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What Are Your Plans For 2012?

I had a transformative vacation the week before Christmas.  I left Seattle thinking I was headed to a sunny resort for a little R&R, and I returned a week later quite changed.  Wonderfully changed.

Matt and I went to Miraval.  I’d never been to a resort before – never felt I could or should.  But this one was different.  The tag line is “you won’t find you anywhere else.”  I admittedly scoffed at it when I first heard it.  But I did begin to find me there.

I spent a week being me, investigating me, and nurturing me.  I cleaned the feet of horses, meditated using many different methods, faced some of my fears, allowed my emotions to be raw and exposed….

I also did Chi Gong, Reiki, Thai massage, Shiatsu, Ayurvedic therapy, psychotherapy integrating a horse (!), Gin Shou Tui Na (incorporating cranial sacral massage with a Chinese balancing massage), a full Chi journey, and Chi Nei Tsang (an abdominal “massage”).

I couldn’t begin to tell you the details all in one post (I may go through some of those experiences in other posts if you’re interested), but suffice it to say that I am renewed, reinvigorated, and rebalanced – taking life a little differently, a little more thoughtfully, and with greater awareness and presence.

For this reason, I wanted to lay out my New Year Goals before the 1st, so that I can enter 2012 with full intentions.

My 2012 Personal Goals

  1. Increase My Energy Levels with:
    • exercise
    • nutrition
    • meditation & self-compassion
    • balance & alignment
  2.  Increase My Strength:
    • physically
    • mentally
    • emotionally
  3. Increase My Self Knowledge by finding comfort, forgiveness and hope in:
    • the past
    • the present
    • the future

My 2012 Professional Goals

  1. Create a Five-Year Plan.
  2. Aggregate all I know and do into a System that can be replicated.
  3. Grow my business by 20%, following a specific Growth Plan.

My 2012 Citizen Goals

  1. Have a book outline complete by the end of the year.
  2. Become a regular writer.
  3. Work diligently in the garden:
    • as a neighborhood citizen.
    • as an educator and inspirer.
    • as a healthy human being.

My 2012 Guiding Principles

  1. Compassion - for myself and others – without judgement.
  2. Continuous presence - being, growing, and learning from each present moment.
  3. Self-healing – allowing myself those important moments to grow, love and recharge.

What I’m Striving Toward for the Long-Term

  1. Solid personal direction, compassion and resilience.
  2. Forgiveness for what doesn’t matter, empathy and strength for what does, and shining hope for what will become.
  3. Professionally, my every moment has importance and leads toward positive global impact.

I look forward to 2012 with open arms.  I think it’s going to be a good year!

How about you?

What are your goals, big or small?

Will you make yourself a list of goals or a Wellness Plan this year?  You’re welcome to use the outline I’ve created to begin!

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11 comments to What Are Your Plans For 2012?

  • Wonderful goals!My goal is to exercise more, stay away from processed foods, not use my credit cards, save money for a trip to Hawaii, and have the patience to walk my dogs!

    • Jennifer – great goals! Love the idea of having the patience to walk the dogs… definitely something I could integrate into my life balance: taking the time to walk the dog more regularly!

  • That’s quite the list! I chose “shelter” as my focus word/concept for the next year. I really want to focus more on making my home and garden what I really want it to be…clearing out the clutter and making space.

    I also want to continue working on my health. This last year has been such an important one for me in that area. It was such a huge thing to discover that although I didn’t/don’t eat much processed food and I eat mostly organic food, there were still better choices to make regarding wheat and dairy.

    • Deb G, beautiful. If I could pick one word for myself, it would be “compassion” in 2012.

      And I hear you on the diet – I feel the same way – boy, who knew these few ingredients would have such a big impact?

  • This is a beautifully written and highly inspirational list! Thank you for sharing it and pieces of your retreat experience.

    I generally don’t make New Years resolutions. Instead I make a list of things I want to accomplish beginning on or around my birthday (I made a 33 Things To Do While I’m 33 list and one when I turned 34. This year I began a 101 in 1001 list). There are several similarities in our goals so I look forward to seeing how we both do :-)

    Happy (almost) New Year! I’m glad to “hear” your voice again :-)

    • Bee Girl, I never really made new years resolutions either – until last year when I realized it was my 40th year. Somehow that was a lifechanging year for me….

      Glad to be back as well! As you can see, one of my goals is to be back regularly. :)

  • Patience to walk dogs is such a good one! I could work on that.

    I already worked out my writing goals for 2012 but am still working on my personal goals for 2012.

    I know one of the things I’ll be working on is practicing my Kung Fu forms every day. Even if only for a few minutes. Every single day. I love making resolutions. I never look back and freak or get depressed over what I didn’t do – the resolutions simply help me focus on what I’m walking towards.

    Your list is great!

  • Great post! I’m definitely using that outline and hand it where I can check on it every single day. Wish you success in fulfilling all your goals!

  • Wonderful!! I wish you much success as well, Xana! Happy New Year. :) -Melinda

  • start your challenge as you like in2012 but remamber poor childre in the world they serch about food but the others serch about war

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