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Ringing in 2014

Posted by: on Jan 1, 2014 | 5 Comments

Happy New Year!

This year we celebrated with some friends at our house over homemade pizza and hummus and went to see our friend’s band play. We started the night early, making pizzas in our half sized oven with everything from goat, blue, feta, and mozzarella cheeses to avocado, olives, peppers, onions, and fresh basil. Our friend made a blender full of hummus with olives, chickpeas, balsamic vinegar, and spices galore. We even broke out some of our home fermented kombucha. We had the chimenea burning on the back deck. I ceremoniously burned a craft project from 4th grade, a canvas I found at my dad’s house and couldn’t quite figure out what to do with. It was too important to just throw away. Somehow burning is like sending it off to him. Before heading to the pub for live music, we had everyone write something they wanted to get rid of or leave behind for the new year and then burn it in the fire. I burned laziness, judgement, and negativity. Remember last year, when I resolved not to judge others’ shopping carts? I’m still working on that one. These are vague concepts but habits I am working on breaking, like staying in bed for those extra 15 minutes. Burning them ceremoniously felt cleansing and renewing. It’s a nice reminder and a fun group activity.

I like making resolutions. The new year naturally inspires me to reflect on the past year as well as start looking forward. Resolutions provide a medium for both leaving things behind and gaining new habits. I like to make simple positive resolutions that are attainable yet offer me lots of potential to grow. And I don’t judge myself harshly when I don’t keep them (there’s that non-judgement theme again). I believe resolutions are intended to inspire positive growth and therefore any progress you made is worth celebrating. Part of my new year’s celebration involved looking back at the resolutions I made last year and evaluating my progress. While I didn’t strictly adhere to my resolutions, I did progress. I resolved to do yoga for at least an hour every day. I did not. However, I have nearly completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training course. I have one more weekend until I’m a certified yoga instructor. I have greatly increased the time I spend practicing as well as the quality of my practice. I also resolved to write every day. Again, I have not done this. However, I have been writing regularly. I have published several short articles for a local newsletter and even sent an article off to a magazine. It didn’t get published but progress nonetheless. Resolutions or goals if you prefer give me something to work towards and inspire me to learn or try new things whether I make them in January or May. It’s never to late to challenge yourself. In yoga, you give yourself credit for just showing up on your mat. Each day your practice is different and you meet new hurdles. But you are there and you are working. When it comes to resolutions, give yourself credit for noticing you want to make a change. Then put in the work. Don’t get discouraged if one day is more challenging than the next. You can start fresh in every moment.

My 2014 resolutions are similar to last year’s. These are my ideals.

  • Practice yoga daily, even if it’s just a few sun salutations
  • Write. No excuses.
  • Always have a book on writing (or writing inspiration) and yoga/spirituality/joy
  • Make lunch to take to work
  • Snack healthy on fruits, nuts, and vegetables
  • Love and non-judgement of myself and others
  • Take walks
  • Connect in person more often

Today I have loved, connected in person, and written. I downloaded a book on yoga that offers 365 short daily meditations and read the first one. Before I go to bed tonight, I plan to practice yoga and put together tomorrow’s lunch.

Cheers to another year!



  1. mom
    January 1, 2014

    Happy New Year! I love you and your resolutions! Every day is a fresh start.,,

  2. Grandma
    January 2, 2014

    Happy New Year, Hali!
    Keep on keepin’ on, as they used to say; I’ve been doing morning Qi Gong every day since 12/16/09; only missed the day Salem was born. Plan to do 365 this year;
    Today Patrick is 60.
    Lots of love,

  3. Betsy
    January 2, 2014

    Happy New Year Darling Hali!!!
    I Love your resolutions! I usually avoid them… but have made myself a simple one this year… to finish more projects!
    As for the Yoga… just do it!
    I have been doing my daily Qi-gong (means Chi practice) since June 1998! I might have missed a day or two when I had the flu…. but did it mentally… always helps too! I figure it is the same as eating and sleeping… we need to do it daily so we do! I find having a ritual helps… and just starting helps….. because so many of the “resistances” are psychological and disappear when we are in the groove!
    Congratulations on your teacher certification!
    Love you!

  4. Laura
    February 6, 2014

    Congrats on becoming a yoga instructor, that is really cool! I’ve been practicing yoga regularly for years now, although not as often as I’d like, I make it to class about once a week. I find it is such a great way to both relax and energize. It’s a great workout, but to me it doesn’t feel like working, it’s fun. What variety of yoga do you practice or are you going to teach?

    • Hali
      February 7, 2014

      Hi, Laura! Thank you! I love yoga and am really glad I did the training. I learned so much. And I feel much more confident in my own practice now. The training was in hot and vinyasa. I plan to teach vinyasa probably about once a week. I find I never regret showing up and practicing even on days when I’m convinced I don’t have the energy. I always feel better once I am practicing.


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