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Goals, Well Kinda

2 Jan

In my post on New Year’s Day I confessed to a lack of enthusiasm regarding all of the craziness around the holiday. Part of it is that I don’t really get the whole resolution thing because I am pretty consistently striving towards goals. If people really want to be better then why do they wait until one day a year?

So as a follow-up, I want to make it clear that just because I’m not into the whole New Year’s hoopla, doesn’t mean I don’t have goals, dreams, or ambitions. I’ve thought about doing a vision board for awhile and I used the excitement of the  new year to finally get one made. Funny enough, there were so many things that inspired me and I want to focus on that I ended up with two boards. One is focused more on my physical, active self and has images of yoga, running, and vegan eats. It also includes notes such as “fear nothing, celebrate women, and feel fabulous.” Feeling great includes the mind and body connection of course! 🙂

The other board focuses more on my career ambitions and financial goals. This is a huge focus of mine lately and I think it will continue throughout the year. I don’t do the resolution thing, but these goals would be what most resembles a resolution. For one, I’d like to focus on taking my career in new directions and two (here’s the biggie), 2012 will be the year I sell my house. It’s going to happen people! This isn’t to say I’ll move from Wilmington, but the time is coming to move on from this house. It was the house that my ex-husband and I built together. It’s too big for one person. And the biggest issue, the mortgage is simply too much on my salary. Above all though, I’m ready to be free from the trapped feeling that I get from being in this house. It’s time to be free and move on!

So there’s a general idea of things that are important to me and my goals. You’ll notice that I didn’t state specific goals such as run a half-marathon in under 2 hours. This is a goal I’ve had before, but as a true Gemini, I have multiple personalities. I tend to operate with ideas of goals, but in most cases, if I don’t accomplish them, then I’m okay with that. Goals change. Things that were important to me once, aren’t as important anymore. Why beat myself up for not accomplishing strict goals I’ve set for myself? I’m not sure this tactic would work for most people, but I tend to enjoy life this way and still manage to get things accomplished. I think that’s the trick; I’m not wandering aimlessly through life (even though it may appear this way at times). You gotta find what works for you!

Here’s to our goals, dreams, and ambitions!
Amy

Let’s chat: What  are some of your goals? Do you make resolutions? If so, what are they for 2012?

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January 1

1 Jan

Happy New Year Everyone!

Confession: I don’t really get what all the hoopla is about. Never have actually. I practically roll my eyes at all of the emphasis we place on this one night a year. One day every year.

I spent last night at home with Buddy. Just the two of us. We went to bed about 10:30. I DVR’d the New York celebrations and headed to bed blissfully unaware of the craziness that had possessed the rest of the world. I went to bed happy. I woke up happy.

I was pondering today why I don’t really care about the significance of starting a new year and what could possibly explain my total indifference towards the entire thing. In my morning yoga class, this is what came to me:

When you’re happy with yourself;
when you’re grateful for everyday;
when you’re consistently being the best version of yourself you can be;
when you’ve let go of the past, the shoulds, and the expectations that others have placed on you;
when you have absolute faith that your future is bright and your path is clear;
then you don’t need one day a year to celebrate these things.
You celebrate daily.

And this, my friends, is my wish for you. May everyday in 2012 be New Years Day! A celebration of you; your past, your present, and most certainly your future.

In celebration,
Amy

World Vegan Day

1 Nov

Today is World Vegan Day! Celebrate!

world vegan day picture

I’m not completely vegan, but I believe we all have a vegan in us that’s just hibernating. It’s up to you to get her out! Lately I’ve noticed that when I’m at home I cook without animal products. This is just something that’s naturally occurred over time and that I enjoy. When I go out, however, I’ll partake in animal products without guilt or worry over whether there’s milk hiding somewhere in a dish (random vent: why do people feel the need to put milk or butter in everything under the sun!? there are better ways!) What I’d like to discuss today though is really just the negative reactions that this lifestyle seems to produce. What’s up with that kids?!

I’ve had many reactions to people learning about how I choose to eat. The most interesting thing to me is the strong opinions I’ve encountered along the way. Upon learning that I choose not to eat meat, I’ve had several people say things such as, “at least you’re not vegan, ugh”, “please don’t become vegan”, and “why in the world would you want to do that to yourself”. How odd.  Continue reading

Tell Your Story

17 Oct

One of the blogs that I follow on the regular had up a great quote yesterday and it completely sums up my feelings on why I blog…

 

Toni Morrison said, “The function of freedom is to free someone else,” and if you are no longer wracked or in bondage to a person or a way of life, tell your story. Risk freeing someone else. Not everyone will be glad you did. Members of your family and other critics may wish you had kept your secrets. Oh, well, what are you going to do? Get it all down.”

-Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

 

Amen.
 

The Writing Process

16 Oct

Starting this blog has made me really question my own writing process as well as that of others. It’s been much more difficult than I imagined!

I knew writing a blog wouldn’t necessarily be easy, but I truly had no idea how much it would challenge me. And this is only the beginning! I look at all of the blogs I read on a daily basis and wonder how they manage to pull it off. And what keeps people reading?

I’ve always done better with a deadline. I don’t consider this procrastination of course because I will work on something right away. However, it doesn’t truly start to come together until that deadline is pushing me to get words on paper. This makes for interesting writing when you’re doing a blog so the deadline is, perhaps, every single day. I’ve also always been better at writing in big blocks of time. It takes me awhile to really get the creative juices flowing so sitting down when I only have 30 minutes, or even an hour, has never produced much for me. Again, this creates an interesting process when I’m writing blogs that are dated and timely. I’m going to share a little secret… many times I write several blogs at once, even if the day has already passed. It feels better to get that off my chest. It felt like a dirty little secret there for a while. But I recently came to the conclusion that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s just the way I work. I can still write things as if they are just getting ready to happen or just happened. I have the ability to bring myself back to that time and space and really capture the moment. It might not be ideal, but somehow I make it work.

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It’s Not So Bad

5 Oct

I’ve talked before about needing perspective. That was just one example of a moment in time where I needed a bit of perspective to bring me back to earth.

On a normal day, I’m a pretty grateful person. Optimism is my usual cup of tea. I don’t get incredibly bent out of shape over the “little things” in life. But every now and then life throws a curveball and takes me off the pleasant path I have planned for myself. And it pisses me off.

The universe normally has great timing and sends me perspective right when I need it the most.

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