I’m playing a belated Friday Five from RevGalBlogPals on Resolutions:
1. In the past, what resolution has been your most successful? What change have you made that has been the most beneficial, to your mood, health, finances, or other way of being in the world?
In 2012, I wanted to make space for my business. I took an online class in getting organized from the Artbiz Coach, Alyson Stanfield. She asked us to take before pictures, and then create a space where we could work on our business. Stratoz encouraged me to get a standing desk, so I could get away from all the sitting, and so I commissioned Dave and Mindy Spray of Creative Wood Designs by DAMI. Dave measured the corner, and my height from elbow to floor and worked with me to create a desk that fit me. I am amazed and how standing makes it easier for me to organize, to make to-do lists, and feel at ease rather than hunched over the dining room table with piles of stuff. My desk has a big drawer, storage under the drafting top, and a flat area for a pencil cup.
2. What is one thing you hope to do differently this year with regard to health, either physical or spiritual?
Discovering the Alexander Technique as a way to find more ease in my movement and in the studio was wonderful in 2012, and now I want to incorporate the idea of “constructive rest” into my daily life, and rest breaks while I am working in the studio, which is part of having compassion for myself. F.M. Alexander, originator of the technique, believed that we are a unity of mind and body that makes up the self, that English doesn’t have a word to describe this whole unity of the physical-mental-emotional-spiritual self.
3. What is one thing you hope your family will do differently this year, ways to deepen your connections with those you love.
More art and jazz dates with Stratoz. We both tend to lack momentum in getting out of the house, or are busy with craft shows, but when we go on a date it’s awesome.
4. What is one thing you hope your community of faith will consider doing differently this year?
Stratoz attends the church on the corner, and there’s a new rector who just arrived in September, after an 8 year search. I know people from this congregation than any one I ever was a member of, and they have a welcoming spirit, and I hope they find ways of being emboldened in sharing this welcome with the community.
5. In what area would you most like to learn to be gentle with yourself? For what would you most like to forgive yourself? Share your ideas and strategies for extending yourself the kind of grace we know we are assured of.
I want to be gentle with my body, and give myself enough rest, and the opportunity to release tensions that accumulate in my muscles. I want to have compassion for myself, and rest in the idea that there is no “perfect”, and to practice letting go of tasks before I “feel done” with them.