Hello 2018

So another year has come and gone.
As with every year - some good and some bad.
We all have our own rulers on our lives
and I too tend to keep measure of
my failures and accomplishments. 
While it is beneficial to reflect, 
it is detrimental to dwell.
I shall not bare my soul on
the events/emotions of 2017
but will do the hopeful thing and 
look to the horizon.

Here are the things that I plan to do for myself in 2018.
If any ring true to your vision of this year to come, 
please do add to your list.  
I share with open heart and soul...

  • Be present.
  • Consume less.
  • Save money - go here  Thank you Courtney of Be More With Less.
  • Stretch before getting out of bed.
  • Drink more water every day - Carlsbad Mineral Water is my local favorite.
  • Finish projects lurking in the guest room closet.
  • Eat food. Not too much.  Mostly plants.  Michael Pollan.
  • Practice yoga every day.
  • Visit Mother Nature - she's lonely. 
  • Waste less food.
  • Take a class: gardening, painting, pottery, cooking, French...something.
  • Find the silver lining.
  • Take my camera with me everywhere I go and snap away.
  • Follow The Four Agreements: Be Impeccable with your Words, Don't take anything Personally, Don't make Assumptions, Always Do Your Best.  (These are not as easy as they sound).
  • De-clutter and donate.  Someone will love it more than you.
  • Tighten stomach muscles while waiting at a red light.
  • Recognize Grace, the unmerited divine assistance from the universe which is given humans for their regeneration and thank her for her gift.
  • Sunday breakfast with an old friend.
  • Remember your Good Manners.  
  • Turn off the news.
  • Turn on the music.
  • Do something that scares me.
  • Stop dropping the f-bomb.  It really is unattractive.
  • Return to Simple Abundance, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy.  
  • Mend a fence.
  • Build a bridge.
  • Soften the edges.
  • Win the lottery. 
  • Lighten up and don't take it all so seriously.
And there it is. 
Hope some of these inspire you to start a list or add to one already in progress.
Some seem obvious but are easily forgotten when caught up
in the day to day struggle with life.
And should I succeed with only some these,
life just might not be such a struggle!
Wishing you the sweetest days ahead.