December 1st, 2012 – Prompt #1
1. Reflection: What did you set out to accomplish this year? What have you done to cultivate your goals and your life? Did you intentions manifest during the year?
Every year during the month of January and sometimes into February – I use that time to recharge my brain. I read educational, informational books. I don’t read read for pleasure during this time. I make a list of my goals and ideas for the coming year. There are no set deadlines per se. I just write down everything I can think of that I would like to tackle. If there are certain books I haven’t read but would like to, I put that on the list. Things I would like to try or complete go on the list. It’s a great way to sort of “set myself up” for the rest of the year. I’ve been doing this now for the last four years I think and I look forward to it each December.
This year has been one of extreme highs and dreadful lows. The lows came in the form of many people I knew dying. It was almost too much to handle and I’m still processing much of it. As for the highs – we had a lot of fun going down to Chicago to visit friends. I met two of my very favorite writers this year. I’m still shaking my head in amazement at that realization. My friend Gwen and I started our own business. It’s still in the development phase but we should be ready to spring forward after the first of the year. That was on my list of things I wanted to do for this year.
I’m looking at my “Ideas Journal” that I started last November 2011. My list for 2012 was to focus on my kettlebells, nutrition and healthy eating, finish my friend’s website, live with intent, be mindful, free and happy.
I had to stop swinging the kettlebell back in April because I did something to my shoulder – out of pure stupidity on my part – and not because of the kettlebell but because I didn’t properly pack my shoulder when moving one of them. I am okay now but I have a bit of a fear of “re-injuring” that shoulder. I need to get over it and just start doing it again. I miss it. Nutrition and healthy eating – we’ve been doing a pretty decent job. I started following the Eat, Stop, Eat and Intermittent Fasting way of living where you fast 24 hours a couple times a week. It’s worked really well for me and I love it. I’ve lost 20 pounds since April. I still have more to go but I’m not killing myself to do it. I feel good (save for getting sick in November). I did finish my friend’s website. That was a huge project to complete that I had a lot of fun doing. I’ve been trying to be mindful, free and happy. It’s been difficult at times. But I keep pressing on.
I do find that when I write down my “intentions and goals” – they happen. It’s the visualization I think. It provides a road map of sorts to focus on and keep us on the right path. All in all, I think I’ve done a pretty decent job of cultivating my goals. I could do better. We always can. But the main thing is to try and to keep on trying. I have every intention of doing just that. 🙂
*I’m participating in this year’s December prompts series that began as Reverb and has branched out into several other incarnations of the project. It is a way to close out the year by reflecting on that which we are leaving behind and looking ahead to the possibilities in front of us. I hope you’ll join us as we strengthen old friendships and make brand spanking new ones. 🙂