Now that the year is coming to a close, I like to reflect on the goals and resolutions I set out for myself at the beginning of the year. I took a look and was, again, surprised at the power of setting the intent of accomplishing something. I was able to accomplish every one of my goals without pulling out the list each day and checking off activities. Putting the intent into writing was enough power to succeed. In addition to intent, I set up a private vision board on Pinterest, so I could put the images of my goals into one place.
In 2014, I did meditate more and make a regular practice of it. I got much better at practicing unconditional love. We are so adept at judging and criticising, that it is quite a relief to put that energy elsewhere and simply choose to love and be happy. I maintained and evolved my exercise routines, and developed guarding my heart with trusting submission. It is an area of emotional maturity that will develop for a lifetime, but I do have a better understanding of what that means for me.
In May, I completed my yoga teacher training certification with Andrew Eppler, and have been teaching ever since. It is a major life goal accomplished!
In July, I attended my first major writer's conference at the Romance Writer's of America national convention in San Antonio, Texas. It was an eye opening experience to see so many successful and aspiring authors striving for a common goal. I learned a ton about the business of being a writer. I was delighted to attend workshops and meeting editors and agents. I pitched my novel, Tango on the Heart.
In July, I also started tango dancing again. It was something I tried several years ago, fell in love with, and stopped for some reason. I always wanted to
start again. Since I wrote a novel about a tango dancer, I figured I needed to put my money where my mouth is. I started dancing and have been full speed for the last six months.
In October, I took a bold step and went on vacation by myself to Buenos Aires, Argentina. I went to research for my book and to practice tango in the birthplace of the dance. It was a magical ten days. I never stopped going for one instant and made the most of every moment. I danced and played the tourist and I look forward to my next visit.
In December, I finished the prerequisites for The Writer's Path at Southern Methodist University, and next year, I will enter the competition to go to the New York seminar.
I do believe if you can start, you can finish. Stay tuned for next year's goals. How was your 2014?