Sunday, January 1, 2012

12 Goals for 2012




















2011 was a pretty grand year. The fearful pessimist in me wonders if 2012 is bound to be horrible, since I can't really have two great years in a row, can I? But the optimist in me says that I made 2011 what it was, and I can do the same for 2012. The optimist in me says that I can choose how I live my life, and so that's what I'm going to do. No resolutions for me. I stopped making them years ago. But I have some goals, and perhaps you'll find they resonate with you as well. So I'm writing them down and sending these intentions out into the universe. I think 2012 is going to be amazing; don't you?
  1. Laughter. Laughter is my word for 2012. I've always been a bit too serious and lacking in the laughter department. So this year my goal is to be more like my housemates, the laughter twins. I'm not exactly sure how one learns to laugh more, but gosh darn it, I'm going to figure it out!
  2. Don't worry about what was or what will be. Thanks mom, for this piece of wisdom. You know me. Always a worrywart. Always thinking about how things used to be or how things will be. This year I will continue my everlasting quest to focus on how things are...now.
  3. Dance. Dancing is like my meditation. It seems to be the only thing that shuts down the wheels in my brain. So I resolve to dance every day, even if it's in the grocery store aisle and everyone's looking at me funny.
  4. Get enough sleep. I've finally come to accept that I need 8-9 hours of sleep a night to feel good. If you're one of those lucky people who runs on 5 hours a night, more power to you. I am a cranky, miserable person when I don't get enough sleep. So for everyone's sake, I'm working on shutting down my Facebook and turning out the light earlier at night.
  5. Post recipes I can actually eat! I have a horrible habit of making things I can't eat. It comes from my love of baking, but for right now, my gut can't seem to handle any baked goods. It doesn't seem to matter what they do or don't contain. My body just doesn't want them. So while I probably won't be able to stop myself from baking (it's a sickness), one of my biggest goals this year is to work more on recipes for the blog that won't make me sick.
  6. Tune out the clatter. Don't we all need this sometimes? Facebook, twitter, US Weekly...my brain is all abuzz with everybody else's business. I should just ignore it all and go dance!
  7. Tune into the world. While I'm busy checking everyone's Facebook status updates for the umpteenth time, I forget to read the news and find out what's going on in the world. There is a world outside of blogging and baking, and it would do me good to remember that.
  8. Believe in myself. This is a constant. I am always working on renewing my faith in myself, reminding myself that no one can hold me back - except my own fear. So I just have to believe and push forward.
  9. Replace negativity with mindful breathing. Too often, I find myself feeling annoyed/envious/angered/jealous of or by others. And when I take a step back, I know that the situation doesn't warrant the negative vibes I'm emanating. So I want to stop myself whenever I'm silently muttering hateful thoughts. Just stop and instead focus on my breath. There's nothing wrong with allowing myself to feel all my emotions, even the negative ones. But there's something right about letting the negativity go and just breathing instead.
  10. Learn to ride a horse. I've been telling people I want a horse for years. I think it's about time I buy myself some horseback riding lessons. Nothing philosophical here. I just love horses. 
  11. Do everything that scares me. Okay, maybe not everything. Some things would be plain stupid. But in 2011, I just scratched the surface of the scaredy cat box. This year, I want to take on every opportunity that terrifies me. What's the worst that can happen? I get over my fears?
  12. Be healthy. I've spent the last few years struggling to feel right. Even last night, I watched as everyone drank champagne while I sipped on the ginger tea I'd made in an attempt to quell my raging headache. I'm determined to go into 2013 feeling happy, healthy, and energetic. Which first requires working on the last 11 goals. 
Here's to 2012! To following your dreams and making them reality. (And to Elise, because I believe in your dreams too.)


    7 comments:

    talyiana said...

