Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year!

The new year came in with a vengeance of snow. It was snowing so hard on New Years Eve that we decided to just stay in. I wanted to go up on top of Tromsø Island to be able to see all the lights, but that would've meant to dig out the car ( again ) from its snowy mess.

Now what about new years resolutions? Is it going to be the usual" losing weight and getting in shape" promise that seems to be the first on everyones "to do list"??
I think we all need to set goals high enough to be achievable. Little steps with big results down the line.
My new years promise to myself is that I take better care of myself by getting quality sleep and perhaps getting back into a routine of Pilates which I actually quite enjoy. The results are really worth it for me. I think the focus on breathing correctly while doing Pilates helps my body to relax. I feel calmer and more centered. 
The other thing I am working on as well is to learn to say " No" more often. I try to accommodate everybody all the time, but in reality it doesn't make me happy. It makes me drained of all the left over energy I have. 

I am fortunate enough that crafting jewelry brings me such immense joy and inner stillness that whenever I have a bad day I just go to my studio and either sketch out a new idea or create something. It keeps me in the present moment.

Her is a quote from Eckhart Tolle I really like that reminds me to stay in the present:

"Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry — all forms of fear — are cause by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence"

I'm off to the post office.

I wish everyone a very happy and joy-filled new year!


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