I happened to have the whole day to myself today, alone at home – by choice. It was nice.
And late this afternoon, I decided to do something: instead of sitting down and thinking about taking New Year’s resolutions, I decided to get up and do those things I wanted to do more of during this coming year. Even if that meant I could only do each of them for a few minutes, I would touch as many of them as I could.
I started things off by shoveling snow. Ok, that wasn’t on the list of things I wanted to play a bigger part in my life in 2010 (duh!), but going outside more often is, be it to go for a walk, to take care of the garden, or whatever. Here’s to more breathing of fresh air, and more movement!
I then baked some vegan breakfast bars that look delicious. I have yet to taste them, but judging from the smell, those okara-cranberry-pecan bars shouldn’t disappoint! I must say that I’ve done quite a bit of baking and cooking in the past few months: between enjoying the bounty of our CSA basket and testing recipes for an upcoming vegan cookbook, I’ve been spending lots of time in the kitchen. I’m going to keep that up for 2010!
What next? Oh yes, there was a bit of spinning. A good spindle, a lovely handpainted roving – ah, it’s nice to put some fiber stuff back into my life! I got back to it a few weeks ago, and I’m really happy about that. I want to keep it a part of my life, and spinning a few minutes every day would be fabulous, but I’m not turning that into a “should” with guilt attached if I’m not doing it.
After that, I did some Shiva Nata. My practice has been pretty irregular for the past several weeks, and I want it to be a daily thing again. Also, I want to teach it, so as part of this little “doing things I want to be doing this coming year” day, I did today’s practice in the position of the teacher. I’m really curious to see where this intention of teaching it will take me. I have no specific plan about that yet, but I’d like to see it happen this year, in one form or another. It’s possible that I’ll only get a very modest start on this goal in 2010, but who knows? I’ll see how I can make a little something happen, and I’m willing to be surprised as to where that would take me!
That was followed by a few minutes of yoga – yet another thing that I want to integrate into my life in a more regular way than what I’ve been doing so far.
A big huge important thing came next: that project I’ve been working on (mostly in my mind), but haven’t yet brought out into concrete existence – I hadn’t touched it in forever (except for thinking about it), so tonight I went and read a couple of documents, and made minor edits. Yeah, very minor stuff, but just opening the documents was already much more than I had done for very long, so yay! I’m sincerely hoping that this project will move forward the way I’d like it to this year, and I’ve taken important steps to help me make that happen (more on that later).
What else? Oh, I did a bit of writing, just a few lines in my journal/notebook. Hopefully, those will be followed by many more pages of scribbling.
There are several things I’d like to do more of in 2010, but I couldn’t fit them into this evening. Among them: meditating, taking more pictures for the blog, felting, knitting, weaving, doing some sort of artistic stuff. They should fit somewhere in the coming year better than they did in this one – already quite full! – evening.
Last but not least, I wrote and published this post. Yeah, being better at blogging more regularly is on the list of things I want to do in 2010. It shouldn’t be hard to do better than last year, though it wouldn’t be hard to do worse either – so I’ll do my best to be on the right side of the line on that one!
It may be silly, but I want to publish this one before midnight, so I’m not even proofreading it or anything. A post written and published in less than an hour makes for a nice change – and that may help me post more often!
Happy New Year! And what would *you* like to do more often in 2010?