|We had too much fun trying to get a pic w/ us both in it|
I have also been inspired by Keiko over at Hannah Wept, Sarah Laughed and decided to join her in living a fertile life in 2012 and take on 12 months, and 12 challenges. It basically means that each month you focus on one specific challenge. You do something every day for one whole month. It seems easy enough. I love the way she laid her goals out in six different focus areas and have decided to do the same. These six focus are nourishment, connection, balance, movement, creation, and exploration which means there are two months to focus on each area. I have laid my year out as follows:
- January: (nourishment)- I am going to get back to being faithful to my diet program with the shakes. I promise to drink a shake, replacing at least one meal a day, preferably two. I had a delicious mocha latte shake for breakfast this morning (as well as the last few days) so I feel like I'm already on track. This will hopefully help me make up for not gaining or losing a single pound during the past month.
- Febuary: (balance)- I plan to do yoga every single day. I won't make myself promise to do it for any certain amount of time or anything, 5 minutes, 50 minutes, it will all be beneficial. I find it particularly enjoyable after running. And a nice quick walk in the mornings usually means I am not as sore during the day after a run.
- March: (movement)- I will run or at least walk every day this month. My first 5k is March 21st so there will be a lot of training anyway and I need to make sure not to use my rest days to just be a couch potato.
- April: (exploration)- I promise to go on a hike EVERY SINGLE DAY, even if that means I have to get up early. I live way too close to some beautiful trails to not make this a goal. I think it will be the perfect weather (even if a bit wet) and I can't wait to start seeing the signs of forest life start to emerge again.
- May: (connection)- I don't talk to my family and friends on the phone very often (including my husband). I avoid the phone quite a bit, even ignoring calls in my lap sometimes. I don't really know why. I will change this, even if only for the month and promise to call one family member or close friend each day, even if just to tell them how much I love them and miss them.
- June: (balance)- This will likely be the month that I will be taking the NCLEX and getting my first nursing job. I promise myself to find at least 10 minutes every day to meditate and do some deep breathing. I know this month is likely to be a little hectic, packed with studying and learning new responsibilities, so it will definitely take some effort not to let myself get off kilter.
- July: (nourishment)- This is my favorite time of year to go to the Farmer's Market. So much variety and you have to get out there nice and early before the heat kills you. I just love getting up early and coming home with a bag full of fruits and veggies and possibilities. So every day this month, I will cook something good for us with at least one ingredient from our awesome local Farmer's Markets.
- August: (exploration)- I will explore new worlds every day through reading. I hope to read at least 5 new books this month, reading a little bit every day.
- September: (creation)- In preparation for the coming cooler weather, I will knit every day. Matt thinks I should knit him a Tom Baker scarf (and kudos if you know who that is) so perhaps that is just what I will do.
- October: (movement)- Call it cheating, but I just really love hiking. I will hit the trails every day this month exploring and moving my legs. Something about just slipping my hiking boots puts butterflies in my belly.
- November: (creation)- NaBloPoMo! I will blog every day. And with any luck, we will have more that enough to write about!
- December: (connection)- I will spend 30 minutes every evening with no tv, no radio, no computer, just loving on my husband. Time for us to cuddle and catch up and draw another year to a close.
|Matt is way out there pondering the meaning of life|
|I wanted a cliche picture on Hawksbill Crag too.|
|We climbed down a few levels to explore inside the waterfall|