Welcome 2013

We made it!!! There was much speculation about what was going to “happen” on December 21, 2012….Thankfully, none of the crazy bad things that were predicted happened. I think what we did was make that quantum leap to the next level (you know, like the electrons circling the nucleus pop up to the next ring.) I know I feel like I did!

Ever since that day I’ve felt this incredible sense of expansion and possibility. And determination. 2013 is the year I’m going to do things differently. ‘Cause it damn sure hasn’t been working the way I’ve been doing things.

Every year I make a list of New Year’s resolutions. I’m sure it looks like everyone else’s:  stop eating junk food, lose 20 (or 30 :) pounds, save money, clean out my basement and attic, grow a garden and actually eat everything in it, be nicer to my family, make my marriage stronger…The funny (or not so funny) thing is, as I look back through my journals, I make the exact same resolutions every year. Apparently I’m not very good at resolving things :)

This year, though, I feel like doing something different. I feel like FEELING, instead.  Rather than make a list of actions I want to take, I’m choosing to expand a feeling. I think I'll start with LOVE. The thing we all are. There seems to be a wave of it moving through humanity, and it’s time I felt my share.

I’ll begin by expanding my love for my self.  I’m done being so hard on ME. I’m done being mean to ME. I’m done criticizing ME. I’m ready to explore self love. What a concept?!

LOVE is a verb. Practice it on yourself.

Love my self? Now that's a concept. This isn’t the first time I’ve decided that I was going to practice loving myself. But it is the first time that I’ve really, truly felt it possible. And it’s definitely the first time I’ve made it my New Year’s resolution. 

One of my favorite authors, Christine Arylo, has just written a book called Madly In Love with ME. I bought it for myself for Christmas and it will be my starting point for this year. I’m going to fall madly in love with ME. Ohhhhhhh, that sounds nice! I get kinda tingly when I say that.

Why, you may ask, is this the first time I’ve truly felt it was possible to love my self? Perhaps it’s because of my second resolution (which, I 'spose, actually came first :)

Put simply: F#@%  Perfection.

Yep. Perfection sucks. Not gonna do it any more. It keeps me sitting around, waiting, accomplishing nothing and fearing what everyone else is gonna say/do/think about everything I want to say/do/think. Forget that. I’m going to LOVE ME and do what I know to do. Whether it’s perfect or not.

Besides, who decides if something’s perfect??  It’s my life, my world, my creation! If I’m happy with it, that’s the most important thing. And because I love me, and I love you, and you love me, I bet you’ll be happy with it, too.

Shining brightly!!!!