Happy Monday, friends! ‘Tis the last month of 2017 – how did that happen?! November kicked my butt – I was sick the ENTIRE month of November, no joke, and was functioning at a very low level of existence! So I didn’t work on new goals for November. Life happens, ya know? I’m not letting the fact that I went goal-less for a month get me down, though. Ready to end 2017 by achieving a few more goals.
Let’s jump back to my October goals.
October Goals in Review
1. Mind: Pay close attention when listening to audiobooks.
2. Body: Put more effort into getting ready each day.
3. Soul: Enjoy little pleasures.
I’m so happy to report that listening to audiobooks has rekindled my love of books and “reading”! I’ve listened to two more books since I last wrote: What I Know For Sure
by Oprah Winfrey and Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
by Elizabeth Gilbert. These two ladies I love listening to and admire so so much. Listening to audiobooks and paying attention to them has been so much easier to do with all of the commuting that comes with working in the city.
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Favorite quotes from What I Know For Sure:
“There is one irrefutable law of the universe: We are each responsible for our own life. If you’re holding anyone else accountable for your happiness, you’re wasting your time. You must be fearless enough to give yourself the love you didn’t receive.”
“You can either waltz boldly onto the stage of life and live the way you know your spirit is nudging you to, or you can sit quietly by the wall, receding into the shadows of fear and self-doubt.”
“Wherever you are in your journey, I hope you, too, will keep encountering challenges. It is a blessing to be able to survive them, to be able to keep putting one foot in front of the other—to be in a position to make the climb up life’s mountain, knowing that the summit still lies ahead. And every experience is a valuable teacher.”
“My primary and most essential goal in life is to remain connected to the world of spirit. Everything else will take care of itself—this I know for sure. And my number-one spiritual practice is trying to live in the present moment … to resist projecting into the future, or lamenting past mistakes … to feel the real power of now. That, my friends, is the secret to a joyful life.”
“Whenever I’m faced with a difficult decision, I ask myself: What would I do if I weren’t afraid of making a mistake, feeling rejected, looking foolish, or being alone? I know for sure that when you remove the fear, the answer you’ve been searching for comes into focus. And as you walk into what you fear, you should know for sure that your deepest struggle can, if you’re willing and open, produce your greatest strength.”
Favorite quotes from Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear:
“Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart. The rest of it will take care of itself.”
“So this, I believe, is the central question upon which all creative living hinges: Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?”
“Recognizing that people’s reactions don’t belong to you is the only sane way to create. If people enjoy what you’ve created, terrific. If people ignore what you’ve created, too bad. If people misunderstand what you’ve created, don’t sweat it. And what if people absolutely hate what you’ve created? What if people attack you with savage vitriol, and insult your intelligence, and malign your motives, and drag your good name through the mud? Just smile sweetly and suggest – as politely as you possibly can – that they go make their own fucking art. Then stubbornly continue making yours.”
“It’s a simple and generous rule of life that whatever you practice, you will improve at.”
“What do you love doing so much that the words failure and success essentially become irrelevant?”
In regards to body goal of spending more time + effort to get ready, I have been doing this. Something that has been helpful to me is taking a shower in the evening so my hair is already dry in the morning; this saves me so. much. time. #lionmaneprobz I’ve been doing my best to wear a variety of outfits both to work and at home since I typically fall into this nice habit of wearing the same thing day in, day out (even with a full closet of goodies to choose from!). Over Thanksgiving, I got a much-needed haircut, which has brought a more styled look to my mane, which makes me look more polished, I think, anyway.
Enjoying little pleasures like drinking a new kind of tea or trying a new kind of shampoo bring me a lot of joy, and I continue to take delight in the little things – it feeds my soul.
What’s going on with my goals for the last month of the year?
1. Mind: Actively make decisions that will make myself feel good.
2. Body: Eat less meat.
3. Soul: Buy a new pair of black boots.
From all of the books that I’ve been listening to, one idea that I’ve heard over and over again from author to author is the idea that we are in charge of our lives and what happens in it. The reactions that we have and decisions that we make decide what kind of life we live, and I want to be making some very conscious decisions about the life that I live, so it’s going to take some extra time to think about what decisions are going to make me feel the best about myself, since I often struggle with low self-esteem.
Cesar and I are also working towards cutting out a lot of meat in our diets. Last week, I made a sweet potato and chickpea chili in the crockpot, which was actually delicious (I was wary of how it would taste while prepping it for the crockpot)! We went out to dinner this weekend, and I ordered a falafel burger – Cesar was so proud of me (I was proud of me, too!) for choosing a vegetarian option. Recently, we went to a Plant Pure Community event, and it got us really thinking more deeply about the kind of food we ingest into our bodies. If you’re someone who is interested in ways to eat that will nourish your body and make you feel great after eating, I’d check these guys out at http://plantpurecommunities.org/
Lastly, I HAVE to get myself a new pair of boots. My 5-year old Aldo moto boots have been the absolute best, most-loved pair of shoes that I’ve ever owned. I have searched high and low for a similar pair of boots, and they do not exist. Aldo, if you’re out there listening, why don’t you bring back the mid-calf black leather boots from the Fall 2013 season??! I wear these boots 24/7 not just during the fall and winter, but also a TON during spring, too – basically, I live in them! While I don’t want to give them up, they’ve started to wear out and hurt my feet, and I walk around wayy too much to not have the proper support for my feet. Next month, I’ll let you know what replacement I find. My soul will be filled with a ton of joy once I find the perfect new pair of boots.
And those, my friends, are my last mind-body-soul goals of 2017! If I can reach these 3 goals this month, then I’ll be positioned well for some bold mind-body-soul goals for the start of 2018. What are you working to accomplish the last month of 2017? Share with us in the comments below.
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