And this... is my inspiration for my #3. Treat. Yo. Self.
That's right ya'll, Treat Yo Self. Fun words to say and powerful in their implications when said together. What does this mean for me? This means that I need to remember to do stuff for me because for the most part, no one will do the following things for me...
Do more yoga - and working out in general. I put this into practice this week but think I may have been a little overzelous yesterday after running in the a.m., teaching a mat class last night and then followed that with a heated yoga core kick you in the ass class. Getting up today was difficult and I mean that literally. Note to self: space it out. I have a whole year - and lifetime - to do this.
Get more pedicures. It sounds petty (or pedi - ha) I know, but seriously, I'm on my feet a lot and taking care of your feet is super important, especially when one of my jobs requires me to not wear shoes, and really it just feels good. Plus the pedicure chairs are amazing - practically a full body massage and I admit, I'm a foot looker. One of my good guy friends from childhood-highschool told me fifteen years ago that you can tell a lot about a person by the way they take care of their feet. I found that both fascinating and scary and I have never forgotten it. Thank you Ryan - aka Iceman back in our playground days.
Get a massage in 2012. A real one. Maybe two (or maybe 12 but I doubt it). There's a lot to be said about the benefits of a good massage for the mind, body and soul. The human touch, the physical assault on the day to day stress on one's body, working out the kinks which we insist on carrying around with us with hunched shoulders... I used to get these on a fairly regular basis but somehow I let life get in the way. And a little thing called finances. But I think these are worth it so I am totally prepared to make cuts elsewhere in my life. My fancy Starbuck's coffees just aren't that important. I think.
To some of you these things might seem petty or superficial. But then you probably have not done these things for yourself or don't do them often enough. So to thee and me I say treat yo self.