1. Floss twice a day.
2. Up and dressed by 8.30am even on weekends. I am sick and tired of being a sluggabed! (I’m giving myself a one day a week reprieve on this one in the interest of Release!)
3. Keep within the new household monthly budget for food shopping (which also means stricter meal planning).
4. Pedicure/eyebrow wax/reflexology appointments.
5. Do my physiotherapy exercises every day (having neck problems – nothing to worry about, it’s all par for the course!).
December in Review
1. Write and post the Christmas cards by 10th December DONE
2. Work the Mill Road Winter Fair – I’ll be opening the clinic for free massage tasters and wearing tinsel in my hair. What more do you want? DONE (and what a successful day it was!!)
3. Make the mincemeat by 5th December DONE
4. Get the Christmas cards/gift vouchers for clients written and posted by 16th December (which is also the date of the annual Christmas trip to see the best band in the world). DONE
5. Make stollen and gingerbread by 20th December (there will be updates on this as this year I try to make them wheat free). DONE but wheat free didn’t really work – I gave myself a break over Christmas!
6. Master the art of the Yule Log for New Year. NOT DONE. After reading the recipe several times I decided I just couldn’t face it and made a big yummy wheat-free chocolate cake instead!
Do you make resolutions? I used to.**
I don’t know about you but I have always been notoriously bad at keeping them. I think it’s something to do with the pressure we put on ourselves to do so much on 1st January every year. Years ago, when I used to smoke, I always resolved to give up smoking on 1st January every year. I think the longest I ever went without a visit to the newsagent for a new packet of cigarettes was 5th January! Then one autumn day several years ago I just stopped. Life’s like that sometimes!
In 2011 that word was JOY. And opening my business has brought more joy than I ever thought possible. A lot of headaches and panic attacks too, but mostly joy!
In 2012 my word is going to be RELEASE. Releasing expectations, comparisions, judgement, procrastination, scarcity mentality, poor health, credit card debt, the eternal straightening of my hair.
I wonder what adventures 2012 has in store for us all?
I’ll ride the wave
Where it takes me
I’ll hold the pain
– Release, Pearl Jam
**although I really need to drink more water, get more sleep and remember to floss twice a day!
A couple of weeks ago I had an amazing Kiniesiology session. After having a session with Kerry while I was in Melbourne in April I’ve been looking for somebody who practices here. I finally found a local woman who is still training and needed case studies. I was happy to volunteer.
One of the common themes that kept coming up was releasing and absorbing. In a physical sense this is all about nutrition. My gut has never been very good at absorbing the right things, which is one of the main reasons I have had such major dietary changes over the last few months.
On a more energetic and emotional level I have a tendency to hold onto things I should be letting go of and thus not allowing enough space for the good things in my life. I want to get a bit of a handle on this for 2012, get rid of all that self-sabotage and let the new year be a really bloody good one. So I’ve been having a think about all the things I need to let go of and all the things I need to encourage in my life right now.
1. Worry – if I can do something about it then do it. If I can’t, why worry in the first place?
2. Scarcity mentality – there is a bit of an attitude in yoga teaching specifically, but in therapy work as a whole, that because we are helping people, because we love this work, we shouldn’t really ask for prosperity and abundance in a material and fiscal way. Which is clearly bullshit. I work my butt off and deserve to be paid well for it. So goodbye scarcity mentality.
3. People (both on and offline) who don’t make me happy – I’ve already started this process with a massive clearout of my Google Reader. There are a lot of blogs out there that make me feel a bit…icky or make me feel I should be doing more, or doing things differently. Goodbye comparison trap!
4. The need to please everyone – yes well, we all know that’s not possible. I’ve worked out my niche market and can concentrate on pleasing them. Then I need to just take this attitude into my personal life.
5. Competition – I am not in competition with anyone, and no-one is in competition with me. There are enough clients for all of us and I don’t need to feel threatened.
1. Abundance and prosperity
2. More sleep. A lot more.
3. Gratitude – for every small thing.
4. Getting things done – no more procrastination.
5. Good health – this is the year I start putting myself and my health first for once!
What are you releasing and absorbing for the new year?