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Saturday, December 31, 2011

This time of year gets to me thinking about what I've accomplished in the past year, and also about what goals I am going to set for myself in 2012. Not those "January 9 and their over" type of goals, but good healthy life changes, changes that make my proud of who I am.

So, first of all, and this has to come first.....


Actually, this is probably my only goal, all the other stuff that I'll list below will probably fit nicely in this one goal. Is this selfish...you bet it is, 'cause if I don't take care of me...NO ONE WILL. And, when I take really good care of me, everyone benefits.

How am I going to accomplish this, you might ask (or not)?

Well, I'm going take MORE time out of my day to do the things that make me feel like I belong here on this planet, and that I serve a purpose. Yep, simple as that...simple but will it be EASY? This is not the time set aside for me to do the laundry, make the phone calls, pay the bills, do the shopping, make the lunches, cook dinner...oh no, no....this is just the time for me to BE ME. For me to be embraced by the being that is Mary Ann.

For starters, I will commit to the following:
1. getting to at least two yoga classes each week
2 volunteer more than every other week at the soup kitchen (what's another 2 hours on a Monday afternoon)
3. take MORE TIME to get in touch with my spiritual side
4. attend more meetings (ask, if you really want to know)
5. make healthy choices 85% of the time (every freakin' day). So at 1200 calories, that leaves me 180 calories that don't have to be PERFECT.
6. work on the PERFECTIONISM defect, yuck
7. continue with trainer twice a week
8. add a day of strength training on my own (...duh, I know how to do it)
9. commit to cardio 5 times a week
10. try kickboxing (did I really say that?)
11. look myself in the mirror every morning and commit to being the best I can be
12. blog on Spark, at least once a week (to hold myself accountable)
13. oh yeah, get rid of those 25 pounds that have been following me around for the last few years.
14. get into the best shape I can between now and next July so I will be ready to make a difference to the people of Liberia (this is a long story...but my goal is Africa or bust!!!!!
15. do not let fear stop me from doing whatever I want to do

I'm sure I'll think of more to add to this list, but I'd say what I have listed fits nicely into the category of LOVING MYSELF MORE.

The bracelet I've worn for years is inscribed with the following:
May all beings be peaceful
May all beings be happy,
May all beings be safe,
May all beings awaken to the light of their true nature
May all beings be free.

Happy New Year everyone!

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    Terrific goals!

    Loving ourselves...sorta like the final frontier...SO TOUGH for many of us, yours truly included! No self-bashing allowed!

    Your plans for Liberia adventures sound most exciting...!

    3249 days ago
    A GREAT way to start off 2012.
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    3249 days ago
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    I share your goal, Mary Ann -- I know you'll attain it from that beautiful light that shines from within. Happy, Happy New Year, my friend. ♥
    3252 days ago
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    Loving yourself more is the best goal, and you're so right that once you do that, everyone benefits. Loving yourself is the opposite of selfishness. When you love yourself, you have more love to give to others. Loving yourself defeats envy. If everyone on the planet truly loved themselves, we would have a world of peace.

    Your bracelet sounds beautiful. I have a silver cuff bracelet with this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote inscribed on it "what lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us".

    Happy New Year and namaste, Mary Ann emoticon emoticon
    3252 days ago
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