Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Thoughts on Whole Living for 2011

I received my first issue of Whole Living magazine today. I won a subscription as a reward for accumulating points from Stonyfield Farms organic yogurt products. It is very encouraging and I love it already. Here are 10 thoughts to ponder this year that I plan to post somewhere visible in our home.

1. Make this the year you follow through.
2. Invigorate body and mind: exercise until your spirit soars.
3. Other people may have opinions about where your life is headed, but only you have the power to prove them wrong.
4. The path to fearless living goes straight through the roadblocks, not around them.
5. Seek out foods that sustain, nourish, and warm you.
6. Creativity goes beyond sheer artistry; it takes courage to express your ideas.
7. Disagreements offer invaluable insights. Don't avoid them- study them.
8. To truly detoxify your lifestyle, think about what you can add to it, not just take out.
9. The coziest homes aren't merely filled with stuff; they're designed to bring people closer.
10. An ending doesn't have to be sad. It's the only way to begin something new.

The way I see it, resolutions may last a month or two, but it is never too late to re-visit habits we wish to create. As Lynn J. states, "Instead of making New Year's the only time I reflect on my goals, I make the first of every month a new beginning. I think of a few small things I want to accomplish (drinking eight glasses of water a day, exercising four days a week) and write them on the dry-erase board on my refrigerator..." This is something I hope to pursue. How much more would we accomplish if we were to consciously remember the small ways we want to make a change in our lives and re-visit them at the beginning of every month or even every other week if need be? I think we could stay on track and achieve little goals, eventually amounting to larger ones, quite effectively.

Here's to living wholly!



Fun moments with Elisha:

It was such a joy tonight to watch him eat ice cream. He ate everything on his plate at dinner (amazing!- and probably because he refused lunch and was ravished), so we thought it fit to give him a little treat. He ate mint cookies & cream frozen yogurt with a smile and a laugh between each bite. How beautiful it is to watch children discover the simple joys in life!

1 comment:

Carolyn McK said...

ooo! I like the bit about exercising til your spirits soar! And that a home should be designed to bring people together. Lots of homes seem to be designed to give people their own separate space. What do you think? Is that good? Or a lesser good?