Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year, New Resolutions

Here are my top 10 resolutions (in no particular order) for 2017, some silly, some profound, but all sincere.

1. To try to live in the present moment as much as possible. I've spent a lifetime worrying about the future and wringing my hands over the past. This is wasted time. The past can't be changed. And the only way the future will have the best outcome is through how I choose to live today.
2. To begin composting. We have a garbage disposal in our kitchen sink and rely on it far too much and far too irresponsibly. Where I live (Seattle), they encourage and support composting, so starting this year, the coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable waste, and so on will not go down the drain, but in the compost bin.
3. To complete the novel that has been nagging at me for years to write, but which I've feared writing because it's too different. It's calling too hard to me now to ignore--tomorrow I begin.
4. To continue to practice being more patient. In the car...and outside of it.
5. To give yoga a try. I run, I go to the gym and use the elliptical, I lift sissy weights. But I do nothing for flexibility. On the downward slide to sixty, I figure I need to pay more attention to this area.
6. To eat more whole foods, less sugar, fewer carbs, and yet allow treats in moderation. 
7. To continue that lifelong path upwards I call my spiritual journey.
8. To seek out more opportunities to serve my community and fellow souls on the planet.
9. To remember the abundance is all around me and that, no matter how much I have, I always have enough.
10. To grow my beard back!

What are yours? Let me know in the comments!


  1. I only have 4 Rick
    1 To not let my disability stop me
    2 To pick up my pencils and draw more
    3 To be more patient
    4 To look forward and not regret what has gone

  2. Ours are very similar! Wishing you all the best in the New Year.

  3. I like these! Especially #1 and 10. I can attest that yoga will help make you more flexible. It's also great for toning.

    My resolutions are very much like yours with the addition of making continued improvement in playing the cello and finishing my first novel (I wrote the first draft in NaNoWriMo).

    1. Hope 2017 is a great and fulfilling year for you.

  4. I wish to live with intention and in gratitude in 2017.
    Do what I can to promote peace. Find more Joy. Appreciate my husband more. Give of myself to my community. Get my first book published and finish the first draft of the second.

    1. Those are great resolutions. It sounds like you and I have a similar spiritual mindset.

  5. Number one, to be more present - I've been trying to do that. It's harder than it sounds. I really need to get back into my Morning Pages. Writing out my thoughts first thing in the morning really helps me to get stuff out, so that I don't dwell, so that I am more able to live in the present moment.

    Yoga is really good for observing the present moment, which is one of the reasons I enjoy it so much.

    Excited about the book you want to write!

    For my own resolutions - your list could be mine, except for the beard. I don't want a beard. :D

    1. Are you sure about the beard? I think you'd look hot.