A few years back I decided that instead of making New Year's resolutions, I would write down aspirations for the coming year. Aspiring to do things has a better feel to me than resolving to do something. I think we all have aspirations, all the time. Whether we acknowledge them or not. There are secret hopes, goals, dreams and desires in our hearts. What better time than the beginning of a new year to ponder the longing of our hearts?
This morning I am sitting by the fire with a very lifted spirit. The perfect time to clarify my thoughts....
The first thing that comes to mind is that in the coming year, I desire to love fully and with an open heart. Without fear and trepidation. Without allowing the actions or judgments of others to harden or dull my spirit. This hasn't been the easiest year in many ways. The pot holes we fall into on life's road can leave us bruised and scarred. I plan on taking extra care this year to heal the bruises and appreciate the scars for making me stronger.
The second thing I aspire to is to continue with my writing. I wish to nurture what ever talents I have in this area and see where it takes me.
I aspire to take better care of myself physically. I really need to embrace the fact that if I take better care of me, I can take better care of everyone else. More long walks, more riding, more hiking, more water, less carbohydrates!
I desire to be more present and patient with my kids. I know I'll never be super mom, but it doesn't hurt to try! I have a few people in my life that are really inspiring to me in this area and I'm very grateful for them. I think we all can learn so much from others when it comes to parenting. After all, it is the hardest and most important job in the world.
Lastly I aspire to be more focused. Sometimes I have so many irons in the fire that I can get a bit scattered. The wheels spin, but I don't seem to get anywhere as fast as I'd like. Focusing the energy I have will surely be a good thing!
So there you have it. The aspirations of my heart for the coming year....
Now go make something beautiful,