Friday, January 23, 2015

Gettin' to the Core

I mentioned before that not once in my life have I made a resolution.  While I am closer to 30 than not, most of my life has been spent as a blissfully unaware young person.  I was a tall, nerdy, content tomboy and later a fairly well-adjusted teen.  Luckily enough for me, I had a very juvenile childhood:  I wasn't faced with adult stressors.  I know this is an infinite luxury, and it's one I do not take for granted.   My la-la childhood morphed into an equally nonchalant young adulthood.   When it came time for me to go to college, I never stressed about the transition.  I made friends the first day: women who are my nearest and dearest still.  Finally, post college, I snapped out of my wonder world and realized that life isn't always hunky dory (you're welcome).  I was working my first real-world corporate job and was I stressed.  That anxious, overwhelmed feeling still occasionally rears its ugly head.

In 2014, stress ruled.  My emotions were all over the place, worrying about our housing, legal and financial situation.  We got a quick and dirty lesson in homeownership, building code, traffic engineering and most importantly; how to communicate with people who want to take advantage of you and your good will.  Whew.  SO, after last year's stress it felt really nice to sit down at the beginning of this year to reflect and make some plans to direct my life in the direction I choose.

Which brings me to my sole resolution for this year: Get to the Core.  This word is pretty simple but has a complex meaning for me.  I knew a list of goals would go out the window fairly quick so I settled on an idea.  Yes, I literally would like to work on my core strength (to improve full-body alignment and help all those little aches and pains of aging :) ).  In more figurative terms, I plan to take more time for the creative pursuits that got pushed aside and continue the eternal yoga/meditation journey.  I start a meditation workshop this Saturday with Heather and a dear friend, so I will keep y'all posted on that.

So far keeping this idea in mind has been really helpful for general decision-making.  It's almost like drawing an outline and following along, while obviously taking the necessary liberties and side-steps.  Historically, I have never taken well to structure or rules so this broad idea is about as tight as I am willing to go.  Baby steps.  But so far so good!

Three weeks late (right on schedule) this is my single resolution for 2015.  I am excited to see what this year brings!

{This is me, shaking off 2014, T-Swift style.}

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