Best Practices and Mantras for a New Chapter

In my adult life, the thought of new year’s resolutions induces the heaviest sigh. Throughout high school and college, I made new year’s resolutions because I thought it was something one did to become a responsible adult and a better person. I never kept up with them though because they rarely aligned with whatever was going on with my life at the time, and I got bored of them so quickly.

As I write this now, all I keep thinking is that time is man-made, time never stops, problems don’t disappear on January 1, and changes for the better shouldn’t be reserved for a fresh calendar year. Life, goals, and dreams are constantly shifting and evolving so it’s important to stay flexible, keep the mind malleable, and make changes when necessary. Instead of resolutions, I find it better to maintain best practices and focus on improving, setting mini goals along the way where I see fit. So here are some of my best practices and mantras I keep in my back pocket as well as some fun to-dos with which to paint on my 2017 canvas.

Fun To-Dos

  • Try aerial yoga (Jan. 17, 2017)
  • Pass level N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test
  • Make a coffee table book of all my favorite travel photos
  • See Lady Gaga in concert
  • Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (someday)
  • Buy a new laptop and mirrorless camera
  • Do the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage / Hike up Mt. Koya
  • Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Africa
  • Travel to South Africa, Vietnam and New Zealand
  • Give more free hugs
Practice & Improvement

  • Read more books on a consistent basis
  • Spend less time on social media
  • Connect into open-minded, international community
  • Work on maintaining mental and physical wellness
  • Continue improving my photography and videography skills
  • Keep up with Japanese language learning
  • Get better at receiving compliments
  • Send more thank you cards and handwritten letters
  • Respond to messages and emails in a timely manner
  • Hone in on and follow my intuition

These are my personal mantras I keep on hand to help me stay grounded through bad days and difficult transitions. I offer them to all of you to interpret for yourselves and incorporate them into your lives in ways that makes sense to you.

  • “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
  • Feed the imagination not the ego
  • Don’t push away, seek to understand
  • Read more books than tweets
  • More faith, less fear
  • Focus on finding solutions instead of placing blame
  • Complaining/whining isn’t a good color on anyone
  • In order to be a teacher of healing, one must first be a student of pain
  • Express love and gratitude face-to-face rather than broadcasting it online
  • “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”

What are your mantras and best practices?

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