January is one of my favorite times of year: the new year. It’s full of hope and promise. A chance to start over, and reinvent oneself. Inspired by others’ intentions and goals for 2017, I’ve created a little list of my own.
Since I don’t set resolutions, I rely on a word of the year to guide me. I start the process in December while I’m meditating. I ask for words that will serve me in the new year and then I wait, and listen. I also spend time taking stock of the past year. Going over all the lessons I’ve learned and taking note of what needs to change. This process takes time, but eventually, the right word surfaces. This year, I chose light as my guidance. There are many reasons I chose it, but the biggest reason being, I simply need more light in my life both literally and metaphorically. Here are 12 things I want to read, listen to, and experience this year that have inspired me to bring more light into my life.
Raise Your Vibration - by Kyle Gray. I'm searching to see the light on a spiritual level so I'm looking forward to diving into this "how-to" book.
In The Dark - by Jason Bawden-Smith. EMF radiation has been on my mind for a quite some time, especially because my son is so interested in mobile technology. While I feel it's important for him to learn, it is more important for me to keep him safe. This is another "how-to" book of ways to limit blue light.
The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks - by Terry Tempest Williams. I received this book for Christmas. It invokes my desire to see the world in my backyard. One day I will take my son to all the national parks, but until he is old enough, I'll be dreaming while reading about them in this book.
Raising Human Beings - by Ross W. Greene, PhD. Raising kids is hard work, but I typically like to navigate the muddy waters by intuition rather than jump on trendy parenting bandwagons. However, when I picked up this book it seemed to summarize exactly what I am trying to do on my own. Perhaps it will shed my light on my parenting process.
This American Life - I don't even know how to explain this amazing podcast. I will start by saying I believe in the power of story telling. Stories can move people emotionally and this podcast has me in regular fits of tears and belly laughs. I listen in the car from here to there about profound American stories.
Cohesive Home - I'm always keeping an eye out for members of my tribe. When I stumbled upon Kate and Melissa on IG, I knew I wanted to be a part of their mission. Their podcasts are short, sweet and down to earth. They have plenty of advice to help me "lighten" my load this year.
On Being with Krista Tippett - I was just introduced to the remarkable body of work by Krista. Her podcasts on spirituality date back to 2001! I have a lot of listening to do, but I have no doubt this will bring more light to my life.
Levison Wood - Wood's recent book Walking the Nile, tells of his trek along the Nile river in Africa. I am inspired by explorers like himself that give me a glimpse of the world I may never see. Thanks to the Dallas Museum of Art, I have the pleasure of hearing him tell stories about his 4,000 mile journey in person.
Creativity - It's an essential part of who I am, and yet I haven't created anything with my hands in months. This year I intend to get back to art journaling. Some of my best ideas come out of my art.
Dance parties - Long before I had a son, got married and became a responsible adult, I would host dance parties...for one. I would turn up the music, loud, and dance as if my life depended on it. My son loves music so much and I think it's time to reinstate dance parties...for two. Dancing brings me so much joy.
Travel - I want to take my travels beyond the pages this year. I'm not sure what is in store for 2017, but I know I'll find it when I arrive there!
Music - In order to have dance parties, there has to be music, but I want to experience more than the private moments at home. I'm looking forward to concerts and discovering new music. Please share you music favorites with me.
What is inspiring you this year? What will you read, listen to and experience. Leave me a comment below.