Welcome 2014!

While I did not have a great night last night (every new year’s eve ends up being kind of crappy, at least for me) I am determined to make today and this year the best it can be.

I don’t like formal resolutions. At least, not for New Years. As I said before, too much celebrating usually results in a sick and unmotivated Bonnie for the first day of the year. So I’m doing an unofficial “more” and “less” list. It’s too much for me right now to say “I’m going to lose twenty pounds this year” or “I’m going to give up sugar” – so I feel like it’s simpler to strive to do more healthy things and less unhealthy things.

More of… in 2014:
1. Writing
2. Fruits
3. Veggies
4. Exercise
5. Crafting
6. Yoga
7. Breathing
8. Smiling
9. Love
10. Peace

Less of… in 2014:
1. Movies
2. Sugar
3. Alcohol
4. Doing nothing
5. Feeling inadequate
6. Slouching
7. Procrastinating
8. Worrying
9. Hate
10. Fighting

I think these small goals will be easier to complete than big, scary goals. Plus, if I do enough of them, maybe they’ll add up to my achieving those big, scary goals without even trying. 🙂

Happy 2014 to everyone! I wish you all peace and prosperity in the New Year.

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25 Questions to Ask Yourself Before the End of 2013

As I’m sure you figured from my last “end of the year” post, I’m a big fan of self reflection at the end of the year. I saw this posting from the same website as the other one and I had to post. I hope this adds some insight into your life. 🙂

25 Questions to Ask Yourself Before the End of 2013

1. What am I most proud of this year?
2. How can I become a better _____________?
3. Where am I feeling stuck?
4. Where do I need to allow myself grace?
5. Am I passionate about my career?
6. What lessons have I learned?
7. What did I my finances look like?
8. How did I spend my free time?
9. How well did I take care of my body, mind, and soul?
10. How have I been open-minded?
11. When did I feel most creatively inspired?
12. What projects have I completed?
13. How have I procrastinated?
14. In what ways can I re-structure my time?
15. How have I allowed fear of failure hold me back?
16. Where has self-doubt taken over?
17. When have I felt the most alive?
18. How have I taught others to respect me?
19. How can I improve my relationships?
20. Have I been unfair to anyone?
21. Who do I need to forgive?
22. Where is it time to let go?
23. What old habits would I like to release?
24. What new habits would I like to cultivate?
25. How can I be kind to myself?

Reposted from Mind, Body, Green

20 Things to Let Go of Before 2014

With the New Year right around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about this past year and how I’ve learned so much. I’ve started working towards goals even now, because I don’t believe resolutions stick. My major theme for 2014 is letting go of the past, my old habits and my old life and making room for new habits and all the wonderful things that the new year will bring. So when I came across this article in an email, I had to repost.

20 Things to Let Go of in order to Reach Unlimited Happiness:

1. Let go of all thoughts that don’t make you feel empowered and strong.

2. Let go of feeling guilty for doing what you truly want to do.

3. Let go of the fear of the unknown; take one small step and watch the path reveal itself.

4. Let go of regrets; at one point in your life, that “whatever” was exactly what you wanted.

5. Let go of worrying; worrying is like praying for what you don’t want.

6. Let go of blaming anyone for anything; be accountable for your own life. If you don’t like something, you have two choices, accept it or change it.

7. Let go of thinking you are damaged; you matter, and the world needs you just as you are.

8. Let go of thinking your dreams are not important; always follow your heart.

9. Let go of being the “go-to person” for everyone, all the time; stop blowing yourself off and take care of yourself first … because you matter.

10. Let go of thinking everyone else is happier, more successful or better off than you. You are right where you need to be. Your journey is unfolding perfectly for you.

11. Let go of thinking there’s a right and wrong way to do things or to see the world. Enjoy the contrast and celebrate the diversity and richness of life.

12. Let go of cheating on your future with your past. It’s time to move on and tell a new story.

13. Let go of thinking you are not where you should be. You are right where you need to be to get to where you want to go, so start asking yourself where you want to go.

14. Let go of anger toward ex lovers and family. We all deserve happiness and love; just because it is over doesn’t mean the love was wrong.

15. Let go of the need to do more and be more; for today, you’ve done the best you can, and that’s enough.

16. Let go of thinking you have to know how to make it happen; we learn the way on the way.

17. Let go of your money woes — make a plan to pay off debt and focus on your abundance.

18. Let go of trying to save or change people. Everyone has her own path, and the best thing you can do is work on yourself and stop focusing on others.

19. Let go of trying to fit in and be accepted by everyone. Your uniqueness is what makes you outstanding.

20. Let go of self-hate. You are not the shape of your body or the number on the scale. Who you are matters, and the world needs you as you are. Celebrate you!

Reposted from Mind, Body, Green