Dec. 28th

Prompt: Achieve. What’s the thing you most want to achieve next year? How do you imagine you’ll feel when you get it? Free? Happy? Complete? Blissful? Write that feeling down. Then, brainstorm 10 things you can do, or 10 new thoughts you can think, in order to experience that feeling today. (The Women’s Seder Sourcebook: Rituals & Readings for Use at the Passover Seder @tarasophia)

I’m debating answering this question either realistically or idealistically. Idealistically, I would like to achieve balance in this next year, balance between my personal life and my academic life. But, balance is something we discuss often in my program, and it is something that is hard to ever achieve.

So, I’m going to be realistic and say that I would like to achieve physical fitness. Too long I have said, “I want a nice stomach!” and then given up. Too long I have said, “I want a hyperextended toe-touch jump,” and then stopped. Too long I have said, “I’m gonna dance more!” And stopped. In 2011, I want to defy the past and actually get in rockin’ shape.

It’s not going to be easy, and I’m probably going to be pretty cranky for awhile as I try and re-work my fitness routines. I’m sure it will be worth it in the end. Hopefully, I’ll feel better, I’ll have more energy, and I won’t be criticizing “problem areas” in the mirror. The good thing is, I already like myself as I am– so any improvement will be positive.

However, I’ll have more respect for myself if I accomplish this goal. That’s important, too.

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