|yes, I know this is blurry as hell (shot with my bberry, not my nikon!)|
day 10: wisdom
(what was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out?)
This one is going to see kind of strange, coming from a mom, but I decided to put myself first. That's not to say that my kids aren't an absolute priority for me, and that my husband isn't high on the totem pole as well. But for too long, not only was I at the bottom of the list of things that I needed to take care of - a lot of the time, I didn't even make the list. By allowing that to happen I put myself on the road to falling apart, which helps nobody. At this point, I'm focusing on taking care of me, with the knowledge that if I am happy and healthy and strong (see picture above), everyone benefits as there is more of me to go around.
day 11: things
(what are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? how will you go about eliminating them? how will getting rid of these 11 things change your life?)
clutter - my garage is packed with crap that needs to get thrown out, as is my basement. By clearing out the clutter I will have more room in my house and more space.
magazines - seriously, I buy these things, flip through them once and then they land in the recycling bin. Not worth $5 at all (that could buy me a grand latte!
cinnamon buns - every time I eat them I feel like garbage. I know better.
dairy queen blizzards - see cinnamon buns (but x 10)
takers - you know who I'm talking about - folks who lean on you and are never there to be leaned on. Out you go!
debbie downers - I'm trying to focus on the good things in life, pessimists stay away.
diet coke - this stuff makes me gassy and bloated and really doesn't taste all that good. diet coke, I need to quit you.
self-help books - I buy them and then never read them - not too helpful!
oprah - talk about a waste of an hour - good thing she's going off the air!
clothes that don't fit - too big, too small, why do I keep them? I don't really need the reminder either way.
unsexy underwear - not flattering and don't make me feel like a million bucks? I should have dumped you a long time ago. Life is too short to wear grandma panties.
day 12: body integration
(this year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present)
I had a moment this past November, where I totally broke down and sobbed my eyes out. Big ugly cry. In a parking lot. Add to that it was pouring rain. Hey, I have a flare for drama. It was raw and real and it hurt. I felt like I was going to break in half from all the pain breaking free. Not a positive moment like one would be proud to mention, but the most honest one.
day 13: action
(when it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. it’s about making ideas happen. what’s your next step?)
I am putting myself out there as a writer, blogger, social media expert and telling the universe what I want to do with my life. When I get "no" as an answer, I'm not letting it get me down. It's just fuel to the fire to keep trying, to keep going for it. Something great is around the bend, I just have to be ready for it.
day 14: appreciate
(what’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? how do you express gratitude for it?)
My health. Your health. Every day that I wake up and put my feet on the floor I am thankful. Every day I have with my family, I am thankful. Health and time are the only things we have of true value that have expiry dates. We all take them for granted.