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Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010 :D

Well, it’s the last day of 2009. Before I head out to celebrate the New Year, I decided to spend today reminiscing about all the great, & not-so-great, experiences I had this year.

I have felt hurt, sick, furious, sad, lonely, hated & confused. But, I have also felt privileged, healthy, calm, joyful, loved & enlightened. I choose to focus on the more positive experiences. But that doesn’t mean that I ignore the hardships I have experienced or try to forget about them. I will take the lessons learned from those experiences with me into 2010, but the experiences themselves will remain in the past, where they belong. I have been through many changes that have lead me to this point in my life, & I couldn’t be happier with my life. All I need to take with me into the future are knowledge, growth, happy memories & a positive outlook.

I am so grateful for all of my experiences, good & not-so-good, for they have made me the person that I am today. I have learnt that life isn’t worth much if you don’t have anyone to share it with, so I am also grateful for the many amazing people I have in my life. I have learnt to surround myself with people who love me for who I am, & who help me to grow into the person that I want to be. Because of this realisation, I have been able to end the old, disempowering relationships that I had with a few people who were always bringing me down. This, while it was quite a tough thing to do, has given me more freedom than I have ever had before to be completely myself. Not only that, but eliminating that negativity from my life allowed room for new friendships to form, & old friendships to improve, with people who love & respect me for who I am. For that, I am extremely thankful.

For me, the themes of 2010 are kindness, love, relationships & adventure.

These are my pledges to myself:

I pledge to show only kindness to myself, no matter what, from the types of food I choose to eat to the company I choose to keep. I pledge to only show kindness to others, no matter what.

I pledge to show love & acceptance to every person & experience that comes my way.

I pledge to spend as much time as possible with the people I love, & to always remember that life is meant to be shared.

I pledge to go on as many adventures as possible, & to inject a sense of magick & adventure into everything that I do.

I have set myself four goals for 2010:

1. Become a Meditation Teacher
2. Become a TESOL Teacher
3. Sell one of my own paintings
4. Travel overseas with my partner

I also pledge to remember that, while it is important to me that I achieve these goals, it is not worth risking my health or my sanity. I will remember that it is okay to move at my own pace. There’s no need to rush.

QUOTES FOR A NEW YEAR:

"If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything." Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) in 'Back to the Future'.

'For attractive lips; speak words of kindness
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.' - Audrey Hepburn.

"Freedom lies at the heart of my willingness to love everything." - Alanis Morissette

"I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear." - Oprah Winfrey

Feel free to tell me about what you have learnt during 2009 & what you aim to achieve in 2010, I'd love to hear it :D

Comments

Nikiniki's picture

Happy New Year! I think it's

Happy New Year!

I think it's wonderful that you've recognized that you need to go at your own pace. It is far too easy, especially when you have goals that you are excited about, to forget to rest. There is far too much rush these days and its not worth the stress that it creates.

The Audrey Hepburn quote is lovely.

Here is one of my favorite quotes:
"The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. "
Henry Miller

My goals for 2010 are to establish and maintain good routines for my family and stress less about getting perfect grades and enjoy my courses more.

-Nicole

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