Happy Birthday to Me and Thankful for Another Year

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As I have gotten older I realize the years seem to speed buy. When I was a kid it seemed as though I would never be an adult. I know you understand. It’s like where has the time gone. I’m thankful for another year full of love, laughter, fun, travel, and beauty. I start my calendar year on my birthday. I understand many people are waiting until January 1 to actually start what they plan to change, add, subtract, and plot for 2014. That’s all good and dandy, but I’m starting today. One of my pastors told us to have new year expectations. He didn’t like the word resolution. He believed you expected something when you put the work in. And you knew you would have a result.

As I enter my 41st year on this planet. Yes, ladies. It’s time to start admitting your age. I’m really tired of hearing you have been 36 for the past ten years. If you see another birthday and are healthy, embrace it. I do understand we live in a youth driven, young forever culture. Trust me I do. Don’t worry. With time they are going to get older too.

2013 has been awesome. I mean like crazy awesome and 2014 is going to be just as fun. Why? Because I’m planning on it. I’m actually believing it and will stick to believing it even when shitty times happen because they will. It’s all about mindset. I will also dream and work harder.

These are a few of my expectations. I have many more and look forward to scratching them off my list.

 Expectation 1: Daily gratitude

I used to write a daily gratitude list and it fell somewhere between where art thou and did it really exist. I truly believe happy people are grateful people. Making the list is easy. I can just type it in my Evernote. Today I am grateful for breath. I woke up with a deep and full inhale and exhale. I’m alive. What’s better than that.

Expectation 2: Blog more

I used to be very consistent in my blogging, but with traveling and life I slipped. I have already planned my January and February calendar. I plan to start and keep various series that I have been wanting to do for awhile. Beauty and travel are always at the top of the list, but I want to incorporate more wellness and food.

Expectation 3: Teach yoga

After I completed my teacher training I had absolutely no desire to teach yoga. Talking about it, going to classes and attending workshops were enough at the time. Now, I want to work on teaching. I am blessed to have found Tranquil Space Yoga in Washington, DC. They are my second family. Does this mean I will teach there? Maybe, maybe not. Right now I’m feeling called to teach and that’s all I know at the moment.

Expectation 4: Refer back to Unravelling the Year every month

If you like to plan and want to get the best out of your year I encourage you to use Susannah Conway’s Unravelling the Year. I did this for 2013 and I will say it kept me focused on my expectations/goals when I really didn’t want to. It’s not a quick assignment. It really is work. But it helped me so much in 2013 that the saga must continue.

Expectation 5: Monthly Vision Journal Dates

I am a big believer in vision journaling. I love cutting up magazines and actually putting glue to paper. Yes, I’m a tech girl, but this helps me focus. I have friends who meet monthly, but when I can’t meet with them I will do it on my own. Which is sometimes better because I won’t get distracted.

Expectation 6: The Art of Appropriate Acquisition

This year was the first year I really looked at all the unnecessary clothing that I previously purchased and thought, “WTF!” Like so many women I got caught up in every sample sale website that exist. Then I would say “I have nothing to wear.” For 2013 my thought on purchases fell under appropriate acquisition. This helped me tremendously. Did I fail at times? Yes. Thank goodness for returns. I came to my senses on tons of bad purchases, but happy that I don’t have a closet full of crap I don’t like. This will continue for 2014. It doesn’t by any means that I’m a minimalist, but I want to look in my closet and see beautiful items at all times.

Expectation 7: Attend a yoga retreat

It’s been too long since I have gone on a full yoga retreat. A retreat where I’m not having to work, but just be. I know the retreat needs to be near water because I’m such a water baby. I want a week of drinking fresh juice, daily yoga practices, and lots of rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation.

Expectation 8: Attend a writing workshop

I need to be in a room full of writers with my headphones in, head deep into writing, and plotting away on a great story, novella or book with my fellow writers.

Expectation 9: Really get healthy

Notice I didn’t say slim. I’ve gone back and forth on this health front this year. When I travel I let it go to hell in a hand basket. But, I need to realize that I feel better when I have my daily green juice/smoothie, eating nutritious and sweating everyday. This has to happen even when  I travel. I already have a half marathon scheduled in April, one in October and another in November. I also plan to attend one yoga workshop a month. Woohoo!

Expectation 10: Realize I have as many hours in a day as Beyoncé to get it done

Whether you like her or not has nothing to do with it. I’m talking about making things happen on your own terms. Yes, she has more help than most, but who am I fooling. So do I. I have a housekeeper, a husband, a mom and tons of friends that I could always lean on for support and to get things done. I am a freelancer which means I make my own schedule. Last year I decided to watch less TV and read more. I will have read 40 books by the end of the year. Was it hard? Not really? Once I put my mind to it, it was smooth sailing. I’m going to be like Nike. Just do it.

Life is about choices. Choose wisely.

{Embrace life everyday!}

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This photo was taken in September at Polihale Beach in Kauai. A place I now call home and can’t wait to return. This photo reminds me of how blessed I really am.

P.S. I’m taking the rest of the year off from blogging except for my Christmas day poem. I will see you in 2014. 

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1 Comment on Happy Birthday to Me and Thankful for Another Year

  1. Melinda
    December 21, 2013 at 9:42 am (2 years ago)

    Very nicely said. I was just thinking these very things myself as I am preparing to do my Unraveling exercise as well. It helped me pull together a much more focused 2013 and I’m looking forward visualizing a fulfilling 2014… and then making it happen! Here’s to all of us creating the most fabulous 2014 we can imagine.


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