It might not be December 31st or January 1st, but as my friend Jacki Carr likes to say, "you can start now". So, tonight I cracked open a sparkling water, threw some jazz on the record player and started looking at words. That's right, shit is getting real up in here tonight!
So... what is it with these words you might be wondering. Well in one of the tribes I run with we like to think about our core values, our desired values, our intentions and we do it with these little cards.
I shuffled through the deck... and these were the words that were calling to me for this year:
Joy- Like many of my fellow blisscrafters... this one is hot right now. Many of us are reading The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu and honestly who couldn't stand a little bit more joy in their life, in the world right now? I know I certainly can. I remember sitting next to one of my fellow book club bliss tribe members at Grand Lake Lodge last September- she talked about joy and I remember the way she described it I could almost see it pouring out of her eyes, her heart, her words. She enveloped the word, she owned it, and she was the definition of it. I knew right then and there that I wanted that. I wanted to seep joy from my fingertips, I wanted the scent of joy to linger wherever I went. This year- I'm in hot pursuit of this word.
Gratitude- Gratitude has never steered me wrong in the past. Lately I think I've lost sight of this little gem. When I start describing my life as another mundane year after another, looking exactly the same as the last... well then I think that I have stopped practicing gratitude. Maybe it's time to start a gratitude journal again. Or better yet, maybe every Friday or something I can post about all the moments and things from my week that I was grateful for.
Structure- This one is HUGE. I need to have structure. I need to put the yoga classes in my calendar and then I need to go to them- I cannot be distracted by other people's agenda. I need to budget. I need to elevate myself. I need to only go out to lunch for special occasions. I need to find time to walk. I need structure until my routine becomes a habit, until it becomes an addiction. I need to crave my time at the yoga studio more than I cave to others priorities.
Focus- Last year I spent so much of the year in a frenzied state. I spent so much of my time focused on another person. I bounced from Facebook, to Instagram, to email, and then I'd start all over again. I couldn't focus on reading a complicated book to save my life. This year that changes. I have got to train my brain to focus again. Maybe this means cutting down on the social media, or only looking at it certain times in the day. This flighty girl who couldn't focus through movies, even some conversations... that has got to stop.
Simplicity- This year, like last, I don't have any big goals to go travel to exotic places or have wild adventures. But this year, I'm ok with that for different reasons. I am craving simplicity. I want to get to the basics. I want to find joy in the simple things.
And lastly, my word that keeps coming to me over and over (but was not in my deck of cards):
Nourishment- I want to feel nourished. With food, with culture, with conversation. And what's really cool about this word is that it encompasses all of the others. Simplicity- getting back to basics, making a garden. Focus- read books that feed my soul. Structure- plan days to grocery shop & meal prep, try new recipes. Joy- find delight in learning about foods I've never bought or prepared before. And at the end of the day if I find that I can cook something with ingredients I grew, then I will be filled with gratitude.