I have to admit, while I take good care of myself with common sense 'Daily Resolves' (simple things that we know we 'should do' for good health like regular exercise, plenty of sleep, healthy eats, adequate water intake, and 'metime' to unwind with fun activities and friends) - I sometimes neglect to take longer vacations where I really unwind. I need to do better.
As a self-employed professional, in 1999 I built my business around the things I love to do: communications, fundraising and photography for Members of Congress, nonprofits, associations, corporations, and government in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Region. It does keep me hopping. Being self-employed makes for very long days, weeks and months, which is not healthy. So I am working harder to plan longer vacations where I am able to totally unplug and rest for at least a week. I even went so far as to purchase a travel franchise, so that I can build events, conferences and meetings on ships into my existing business. The goal is two-fold: add one more service to my portfolio (something that I love to do, plan travel) and take more trips for work and for fun.
With that in mind, I am 'on vacation' in the Caribbean this week with good friends on a fabulous Celebrity Ship that is dropping anchor in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. I am having a ball eating, drinking, chatting, walking, reading, shooting photos, and 'yes' relaxing. I am doing and thinking about absolutely nothing for good chunks of my time this week, which is not easy for me to do, as I love to pack every minute of the day with activities. I am definitely a 'doer'!
So this week, and on a more regular basis at home, I intend to 'Master The Art Of Doing Nothing', with a smile on my face and a song in my heart, as part of my Third Annual I Resolve To . . . Challenge: 365 Resolutions For Health & Happiness. Why not join me? The objective is very simple: Do at least one thing each and every day to promote health and happiness for 'YOU'. Banish the 'Someday, Someday, Someday Syndrome'. Instead, make every day New Year's Day. Make every day count with 'daily resolves'. The list of possibilities is infinite and can be tailored to your own dreams, resolutions and daily goals. If you need some help - a little nudge, a bit of inspiration, tips, advice, and news about the best ways to make resolutions a reality - please use IResolveTo.Com as one of your resources. To see my personal 'Health & Happiness Tapestry', click through my 2009-2011 Photo-Resolutions, each one documents my journey toward greater health and happiness! Resolve365 in 2011.
To better organize myself, each weekend I am posting a Daily Resolve 'To Do List' - at least seven resolutions from my 'Health & Happiness Tapestry' that I plan to achieve, and I will undoubtedly throw in some new ones along the way. My Daily Resolve 'To Do List' is one more way to focus and track the small daily steps that I take toward health and happiness. For decades, I have tracked my dreams, resolutions and daily resolves in my journal and on my calendars. Based on my brainstorming this weekend, for the coming week, I intend to welcome Spring with open arms and head outdoors for some glorious sunshine, warm temperatures and fresh air - here are a few highlights:
I RESOLVE TO . . .
- Be open to adventure (check).
- Remember to wear my sunscreen (check)!
- Enjoy good conversation, food and drink with dear friends (check).
- Walk, walk, walk and soak up sights, sounds, smells in new locales (check)!
- Unplug my computer and Blackberry, except for one 15-minute daily check in (check).
- Roll with any small glitches that occur on vacation, let nothing spoil days at sea (check)!
- Savor the smell of salt air, the gently rolling waves, and gorgeous view off our balcony & decks (check).
The whole purpose of daily resolves is to mindfully inject a small bits of joy and healthy habits into each and every day. The small daily steps do add up to big results over time because they are concrete and manageable (which helps to eliminate the fear factor and sense of being overwhelmed). That said, what is really important is 'right now' - enjoying each and every moment of the journey toward health, happiness and making dreams a reality!
Remember: I Resolve To . . . Achieve My New Year Resolutions, One Resolution, One Day At A Time For One Year. It's your choice. Do it today. Turn your resolution into reality in five simple, common sense steps: Dare To Dream, Decide, Define, Develop A Plan, and Do It Daily. Make your resolution a permanent Lifetime Resolution, something that's with you for good! Above all, Be A Resolutionista, someone who makes resolutions, keeps resolutions, and enjoys the journey! Let's Go For It!
Need More Inspiration? Wear Your Resolution By Visiting The I Resolve To . . . Shop At CafePress: IResolve To . . . Resolutionista Gear And By Joining The Official I Resolve To . . . Group At Gather.Com. Get going on your 2011 New Year Resolutions with the I Resolve To . . . Worksheet 2011. View my 2009-2011 Health & Happiness Tapestry by clicking through Daily Resolve Photo-Resolutions.
Kim M. Simpson - March 27, 2011
Copyright © I Resolve To® . . . * All Rights Reserved.