While I am normally very quiet about my resolutions and hachlatas, I thought it might be fun to share my 2011 New Year’s Resolutions because I enjoy sharing with you my experiences, and I never know – someone out there might have some tip or suggestion for me about my goals and that would be pretty darn cool
So, in honor of 2011 – here are my New Year’s Resolutions – and like my blog, I have a goal for EACH Pillar (I’m cool like that)
I have recently been doing lots of studying on the subject of USDA certified organic foods vs. non-organic foods (including grains). Last month I also completed a detox which had me eating only 100% organic foods the entire duration of the program. (Note to self: write blog post about detox J)
While eating organic is preferred – obviously – it’s not the easiest thing to do because it’s not cheap! Having said that, my goal is to fully understand the differences between organic and non-organic foods, blog about my findings, and also study up on which foods it is crucial to eat organic, and which foods you can get away with eating non organic.
Which leads me to my second goal –
Time to Garden!
Plain and simple – I have a “black thumb” when it comes to gardening. My hubby bought me one of those kitchen herb garden thingys and I killed it within the first 3 hours (I’m still not exactly sure how I did that!) So my goal in the next few months is to study up and learn the basics of vegetable gardening, so when spring / summer comes – I can begin to plant! I know it won’t be easy but I am super excited to learn how to do it, practice and eat food that I have personally grown with my own 2 hands! (and with the help of G-d of course – oh and the hubby too) This will also hopefully help with cutting the veggie bill a little. I constantly read about the benefits of eating locally grown produce – so I’m willing to give it a try
Meditation Meditation Meditation!
I love meditation. I have a million awesome soundtracks to listen to. There are a plethora of wonderful benefits of meditation. It’s pure awesomeness. My problem? I have found that I only do my meditation on my way to snoozeland. While many of the guided meditation tracks are designed to listen as you fall asleep, in certain ways it defeats the purpose. Meditation is important to do WHILE you’re awake – so it trains the mind to quiet down – and giving that respite during the busy hectic day.
So my goal (drumroll) is NOT to meditate for hours every day (that would be the opposite of baby steps right?) My goal is to carve out a daily habit of meditating. Ten minutes DURING the daylight hours 1-2 times a week. (over time I hope to build on that) And of course, I will post about my progress. (gosh, I have so much to post about, eeks!)
My goal in this category is about the Law of Attraction and Manifestation. I was recently introduced to this concept and am completely taken by it. I have learned that we have the power to manifest the life we want by using our thoughts and emotions. Briefly – the Law of Attraction means “like attracts like.” What we put out into the world, that is what we get back. If we give out negativity – then negativity will come back to us. If we give out positive vibes – then we attract positivity into our lives. Once we learn to utilize the power of our minds and hearts – it’s amazing what we can accomplish! My goal for this year is to continue studying up on this fascinating stuff.. and of course blogging along the way
Praying MY Way
There are oh- so- many things I can include in my “spiritual health” resolution since I’m a Jewish chick, but I decided on something small and simple. I decided to pray in English. A few years ago I started doing this – by choosing one portion of prayer and doing that prayer in English instead of the standard Hebrew – and I loved it. It was being re-awakened to the beauty of our prayers. I felt a deeper connection and I wondered why we don’t do it more often! For some reason over time I stopped reading the English but I have decided to re-introduce it into my routine.
I haven’t decided if it will be parts of davening, or possibly the daily tehillim in English, but I do know that our tefillos are so powerful – and our kavanos make a huge difference to our prayers. It is no doubt that praying in our own language can help with our concentration– so I say it’s time to bring back the English siddur man!
I think this one is my favorite. I have found in recent years, that I only use my camera when there’s something “happening.” A wedding, a party, this was the only time I dug my camera out and put it to use. Well, I have found that when I snap pictures during every day happenings, the everyday feels more fun and a little less everyday J So as for my last and final New Year’s resolution – I hope to capture the every day moments even if I’m not all dressed up.
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Well there ya have it folks – my 2011 resolutions. I hope over the year I will blog about my progress and what I have learned!
Anyone care to share? What are YOUR New Year’s resolutions??