year of the pig

Top of the morning to you! Are you ready for the Year of the Earth Pig? Chinese New Year is on February 5th. 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 two years to regularly make time for exercise, which I attribute primarily to fatigue and a lack of motivation. I’ve been told over and over again that exercise helps fight that fatigue. Well, it worked when I was in grad school; however, once I entered the professional work field, prioritizing my health went down the tube. Anyway, I’m determined this year to be fully in control of my mind, body and spirit. No more blaming work or anything else for a lack of good health, spiritually, physically and emotionally. I’m focusing on bringing more joy into my life via music, creativity, yoga and learning. 

This morning during yoga, I felt anxiety right at the center of my chest. I set an intention for clarity and creativity and to let go of judgment and self-doubt. I’m facilitating a training over the weekend with two of my co-workers, which always brings some stress and anxiety. This calls for preparation, clarity, and flexibility because things just don’t always go the way I anticipate. I feel much more confident when all of my ducks are in a nice, pretty row; however, often life calls for flexibility and to go with plan B. 

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.


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