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January 2nd, 2010


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02:18 pm - Lifestyle Change
A new year, and a slightly embarrassing couple of months' silence for this LJ...

But! We dance into the future, we move on. ;-)

I have been working on intentions since last year -- and I've been using a new phrase to check myself. It is, of course, "lifestyle change."

I started using it last summer when I changed my eating and exercise habits to a (slightly) more healthful set. When tempted to gorge myself unthinkingly, I would, well, think. And I would say to myself, "Lifestyle change," and put away the extra toast and get out the blueberries instead.

In this new year, I've already had to use it far too many times -- re said toast, re a freakout over a malfunctioning heat pump this morning (all fixed, thanks to a kind Bulgarian technician), re an over-indulgence in Diet Cokes. But these are all negative uses. It's time to reclaim my phrase for good stuff, too.

So, this year I intend to go with Less/Fewer But Better. This applies to
--Champagne
--Boots
--Clothes in General
--Writing
--DVD-viewing
--Outings
and, in a slightly different context, Whingeing. ;-)

It's a lifestyle change!

What are you planning to enjoy more mindfully this year? Whatever it is, may it be just what you need!

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From:paratti
Date:January 2nd, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
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That sounds a great motto.

Happy New Year, mate:)

((hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:January 3rd, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
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Happy New Year, L, with all your intentions ready to go! :-)

[hugs]
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From:mamculuna
Date:January 2nd, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
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That's a very good intention. And an interesting selection of targets! For me, recent events haven't changed my intention to practice more--meditation and yoga (the yoga will be limited to floor poses for the next little bit, obviously). And writing. More of all.

Also want to be more grateful for all the good fortune I have and continue to have. It's another kind of mindfulness, I guess--sometimes I don't pay enough attention to people's kindness (especially my husband, who is currently being quite saintly). And rejoicing! More of that, too--especially in other people's goodness and their accomplishments.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 3rd, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
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More is a good thing, in the case of that list of yours! (I wrote a lot last year; it just wasn't very good or focused, hence my resolve. ;-))

Hurrah for awareness and rejoicing! More, more, more! :-)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 3rd, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
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Excellent additions to a list of intentions. [sends them your way]
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From:gwynnega
Date:January 2nd, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
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Well, the holiday gorging has definitely made me feel like enjoying food more mindfully (or, at any rate, more vegetable-ly and less milk-fat-product-ly!).

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:January 3rd, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
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I know exactly what you mean. ;-)

Hurrah for you, Gwynne! [hugs]
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From:headrush100
Date:January 2nd, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
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Just do the best you can, as often as you can, in ways big and small, is my plan! Easier said than done, but we persevere!

*hugs and pats and more hugs and pats*
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From:laurawise
Date:January 3rd, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
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You have an excellent plan, A. Cheers, hugs and support!
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From:freixenet
Date:January 3rd, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
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I admire your self discipline. In fact, I'm in awe of it. Happy new year!
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From:laurawise
Date:January 3rd, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
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I'm not at ALL self-disciplined, really! But I do a nice impression of it. ;-)

Hugs and a happy (if cold) day, F!
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From:pinkdormouse
Date:January 3rd, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
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I need to get back into the writing habit properly.

Happy New Year!
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From:laurawise
Date:January 4th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
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Happy New Year to you, and happy writing in 2010!
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From:stateless82
Date:January 4th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
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You ask the best and the hardest questions. :-)

You know, it never occurred to me that the word enjoy should be included in my hopes/plans for the year. It opens up some possibilities.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 4th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
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You should definitely enjoy yourself, Susan! :-)

[urges you on]
[sends good thoughts and hugs]

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