December 2008

I’ve been blogging for a year now and what a year it has been! This has been one of the hardest and yet at the same time THEĀ  MOST wonderful year of my life!!! In 2008 I traveled to Spain with my sister. I sold my Pathfinder, bought Penelope the Prius, and put almost 30,000 miles on her. I drove to Maine and back. I visited with friends and family up and down the California coast and across the country. I reconnected with long-time friends. I made new ones. I experienced some of the deepest, dark depression and recovered my sunny sense of self. I’ve grown and stretched and opened like never before… I’m full of gratitude… ready and eager to unwrap 2009!!! Thank you for your love, support, kindness, understanding, presence, forgiveness, caring, sharing, and multitude of other gifts.

This holiday season I’ve chosen to abstain from mainstream gift giving, socializing and other hoopla. My priorities are work (I realize I took a cumulative FIVE months off this year!!!) and family. I ducked briefly into stores the last few weeks and found wild-eyed people anxiously fighting for parking places, navigating aisles, and loading carts full of stuff. I smiled gleefully thinking of my non-existent gift lists and my well-paced calendar of events. I feel light and unburdened by obligations. Don’t get me wrong. I love gift giving and take great pleasure in thoughtful acts. I certainly plan to give a few… Gifts that are easy and meaningful. Gifts that feel good. And I plan to celebrate. I look forward to shared meals and time with friends and family, but I won’t miss party after activity after party. This year is about simplicity, gratitude, joy, nature, eco-conscious choices, sharing time with people I love, financial responsibility, and extreme self-care. This year is about supporting local, staying close to home, relaxing, and appreciating the simple abundance of my life.

The 2008 holiday season is all about values. It’s about quality of life. What does that mean to you? How can you practice more quality and less quantity this year? What do you value most about the holiday season? What can you do differently to ensure you are living those values?


The new year is almost upon us… 2009!!! Do you find yourself mulling over the last year? What did you set out and create? What did you want to create for yourself and didn’t? With the holiday season stepping up full force many are grappling in particular with health and weight issues. Are you comfortable in your body? Are you taking good care of yourself? What could you do differently in 2009? Are you willing to establish new and healthy habits? What is one thing you could do starting today to take better care of yourself?

This link provides a variety of fun, easy tools to calculate healthy body weights, body mass (BMI), caloric intake and more… Check it out!

Keep me posted on affirmative New Year resolutions… not what you aren’t going to do… but rather… what ARE you going to do…

What do you want more of? What sort of experiences do you want to have in 2009? How do you want to feel? What habits do you want to have as a part of your daily life? What sort of conscious commmitments to your health and well-being are you willing to make for 2009?