Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Making Goals

I am thinking about what my main goals will be for 2014, I haven't really decided because I did a lot last year, a lot that was unexpected (thanks to that Scary September thing I did for a few weeks-- really shook things up!) and a lot was over due.
I think I am starting fresh and strong; no residual baggage really. Here are some pointers though that I want to keep in mind over all, I try to keep them foreground for me but often, it is easy to get distracted.

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
– Abraham Lincoln

1. Begin. – Remember the feeling you get from taking the first step is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around thinking about it. So get up and get moving. Take the first step this year – just one small step forward. The greatest miracle of your success will not be that you finished, it will be that you had the courage to begin. 

2. Work hard on the essential.Don’t be busy, be productive. Don’t track your time, track your results. Put first things first and get them done. And don’t expect your goal to be easy; it’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard you would already have it completed, and so would everyone else. The hard part is what makes it worthwhile. In life there are no shortcuts to any place worth going. 

3. Stay true to your path. – A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing one’s own path, not chasing after the dreams of others. You have to do what’s right for you; no one else walks in your shoes. Keep moving forward, beyond the negative rhetoric echoing from the peanut gallery. Do what you have to do, for you. Live a life you are proud of. And the moment you realize you’re not, find the strength to start over again on a new path.

4. Nurture your self-confidence. – You have everything you need within you to become the best possible version of YOU. Believe that you CAN. Believe that you’re capable of pushing harder and farther than you have before. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, smart enough and strong enough to achieve your goals. Don’t let false beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself. And certainly don’t get sidetracked by the people around you who are not on track. 

5. Be sincerely kind to those around you. – Kindness in words creates positivity. Kindness in thinking creates confidence. Kindness in giving creates love. Through kindness you have the ability to make a profound difference in every life you touch, including your own. When you guide someone who is lost and confused, when you hold someone who is sad and grieving, when you hug someone who has lost all their hope, you too will feel yourself healing and growing stronger. Remember, the vast majority of positive changes come about in someone’s life simply because one other person cares for them, believes in them, and motivates them. So be that other person when you can.

These things are important to me. Start, be productive, be honest with yourself, believe in yourself and be kind and honest with others. I believe that these are the makings of a satisfying life for me.

What is important to you? Do you reflect upon yourself and your life at the start of a New Year?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Car Crashes

My heart is a little broken. I was on my twitter this evening and saw
as people tried to make their commute home in all the snow, there was
an accident. Within the volume emergency vehicles were trying to get
from the accident to the hospital. The children's hospital. Two
children under the age of 4 were injured in a complete freak accident
and emergency crews were trying to get through highly congested, snow
clogged roads. A plea came out on twitter to drivers to be patient, to
allow emergency crews through and the city obeyed.

It wasn't enough though. It broke my heart to see the news that one of
the children involved didn't make it. They passed away and nothing
could be done. I couldn't help but think to myself what the parents
must be thinking. Just hours ago they might have been thinking about
dinner, the traffic, how they hated the snow and all the other
drivers. They might have been thinking about Christmas, worried about
getting everything done and annoyed the didn't win the 100 million
dollar lottery. Big thoughts at the time but now, they must feel so

I can't help but project how I might feel being in that situation. It
breaks my heart and I cry for the people who survived. For the
relatives whose lives won't ever be the same, that of the driver of
the car with the children that go hit, the driver of the truck that
loft control and did the hitting. All of it, I imagine might be hard
and I am do sorry that any of you have to go through it.

I wanted to talk about this for no reason other then sadness over the
news. Twitter doesn't give me space or privacy it once did but my blog
does. A place to come and air my head.

Friday, December 13, 2013


I am lucky. Lucky to be able to eat foods based on digestive comfort
not on strictly for survival. I am lucky that I can complain about
being too full. About having an abundance in my kitchen and still not
thinking I have "anything to eat". I feel that I am lucky that I can
be choosy (and maybe some might call this "spoilt") and only eat the
tops of my broccoli and not eat the stems of my spinach. I am lucky
because I can go to the grocery store and buy anything I want. I am
lucky because I can go to the grocery store-- period. I am lucky
because I have options and choices.

As a country most of us can eat based on taste, not just for survival.
Food has become a form of entertainment and we are so blessed because
of that. I know this sounds strange but it hits me sometimes just how
lucky I feel to have so much in front of me. I have grown to be
resourceful with what I have and waste less then ever before because
its important to me not to take this for granted. To take any of this
for granted. I want to enjoy it (and I do) but now from a place of
survival first and taste second. Priorities have changed and that has
made other things sharper in my mind.

And it's a nice feeling to be so lucky.