Archive for December, 2012
2012 was a great year. As I review some of the goals I set for Operation 2012, check the accomplishments-
- to have a complete cardiac work-up done by March- COMPLETED
to attend a level 1 KB workshop for ceu’s- COMPLETED
- to become more fluent in American Sign Language- BETTER, NOT GREAT
- to host another Y21SR workshop, with at least 20 attendees- COMPLETED
- to read one book every two weeks- NOT QUITE EVERY TWO WEEKS, BUT READ LOTS OF BOOKS
- to make more money than I did in 2011- COMPLETED
- to step out of my comfort zone and take a Zumba class- COMPLETED
- to begin and finish writing a curriculum for a workshop to teach as continuing ed- IN THE WORKS
The last few weeks I have spent some time thinking about goals and aspirations for the new year. Again, there is a great mix of both personal and professional. To make it a little more interesting this year, I’m including pictures 🙂
What are your goals for 2013?!
Sometimes we really aught to be careful what we wish for. It is my first time back in Wisconsin for the holiday season and I was hoping for a white Christmas. And boy, did that wish come true. Take a look at some of the pics I’ve taken over the past 24 hours.
Being that today marks the first official day of winter, let’s talk about some winter safety.
- Dress infants and children warmly for outdoor activities. Several thin layers will keep them dry and warm. Don’t forget warm boots, gloves or mittens, and a hat.
- Frostbite happens when the skin and outer tissues become frozen. This condition tends to happen on extremities like the fingers, toes, ears and nose. They may become pale, gray and blistered. At the same time, the child may complain that his/her skin burns or has become numb.
- Cold weather does not cause colds or flu. But the viruses that cause colds and flu tend to be more common in the winter, when children are in school and are in closer contact with each other. Frequent hand washing and teaching your child to sneeze or cough into the bend of her elbow may help reduce the spread of colds and flu.
- Sleds should be structurally sound and free of sharp edges and splinters, and the steering mechanism should be well lubricated.
- The sun’s rays can still cause sunburn in the winter, especially when they reflect off snow. Make sure to cover your child’s exposed skin with sunscreen.
- Remember, “eyes on the road, hands on the wheel.” Drivers must continue to focus on the road, while avoiding the numerous driver distractions such as cell phones, texting, GPS, the wide array of possible diversions.
Wishing you and your family a very happy, healthy and joyous holiday season!
Many of us have heavy hearts and ache right now. Healing takes time, and we all have our way to heal. Sometimes it means speaking with others, going on a silent retreat, lighting a candle or spending time in nature. Personally I find there are many ways to begin the healing process and it often begins with writing.
After the infamous tragedy of what happened in Newtown, CT Friday afternoon, I took to my journal. This is part of what I wrote:
Yoga Sutra 1.33 states that “By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous and disregard for the wicked, the mind stuff will remain calm.” This has recently become my mantra, a go-to phrase when my mind goes a little crazy, things feel like they’ve become disconnected.
With that, after today’s events in CT where a young man open fired at an elementary school and killing several people including young kids, I may struggle to believe that 1.33 can always be true. I am sad and my heart aches for our nation as people feel this is the best approach to solving their problems. I fear that my niece and nephew could bear witness to such an act. This is something no student or teacher should ever face. Schools are often considered a safe haven for many. And most of the time they are.
So I return to my mantra and hold my mala beads, maybe, just maybe, I can find a way for 1.33 to be true today.
May we all take a few moments to breathe, hug a loved one, smile at a stranger and find healing in our own way.
During my yoga class on Saturday I shared a reading about creating visions. Visions of who we want to be, where we want to go and what we want to do. And part of that vision may be:
Do you choose to make the time, put in the hard work, eat right, get plenty of sleep, stay healthy as a reason to suffer the pain of discipline?
Do you choose to use holiday parties, social engagements, work and every other excuse as a reason to suffer the pain of regret?
We ring in the new year just a short three weeks from today; I encourage you to begin creating your vision.