“What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.” — Vern McLellan
Happy New Year, everyone! I spent the first of the year with some close friends, having a lovely brunch while lounging in the sun on the porch, nursing a slight hangover, laughing and feeling like I was exactly where I was supposed to be. I spent New Year’s Eve with a few new friends, having a family style dinner at my favorite restaurant while carrying on the most stimulating conversation I can remember having in a long time. I can’t imagine a better way to send off 2013 and welcome in 2014.
As great as 2013 was – moving out on my own, making new friends, finding a community of like-minded peeps and rediscovering myself – it was also a year of unbalance. I spent too much, ate too much, drank too much, stayed up too late too often, made too many plans without adequate time to recharge. I felt like I spent the year flying without looking where I was going. Running with childlike abandon, free but unfocused.
Instead of making resolutions, I set a theme for each year (or, “set my intention” as my wise, gentle friend The Vegenista would say). Last year was dubbed “The Year of Nicky” by my buddy Frank. It was a year to run uninhibited with my arms wide open; a year to break myself apart in order to rebuild. It was a year to create new life, and as with all births it was sometimes as messy and painful as it was beautiful and gratifying.
2014 is going to be my Year of Grounding. I want to eat in a way that benefits my health, get back into shape and build strength, deepen my yoga practice, rebuild my finances, and grow my site. I want to have a stable, safe and healthy foundation from which to chase dreams. I made so many incredible new friends last year, I’d like to take this year to deepen those friendships. I want to take root in the wonderful new home I made for myself. I want to feel both feet firmly planted on the earth, even if my head occasionally bumps the clouds.
What is your intention for the new year? What did you learn, love or hate about last year? What are you bringing with you, and what will you leave behind?
Love you, bebes!