Oh, hi, new year (a few weeks late). I do love a new start and usually take great pleasure in making a plan but this year I just was not drawn to the idea of making resolutions. I think it might be that I am a bit of a rebel at heart and the minute I tell myself something like "you have to _____ every day" a little uncooperative part of me starts to squirm and figure out a way out of the suddenly uncomfortable grip of it. Especially if it's self imposed. (To be more precise, I think Gretchen Rubin would say I'm a questioner or an obliger rather than an out-and-out rebel.)
Then recently I remembered how much I loved the start of each new semester--high school through grad school, really--with the whole slate of new classes and possibilities. The reading list. The syllabus. Running into friends and comparing schedules: what are you taking? The three-month timeline was just right: long enough to dive in deeply but short enough to avoid tiring of the topics.
With that in mind, I thought I would use a kind of semester course approach to the new year to try to outfox that pesky little rebel residing in the self-control part of my brain. For me, thinking of them as things I'm learning and practicing makes it more palatable. I settled on a couple of topics based on the things that have been pressing at me and tickling the edges of my mind.
>> Heartedness Theory (open-, whole-, soft-, and being present). Lately I have wanted to really understand how to be present, have a peaceful heart, and love better. Pretty grandiose and nebulous, right? Well, that's the beauty of treating it as a theoretical class: part spiritual study, part relationship lab. My reading list includes some old favorites and new finds that I'm sure will show up here along the way.
>> Get My Heart Pumping: A Cross Fit Approach. I started doing a Cross-fit 90 Day Challenge a couple of weeks ago. It suits me perfectly: each evening they post the next day's workout and then I do it. Simple as that. It's short (usually 20 minutes or so) but intense and I love the novelty of receiving a different set of "marching orders" every day. I'm following Cross-fit Mamas and really like it.
>> Lettering 1. Letter writing. I love it but don't do it enough. I love reading collections of letters (I think EB White's is particularly wonderful) and want to practice writing more and better letters to connect with people I love and people I want to know better. (Emails count but letters are better).
>> Lettering 2. Practicing and mastering hand lettering. I've tinkered with this since I was about 12 but I want to improve and experiment. You know those Pinterest-ubiquitous chalkboard masterpieces? I would be over the moon to know how to do that.
I'd love to know: Do you have any recommended reading for these?
So...what are you taking this semester?