January 1, 2011

2011 ... We Love You!

Posted by meli on Saturday, January 01, 2011 in , , | No comments
Sitting here on the first day of the New Year I am feeling an enormous amount of gratitude for the passing year, with feelings of inspiration and excitement for the new one.

I start this new year with many more scars to my name then what I started the last with, but with that also comes much more strength, compassion & empathy in my heart. My personal pain and struggle has built a strength within myself that far exceeds my own expectations; and the level of compassion & empathy I have for every other soul on this planet runs so very deep. It's something I wouldn't trade for the world. This past year was filled with a great amount of turmoil twisting throughout it, but if you look closely you'll see that there was also a great amount of joy, of love, of support, and of adventure laced in there. I am a believer in the philosophy of "we are faced with struggle and difficulty in life so that we are more open to and appreciative of the good in life". My heart is wide, my mind is open, and my arms are out stretched for you, 2011 ... I'm fully ready to receive your bounty of goodness. 

I begin this year with a new outlook on resolutions. I've always loved resolutions. I love the hope and optimism that this time of year brings ... it's full of the leap of faith free spirited attitude that drives my life. This year, though, I am not interested in focusing on anything too concrete or specific (read 5 books a month, run every other day, take and publish a photo-a-day, etc). I am no longer in a place where those types of resolutions resonate positively in my life. I don't want to feel distracted or chained. Life is about change, and being a creature of strong integrity when it comes to commitment, I often feel torn between living in the moment, and feeling tied to my word. This year will bring about an enormous shift in our family, and I want to fully surrender to it. Let it flow through me, guide me, inspire me ... I don't want to feel committed to resolutions that may hinder that freedom. So, jumping on the blog world bandwagon, I will instead choose to be mindful of a few personal intentions/permissions. 

11 Intentions/Permissions for 2011
  • nurture and love my soul fully; the good, the bad, and the ugly.
  • let others love me
  • dance when the mood strikes
  • be present
  • embrace the adventure free from fear
  • communicate my heart with gentle words
  • embrace and maintain meaningful connections
  • rise early
  • enjoy my creativity
  • take time for myself
  • share 
And because I like to walk against the grain, here's two more for good measure
(13 is my favorite number *wink*)
  • have patience with myself
  • don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened
I elaborated a bit on that last one in a previous post...

With that, here we are, ringing in the New Year.
2011 ... we love you already!

Publish Post
we enjoyed a moonlit bike ride around downtown; stopping to climb walls when they presented.

we ran around twirling in the park
(I stopped my own twirl to capture some video of the kids that I used in my last funky music friday video)

we watched fireworks (that the city set off at 9pm instead of midnight. It was a prequel to our own fire "works", lol)

we built a fire pit and set it a'blaze

we enjoyed some yummy lettuce dips in front of the warm, flickering fire

we made drawings with homemade charcoal sticks

and we smiled

on working to be more present ... 
this short little post took me a day and a half to finish. 
Life kept pulling me away! 
I wouldn't have it any other way *wink


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