I didn't make any conscious resolutions when 2012 began, but lately I find myself striving for self-awareness in my daily life, a theme that has led to several little personal resolutions of sorts. They're not hard-and-fast rules, but more like goals that I hope will begin to weave through my days.
1. I want to be more mindful of my body — how it works, how it feels at various moments. For example — I want to finally improve my posture! (I will watch Downton Abbey every day if that's what it takes to get Lady Mary's poise, dammit.)
2. On that note, I am also making an effort to listen to (and obey) my body whenever possible. To eat when I'm hungry, and to learn that balance between enjoyment and nourishment, what I want and what I need. To savor, to SLOW DOWN! To sleep when I'm tired, and enjoy it, rather than grumble it off as inconvenience.
3. I would like to make more time for easing stress: Exercise, reading, and writing should not fall by the wayside; they should become necessary. I will make an effort to drink more tea to soothe my stomach (and senses). I'd love to read each night before bed to decompress my internet-wired mind, to read lingeringly, instead of snatching up bits of fiction on the subway.
4. I need to simplify my online life. Someday I will get up the courage to erase all those "to-do lists" I'll probably never read again, much as once a year I force myself to give away those clothes I just don't wear enough. I should drastically cut down my blog reader, too, and focus on my own thoughts and words, which I'm often too overwhelmed to share. I need to feel de-cluttered to feel free, and I need to translate this sentiment to the intangible aspects of my life as much as I already do with my material "things."
5. I will live more in the moment. I will pause to become truly aware of my surroundings, absorbing details as well as the sweeping, glorious picture. I will savor nostalgia briefly when it arises, but I will try my best to keep moving.