Top of the morning to you! Are you ready for the Year of the Earth Pig? Chinese New Year is on February 5th this year. Per Chinese Zodiac, the Year of the Earth Pig 2019 is supposed to be a year of joy, benevolence and relaxation…Hmmm…as it marks the end of a complete rotation cycle of the twelve signs in the Chinese zodiac. This encourages us to take a well-deserved break and evaluate the previous years. Well, I’ve definitely thought about how much I want to make this a different year than 2018. How about you? I’ve begun the first days of 2019 practicing yoga every morning before work. I’ve failed so many times in the past couple of years to regularly make time for exercise, which I attribute primarily to fatigue, and well, a lack of motivation. It’s hard to be motivated when you’re freakin’ tired, right? I know…I’ve been told repeatedly that exercise helps fight fatigue and energizes you. It has definitely worked for me in the past, like when I was in grad school and life was generally less stressful; however, once I entered the world of professional social work, it’s really consumed most of my time and energy. I don’t have much gas left at the end of the day, if you know what I mean! Anyway, I’m determined this year to be more fully in control of mind, body and spirit. I’d like to focus on bringing more joy into my life through music, creativity, yoga and learning. I do LOVE to learn. This morning during yoga, I felt anxiety right at the center of my chest. I set an intention for increased clarity and creativity, to let go of self-judgment, self-doubt, anxiety and pressure. I’m facilitating a training over the weekend with two of my co-workers, which always brings some stress and anxiety. I also need to work on NOT over-committing this year. Always gets me into trouble! As I begin my day, I hope to keep a steady heart and peaceful mind. I hope to accomplish what is meant to be accomplished, even if it isn’t quite what I initially set out for. May you also have a day and year full of peace, clarity and joy even amidst the mess that is so often our lives.