resolutions-326x235It’s that time of year again!  You know the time I’m talking about.  Time to take a good look at what you’ve accomplished in the past year and make resolutions for the new year.  I thought I would share what I’m planning for 2015 and what I have learned about myself from 2014.  My main resolution for 2015 is to lose weight and I have a three step plan to accomplish it!

First

I am cutting out white sugar.  This is a really big change for me!  As it probably is for most people!  White sugar is extremely addictive.  And, like high fructose corn syrup, it’s also in many, many processed foods!   So, I will no longer use sugar in my coffee or my tea.  I will have to stay away from ice cream, cookies, candies, and all those other wonderfully sweet concoctions that I so love to snack on!  In it’s place, when I really need to sweeten a beverage, I will allow myself to use raw honey instead.  I also have a stevia plant that I can crush and use with my teas.  As for the other foods, I will be reading a lot of labels!  Anything with sugar added will not be included in my kitchen.

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Second

By February, I will also be removing all dairy products from my diet.  By dairy, I mean anything made from cow’s milk.  That includes cheese, yogurt, sour cream, and butter.  The reason for this is because mamalian milk contains growth hormones.  I’m not going to grow any taller so the only way I can grow is more round.  This is NOT the effect I want!  So, out goes the dairy!  In it’s place I will be using almond milk instead.  I have this grand idea that I’ll be making my own from organic almonds but I have a feeling that I might end up taking the easier route and just buying it off the shelf.  If you know of an good organic, non-gmo, with no chemicals or preservatives added, let me know!  I’m always looking for new food sources!

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Third

I’m going to have to add in some exercise too.  I really don’t like the idea because I’m so use to a sedentary life style.  But, I don’t just want to lose weight, I also want to feel healthier and stronger.  That can only be accomplished with exercise.  Now, the type of exercise is still up in the air.  I will start out with yoga because it’s easy on my joints and feels more like stretching than exercising.  I may add in some pilates and walking later as I gain more energy and feel healthier.  We’ll see.

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Other 2015 Resolutions:

  • Continue my commitment to living a more authentic life.
  • Allow myself to regain my passion for gardening.
  • Find more ways to live in a more simple manner that focuses less on consuming and more on thriving.
  • Return to daily spiritual activities like meditation and other workings.

The bottom line about setting new goals each year is to help me maintain a certain amount of hope.  Something to work toward.  If I don’t have something to look forward to, I tend to slip back into an apathetic state and that leads to more depression.  Growing spiritually means learning to be at peace within myself and being happy just being me.  I have a long way to go to get that place but I’m at least moving in the right direction!

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What I learned about myself in 2014

I am dependant on technology.

I am just as addicted to my technology as I am sugar.  Isn’t that pretty sad?  When the power goes out, I find it difficult to find things to do that don’t require electricity.  I end up turning to my cell phone for entertainment just like so many other people in America.  That causes me to ask myself a few questions: Is this really the way I want to live?  Are these values really what I want to teach the next generation?  Is my technology addiction contributing to the degradation of society?  I don’t have any answers to these questions.  But I am determined to push myself away from my computer and put down my phone more during 2015!

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I am either a Libertarian or an Independent

What about the political side of myself?  I learned this year that I am NOT a democrat, a liberal, a true conservative, or a republican.  I guess you could call me an Independent maybe even a Libertarian.  I think that this country needs to get back to the basics of the constitution.  We need to shrink the government, get rid of the income tax, and do away with the Affordable Care Act.  Government shouldn’t be used to control people or to dole out handouts.  It should be to create and enforce laws that keep us from behaving badly.  There is a lot more I could say on this subject!  But, I’m actually still forming my true opinions about all of this.  I’m hoping that during 2015 I will be able to verbalize my true position about politics.

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I’m still dealing with a lot of fear.

Fear is something that we all deal with in one way or another.  Many of my old fears have come back to haunt me in 2014.  And it is those old fears that are blocking my spiritual growth.  The main fears are:

  • Fear of making mistakes.
  • Fear of losing relationships.
  • Fear of failing.
  • Fear of losing control.

I’ve been through many years of therapy and I’ve been on several anti-depressants over the years.  But the main issues that keep returning are these fears.  They drive my sense of identity and my worthiness.  I know I’m not supposed to let outside voices dictate how I feel about myself.  Logically those words make sense.  But emotionally they don’t.  So part of my daily spiritual practices are going to have to include some kind of affirmations and loving mantras.  There must be a reason these fears keep coming back.  I hope I can figure out why so that I can make them stop.

That’s all I have for now.  I don’t have all the answers.  I do have lots of questions!  But I think I’ll save them for another day.  I hope everyone has a Blessed New Year!  I also hope that we, as a species, can learn to be more tolerant of each other this year.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could go for a whole year without any kind of war anywhere on the planet?  What is one thing we could each do today that would set us on a path toward world peace?  I don’t know what will start the ball rolling, but I’m betting it has something to do with learning to love ourselves first.

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