What a whirlwind 2012 has been! I have so much gratitude and love for all of you, and I feel so blessed by the Universe. It’s all so overwhelming that I sometimes have to remind myself to just breathe and take it all in.
in my dressing room – photo by Justin Borucki
At about this time every year, people declare their resolutions for the New Year. I’m no exception. Actually, I make two lists – one of resolutions and another of dreams. But these dreams are not wishes, they are fantastic goals that will be done. I keep both lists in my favorite moleskine notebook/calendar/dreambook, and refer back to them often to remind myself of what I should be up to when I’m watching the Real Housewives instead.
Goals that are not written down are just wishes.
One of my dream-goals for 2012 was to be on TV. I thought that it had come true when I was invited to appear on Sadie Nardini’s Rock Your Yoga, but that was me believing too small. I should have known that before the year would end, I would be wrapping production on my own show. Silly me.
My dream-goal list stays open. I’m always adding to it. The only deal I make with myself in regard to this very important list is that once it is written, it is done. My manager may freak out on me if I share my whole list with you (stupid contract negotiations), but I can tell you that I will be swimming in an ocean in 2013 and I will make a million dollars doing what I love. No sweat. I’ve also purchased the domain name for my first book – the one I’ve been waiting to write for a very long time. It’s not about health and fitness. It’s not about kids or marriage. I can’t wait to tell my story – as faithfully and completely as I can – as it has been lived so far.
As far as resolutions go, I only have a few. Though I’ve loved my virtually gym-free year, it’s time for me to get back into fighting shape. Living a fit lifestyle doesn’t mean being at the top of my game on a constant basis. Sometimes I slack off for a few days, a week, a year. It’s all good. I eat well and stay active, and when it’s time to go hard, the transition back to intense training isn’t that difficult. Part of my job is looking fit (not just feeling fit), so I have to get back to work. The last several weeks of spending five hours a day in a car and several more sitting in a makeup chair and in daily meetings has left me a little… soft. I’m ready to hit the weights and play warrior again.
Another thing I learned from the intense schedule I’ve been keeping is that I absolutely have time for everything I love, as long as I manage my time well. Something I thought I never had time for is reading, but that was clearly untrue. The hours I’ve spent with Bravo could have been spent learning and growing through reading. One book a month. That’s all. It will be so easy.
In general, I want to spend more time doing things with family. We’ll plan two trips with the kids this year that will take us far away, and we’ll make sure to have at least one day-trip a month to someplace near. The planetarium, a farm sanctuary, the movies, a park, the local bowling alley. Not so hard.
Easy peasy bonus resolutions:
– I will jump rope for at least 5 minutes every day. Fun!
– I will find a new yoga studio by February 1. Om…
– I will slow down my video schedule and create content that I LOVE.
– I will blog for just me once a week. Brands can wait their turn.
– I will meditate for at least 4 minutes every day, and I will continue my meditation videos even if only a few of you are watching. It only takes one moment of co-inspiration to change the whole world.
Tips for making your New Year’s dreams/wishes/goals come true:
– Write them down. “Goals that are not written down are just wishes.”
– Honor your goals with a worthy place to put them: Buy a nice notebook or journal worthy of your big dreams. Don’t just jot them down on scraps of paper or a common spiral notebook. Don’t place them on electronic devices. Make the space for your goals special and unique.
– Make a timeline to make sure that you’re not slacking on your dreams. “Goals are dreams with deadlines.” – Diana Scharf Hunt
– When you reach a dead end, make another plan. “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” – Confucious
– Ignore your haters. When others say “you can’t”, understand that what they’re really saying is “I would be too scared to try. I don’t believe in myself enough to know that I could do that.”
I want to hear your hopes, your wishes, your dreams, your goals. Find me in all the regular places to co-inspire…
I’ll be resting from the chaos for the remainder of 2012.
Happy New Year 2013 to you and your loved ones!!
PS – I almost forgot! One of my biggest dream-goal-resolution-missions!! I must meet Gabrielle Bernstein. We are literally one-degree away from each other X five (no, Oprah and I have not met… yet). 2013, get ready! *love*