#KNOWTHISFIX

Hello, last week of January! Last year this time, I was a few weeks into my "Yoga Every Day This Year" challenge (which I did!). How funny that as soon as the new year hit and I'd completed the challenge, I'm all "yoga? Meh. Maybe." Even though I love it and feel all the benefits, I've done it just a few times this year. I'm apparently enjoying the freedom from a task more than the benefits! Ha. The joys of psychology. But I'm actually going to pull the positive out of that: I'm pretty powerful when I have a clear challenge I'm determined to take on. Even if the closing thought is "been there, done that, next". 

I guess that's why it's really more about the core desired feelings and  than the actual goals. So that even if you're tired and motivation might be lacking at the moment, the will to keep going is still there. In that case, I have some re-evaluating to do. Because I still want yoga. And other things. Never too late, though.

Any daily something you're attempting or have going this year? Or always? And your key to motivation? I'm looking for ideas. 

In the meantime, drawing some motivation and inspiration from the links below. 

This past week I've been:

Awed by...

The universe. Nothing like being able to see five planets aligned with the naked eye to help put things in perspective. Going to make a viewing part of my wake-up routine this week.

Inspired by...

Artist, activist, developer Theaster Gates who's reimagining vacant space on the South and West sides of Chicago: "You have to be ready with poetry and pragmatism. And you have to be ready to see the world you want to see, commit to the change and be bold about it." Here's his full interview in the Chicago Tribune.

Daydreaming about...

A Wander Year. A really cool, recently launched opportunity to take your life abroad and live in four different countries on four different continents over a year starting August 2016. For a start-up fee and then monthly "rent", the program arranges all logistics and even helps arrange remote work options. Now taking applications! Apply here.

Thankful for...

The Gifts of Hibernation. As someone who tends to get the winter blues, I'm taking this cue from writer Andreana E. Lefton: "I am learning to see hibernation as a time to retreat from the world, yes. It is also a time for my own unspoken philosophy to come into clearer focus. In this way, hibernation is a time of approach. I am approaching the truth in me, a movement that requires both patience and trust."

Reminded that...

Nikita's #myKSS reflection rings true: "I know myself better now than I did last year or the year before or even 10 years before that. I’ve dealt with situations that I previously thought would have broken me and I’m still here. It’s at the zenith of highs and at the nadir of lows that I’ve had those “aha” moments in discovering me and, despite whatever circumstance, they’re amazing."

Watching...

Serena Williams kick butt at the Australian Open. Love watching her play. And win.

Listening to...