December 11 – 11 Things What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life? (Author: Sam Davidson)
Eleven things. Can I just name family? Oops - I really did write that out loud. LOL
We got rid of three really big problems this year (location, control of schedule, financial stability). It really did change our lives. So, what else do we need to clean up for 2011?
1. Clutter! We need to take a serious look at our possessions. I'm not really a feng shui fan, but I do feel my house isn't "happy" with all this clutter. We just moved, and know this isn't where we plan to stay for long, so it's really hard to do a thorough unpacking and deal with all this crap!
2. Debt. We're fairly good so far as funds go, but with some "surprise" expenses we are feeling a little less than easy about what we do buy. It would be freeing to get that cleared out again.
3. Our own home. We won't buy our own home in 2011, but I do expect to make some significant strides financially to be prepared for that eventually. So - we would be getting rid of some financial uncertainty, and having to ask before we can paint.
4. My own motorcycle. I want to enjoy being out in the summer with Cabana Boy on my own machine. Yes, it's fun to ride on the back of his, and Yes, he wants me riding "bitch", but there's something about having the power to go out on your own. Again - it's a financial planning thing, but I like it. We'd be getting rid of having to do things together all the time, and the feeling of inequality. Yes, I have bad gadget envy!
5. No Babies. We have three bunnies that have their replicators still intact. We need to get that taken care of so we can let them run together. It also lends to better long-term health, so it's important. We lost too many family furry friends in 2010. We want to make them safer.
6. No surprises. Same as #5, but for the human.
7. Fears. I still struggle with my inner demons. One day at a time, I need to address and conquer them. Personal stability is a better place to be.
8. Physical conditioning. I need to get rid of some weight this year. I need to gain fitness and tone so that I feel better. Feeling better, I will be able to do better and more in 2011! Hello 5-mile challenge!
So - I will count those 8 with the 3 we've already attacked my 11 for 2011.
December 12 – Body Integration This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present? (Author: Patrick Reynolds)
Running. Physical activity. When I feel best and most alive is when I am at my healthy best. Running clears my mind. Opens my heart, renews my spirit. I think best when I run. So much so that I'm frustrated by not being able to remember some of the great creative ideas from my inner muse.
Maybe you've heard of a runner's high? It's real. I crave it. It is addicting and that's no bad thing. I love it when I hit that level. It only takes me about 1.5 miles now to reach that plateau - but it lasts so long that I just keep going. That's why I love a 5-mile run. After 5 miles your body has consumed the energy, hydration and electrolytes available, and needs replenishment. I love a challenge - 5 miles is a great race distance and can easily be stretched to about 10 miles with preparation. Finishing is such a natural high!
Can you see it? Running, biking, weights - my Doc requires me to partake for disease management. I require me to partake to feel fully alive. Don't waste your time. You only have so many days. Grab it!