorganizing during January!

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In terms of New Year’s resolutions, it’s really more of the same from 2013… clean eating of a whole, plant-based foods.  Move more.  And continue to look for ways to improve and maintain my health.  Ultimately, it’s all about trying to remain cancer-free.

Other than that, it’s just the usual stuff… Yes, I’d love to lose 10 more pounds.  I want to declutter, organize (see kitchen c omments above!), and contribute as best I can to world peace. I vow to spend more quality time with my family, make an effort to see my friends more, and deepen my faith.

I try not to put too much pressure on myself.  I will succeed sometimes, and other times I will not.  But that is life and we certainly must all give ourselves a break.  After all, stress can take its toll on our health.  I try to do the best I can each day, and look at each new day as a new beginning.

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Begin (short) (1998) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0164390/