Getting ready for a new year is (for me) one of the most exciting parts of life, so I thought I'd share with you what tools I use to get my life together at the beginning of the year!
Yesterday my yoga mat reminded me that pure joy is possible. Today it reminded me that joy can be pure, but pain will still linger.
I am grateful for balance.
and for my heart. For beating. and for loving. always loving.
Today I am grateful for the amazing woman I met on the flight home. She made a 2 hour flight go by like lightening and reminded me that pure and good people can be found anywhere.
I am also grateful for my yoga mat and Alo Yoga, and for my body. For the strength that I have, and the weaknesses i will embrace and overcome.
I am grateful for my wrist. Even if it is in pain now, it is giving me opportunities to learn more about my yoga practice, and alter transitions and poses in ways I would have never considered had they not been necessitated.
I am grateful that I got to visit my family. my sister's pure heart will always inspire me, even if it is buried under fear. She is going to be an amazing woman. I am grateful that I got to have a real talk with my mom. Not something frilly. Something honest. I am glad she trusts me.
And finally, I am so grateful to be home. This little apartment is where I am most at ease. It's a good life.
needed to be worked on. If it weren't for the pain of that situation, it might have been a very long time before I realized who I had become. I am so so grateful for the lessons I learned.
Living With an Old Best Friend
After Friend 1 and 2 moved out, I was forced to very quickly find a replacement (for financial reasons) and, as luck would have it, an old friend of mine and her husband, baby, and pets needed a place to go ASAP. So it was that I embarked on the biggest lesson of my life to date (yeah. even bigger than the one just listed). To make a long story short: I learned more about my own issues (yay!), was prompted to start identifying the underlying causes, and also got evicted (yep. you read that right. the story is here if you want to read it)
All of these things were lessons. Sure, they were hard, but without them I wouldn't have grown.
First I wanted to (of course) wish you all (lol) a very happy new year! I'll get a bit more mushy and reminiscent in the next standard post, so for now, I'm just gonna put it out there: This last year was. What was it you might wonder? I'll let you know.
I am not writing this to hint at another post just to drive you crazy, I'm actually here to announce that today I launched a new page on my site: Resolve 2018. I'm sure you have a couple questions, and even if you don't, that's okay! Strap in, because I have answers.
What is it?
Resolve 2018 is my way of both tracking my goals for this year, as well as sharing them with anyone who cares to know. I have 6 main goals this year, and each will be tracked in a myriad of ways on this page. From regular blog posts sharing progress on individual goals, to sharing everything from exercise/meal plans to getting feedback on an exciting project I've been putting off foreverrrr this page will have it all.
Good question! I like the word resolve. I like the idea that you are resolved to do something. People take resolutions pretty lightly. "This year I'll "change" lol". And that's fine. But if you look at the word having a resolution is more than having a goal. You are resolute. You have resolve. You don't just aim to do it. you will. And that's what I want to convey. That I will. And I hope that that can somehow inspire all of you to follow right along with me!
The word resolve has another meaning. To have it is to be determined. But to actually resolve something is to finish it. To get it fixed up, packed neatly, and tied off with a flourish. And that's how I plan to handle 2018.
If you have any more questions please let me know!
The page is brand new, and is going to start off very basic, but there will be new updates every week, so check in regularly!
Here's to a fantastic new year! 💕
Late Tuesday night I braved the frigid cold of Salt Lake to make my way to the airport. For the second time, I was on my way to visit my family in Springfield, Oregon.
I was excited to see everyone. I had mailed Christmas presents ahead of me, and my family had elected to postpone present-opening until everyone had arrived for the holidays.
I'm not one to pay extra to get good seating, so I was pleasantly surprised when my random seat ended up being at a window. While that wasn't extraordinarily exciting during the late night flight over a lot of uninhabited forests, it made take off and landing a spectacular light show: Stars both above and below.
Another bonus: my brother - who I hadn't seen in just over a year - would be joining us. He had recently returned from deployment (US Navy) and I was excited to see him... even if we would be annoying each other non-stop the entire time. My mom was probably the most excited of all of us: All of her babies (save her step-son) would be under one roof!