Hello friends! More than any other year (for me), this one is flying by at turbo speed. It’s crazy! This month, Ali Edwards’ One Little Word class assignment was to check-in with ourselves and our progress. What’s working and what’s not working? Remember that I selected stillness as my word for this year.
I’m doing better, mostly because of an online course I just completed, which guided me in slowing down every single day and tuning in to the majesty around me in nature and the love within me and in every one around me. It was a beautiful thing. It IS a beautiful thing.
What has surprised me most so far this year? My ability to relax, to forgive, and to love. Not that I doubt myself, but I’ve stretched more than I thought I would to allow myself those capabilities. When I try, I can lower into the now and experience it fully. I have found it a perfect way to experience joy every single day.
What am I most proud of related to my word? Letting go of judgements. Self-acceptance. Whew… those are biggies!
Three things I’ve enjoyed about my word: 1) It allows me permission to leave things undone – another biggie; 2) It shifts my focus from minutia to a bigger perspective; and 3) It helps me take better care of myself. (The sweet bird and nest photo above is from my friend Deborah. Isn’t it sweet? Noticing and savoring moments like this are what it’s all about.)
Three challenges I’ve faced related to my word: 1) It’s still difficult for me to allow myself to rest, sleep, sit still, wander; 2) I haven’t been very good at simplifying anything; and 3) So many lessons relate to my daughter but I fight seeing them and using them as learning opportunities.
Three things I’d like to accomplish by the end of the year: 1) Implementing some form of physical care and renewal – maybe yoga; 2) Creating some reminder art to help me remember my word in every day life; and 3) Identifying some tasks that I can delegate or give up to make room for breathing space?
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Lee: http://thelinarstudio.typepad.com/embracelife/ (our amazing organizer!)
Missus Wookie: mrswookieswanderings.blogspot.com
Naomi: http://www.poeticaperture.com/ <— You are here.
Lisa: http://backtoallen.com/category/challenges/one-little-word/ <— Go here next.