Positive growth in 2013

This last year was the first year I set goals for myself in the new year. I have never been one to really pay attention to new year’s resolutions, but I decided that 2012 was going to be the year I started taking better care of myself, making positive changes – the overarching theme of my goals. While I did not achieve everything I set out to complete, my efforts had a positive effect. This year I felt compelled to use a different strategy.

Instead of choosing specific tasks to complete, I want to focus on being positive and trying new things. Here are my goals for 2013:

  • Write down all of the good things that happen in 2013 and collect them in a jar. On December 31st, dump the jar out and reflect on all of the positive and notable moments that happened throughout the year (inspiration). NOTE: I encourage you to join me, I would love to see as many people participating as possible!
  • Think of 52 “weekly resolutions”. Do one a week (inspired by the non-profit Because I Said I Would).
  • Work through the BBC’s Top Reads list. Read as many as I can. (Many thanks to my good friend Chamonix for this one!)
  • Get through Pimsleur French 1 (audio series).
  • Cultivate my friendships, turn focus outward.
  • Be true to myself.

Last year was full of experiences, both good and bad. I learned a lot and I feel that I have come out the other side a better person. One influence to my current state of reflection is the people I have met through creativeLIVE.  There are so many people who inspire me to do more and be better, they are always innovating and improving. I ran into an article by a  recent creativeLIVE instructor, Lewis Howes. He posted a list of the top 10 things he learned in 2012, many of which are in line with my goals and feelings about the new year. I am looking forward to what the future holds with enthusiasm.  I want to focus on the good, what I have to be thankful for, and how I can grow even more. I was on the right track last year, so many positive changes in my life. Here’s to more positivity in 2013!

Passion rediscovered

Almost 2 years ago I rediscovered a passion that I had forgotten about for quite some time: lindy hop. I started dancing in 2006, took a break starting in 2008, and began dancing again in 2010. I remember when I started dancing again, I found myself so discouraged. My body did not remember how to move, there was so much frustration. I was someone who danced, while my friends, who did not take the break that I did, were dancers.

This September I celebrated having been dancing (again) for two years! Happy re-dance-averary to me! It is amazing to see how much I have grown in that time! I now consider myself a dancer and feel like I am part of the community. My involvement has increased more than I ever thought it would.

Additionally my interests have grown from partner dancing to include solo jazz movement and choreography. Watching all of the dancers and troupes brings a great amount of inspiration. Click here  for examples of some routines performed by female groups. The troupe that has been the most influential is the Seattle based troupe Sister Kate. I contribute in a support role to several dance shows they run each year.

2012, a year of positive change

This year, I have decided to set goals for myself. The last couple years have been difficult, to say the least. I have learned a lot. I have grown. I have reached a point of greater stability than I have felt in quite some time. I have decided that 2012 is going to be a year of positive change and getting things done. I feel like I can finally worry less and focus on self improvement.

Instead of new years resolutions, I have decided that I will make goals for the new year. You might think that “goals” are not as strong as “resolutions”, but with how long most people stick with their resolutions, I decided to separate myself from the pack.

Goals for 2012

  • Identify food sensitivities
  • Dance more (in addition to 2 weekly social dances, add in practice time at least once every other week)
  • Take a yoga class, create a regular routine
  • Be more conscious about the foods I eat
  • Eat 1 superfood with at least 2 meals each day
  • Learn some Swedish before Herräng (take at least 1 class)
  • Read at least 12 books (3 need to be in Spanish)
  • Read the news at least once a week
  • Apply to the Cultural Ambassadors program in Spain (also create a Plan B and C)

A less measurable goal I would like to adhere to this year is to be true to myself. I am a peace keeper and a people pleaser by nature. With these qualities, I tend to put myself in situations that make me unhappy. I tend to say I’m ok with things that I later realize are not ok. I will go with what someone else wants to do because it’s easier to just go with the flow. This year, I am going to speak up regarding what I think. I will speak up for what I want and need. I will not passively put up with situations I have the power to change. This year I will be true to me.