You Do You 2K13

I may have gotten a taddddd carried away in amusement writing this title. You can’t blame me though. It’s my first full week back in the office after a long holiday break…and I have not tasted coffee in three months. Remember that little cleanse I did? Well, I feel invigorated being off caffeine despite my love of the taste of coffee, and for now it’s working for me.

Moving on from the silliness, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. The start of the year always feels so incredibly uplifting and inspiring. I agree that we can change ourselves at any time in our life if we choose to, but the beginning of a new year triggers an extra degree of positive and proactive actions. And I’m elated about 2013.

On the second day of the year, I started my morning with an early yoga class in the warmth of my studio. My teacher encouraged us to set our intention for the year at the start of our class. I was really moved by her encouragement to do so. Rather than set a transient intention for the day, I was encouraged to center myself on the person I wanted to become this year. There’s an almost palpable poignancy in deciding the person you want to be and the way you want to feel in the coming year.  How exhilarating is it that you can be in control of your own destiny?

Apart from resolving to floss your teeth every night and practice three sun salutations a day (yes, day eight and I’m going strong), you can commit to balance,  purpose, love, or being alive in 2013. And there’s a difference between setting these intentions and truly embodying them over the next 365 days or hopefully the rest of your life. At the root of transformation, we find change and the ability to respond to changes around us. You must be willing to embrace it proactively.

“I want my words and actions to be the quantification of my love. To make tangible the passions in my heart for the world and the people in it.”
-Anis Mojgani

Who are you hoping to be this year?

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The Good Stuff

It’s what gives your day a little extra something something. The things that put a smile on your face and an make your heart race an extra beat. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s so important to keep hold of the reins of your life. We tend to think that stress is natural during the holidays, but high levels of stress hormones are meant to be released briefly. And if they continue, say for one month straight (Thanksgiving to New Years) without enough time to recharge, our resistance levels are substantially lessened. The more we take care of ourselves, the less we will suffer from relentless stress and the effects of exhaustion.

By all means, its equally important to indulge in that extra gingerbread man and stay up a few hours later watching holiday movies with your family. Really bask in your holiday–it will only happen once in 2012. But find that perfect balance so that “you do you,” as one of my friends says (heyyy Robbie 🙂 )

 

So let’s get to the good stuff this week:

1) Listening to my body. Yoga is what I needed, and I needed it badly. Started my morning with a slow flow. Met friends for one of those butt-kicking prana flows that leave you bathed in sweat, or more like in the very sweaty man’s puddle next to me. And then finished off my night with a mediation class. Exactly what I needed that day

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2) Enjoying 65 degree weather and the simplicities of the day

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3) New, PINK running shoes. They really were the only color my Asics came in, and I haven’t switched shoes since my marathon. All you runners know that that is just asking for an injury

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4) Moleskin Calendars. This week, there are work lists, personal to-dos, Christmas lists, reminders, and so on. Keeping me sane and organizedIMG_2038

 

5) Tea and lots of it. I have a current obsession with Trader Joe’s Peppermint Green tea. Are you even surprised? I should probably be a store marketer. It helps the work day go by. Tea=stamina…and warmth, now that it is again 30 degrees

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6) Front page stories of the WSJ. A cup of tea while reading the most ground breaking news of the day

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7) Sweatyyy spin classes with good friends. Those ones that make you question your ability to do cardio. We both ran a marathon (hi Courtney) yet cringe in fear before we step foot on the cycling bikes

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8) The newest addition to our house. Our little love fern Christmas tree–all decorated and gleaming. Cinnamon scented broomstick in the house, dozens of cookies made last weekend, and Pandora Glee Holiday blaring from my computer. I think it’s that time of the year

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8) It’s almost Friday

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What made you smile today?

How do you do you?