2012: look how far you have come...

December 28, 2012

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I can hardly believe a year has gone by. I was just reading back over some of this year's blog posts and thought I would check in and discuss the concept of remembering how far we have come. 

I hear over an over again the sayings "never look back" and "don't dwell on the past" as words of encouragement. While these words are helpful when something difficult has happened and you are a person who tends to obsess about the negatives and never find a way to move on, I have found that they have sometimes lead me far away from valuable information. Sometimes we do need to move on but still periodically look back. To spend time understanding what we have been through and how it influences who we are and who we want to become. To simply acknowledge how far we have come. 

I think one of the primary keys to this is finding the appropriate amount of time that should pass before looking back. With enough distance between you and the emotions of that time there is a clearer picture. Then with an ounce of self awareness you may begin to see yourself as you were and how much you have changed (for the better or worse) since then and find ways to either continue your progress or correct bad behavior.  

(However, if it was a good thing that happened...I say dwell in it for as long as you like. Swim in it for hours, days, months even. If an accomplishment you have made makes you feel stronger and more worthy of that praise, by all means enjoy it! Savor it!

At the beginning of this year I chose one word, one wish and one wonder for 2012. My word, "postitivity" stayed strong through the many ups and downs this year. While it faltered a bit during the last big hit (my foot injury) I reminded myself to keep going and took it at my own pace. I'm happy to say that it did not bring me down. My wish for the year was to be better at follow through. While I think I improved a little, it was definitely not as much as I had hoped. And so...the battle continues. Lastly, my wonder was to look back on 2012 and see if I am ending this year with as much success, passion, and prosperity that I started it out with? My answer to this would be yes, yes, and yes. While 2012 was full of new lessons to be learned (so excited that it wasn't the same lesson over and over like the previous year!) it was still a magical year. I smile because I know the hard stuff that happened and the challenges I faced will keep pushing me forward and make me that much more prepared the next time around. 

So getting back to my thought for today...Look back. Remember who you have been, where you have come from and do not compare your path to anyone else's. We all evolve, whether it be a little or a lot, and there is so much joy to be found in our triumphs and struggles and how they have changed us along the way. It only takes a moment to acknowledge how far you have come. Then accept the good and the bad about yourself and move on with good intentions. I guarantee you will look back in six months, a year, or two years and smile because once again...you have come a long way, baby. 

13 before twenty-13

December 13, 2012

The end of the year is fast approaching and with that comes a "running out of time" feeling. Of course time will continue and the end of the year is no more than a benchmark, but nothing makes a person more productive than last minute.

Even though I am surrounded by cold weather and holiday festivities it's hard for me to believe that the year is almost over. It has been 3 months since I broke my foot and the last quarter of the year seems completely separate from the first three. Everything sort of slowed down for me. My routines changed. My priorities changed. My capabilities changed. And just now I'm getting back into to those things that I left behind.

So, in honor of catching up and starting off on the right "foot" again, I have decided set 13 goals for the last few weeks of the year. I know it's ambitious, but these are all things that I know will help me to find my pace again.

Is there anything you have wandered from that you desire to regain?

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13 before twenty-13

1. Train myself to get up early...automatically. It's time to change a bad habit.

2. Work out 5-7 days a week. Getting bikini ready for a winter tropical vacation!

3. Complete Unravelling the Year Ahead 2013 in preparation for the new year.

4. Brainstorm and design new products for the joyfullifeshop.

5. Clean house. Can't wait to try this concoction on my bathroom and kitchen tile!

6. Finish my last Real Estate Broker course and prep for the exam in January.

7. Bake "healthy" cookies. There's got to be a recipe on pinterest. :)

8. Finish the book I am currently reading.

9. Blog post brainstorming. I've been WAY to silent this year.

10. Donate lingering piles of items to Goodwill.

11. Organize my desk.

12. Start walking without the big ugly boot. Doc says it's time!

13. Spend time with my family.

Have goals for pre or post new year? I would love to hear more!


December 12, 2012

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Hi Lovelies! It's 12.12.12 today! Pretty crazy that it's the last time we will have a triple duplicate / repetitive date like this. Make a big wish! It has got to be a lucky day.

So...in honor of this unique date (similar to 10.11.12) I would like to share a roundup of my 12 favorite finds of late. Just a little something to widen your horizons on this special day. en-joy!

1. 6 ways to accept others as they are. Helpful when striving to live positively. 

2. Really enjoying the Iowagirleats blog and the yummy recipes. Lots of healthy smoothies, workout tips, and health information.

3. A great month long series about organization and 31 days of loving where you live

4. Tips on how to fake calligraphy - perfect for your holiday cards!

5. Spark People fitness videos - I stumbled on these while looking for a cardio workout I could do while sitting. They are usually about 10 minutes long, so easy to squeeze one or two into your day. There are tons to choose from and always easy to follow. 

6. Secrets to Success for blogging and creative business - blog series with lots of helpful advice

7. Join 100 New York 9th graders in adding a wish for the future to a 100 year time capsule. I'm still dreaming up my 140 character or less wish, but it will have something to do with the world finding a way to live simply.

8. How to set your intentions for 2013 - Way better than resolutions...make a long term plan.

9. The fool proof way to finish what your start - It's time to be brutally honest.

10. How to let go and make every moment better. 

11. Fun typography wallpapers to fancy up your desktop.

12. 10 tips on making winter wake ups easier - Man, I need this! My favorite part is the link to the article about how to practice getting up right when your alarm goes off. I'm soooooo going to do that.

Now...I'm off to spend the day working, planning and dreaming up personal goals for 2013. I'm pretty sure there's a list of 13 goals before 2013 swirling around in my brain too. Looking forward to sharing a bit more with you soon!

monthly music

December 11, 2012

This month's cover art is from Natural Parallels by Camille Camille
December is here and the weather outside just got colder. For some of you there are mountains of snow, for others like me there's a little bit of rain and clouds. But Christmas lights are popping up all over town and indoors it's cozy and warm with the smell of fir trees and goodies baking. I love this time of year and I feel so blessed to have these experiences.

While the hustle and bustle buzzes around me I find that I tend to take it really easy during the holidays. I strive to make shopping for gifts relaxed and enjoyable...keeping a slow pace. Sitting in a coffee shop and watching the bundled up world stream by is my meditation. There's a simple flow to it and every day has it's own sort of magic.

So today I would like to share with you the first playlist of Delightful December. This is the every day relaxed mix that I will typically play while in the car. Hopefully it is relaxed enough to help you wind down after a busy day of holiday bustle. In a week or so I will bring you a second mix with holiday songs...because what is December without some jolly music.

Have a great day! I will be seeing you soon.

Delightful December 2012
1. Atlas Hands - Benjamin Francis Leftwich
2. Attention - Buckaroo
3. Pretty Face - Soley
4. I Love You More Than You Will Ever Know - Never Shout Never
5. November Was White, December Was Grey - Say Hi
6. Family Glue - Wye Oak
7. High Hope - Glen Hansard
8. Delicate - Damien Rice