Starting, Starting

Friday, January 02, 2015

Sign, Niki's West, Birmingham AL
(at Niki's West in Birmingham)

Friends, I am so happy to be back to a regular schedule.  December was wonderful, and there was so much going on I felt as though I could really attend to things better in 2015 by taking a tiny break here.  I'm back, and have made a commitment to do regular postings here M-F.

Really, there are all kinds of commitments to start the new year.  The best Chanukah present Av got me this year was a subscription to Scribd, half a million books just a touch away on my iPad so I've been reading a lot, trying to learn a lot.  Here are some things I'm working on...maybe we can work on together...for 2015.

I'm thinking I may have gotten this list from Gretchen Rubin who studies happiness and well-being (and I'm starting to wonder: why haven't we all been studying happiness all along? It makes us all so much more satisfying and terrific to be around).  I'm already a happy person, but who can't be happier?  And I want to teach my children this while they're young so they always know there are things they can do to set themselves up for happiness and well-being.  Tenets:

Strong Social Fabric
---I have a terrific family, close friends, and I keep in touch with old friends. I'd love to have more close friends. I'm proud of family we've made -- and over winter break, we spent time in Atlanta with our BB/BS little sister and her family! Can't even say how happy and in love I am of and for our Little Sister and Little Brother (our little brother will be graduating college soon!).  

Activities that fit Strengths
---My work at the magazine and my freelance graphic design work, so I'm good there.

Practice Gratitude
---I love to write thank you notes and send sweet texts and emails. Can do this more.

Optimistic Thinking
---Pretty good at this, but sometimes I can run into...say, a complete stranger...and let their dark cloud muddy up my sunshine.  So I need to work on being more resilient this way.

---I do lots of volunteer work (favorite? I'm a room mommy! (again!)) and I'm happy with that.  Also: I want to set new records this year with my food closet donations (I coupon a lot and can monthly turn $25 into a couple hundred in donations of food and toiletries).  There's a group I'm thinking of starting too, for fun.

Perspective on Wealth
---Not sure what is meant here. Am I okay with not being a billionaire (yet)? haha, I guess.

Healthy Coping Strategies
---Work needs to be done here.  I can not just fall apart, but crazy-girl fall apart if I see an injustice or if someone close to me is hurting.

Focus on Health
---Never thought I would say this, and if you knew me circa 2001-2005 you might not believe it, but I work out for at least an hour 4-5 days a week (I'm not yet back to 117 but I'm headed there).  Each week, I do hot yoga, Sh'Bam, Zumba, Dance Jam, Stretch and Balance, and weights for strength.  I have a way to go, but can get to my goal this year if I work at it.  Okay, 117, you belong to me again this year.

Cultivate Spiritual Emotions
---Is this about finding more spirituality in the everyday?  I get in the zone easily at holidays and services, but I probably need to figure out how to imbue this -- the emotion, not just the doing -- more in daily life.

Have Direction/Strategy
---I think I'm okay here.  This sounds so beauty pageant interview, but I want to be the best person, best wife, best mommy, best friend I can be.  So I'm trying.  I probably do need to put some long-term goals on (digital) paper. 

---My family is what I always wanted, and I'm working on making the very best experiences (special experiences/trips/etc plus everyday experiences -- a comfortable, stable home life filled, filled, filled with love) for our children and husband.  

I want to keep our home *very* put together (I read this for motivation).  We have guests over a lot, so it never gets bad, but it could be even better.

I'm meditating with Headspace every day and trying to be more mindful.

For my next birthday, I want to do one of those projects where you do one good deed/mitzvah for each year of life.

I need to learn how to sleep better.

Annnnnndddd that's just a start.  I hope you have beautiful plans for this year and we all enjoy a happy, healthy, mindful, well-read and well-rested 2015.  Oh, and 'This Week's Various' will be back on Fridays (and I love hearing from you and learning from you (email me good things!) and you can always contact me here).  xoxo!

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