I am someone who lives a lot of her life in her head or with her head in books. While this means I’m never bored–I’ve always got myself and my stories/plans for company–it does mean that many of ideas, plans, and dreams never see the light of day. I have not been able to successfully cross the bridge between the idea center of my brain and the control tower, where things get implemented. This has led to years of frustration and disappointment, as my plans never came to fruition and my life remained exactly as I didn’t want it.

This fall I started actually doing. I completed Ease into 5K on schedule. I signed up for & attended a spinning class with a friend. I attended a one day retreat in Pittsburgh with Karen Maezen Miller. I took a meditation course at the local Zen Buddhist Temple. Bedrooms were painted.

And you know what: it felt good. Unnatural, but good. I was engaging in the practice of life as opposed to thinking about how my life should/could be.

So, this year I’ve decided that my guiding word will be practice.

The actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method as opposed to theories about such application or use.
Perform (an activity) or exercise (a skill) repeatedly or regularly in order to improve or maintain one’s proficiency.


While I do have specific goals in mind for different areas of my life, my focus and intention will be on developing a practice for them as opposed to thinking about the end results. The goals will be met, or not, but what I really want to get out of this year is practicing life: living life in the here and now, accepting what is and what is not, knowing when to stop thinking and start doing, knowing when to stop doing and just be



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