The new year has been so very good to me! :)
I seem to have hit some new stride or something. I have renewed energy, lusty thoughts (and a fun guy to act upon them with), creative ideas bubbling up at a job that encourages original and innovative thought, good writing with strong character development, more knowledge (taking a course I got from Dave about Transcendentalism from THE GREAT COURSES), more outdoor time (despite it being January).... it all seems to firing on all cylinders. I have been able to manage my online time - so I feel more connected to my local friends and interests - while not letting longtime cyberfriendships slide. and the gym - gosh howdy - the gym is AWESOME - and everytime I head out on a longer bike ride I feel even MORE energetic and engaged in getting in better shape.
Last winter I can remember hating the darkness, this year I've been able to manage it with time outdoors during the day at work. (my hour reading alone in the courtyard by my office is a great gift to myself) My relationship is strong, honest, adventuresome and sexy. and I'm being gentler on myself -- and allowing myself a pace to grow whether thats at the gym, at the office or at the piano keyboard. My goals of feeling more free and less 'structured-to-death' in my daily schedule has really worked. It all starts each day with meditation - quite sitting and contemplation - followed by coffee and my daily Thoreau "Simplification" 365 post. It's all about setting a mental tone - and staying in that place. allanh
said recently that he'd noticed that I was more grounded these days - and it's interesting to start to notice that myself, across the board.