Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Top 10 Posts

To celebrate making it to 100 blog posts, I present my top ten favorite posts so far.

If you have a favorite, please share it on Facebook, Twitter, etc by clicking one of the (nearly invisible) icons below. Perhaps by my 200th post, I will have figured out how to make more noticeable share buttons. A girl can dream...


10.Swimming Lessons (self-explanatory title)

9. Nalu (the puppy)

8. Over the Rainbow (the baby)

7. Yoga for the Mind (poetry)

6. If You Know How to Worry (using worrying to your advantage)

5. I Wrote a Book (writing)

4. Another Little Rincon of My Heart (surf adventures)

3. My Mexico (A Mexican wedding with my son)

2. Grandmom (love, gratitude and grief)

And my all-time favorite, about my interaction with childhood crush from NKOTB:

1. Donnie Wahlberg

Monday, January 2, 2012

A Year Without Resolutions?

January 2. Time for New Year’s Resolutions, right? Maybe not. The past few years I have made very simple resolutions. One year it was to have more fun; one year to dance more; one year to become more active. As I contemplated goals and resolutions for 2012, I thought I might try something different this year, inspired by two blogs I love.

On Zen Habits, Leo writes about giving up goals. This idea makes me uneasy. Isn’t conventional wisdom that unless you have a goal, you will not achieve it? Leo claims you can achieve just as much, maybe more, without goals.

In that spirit, I thought rather than making goals for 2012, I could use a process I found on another blog I love, The Fluent Self. Havi has a practice of saying hello to each month. I used some of her prompts to say hello to the last few months of 2011, and found it so helpful, I’m doing it for 2012 too. I like it because it’s a way of having intentions about a month (or year) while staying open to what comes.

Here are some prompts to consider if you want to say hello to 2012.

How I would like to describe 2012

How I would like to remember 2012

What I am looking forward to

What I am feeling anxious about

What I would like to give 2012

What I would like to receive

And because I can't quite give up resolutions, I have still made one very simple one, which is to focus on staying in the moment more.

How do you approach a new year?