Project Reverb prompt: “FAIL | What just didn’t work out this year? Is that okay with you? Or are you going to try, try again?”
Taking on too much. All you’d have to do is walk into my office at home right now and you’d be able to see it, the chaos and the overwhelm. It doesn’t work out, but I keep doing it. I posted on Facebook yesterday that “I’m feeling like the Jenga tower must feel at that moment when no matter what piece the next player pulls, the whole thing is going to come down.”
I continue to aspire to pare down, lower the bar, simplify, but saying “no” to really good stuff is hard. Right now I am in an Intuitive Eating book group, getting daily emails from four holiday programs (all intended to bring calm, ease to the season), taking part in all three Reverbs, and I took on an extra three people to buy gifts for. Oh yeah, and I have a full time job.
I also failed taking care of my body this year. I haven’t fed it what it wanted, when it wanted. I haven’t given it the rest it needs but rather pushed it past its limits. I haven’t let it move the way it wants to. I was talking with my trainer yesterday, and clarified something for myself by saying it out loud to him — My body actually wants 2-3 hours of intentional movement a day. I’m one of those people who actually loves exercise, getting out and moving around. Even on a rest day, my body at least wants a walk. And yet, because I am so busy and tired, I can’t give it this. I push and then I struggle.
It all boils down to this: I haven’t been honoring my hunger or fullness, in any aspect of my life.
Reverb13 prompt: “What challenges lie ahead in 2014? How might you meet them boldly?”
The challenges that I’m aware of: Yoga teacher training, an ebook about self-compassion, a new (to us) dog, spending money more mindfully, resisting ecourses and new books, new responsibilities at CSU, continuing to practice intuitive eating, working with anxiety that keeps showing up, a crisis of confidence and an awareness that love is never safe.
How to meet them boldly? Show up, keep my heart open, be present, pace myself, soothe and comfort myself when I feel overwhelmed, practice self-compassion, honor my hunger and my fullness in all areas of my life.
Besottment Prompt: “10 things you were thankful for in 2013?”
Besides the 5-6 things I’ve listed each week in my Gratitude Friday lists,
- Eric — how could I do it, any of it, without him?
- Sam — he’s helped me through my grief twice now.
- Dexter’s easy death, the extra time we had with him.
- Friendship, love and connection, support and guidance.
- Self-compassion, for all those who’ve taught me and for the chance to practice.
- Kind and gentle readers.
- Intuitive eating.
- Smart phones — I was skeptical, but now I can’t imagine not having it.
- Financial stability, in a time when it seems so many are struggling.
- All the good things, all the amazing people and the brilliant stuff they create and do. I make a list every Monday and am always gobsmacked.