Happy New Year!

My kids and their cousins peek into a fallen tree in hopes of catching a glimpse of a hibernating critter of some kind.

My kids and their cousins peek into a fallen tree in hopes of catching a glimpse of a hibernating critter of some kind.

Well our major festivities for the season have come to an end, and visits from families have come and gone. We’ve had such a great holiday season, which served to remind me how fortunate I really am.

I look back on 2013 with a sense of satisfaction, few regrets, amazingly. There are, though, one or two things I want to focus back on as we get ready to ring in 2014. I’m not a big fan of resolutions, but while contemplating how to better manage time again so I’m not as stressed out about things, I have come up with a couple of goals for myself:

1) Meditate again! I’ve completely stopped, and that’s bad. Bad because I like my ‘meditation mind’ much better than the mind I walk around with otherwise. While I’ve still retained some of the benefits of having discovered meditation a few years ago, I definitely feel the effects of not having practiced it in a while. When I meditate, pretty much everything else seems to fall into place.

2) Exercise again. Not sure why I stopped completely, other than I seem to have gotten back into the “I’m to tired to exercise” mindset. I seem to have forgotten that exercise actually makes me feel more energized, and that counter-intuitively, that it feels better to take a 30-minute walk after a long day at work than it does to sit down and sack out on the couch for the same amount of time.

A little bit of scenery from my neighborhood. Brother in law's barn in the distance.

A little bit of scenery from my neighborhood. Brother in law’s barn in the distance.

3) Pick up my studies again. This time, along with my kids who have expressed interest in learning more about Buddhism, too.

When I’ve got all those activities going, overall, my approach to stress and “too much stuff going on” is so much better. I think remembering that would have helped me a little more when things got really hairy this past fall.

Other than that, that’s it. I have so much that I’m happy about with 2013. I think the biggest change for me this year was my switch back to being vegetarian. There were a lot of important events this year, but rediscovering that again has been like finding an old friend. Coupled with my study of Buddhism, that choice has made so much more sense this time around and has strengthened my resolve to follow this path the way I have.

Have a happy New Year everyone. May 2014 be prosperous, fruitful and satisfying 🙂