Skipping the gym in favor of hot vinyasa classes at my favorite yoga studio. Loving the peace of mind and detox effects that come with renewing my commitment to regular practice. Feeling a sense of health and a glow that only yoga brings me. Not missing the treadmill.

Slowing down the pace. Allowing myself the time and space to focus inward and take it easy. Writing more. Drawing more. Sitting down with this book and a cup of tea for several hours at a time.

Cooking homemade meals almost daily (a ritual that got a little bit lost in the craziness of the holidays). Trying new flavor combinations. Paying close attention to what I'm hungry for, and cooking nourishing meals that satisfy me with their warmth and depth of flavor. Paying less attention to strict ideas about "healthy" and "unhealthy" food, and instead, letting my body guide me toward what it needs.

Sending fewer emails, both work and personal. I'm lucky that my workplace instituted an "email savasana," meaning we make an effort to email minimally or not at all, instead connecting in person when we next see that person. It's amazing how much mental space an empty inbox has created. I've committed to regular in-person "check-ins" with my manager and my direct reports, and look forward to our catch-up sessions.

Listening to lots of new-to-me music and rediscovering old favorites.

Dreaming of the gourmet food shop I will open one day. It will feature local and sustainable products, and will serve as a community gathering spot for cheese tastings, cooking demos, and wine happy hours.

Saying no to social events in favor of quiet evenings in with the husband and dog. Sharing a homemade meal followed by a movie has become my ideal Friday evening.

Feeling a new softening and gentleness toward myself and others, deep in my soul.



Lauren Stewart said...

Love this post! I get so excited when I have no emails in my inbox/starred messages. :)


AShley said...

what yoga studio do you go to? i'm in Baltimore and am going to be doing YTT in the spring, so would love to try out some new studios :) thanks!

Analiese said...

Hey Ashley! I go to Prana in Annapolis. In Baltimore, I've heard really great things about Lifeline Power Yoga and Charm City Yoga!

Ashley said...

I'll have to try Prana out sometime :) I'm doing my TT at charm city, it's an amazing studio!

Lakshmi Jagad said...

Renewed commitment to my yoga practice. I don't go to a weekly class. I have a routine that I learned on a Sri Sri Yoga workshop and that's what I aim to do every day.

Planting vegetables this Spring

Writing regularly at http://locks.livejournal.com/ and my food blog, http://therichvegetarian.com/.

Educating more and more people about the infinite benefits of yoga and meditation.

Happy New Year, Analiese!

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