Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year Resolutions

I know, resolutions are so trite this time of year, I hesitate to bring them up. But there is something about beginning anew with a firm resolve to improve or change something about yourself that is so compelling. And putting it out there publicly helps me keep that resolve because in a weird way, it makes me more accountable. If I write it in my day-planner journal, only I see it. But putting it here, I send it out to the universe and somehow I'm more committed. 
I'm keeping it fairly simple. Daily sketching and daily exercise. And...drum roll, no more refined sugar. Yeah, that's a big one but one I've done before. For two years in fact. Lost 25 pounds and felt so good. Unfortunately, little by little the dratted culprit finagled it's way back into my diet and now I'm a pant-size bigger and feel sluggish and old. It stops here! There. Now, oh mighty Webmeister, swallow my words and spew them out to the world because I am determined to conquer this nemesis.

Now for my overall approach to this year.
 I want to encourage and nurture my sense of 
WONDER

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, 
is as good as dead; his eyes are closed
Albert Einstein 

Definition of wonder: to be filled with admiration, amazement, curiosity or awe; to marvel. To be surprised.  
I want to see my world with the wonder of a child. To appreciate the small and marvelous. To be delighted with what appears to be routine and mundane. To pursue beauty and simple truth in my world with a renewed belief in magic.


“It doesn't stop being magick just because you know how it works.” 
― Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men


"Narnia" by Justin Sweet (Thank you DDS!)

Once we believe in ourselves, 
we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, 
or any experience that reveals the human spirit. 
e. e. cummings 


SO here's to the new year. The clean slate. The fresh start. A blank page.
I wish you all wonderful possibilities as you pursue your heart-felt endeavors.




5 comments:

Kim Rempel said...

What a great post. Sounds wonderful and admirable. Mine is for exercise. Not ready to take the refined sugar leap. You can do that? ; ) So no chocolate or cookies? Eeps!

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

Thanks, Kim. The first two weeks without sugar is the hardest part. Amazingly, your taste buds become wondrously satisfied with fruit as a treat. Sugar tastes too sweet. Almost gags you. Good luck with the exercise.

Dan said...

I think that painting is by Justin Sweet... not Jon Foster.

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

Thank you Dan. I don't know why I mix those two up.

LDahl said...

I resolve to eat more dark chocolate and less broccoli and be more anti-social.