Happy 2012!

Hi Everyone! Sorry I have been MIA! The holidays absolutely snuck up on me and I cannot believe that tomorrow will be the last day of 2011. This year flew, and for me, it was such a wonderful year. I cannot wait to see what 2012 will bring!

That being said… one housekeeping note: I never announced our Oscillococcinum winner, who is Lydia Peralta-Hartman. I have known my “Tita Lydia” (Tita is “Auntie” for a close family friend in Tagalog) since I was 4 years old, and I want to make sure that she doesn’t get sick when she and her hubby Paul trek out to all their interesting RV adventures! Anyway, I’m so happy that Boiron will be giving her a supply to make sure she stays as upbeat and healthy as she can as we begin 2012.

So, yesterday I was at a “Stripped” gig, my BFF’s talented acoustic band, and I was catching up with the dear, amazing guitarist, Donovan Raitt, and asking him about his New Year’s Resolutions. He asked me mine, and I had drawn a blank. But, now that I have had time to reflect, here are a few on my list:

1)    Stay Healthy. That was my goal for this past year, and except for the few times I had to get on a plane, I pretty much stayed cold-free the entire year. I am so happy about that, as I used to get sick ALL the time. What a difference a year makes! I plan to make health my #1 priority for years to come.

2)    Keep Exercising. Of course, this resolution is connected to #1, but a regular exercise routine is vital to good health. My Uncle John sent me this fantastic link that says that 30 minutes every day is all you need, so there you go. It’s that easy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aUaInS6HIGo# 

3)    Eat more plant-based foods. See a recurring theme? Ha! Sorry, but I truly believe that health is your only true form of wealth, and I am making sure I’m quite wealthy! Many of my close friends have heard me raving about “Forks Over Knives,“ the documentary that examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. I had meant to write a blog post about it, but never found the time. Anyway, after watching the movie, Ry has pretty much rejected any animal-based products. I am taking a slower approach and have slowly cut out most meat from my diet. Not sure I can actually go vegan, but I have definitely made sure that fruits and vegetables are now the primary mainstay of my diet.

4)    Tap My Creativity. Remember when you were in elementary school and you were really creative? Yeah, I had almost forgotten, too. Well, I’m on a mission to make sure I get it back in a big way. If you haven’t heard of “The Artist’s Way,” check it out. This book by Julia Cameron was written to help people with artistic creative recovery, which teaches techniques and exercises to assist people in gaining self confidence in harnessing their creative talents and skills.  One of my favorite quotes, and hanging on my refrigerator, is from this book :

“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, ore more money, in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.” – Margaret Young, quoted in The Artist’s Way

I need to remember that quote. It has been on my fridge for over 10 years, and this next year, creativity is high on my list.

5)    Last but not least, continue to block the energy vampires. You all know who they are – the ones that suck your fun, happy, loving, kind, generous spirit away from you… because they are jealous, competitive, sad, unhappy, etc. etc. No time for these kinds of people. Unfortunately and sadly, they will never be happy. And dear friends, life is way too short not to be happy, grateful, and kind.

So that’s my short 2012 wish list in a nutshell. I can’t wait to see what this year will bring! Much love, health and happiness to all of you!

Courtesy of Wake Up Mr. Singh

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