2018, I am…Leaning in.

Five, four, three, two, one…Happy New Year!  As the ball dropped at the start of the New Year, many of us made new year resolutions. Maybe it’s to lose weight, eat healthier, find a new job or something else that is personally desired to improve on. I for one don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I see resolutions as wishes, hope without real intent or a thought out plan of how to fully commit and accomplish the desired wish. Instead of a resolution, I choose to lean further into finding my spiritual side and to open my mind and heart deeper on this incredible journey of life. I am free of fear.

This year, the weather has been brutally cold in the northern midwest and opportunities for hiking have been few and far between, which has greatly reduced my spiritual sanctuary. If you haven’t figured it out by my previous blogs, I love hiking. And while the winter provides new perspectives of landscapes and views all covered in ice and snow, minus 10 degrees is just ridiculously cold and downright dangerous. So this winter, I’ve been getting my steps in on a treadmill and yep, some mall walking…minus the fanny pack and water bottle hip belt…for now… I wonder what the mall authorities would think if I walked around with a full out backpack, only to stop and fire up some lunch on my camp stove, or sling up the hammock for a quick nap by the fountain? I am in control.

Just prior to Christmas, I had another severe panic attack. My fear story had caught me with my guard down. It allowed an opportunity for doubt and anxiety to sneak in, and it kicked me right where it hurts, all while my ego then took over control of my every thought. It wasn’t very pretty.  Staying on the path to fighting my fear and finding meaningful purpose is not always an easy task. These sneak attacks can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere, just as it did when I let my guard down. Understanding that exact moment when you stray from the path, acknowledge your misstep, and pull yourself back into living an intentional life is so powerful. Trust me, this is not an easy skill to learn, but important to learn before you get lost and find yourself in a state of panic. This is obviously something that I know I need to improve on. I am found.

So, as the ball dropped to ring in 2018, this year once again, no New Year’s resolutions. Just a focused continuation to further lean into living an extraordinary life and to identify my personal warning signs before I end up on the floor, curled up in a ball sucking my thumb again.  So, until the weather breaks, I’ll spend my time walking indoors, reading and listening to spiritual and personal guidance books, sound healing, meditating, and fostering friendships with like-minded people. I am going to beat RA, I am fearless, and I am going to Be_again.

My life coach who just happens to be my wife! 2017 Soldiers Pass, AZ.  Here is where she introduced me to sound healing. If you visit Sedona, visit Three Trees you’ll be amazed.  http://www.threetreessedona.com

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