Unfolding the New Year

Photo: Oregon Coast Sunset, Patricia Young

The beginning of a new year is a good time to evaluate your situation in life and think about the positive changes you can make to enrich your future. We get ourselves in a slump over the year, just trying to keep up with our daily routine and all the events in our lives – planned and unplanned, and we may get hung up in all the details without even knowing what happened.

I like to think of the first of the year as time to reflect, rethink, plan and collect my thoughts. Each year I tend to go through the same process, realizing all the things I should do that I haven’t done yet, including the things I’ve been telling myself repeatedly over the years to change or improve on – and in most cases making little progress.

This year, I’m realizing something more strongly than ever about life in general – my mind (thinking and thoughts), spirit (relationship with God), and body (physical well-being) are tied up all together in one. If any of these is lacking, the other things suffer as well.  So, in order to stay on a positive, productive, healthy track, I need to feed of each of these aspects of my being equally well.

With spiritual, mental, and physical well-being in line, we are able to fulfill our goals, make the changes we desire to make, give back to the world, and stay on track. It is my prayer for the New Year to stay focused on this knowledge.

Here is my holistic plan:

• Study the nature of healthful foods and incorporate them into my diet.

• Get out and exercise more frequently and ride my bike to work more often.

• Practice positive thinking and mental awareness by exercising my mind and eating good brain-food and filling my thoughts with creative ideas.

• Make plans that will help me organize my daily routine, physical surroundings, and creative time.

• Take time each day to read scripture, pray, meditate, and listen to God.

• Invite God into my life each day, and ask for His guidance in all that I do.

• Ask God to speak to me while I listen, and to let me know what He wants from me so I can serve His purpose on earth.

And more literally and immediately I need to:

• Paint the bathroom this weekend! (Already bought the paint)

• Clean my art  studio – get rid of old things, devise ways to store useful things, find homes for some of the old paintings (auctions, friends, family)

• Paint the (Acrylic) paintings I’ve planned for my next show at Roy John’s Studio *
(starting March 1 through April 30).

• Give blankets and jackets away to the church or Gospel Mission (that are in good shape, but we don’t need)

• Clean out the basement – sort items for garage sale, give-away, throw-away, give-back.

• Go through all my old photos (in the boxes) and place in photo albums, storage files, etc. (Organize them to give to my children someday.)

• Make the basement living space more “livable” (press-on tiles, paint walls, put up more shelving and organize shelves, add lighting where needed, etc.)

• Create that “wine cellar” with a mural and ceramic floor tile in the under-porch room! The way that I’ve always wanted to do.

Well, there you have it! The list I’ve created as goals and reminders for making 2014 the best it can be. These are not resolutions so much as plans, goals, and ideas for improving my corner of the world. I hope that your year is a good one and that you can accomplish the things you desires with a joyful heart, a peaceful mind, and many moments that turn out better than you expected them to be.

* Roy John Designer Goldsmith, on Court Street in beautiful downtown Salem, Oregon ~ Artist reception and openings on First Wednesdays, March 5th and April 2nd, 2014 ~ The show hangs for 2 months. Hope to see you there!