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This Is The New Year

Happy New Year. I hope that however you chose to ring in the new year was fun and that you were surrounded by friends, family or loved ones.

I started my new year by staying in bed as long as possible. I think it was 10:45 when I finally got up to make coffee and breakfast.

Blueberry buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup,  a Morningstar “sausage” patty and orange slices.

And then I baked cookies…because baking cookies after eating pancakes (on New Year’s Day) is completely logical. 😉 Peanut butter cookies with white chocolate chips. They are slightly salty and delicious.

Sullie got a loooonnnngggg overdue bath this afternoon. I can’t help but to take pictures of her after bath time. She ran around the house like a wild child, dive bombing her face into the floor and then got in bed to sulk. Too cute.

After the second day in a row of staying in my PJs until 3:30, I got myself in the shower and to a yoga class. I hadn’t practiced in two weeks and it just seemed like the right way to start the new year.

I went to Suzanne’s class at Charlotte Yoga and I must share with you the reading from today. I am still in the process of figuring out what my goals and intentions are for 2012 but these words certainly gave me a jumping off point. This is from Debbie Ford’s New Year’s Ritual.

The Vow

~ My life is worth a billion blessings to all those I meet on my journey.
~ I am the heaven and all that exists in the sky above.
~ I am the vastness of my greatest thought and the infinite power that sources and sustains the entire universe.
~ On this day, I will remember who I am, what I am here for and why I choose the experiences that have come into my path this past year.
~ Today, I promise to leave the smallness of my darkest thoughts and melt with open arms into the never-ending, all-powerful love of my highest self.
~ Today, I surrender into the open arms of 2012, allowing each day of the upcoming year to surprise, comfort and nourish my soul’s deepest desires.
~ I vow to return the spark of the divine and use my power to light up the world.
~ This year, I will give to others what I want back for myself.
~ If I want love, I will find ways to love each and every person I come across.
~ If I want peace, I will think peaceful thoughts, say peaceful words and pray for peace for all those who are living in chaos, including myself.
~ If I want success, I will work diligently to help those around me succeed. I will stay focused, do my absolute best and seek excellence in everything I do.
~ If I want respect, I will begin by respecting life and all that comes with it. I will respect those around me and those who work hard to make this planet a better place. I will respect the earth, my body, my past and the gifts that I hold and I will surrender judgement for reverence.

In 2012, I trust that what I give the world will be given back to me.  

Make 2012 count.

{ 17 comments… add one }
  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate January 1, 2012, 8:03 pm

    I would like a pancake recipe please! 🙂

  • Diane M January 1, 2012, 8:16 pm

    Happy New Year Jen! I hope all is well with you. I’m planning to take your 4:20 on Tuesday!
    As for Sullie, she is absolutely darling! 🙂

  • Ashley January 1, 2012, 9:23 pm

    I absolutely love that excerpt to trust what you give the world will be given back to you. I’ve already begun to teach myself to love unconditionally and show everyone love. I’m a work in progress but def. working towards a better self. Sadly, I got into a heated argument this holiday season with a family member regarding loving everyone regardless of their intentions toward you. I truly believe it. I guess I already started in a way using my light to try to open people’s mind out of their darkness. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year!

  • HRCK the Herald January 1, 2012, 9:29 pm

    LOVE that last quotation about trusting that what you give the world will be given back. I really do believe you reap what you sow.

    Happy New Year, Jen!

  • Courtney @ Cookin Up Life January 1, 2012, 10:27 pm

    That is a great reading to start the new year 🙂 Thanks for sharing!! Happy New Year!

  • Courtney @ Fitness With A Fork January 1, 2012, 11:57 pm

    I love the quote! Could I possibly get the cookie recipe, please? 🙂

  • Cate January 2, 2012, 12:13 am

    Happy New Year! Glad you liked the cookies 🙂

  • Bess @ Bess Be Fit January 2, 2012, 12:31 am

    Your pancakes, cookies, puppy, and yoga practice all look great! LOVE the excerpt! I look forward to continue to follow your health and fitness journey in 2012!! Thanks for being awesome 🙂

  • Hannah January 2, 2012, 7:37 am

    Aw, Sullie looks so cute and I love that excerpt. I kinda want to make a cool graphic of it and hang it somewhere in my apartment.

    Happy new year!

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) January 2, 2012, 8:09 am

    Love that quote/reading. I think it is SO important that we all focus on the following: “I will remember who I am, what I am here for and why I choose the experiences that have come into my path this past year.”

  • Jen@FoodFamilyFitness January 2, 2012, 4:18 pm

    Happy 2012 Jen!

  • Kira January 2, 2012, 5:59 pm

    I really like that reading. In fact, I might use it as our “centering moment” for our chaplain resident group! I especially like “the smallness of my darkest thoughts” and leaving that. Every time I focus on those thoughts, God/the universe does something to get me out of them!

  • Alaina January 2, 2012, 7:07 pm

    I’ve never thought about mixing peanut butter with while chocolate! Those look amazing!

    Happy New Year Jen!!!! 😀

  • Tamara January 3, 2012, 8:23 pm

    LOVEEE that reading! Thank you for sharing! Happy 2012 🙂
    I made pancakes on New Years Day too … And homemade pizza! Perfect way to start the new year.

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