My yoga teacher finished class last night with this simple sentence followed by the traditional "Namaste". I walked out of class repeating it to myself in my head thinking about all the crazy things we do out of fear - fear of the unknown, fear of judgment (even from ourselves), fear of failing, fear of disappointing people, fear of not being good enough... I also thought about all the things we do out of love and all the crazy, amazing, cool places love can lead us.
My word for 2013 is joy. I want a life filled with more laughter, more smiles, more kind hellos, more goose-bump-inducing moments of pure happiness - more joy. In 2012 my word was presence and I focused on slowing down and enjoying moments as they happened. I still need to work on that to make it part of my daily life, but in addition to that, in 2013 I want to see all the beautiful joy in my daily life.
Just like my 2012 goals, I decided on eight themes and then created three goals within each theme. I love goal setting because the idea of small goals along the way to my bigger life dreams is a great way to keep myself on track. And yes, I do have a Type A personality, thankyouverymuch.
This year's themes are:
Some of my favorite mini-goals within these themes are:
- Planning & hosting a "Friendsgiving" party in Minnesota next Thanksgiving
- Attend a math conference - NCTM (in Denver!) in April here I come!
- Master handstand to chaturanga in yoga without feeling like I am crashing back down to earth at rapid fire speed
- Go one month without coffee & one month without alcohol (obviously not the same month because HELLO - the goal of goals is to make them challenging yet attainable)
As I started to finish my goals, I realized there was more I wanted to do and more I could do to put myself on track for more joy and less fear, so I decided on having monthly goals as well. These are things I have long wanted to do/try but haven't made into goals due to the fear (told you, it's always there) of not being able to do them for an entire year. So in 2013 - I am starting with just 30 days. Or 28 days days as is the case with February, and you bet I thought about that when I picked it to be no alcohol month. My months will look like this:
- January – No new clothes/shoes/accesories
- February – No alcohol
- March – Vegetarian
- April – No restaurant food
- May – Farmers market 1x/week
- June – walk/run 2x/week
- July – Volunteer 1x/week
- August – No coffee
- September – Yoga everyday
- October – Read everyday
- November – No bar food
- December - Random Acts of Kindness
So with that, here's to making 2013 a year of JOY-filled moments.