“nothing changes until something moves”

IMG_7048Yes. I am one of those people who believes in making New Year’s Resolutions – really, positive resolutions of any kind at any time. Running, among other things, has taught me in a very practical way the importance of goal setting. It’s a very good thing to have a calendar with your upcoming expectations on it – the miles you’ll cover, the core workouts, the race you’ll run. Then, you know what you have to do in a day to get to your goal, and the satisfaction of checking things off. Ultimately, you have your accomplishment in hand. Then, of course, you set a new goal. And it all feels very good.

So it is in other areas of life. And there are a number of important areas in my life that desperately need attention, certainly some goals are worthy here. In fact, I have been flying in the clouds for quite some time, and I need to pop out where the sun is shining. I must.

Today is my prelude to that new year of goals and their pursuit. I will attempt to blog the journey, because art, writing – really, creativity of all flavors – is part of that path.  Hence, I give you Verulomar – my little land of exploration and selfhood discoveries.

The name is just a reminder to me of the big points on the path. They include …..

But, ooh, wait, it is scary to write these things down, to commit to doing them. In the end, after all, the commitment is to myself, and I believe that is what makes it so difficult. Precisely why I will commit to doing them. I am learning self-compassion.

So, yes, I will be good to myself this year with:

  • A willingness to explore new ways to love myself and others.
  • License to create any which way I can whether it’s writing, or pen and ink, or textiles.
  • A return to the nutrient-rich, simple diet I love.
  • A renewed commitment to running and other exercise.

So my blog name is sort of an abbreviation of the mantra. Verulomar – wherein ‘ve’ reminds me of nutrition and my fave VEggies. ‘Ru’ reminds me of running. ‘Lom’ reminds me to love – myself and others. And ‘ar’ reminds me of art and creativity.

And I am setting some very practical smaller goals to make sure I reach the big ones. Because part of the problem with flying aimlessly around in the clouds is that it is so hard to make yourself pull back on the controls and aim higher. For. Whatever. Reason. (wink)