My first theme for the year is health and energy. I decided on this one because it was already my highest priority and I’ve been focused on it, so that made it easy to segue into this new structure.
I could say that what inspires me about this area of my life is the thought of being able to breathe freely, or my hair growing back, but I don’t want my inspiration to be about something that may or may not happen in the future. I want what I’m inspired by to be about the present. So what inspires me about this topic?
- Having energy to get through the day and be able to be excited about things. It’s hard to be excited when exhausted.
- Taking care of myself. If actions speak volumes, it’s a way of showing myself love.
- To feel good in my body, to feel strong, so I can dance my way through life.
- Noticing what the process of healing, regardless of outcomes, does in terms of growth and learning.
- Seeing what small daily actions I can take to positively affect my health and energy.
The practices for January have been:
- Stop what I’m doing by 9:30 and go to bed
- Deal with my food issues
- 5-10 minutes a day of exercise
- Decluttering/organizing my space and computer
- One-sentence journal entry
- Spend time simply accepting what is
The only one of these that doesn’t directly relate to health is the one sentence journal. That idea came from the book The Happiness Project, and I liked it, perhaps because it’s just so easy (and couldn’t we all use a little more ease in our lives?), and gives me a definite thing I can always check on my tracking sheet at the end of the day!
I wasn’t specific enough on “deal with my food issues” because I couldn’t figure out what exactly to do for that. I was thinking that when I’m frustrated about the diet I’m on to inquire into it, which I have done, it’s just a little hard to track.
Otherwise, I’ve done pretty well with these. One thing I’ve noticed is how decluttering and organizing is a self-perpetuating activity for me. Even if I just take a couple of minutes (one minute even!) to organize some part of my room or desk, throw some papers away, or file something, I get an immediate hit of satisfaction, not to mention a cleaner space. I finally got my email inbox back down to 0 emails, and though that feels like a never-ending challenge, it is a relief to leave it that way at the end of the day. The benefit of these practices so far encourages me to keep them going.