A Resolved 2016

January 3, 2016

I have been resolved on my NYE resolution for 2016 for some time. In fact, I began practicing a month early. This year… is not for the faint of heart.

Be Present

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Thoreau

As someone who is constantly on the move to uncover perfection, I am guilty of not being present – my body may be in front of you but my mind is elsewhere. As I’ve reached my 30th year I am afraid that I haven’t lived. I have been too busy in the past and future to be in the present, which is why my goal is to be here – in the now.

How in the world am I to accomplish something that has no tangible form? There is no a clear step or best practice there is just intention. So this is mine:

Whatever I am doing in that moment, be the best that I can be at it.

Give my all to my work, family, sewing project, friend, dani-veg-out-alone-time, etc…

It doesn’t mean I have to always be doing something big or glamorous. It means whatever I am doing, I do it with all my heart, even if that is just sipping a coffee while I read a book.

Seems simple enough but I did a trial run this past month and already discovered some pain points and learnings.

Do Give Grace: Just because this is my resolution, doesn’t mean it is the person’s I am with. Accept that the other person may be on their phone or be distracted. It doesn’t give me permission to do the same nor get mad at them for doing it.

Don’t Over Plan: Part of being in the moment means I cannot predict where life may take me. As a known planner, I found myself canceling plans last-minute because what was scheduled for earlier naturally continued.

Do Not Disturb: It is easy to be attached to my phone, which is why I now keep it on “do not disturb” 24/7. I am still reachable and prompt in getting back to people but respectful to the present moment.

So here we go. Just a few days in and many more a head. I have a good feeling about this year and determined to experience every second of it.

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