Old Year, New Year – Part 2

2010 is going to be a great year! I’ve decided that for myself. I’ve been thinking about some goals the past few days, again no resolutions, just milestones and changes I want to make in my life. I still haven’t quit smoking, but that’s okay for today. It will happen soon. I’ve been eating better the past few days, and went back to the gym. I always feel so good after an hour at the gym, so I’m not sure why I really stopped going. I could blame it on several things, but it’s probably just laziness. So here are some of my goals for 2010:

STOP SMOKING: Already covered in a previous post, but still very important. I haven’t set a quit date yet. If this freaking arctic blast doesn’t leave Nashville, it will be very soon. I’m tired of standing outside in 20 degree weather to smoke.

REIKI MASTER: Over the next week I intend to complete my Master Training and schedule the attunement for soon thereafter. As soon as I finish the attunement, I will start developing a training program so I can teach and attune other students. I want to take Reiki to a new level in this area. I will be working on ways to publicize the service and the training. I want to offer services at the store, at my home, and maybe out calls, just so I can reach more people.

REFLEXOLOGIST: I want to have this training finished and the exams completed by the end of January. Allowing time for filing the paperwork with the state to be licensed, I hope to be able to start offering sessions by mid-February, or at least the end of February. Like Reiki, I want to offer services at the store, at my home, and maybe out calls.

YOGA: I’m going to give yoga a try this year. I plan to start with the beginners class tomorrow evening. Practicing yoga is part of my commitment to myself to take care of my body and my spirit.

EAT BETTER: I am such a picky eater! I intend to try many new dishes this year. I have prepared a couple of dishes the past few days that are totally new to me, and I enjoyed them both. I will be blogging about those separately, and hopefully will provide pictures of some of the dishes.

WORKING OUT: I have already started the year off better than last year ended. I need to develop a regular routine for working out. I’m going to start off slow, and let my body adjust and work up to more vigorous routines. I did not like working with a personal trainer last year. He pushed too hard, and I would leave the gym in pain and barely breathing. Many mornings I woke up so sore I could hardly get out of bed or get dressed. I just don’t see how that can be good for your body.

MEDITATE: OK, so I’m not very good at meditating. My mind wanders all over the place when I’m supposed to be still and quiet. The Buddhist books I’ve been reading say to meditate twice a day, at least 10 minutes at a time. Surely I can find two 10-minutes slots in my day to practice regularly.

SPIRITUALITY: The more I read and contemplate about life and what I believe to be truth, the more I’m convinced that Buddhism is the correct road for me. I’ve read several books on Buddhism the past couple of years, and it all seems so natural and true for me. I have an altar upstairs, but I neglect it and rarely use it for meditation. I move it around every time I feel like it’s in my way. This year I will formalize my altar, make it a place of peace and meditation.

WORK: I start a new job tomorrow, in the same office. There has been a re-organization of duties, and I’m taking on a new role. I hope this removes some of the stress I’ve been under the past couple of years, or four years actually. This year I will not allow my job to take over my life. It’s a job, a role that I play 40 hours per week, a function for my employer, and that’s all it will be. It’s not who I am, does not feed me spirituality, and I will no longer allow it to be my life.

WRITING: So Spirit keeps telling me I’m a writer. At no other time in my life have I felt that, but it does seem true. I have so many things to say, and writing seems the most logical way to release them. So for this year, I will blog often, write stories for our business blog, at least start working on the two books I want to write, and maybe try to write and submit some short stories.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Grossly neglected this past year! I call myself an amateur photographer, but I don’t know if I’m even that advanced yet. I need to start taking picture again, and develop my eye. I would love to submit some freelance pics by the end of this year, and maybe be able to do some portrait shots.

Seems like a lot for one year, but these are all the things I want to do, so it shouldn’t be a chore or stress to accomplish them. I need to get more focused to achieve these goals, and should probably develop a schedule to work on them. I do better with a plan and a schedule.

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