Reverb10 was led last year by Gwen Bell, Kaileen Elise, and Cali Harris, to celebrate life and mourn losses. I answered about 5 prompts. This year, I’m creating my own Reverb11. It is a month-long challenge, to blog every day of December, reflect on 2011, and think about 2012. Feel free to answer my prompts or share your own.
Today’s prompt – NOURISH: How did you take care of yourself this year? How will you nourish yourself better next year?
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in the first months of 2011, i did yoga. when my schedule becomes too planned or structured, i start to miss my extra, free time. when i went to yoga once a week, it was a 30-minute drive each way to the studio and 1.5 hours of yoga. but it was incredible. most weeks, i drifted back home feeling incredible–balanced, limber, strong, feeling like things would be ok. but the studio’s class structure resulted in me not signing up for another round. it was good yoga, though. i would like to incorporate yoga more often throughout my week. i haven’t done any for months, at this point, but i’d ultimately like it to be more than once per week. there are three yoga classes at my gym per week, all of which are feasible in my schedule. and i have a yoga mat with me at home all of the time. i need to work this out.
my diet plays a big role, too, obviously–it either nourishes me or makes me feel lousy (i don’t usually find myself anywhere in the middle). it’s hard to find a balance sometimes, since nice long dinners over a bottle of red wine nourish me, too. but between those, i should eat lighter, so i feel nourished in all ways. i’d like to revisit my eating habits in the beginning of the year, and see what i can revise about them. i know how to eat well, and i feel great when i do. but for some reason, when i’m away for it for any length of time, it’s hard to adjust back to it.
overall, i feel nourished when i can split my time between alone time reflecting, and time with the people i love, indulging and savoring…
for the rest of my nourishing plans for 2012, i want to: spend more time outside, practice yoga, meditate, people-watch in cafes, spend all night over long dinners of italian food and red wine, keep writing often, travel to more new places.