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Don’t Resolve…EXPLORE!

To kick off this post, I want to send everyone wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year! I am sure that we are all back in the swings of things gearing up for a productive start to 2014.

I was big on New Year’s resolutions…always gearing my mindset to focus and accomplish certain goals throughout year.  But then started to realize a negative connotation to it and began to hear it from others. There was always disappointment when a resolution wasn’t achieved or even started.  Some may experience an overwhelming feeling of impossibility and lacking initiative which sets off a chain reaction of frustration and a sense of giving up. So I’m sure you’ve already set your list of “resolutions” but I ask you not resolve but instead explore each of them.

Here is my simple list that I am super excited to explore!
1. Going upside down! Yes, I have faced that fear and am admitting to you all that I do not enjoy being upside down. It’s simply that I don’t like to fall.  Maybe there is a subconscious message about it but in all seriousness, I don’t like to lose control of my body and potentially crack my neck or break my back. I know…so dramatic.  But I am grabbing this bull by the horns and will go upside down in a handstand or forearm stand at least 5x a week. Totally doable and with the help of my yoga teacher, Phillip Askew, I know my feet will rise above the rest! I’m super excited for this ride as I explore tackling my fear of falling.

2. Chef Julia! I should either buy stock in Juice Generation or purchase a Vitamix.  Thanks to my brother and my sister-in-law, the latter is the answer. I shall now grind to make almond butter, mix to make soup, and blend to make green drinks. And explore what else I can do with this amazing machine. Going raw and cooking from scratch will help feed my body with cleaner and healthier foods. Looking forward to putting my skills to the test.

Vitamix

Vitamix 7500

3. Exploration Drogo! Every morning, I choose between 3 paths to walk Drogo. We see the same scenery, same dogs, same doggy owners, sniff the same scents and it’s just the same same same. Just last Sunday, I took a different path in Central Park and not only did I discover a rustic bridge that lead into a running waterfall but Drogo was ecstatically sniffing his way through. Twice a month, I will take Drogo on a different path and explore Riverside and Central Park while exposing his nose to different pee and poo scents. Can’t wait for the journey.

Drogo. Isn't he cute?

This is Drogo. Isn’t he cute?

4. Breath and Meditation Project. I consider this a serious project. It is something that takes a plan, coordination, focus, and set up. All of those efforts to step away from my crazy schedule to close my eyes and take deep slow breaths and/or to sit in a comfortable seat and meditate for at least 15 minutes. It is so tough to do but when I find the time for it, it feels so darn good! I’ll try this 3x a week and see where it takes me.

I have already begun my explorations and hope you all have, too. Accept the attempts you take (or lack of), acknowledge any difficulty or resistance you encounter, and simply experience the process. View your list as opportunities of growth instead of moments of achievements or failure. And most importantly…have fun!

6 comments for “Don’t Resolve…EXPLORE!

  1. January 3, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Good luck, I’m sure you’ll achieve all of these!

    Regarding #4, I think we all need to slow down a bit from time to time, and institutionalizing and formalizing it will help you do so.

    Glad to see that you’ll put the Vitamix to good use! And tell Drogo that Sweet Dee misses him.

    • Julia Chan
      January 4, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      Drogo probably doesn’t miss Sweet Dee as much as she misses him! There are just certain things that come naturally and meditation just doesn’t for me. It’s so hard to set time in the day to literally not think about anything. In the long run, this will help me center myself and possibly come up with more ideas and solutions. let’s see. 😉

  2. January 3, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Hi Julia,
    These are great intentions for the New Year! So excited to see where these explorations take you.
    Sending you love for 2014!
    xo,
    Amita

    • Julia Chan
      January 4, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks, Amita! I think you and I share my first exploration (going upside down)! Let’s work on it together. 😉
      xo

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