Friday, January 2, 2015

New Approach to a New Year: 2015

It's a New Year! How awesome is that?? I hope you were able to celebrate by shaking your booty (or I guess not if that's not something you're in to, but seriously??) with people you love!

Now it's time to get down to business. What rituals do you embrace to help you make the most out of the New Year?

New Years Resolutions are popular, and can be a great choice, but a lot of us have been burned by them and are looking for alternatives. There's a few I'm excited to take part in this year, and I wanted to share them with you, too:

30 Day Yoga Challenge!

Looking to access all the benefits you know a regular practice brings? Get it with the help of Om Factory! If you live in the NYC area, you can get a punch card, and get a punch for each day this month that you take a class! Maybe you won't make every single day, but trust me: the validation of that little hole punch will get you in the door more often, and if you make all thirty(-one?) days, you can join your Yoga Challenge Partners to party Omily in early February! Rad! Check out their schedule at www.omfactorynyc.com.

If you don't live in the area, you can participate online by posting pictures of your yoga practice with the hashtag, #OF30dyc. Participants in the online challenge will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of K.A.T. leggings! These leggings are designed and handmade in NYC by an amazing artist and teacher. I bought a pair for an aerial piece, and I am obsessed with them!!! Here are a couple pictures of me rocking a particularly excited pair in my performance. She also offers more laid back styles if that's your thing (but again, seriously??). If you can't wait to see if you're a winner to get your hands on them, just go grab a pair at her website: http://www.katschamens.com/index.htm
I mean, damn, don't you want a metallically gleaming butt? No?! Seriously??
New Year's Theme!

Resolutions are tough. Either they're vague and we don't know how to make them happen, or they're specific, but overly ambitious so we get discouraged when they don't happen, or we have a long list of attainable ones and then we forget most of them. Oops. Enter the inspiring Emmeline Chang!

She came up with the idea to focus on a theme for the year, instead of resolutions, when she herself was struggling with resolutions, but knew she had a challenging year ahead. The idea is that you figure out what emotion or energy you need to carry you through the year toward your goals. Read Emmeline's article for more information, and detailed steps for choosing your own theme!

http://emmelinechang.com/2014/01/create-your-theme-for-2014/

Tarot Card for the Year!

This is similar to having a theme for the year, and it's something I like to do every year in addition to resolutions, and this year, some of these new inspiring ideas. If you aren't yet a tarot student/reader, but are intrigued by it, this is a great way to get your feet wet. Get your hands on a deck, and no, it doesn't have to be a gift from someone, shuffle up, close your eyes, open your heart (and your third eye), and pick a card.

Before you get all excited googling every possible interpretation, especially if you're new to the tarot, take your time and write down whatever thoughts and impressions you have of the card. Take your time to really see all the images in the card, and write down your associations with those things. Think about people or animals that you see, colors that your eye is drawn to, small objects and subtle details that you didn't notice at first glance...THEN google away! You'll come away with tons of information about challenges that await you, and special gifts you can use to rock 2015.

Make a Rememberlutions Jar!

Thanks, Buzzfeed! Every now and then you really hit one out of the park.

This article offers an alternative to New Years resolutions that, instead of focusing on all the things you haven't done yet and hope to accomplish, invites you to celebrate all you DID accomplish, regardless of what you thought you wanted to accomplish back in January. It's pretty simple, and you can start now: find a jar, decorate it as you wish, and every time you do something kick-ass, or compassionate, or anything else that makes you proud, write it down, and stick it in the jar. On December 31st, you'll have a year's worth of incredible moments to remind you of what an amazing person you are, BEFORE you start listing all the stuff you're 'supposed' to do the next year. I am TOTALLY doing this. I feel like I need a specific one just for aerial, where my evil inner critic always comes out.

Check out all the details here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/alannaokun/im-so-im-so-proud-of-you#.pjgQBJl74

Think you'll latch on to any of these ideas? All of the above?? Go for old fashioned resolutions? Go for it! It's 2015! It's your shiny, brand-spankin' new year, and it's up to you to make it YOURS! :-D I'll be back in my next few blogposts to share my Tarot Card of the Year, my Theme for 2015, and maybe even my Rememberlutions jar! Keep an eye out for me on the #OF30dyc hashtag on twitter, too! If you have your own inspiring ideas to make the most of 2015, share them in the comments! The more ideas the merrier!

Let's do it!!! Kick fear in the teeth!

Live Omily,
~em

2 comments:

  1. Love those leggings! Please share info on how to get some :-) -Allison

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  2. If you're ever in the NYC area, you can buy your own pair at Om Factory Flight School (Broadway between 18th and 19th; www.omfactorynyc.com). If not, you can buy them online at http://www.katschamens.com/index.html! Enjoy!

    ~em

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