Confession: I find New Year’s resolutions hard- NAY! Impossible. At the beginning of the calendar year, I have barely had a chance to let my feet touch the ground; between the holiday hustle and the transition back into routine (throw in some holly, jolly germs or weather-related delays), I am in no place to make a plan. When I have cobbled together a goal or two, it usually ends up being very disconnected from what I truly need. And based on what I see and hear at the start of each new year, I know I’m not alone here.
But there’s hope! What has seemed to help those of us who feel anything but resolve come January 1, is when we can find a practice that reconnects us to who, where, and how we are. The trick is to find a ritual we connect with; it may be yoga, prayer, running, journaling, reading a book, connecting to a friend or community regularly, time in community, cooking. The way I see it, this is the real first step of any journey.
Play around with different ideas and check out some of the resources for reconnecting to you through ritual, practice, or habit below…
My 500 Words: (From site) My 500 Words is a 31-day challenge designed to help you answer that question. It will help you get more disciplined, hone your craft, and finally become the writer you’ve dreamed of being.
Yoga with Adriene: 31 Days of Yoga Revolution: (From site) 31 Days of free yoga practice, an act of self love, a rigorous bootcamp and an act of personal storytelling all tied up in a feel good bow. The goal: to be more present. Further results: feel more smiley, enjoy body image, sit taller, walk lighter, move with more ease and have more energy for crushing it at life.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business: (From Amazon) At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.
Intentional Community, The Dinner Party: (From site) Through beautiful, unstructured dinner parties hosted by friends for friends, we invite those who’ve experienced significant loss – whether a parent, partner, sibling, or friend – to dive into long-tabooed territory, sharing a defining part of ourselves that rarely sees the light of day. Together, we’re pioneering tools and community through which young people who’ve experienced significant loss can use their shared experience as a springboard toward living better, bolder, and more connected lives.