    Hi Iris,

    I just finished reading your blog post on goals for 2012 and really enjoyed it... you are an excellent writer and I admire you for being able to share your thoughts so openly and candidly as you do!:) There is a lot there that a lot of us can identify with:)

    And trust me, you are NOT alone with those horrid headaches - I was another one sipping alcohol-free (but equally delicious) apple cider while I tried to keep a migraine at bay, last night on New Years Eve. These headaches are the main reason I have given up gluten and had to give up dairy (and a bunch of other things). Unfortunately I cheated quite a bit over the last few weeks and ate all sorts of goodies - but suffered the consequences the last couple of weeks with the return of terrible headaches and migraines. Back to healthy eating from here onwards!
    It was really inspiring to read how going gluten-free had helped you so much in general with your moods too. It has helped me too!

    And yes - sleep is SOOOO important:) Thank you for that reminder!! This is going to be one of my primary goals too this year since I have been failing so miserably with this the last few years.

    As for not worrying about what was or what will be...I agree 100%!! It is most important to concentrate on the NOW...to focus all of our energies on the current moment and give it our very very best shot. We will spread ourselves too thin if we try and take care of the future (while also mulling over the past) at the same time:)

    So here is to a wonderful happy and healthy 2012 to you and all of your readers, and I wish you the greatest of success with your upcoming cookbook! :)

    All the best,

    Christine

    talyiana said...

    Hi Iris,

    I just finished reading your blog post on goals for 2012 and really enjoyed it... you are an excellent writer and I admire you for being able to share your thoughts so openly and candidly as you do!:) There is a lot there that a lot of us can identify with:)

    And trust me, you are NOT alone with those horrid headaches - I was another one sipping alcohol-free (but equally delicious) apple cider while I tried to keep a migraine at bay, last night on New Years Eve. These headaches are the main reason I have given up gluten and had to give up dairy (and a bunch of other things). Unfortunately I cheated quite a bit over the last few weeks and ate all sorts of goodies - but suffered the consequences the last couple of weeks with the return of terrible headaches and migraines. Back to healthy eating from here onwards!
    It was really inspiring to read how going gluten-free had helped you so much in general with your moods too. It has helped me too!

    And yes - sleep is SOOOO important:) Thank you for that reminder!! This is going to be one of my primary goals too this year since I have been failing so miserably with this the last few years.

    As for not worrying about what was or what will be...I agree 100%!! It is most important to concentrate on the NOW...to focus all of our energies on the current moment and give it our very very best shot. We will spread ourselves too thin if we try and take care of the future (while also mulling over the past) at the same time:)

    So here is to a wonderful happy and healthy 2012 to you and all of your readers, and I wish you the greatest of success with your upcoming cookbook! :)

    All the best,

    Christine

    Iris said...

    Thank you so much, Christine! I'm right with you on paying the consequences for slipping up over the holidays. Hence the return of the vicious headaches.

    And thank you for all your help in testing recipes this year. You've been a blessing!

    Iris

    Jonathan said...

    Iris-
    I love, love, LOVE this. More than releasing these goals into the blogosphere, you're releasing them into the hearts of your readers. And I can only speak for myself, but I want what's best for you.

    Happy New Year, Iris. And may you find even greater heights of Happiness and Health in 2012.

    Best,
    Jonathan

    btw- major props on the new blog design. Awesome!

    mynaturallife said...

    I just found your blog and how perfect - it seems that we have many things in common. From the tummy troubles to the horse love - it's all there. I can't wait to read more.

    Melaina said...

    I absolutely love this! So many great things to focus on for this new year, and all things that will benefit you and others! The first two on your list really ring true with me and I'll be sure to keep them in mind throughout the year :)

    Lastly, to try and help you with foods you can eat... try making my nutritional powerhouse bites as they are or with substitutions that work for you. Chia seeds are said to help overall health, give you more energy and have so many beneficial vitamins - they may help you!
    http://itreallyworksrecipes.blogspot.com/2011/12/nutritional-powerhouse-bites.html

    Here's to the year ahead!

    withoutadornment said...

    Wonderful goals, Iris - I think it's so important to focus on health and conquer fears. I think you're such a capable woman and I look forward to hearing/reading about all of your adventures and successes! :)

    I think that's so happy that you want to ride a horse! It's so awesome that you're doing something seemingly trivial but is fulfilling a dream that you've always had.

    I also need to dance more! Maybe we should try to be like the "Dancing with an iPod in Public" guy! haha.

    Good luck with all your goals and dreams! :)

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