I love, love setting goals. I find if I just see my goals as "intentions" and "desires of my heart" and think of them often, actively desire them, etc...well...eventually one way or another, they will each manifest themselves quite effortlessly. It's crazy how that works, but it has worked for me time and time and time again throughout my whole life. But it seems the desire has to be clear and open. For example, if I wanted to find a specific job and I was very clear about it in my mind, I would start noticing job opportunities in that category that I would have otherwise passed up, or I would be more likely to have conversations with people and let them know. Sooner or later, that job would likely just come together without even trying too hard. Some call it "synchronicity" - which is the idea that when you are in a good spiritual place with good energy, the things you desire will begin to unfold. [I think prayer also plays a part as this is a time to actively think about and define your intentions and goals and it's usually an attempt to try and reconnect yourself spiritually.]
For example, I once said to myself - "It would be awesome to meet a boyfriend within the next 3 months." ha! (Christmas was coming up.) Well, it happened much sooner. But I think it's because I was willing to mention to others that I would love to meet people (which led to connections), I was willing to go to parties and events that I otherwise would have passed on, and my heart was totally open to the possibilities. Much later after a lot of dating, I was getting even more specific about the desires of my heart. I had just come to the conclusion that it would be great to maybe marry someone who had been married before, who felt the same way about life as I did. Within 5 days, someone connected me for the first time with Danny. :)
Here are a few of my goals or intentions for 2014 - -
-Stay in touch with friends and family. This is always, always on my list and unfortunately I don't do a great job of this. I need to focus on it more! I've been cutting out some other things that suck my time and I'm hoping this will lead to more time for loved ones.
-Focus on personal wellness while in Ecuador (because it's so inexpensive!): Yoga, thermal hot springs, acupuncture, massage, meditation. I'd love to connect with some healers there. I know very, very gifted people in New York that I go to for an extra bit of healing, if I need it, and I'd love to find a few in Ecuador, too. (For NY: Angela Le is one of the most amazing women & spiritual healers I've ever met - her influence changed my life many years ago; Maria Petrova is an amazing healer with the most beautiful light - I can't recommend her enough; Sarah Chase has a lovely and healing presence for massage or acupuncture at a more affordable price in Brooklyn; the yoga practice I love in Brooklyn is the Brooklyn Yoga School; and I love my holistic / homeopathic / primary care physician in Park Slope, Dr. Larisa Litvinova, M.D.)
-Learn to live with less conveniences & luxuries. As a New Yorker and as an American, we are so darn spoiled. Ecuador will have it's own set of benefits that the U.S. can't offer, but our experience there will not include a lot of American luxuries like Amazon deliveries, 10 types of ethnic foods within two minutes from our home, a huge Whole Foods, Uniqlo, Costco, etc. I look forward to trying to live with less consumerism. In fact, we just had a sale over the weekend and sold just about everything we possibly could (aside from big furniture pieces that we are leaving for our renters.) It feels so good to clear it all out.
But speaking of "stuff" - this phase of our lives in Ecuador will include a bit of hand made "stuff" which will hopefully be more meaningful. For example, I'd like to...
-Get some leather goods and wooden furniture made. The craftspeople there are amazing and the wood varieties and leather quality are unbelievable. It would be fun to explore the potential since we will need chairs to sit on and a table to eat on once we get there (and good leather bags just last forever opposed to the crap that is sold in most places.) If any designers want to get in on designing or suggesting something to be made in leather or wood, let me know... I'd be thrilled!! There could be some fun possibilities there.
-Read, read, read. I've removed Facebook and other social media from my phone. So now, if I'm waiting in line or reaching for my phone out of habit, I go to Kindle instead. Hopefully I can read through some books as there are just tons and tons I'd love to read. I am sure my brain could use it, too.
-Learn about Latin Music - we met a "musicologist" professor today. Fascinating stuff! He explained how culture IS music. If you want to truly experience a culture and experience someone's life, you have to explore their music.
-Think more about my future...Should I go to graduate school? Start a new career? I have no idea yet. This will be a year of exploring and pondering a lot about my life.
-Go to bed at an earlier hour. I have always been such a night owl, though I'm always wishing I weren't as I prefer to be up when the sun is up. The sun sets in Ecuador at 6 pm and rises at 6 am every day of the year (give or take 15 mins). I'm hoping this will help.
-Grow some vegetables and herbs. We grew herbs this last year on our balcony and it was DELIGHTFUL. I can't wait to do this again. Besides, having fresh herbs makes us want to cook more.
-Travel in South America! Machu Piccu, Patagonia, Galapagos, Brazil, the Amazon jungle, the Coast, and maybe even Bolivia (I've heard the salt flats are spectacular.)
-Offer our on-line classes again. Yes! We'd so love to do this.
-Have my mercury fillings (boo!) replaced by a holistic dentist in Ecuador. The dental work there is supposed to be as good of quality as the states, but very, very cheap. I've read too much about how harmful mercury is that it's time to get this taken care of. I also tried oil pulling this last year (and I was delighted that Design Mom linked to it) but I started getting a strong metal taste in my mouth and I got very worried about the mercury. So, I held off. BUT, oil pulling DEFINITELY whitened my teeth! That part was awesome. (And if any of you have any knowledge or experience with oil pulling or dental mercury, I would love to hear!)
And how about you? Any goals or intentions that you'd like to share? I always love reading about people's goals. I never skip those kinds of posts if a blogger writes about it.