Rituals. They come in every style and many colors. Some might call them superstitions, others call them routines. And most every pro sports player won’t go into a game without following theirs. All I know is I think I’m ready to add a few new ones to my day.
I was reading an article in this month’s Esquire about things to do in January, because it’s January. Number 2 on the list of items to improve life and have fun while doing it was the suggestion to engage in a daily ritual. A ritual, not a resolution. I like the sounds of that much better. And just for one month.
Their suggestions sound pretty good:
Read a poem every night,
Walk around the block twice at noon,
Drink a finger of Scotch after dinner.
Does eating a finger of ice cream instead of Scotch count?
It can’t be that hard to come up with a new ritual. After all, I already have a few in the bag.
No, it’s because with the new year comes new resolutions for better health and a plethora of new smoothies recipes. It’s a cool and refreshing domination of the www. and perfect timing to add mine to the pack with my mango, banana and coconut tropical smoothie.
Back in the day when I would drag myself into the office after my morning torture weight training session with my trainer, I would somehow will my legs one. step. at. a. time. to the community kitchen, meagerly toss a handful of ice into the blender, peel a banana, add a dash of milk and pour in a packet of protein powder. In my post workout trance I’d refuel with a fantastic protein-powered shake that nourished my rebuilding-muscle tissue and keep me full and satisfied til lunch.
Since I don’t work in the office anymore, I can invest a little more time and effort into my smoothie cravings. Sometimes I get a even get a little exotic. Okay maybe more tropical than exotic. Ah hell, who cares. I’m going big, and going with exotic.
Here we are. 1 down and only 51 more to go. Weeks of 2014 that is.
I’m still on the new year, self-improvement train so I’m actively seeking new inspiration, creating goals and taking stock of what my year is going to look like. Are you there too or have you already jumped ship?
Even though I spend most of my days solo when I’m cooking up a storm or playing with pictures on my computer, I’m so lucky to have the opportunity to spend good old fashioned one-on-one time—live and in person—with several groups of very creative cohorts who are in the same blogging boat and happen to live nearby.
This week I went on two blogging brainstorming dates with two different groups of blogging buddies. Our goals were to talk shop and bounce new ideas off of one another, explore new ideas and take a hard look at the big picture and the nuts and bolts of our businesses.
We all walked away feeling inspired and ready to move the needle forward. Are you ready to move forward too?
We’re not yet two weeks into 2014, so I think that technically I can squeeze in one more ode to 2013, right?
2013 was a great year, a fabulous year in fact. It was filled with amazing opportunities and new relationships that came my way thanks to this sweet lil’ blog o’ mine. Sing that 3 times fast to the Axl’s Sweet Child O’ Mine and you’ll feel my vibe.
While I’ve already declared my word for 2014, with 365 days to cover there’s certainly room for one more. And most likely a few others too. That’s why I’m adding this one to the hat: Simplify.
One thing I heard over and over from friends and family in 2013 was this: “I was going to call you, but you’re SO BUSY,” or “I was going to ask you to go/stay/play but you’re SO BUSY.”
Was I really THAT busy? TOO busy for my family and friends?