If it's the end of the world then make it count

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

On New Years Eve, my family I had nice dinner and went around the table sharing our resolutions.  I am not going to share every ones resolutions, but here are a few of mine. And actually they're more like goals because I know that each one is going to take a lot of hard work to achieve (so please feel free to check up and motivate me).

1) Run a half marathon. I have done this once before (when I was casually running 8 miles a day for fun - seriously, who was I?) but over the past year I have had to do a lot of physical therapy for different ailments. Setting this as my goal means I really DO have to re-hab my hip and ankle as well as take care of the rest of my body regularly.

2) Get Yoga Teacher Certified. Unfortunately, I still have not heard back from the 'free' certification program but if that doesn't happen I would like to look into other affordable options for getting certified. I would also like to make Yoga a larger part of my daily life even when I am not participating in the physical practice. I loved being a vegan and eating raw this summer, and while I have found that lifestyle impossible while I travel, I could be doing a better job of maintaining some of those choices without restricting myself when my location does not allow me to do so.

3) Live in the Moment.  This was a 'goal' last year as well and I actually do feel like I made a lot of progress staying present and enjoying what was happening around me.  Part of the reason I left my work at Citizen Schools and decided to learn Spanish and travel South America, was because one day I realized how little of the last 8 years of my life I remember.  And the reason that I remember so little is because I was always looking ahead and I over-saturated myself with so many activities and clubs and responsibilities that I never was present, there was always something else to be thinking about and working on.  And all of sudden (with the life-changing help of a leadership coach) I realized that if I didn't stop that pattern immediately, I would live like that for the rest of my life.  And I decided that I don't want to sit at a dinner table with my family when I'm 50 and not remember my 20s because the 70 hour work weeks all blend together.  So progress has been made, because I have allowed myself to step off the conveyor belt and enjoy life and figure out what I want.  However, I have a long way to go in terms of being present every day and so it is still on my goal list.

4) Launch my non-profit.  A big part of the reason I am down in South America right now is because I want to start a non-profit that brings low-income students from the states to developing nations to engage in service-learning projects, grassroots organizing and a leadership development program. The past few weeks I have actually begun to work on the branding, mission & vision statements and fund-raising opportunities to get the project off the ground this year.  My goal is to be an incorporated non-profit by the summer and run the first service program in the summer of 2013 (that is if the Mayans can extend their calendar and let us all live). 

[If you want to know more about the project I would love to share and get input - I'm just not ready to put it up on world wide web quite yet :) ]

So there it is. 2012.  It's going to be a big year :) 
Happy New Year everyone!!
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