It’s always fun when the holidays are speckled with fevers, pukes and body aches – the joys of the season. My least favorite illness is making its way through our home and the homes of many of our friends – I guess the Noravirus is on a rampage in these parts. Isn't that the cruise ship phenomenon? You mean I get to experience the Noravirus and I don’t even get to go on a cruise? That’s crap. I’d prefer a touristy port town with my vomiting, by the way.
Well, I haven’t succumbed to Nora. Not yet anyway. So far it’s just been Ken and Emma. Let’s hope that’s not my Christmas morning surprise.
I’m not sure how much I’ll be around the blogging world for the next few days. I am feeling the need to pull back, to take a break. Just like with running, sometimes it’s good to step away so you can remember why you love it again.
But, as I prepare for this hiatus I’ve been thinking about the new year. In lieu of resolutions, I want to make a promise to myself to really focus on what makes me happy and ditch the stuff that doesn’t. Sounds basic and simple, but in this world of overstimulation, over commitments and general busy-ness, the lines can get blurred.
Taken from my back porch in March
Yes, happiness is a choice and a result of our outlook, the people with whom we surround ourselves and what we choose to focus on. For me, I need more of some things and less of others.
- More reading good books, less reading magazines, Facebook, etc.
- More runs with no/little attention to pace/time, less focus on what the Garmin says
- More face to face time with friends and family, less emails and texts with friends and family
- More listening to my body, less minimizing pain/discomfort/anxiety
- More slowing down and being deliberate, less rushing through, multi-tasking and forgetting to be present
- More time running the Colorado trails, less time on asphalt
- More breaks to make a cup of tea and breathe, less forgetting to stop and clear my head and reset for a minute
- More talking to strangers and being open, less getting so lost in my own world I don’t reach out
- More time spent in my community volunteering or doing cultural things, less time spent between the walls of my house
- More giving, less taking
- More trips to the farmer’s market for fresh stuff, less relying on grocery store produce
- More self acceptance, less caring what others think
- More sleep, less letting the “to-do” list steal my resting time
- More invites to people to come over, less caring if my house or dinner is “perfect”
- More attention to/acceptance of my unique self, less comparing with others
- More time with those who make me feel good, less time with those who don’t
- More Peace of mind, faith and acceptance, less worry about what I can’t control
Just some of my intentions for continuing to create a quality and balanced life.
What do you need more and less of?
It’s been great hanging out with you all this year. Your insights and comments have made me laugh, cry, think, and have helped me stay inspired. See you here next year – same time, same place?
Much peace and happiness from my home to yours…