My theme for 2011. "With Intention, On Purpose by Inspired Design". This will be how I conduct my life. I will be present, aware and live my life in balance. Seems to be working so far. I intend to develop and call forth potential and projects which have lain dormant inside me because of fear. No more! I will live playfully and with joyful anticipation. As challenges appear before me, I will use them as stepping stones to catapult myself forward. I will take myself by the hand and step further out of my comfort zone. I will deepen my spirit and learn to love myself even more. I will continue to quiet my inner critic. I will live comfortably with contentment. I will pay attention to the inspiration and passion inside me and use it for the good of all to create beauty around me. I will expand my world. I will live focused on what I am creating. I will dream, and bring my dreams to fruition. I will love and be loved. Above all I will live with joy, and have FUN.
Last year, 2010, I chose a word. Inspired by Patty over at Nomadic Journal. The word was AUTHENTICITY. For the most part I have lived up to that word. Choosing this word has made me very aware and when in any doubt I choose to be who I am, not who others wish me to be. It's not always popular. I have learned so much choosing this word. I am, in the here and now, more authentic than I have ever been.
I have plans and ambitions this year. They are seedlings. Small green shoots trying to make their way to the light. It would be so easy for them to be stepped on and killed. As I nurture these ideas, these new little plants, I will let go of my own fear and allow them to grow, I will keep you posted. Hopefully, there will be much to nurture. I simply have to let go of the fear to move forward. Wish me luck.
Last night there were more fireworks. The loudest bangs were next door. These are not fireworks which produce wonderful explosions of light ... these are fireworks that sound like cannons are being fired. Habibi was a wreck even though I prepared him during the day with Doggy Calm. In my desperation, and while enjoying a little Baileys on ice myself, I had an brilliant idea. How about a New Year's drink, Habibi? He looked interested. I poured a very small amount over an ice cube and offered it to him in this own glass. He lapped it up and looked for more. "You're a lush.", I whispered in his ear. In less than ten minutes he was flaked out beside me. Calm, cool, collected with a smile of his face from his new experience. We both had a good nights sleep.
This morning I decorated the envelope in which the Vintage Swap will be sent. It was fun. Here's a photo.
“It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, “Always do what you are afraid to do.”~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I'm going to give it a shot!