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2014 Resolutions: Ideas to Make This Year Count

By Saturnsatori
With the wind of change still fresh in the air during this time of the year, it is very inspiring to look at other people’s New Year’s resolutions. Some people come up with very interesting and creative ones, while others compile very practical and straight-forward actions that can be easily put into practice. I like reading them so I can get different ideas that might improve my life, or get reminded about aspects that I overlooked when doing my own list.
Therefore, I thank the brave souls have shared their personal list of intentions and resolutions for 2014! In the same spirit, I decided to share my list for this year. Also, having my resolutions posted here might help me to be hold accountable for them!
So, let’s start…

Violetta's New Year's Plans and Resolutions - 2014 Edition

2014 Resolutions: Ideas to Make This Year Count
Develop a daily meditation practice. I think it is the next step necessary to achieve the serenity, focus and peaceful state of mind that I want. Also, I want to practice self-study and observation exercises (like the ones proposed in books like Prometheus Rising and Fragments Of An Unknown Teaching) and mindful practices.
Become consistent at journaling. I think the key for this is keeping it short and doing it whenever I feel like it, rather than forcing myself to keep a fixed ‘quota’ which I can only keep up with for a while before dropping it because it feels forced and demanding.
Reignite the passion for my work and recover my drive. Last year I let a long string of failures and frustrations with my project dull my enthusiasm for Science and my work; it’s time to get the spark back! Reading more, going to interesting talks and discussing my project with others would be a good starting point. I also got some exciting opportunities at the door, so I’ll focus on making the most out of them.
Become less zombified and more enthusiastic. There are people that make you excited about life just by talking to them or being around them; they are often in a good and cheery mood, they are kind and optimistic, and they speak passionately about their interests and listen to others attentively; in short, they seem alive. I want to become one of them! No more grumpy, aloof, absent and awkward attitudes – make an effort!
Be more romantic! Spend more quality time with Guitar Güero, and be much more present during the time we share together. Also, be thoughtful and creative on a regular basis.
Less inspiration and more action! Stop procrastinating under the guise of “getting inspiration”. You probably know what it looks like: endless tumblr/Pinterest scrolling, constant Instagram checking, Facebook lurking, collecting pictures from blogs… I want to invest some of that time actually creating stuff instead of just being a witness of other people’s creations.
Plan ahead and organize amazing trips and holidays. There are so many great events and places I want to go to this year: the Wave Gothic Treffen in Leipzig, the H.R. Giger Museum in Switzerland, London, Copenhagen... all of them accessible by taking the time to plan properly and find the best travel options and dates. Last year we ended up spending way more money than we should on some things and missing good opportunities due to bad organization. No more!
Practice self-possesion: Learn to control my impulse to speak, develop the ability to keep quiet, and be more thoughtful about my reactions.
Act like a professional. Whether working at the lab, writing on this blog, cooking or creating things, make a commitment to focus my full attention on it and do it the best possible way.
Be a better blogger. As much fun as it is to write my thoughts down and publish them on Saturn Satori, the best part of blogging is the interaction with amazing, like-minded people. This year I want to make an effort to come out of my cave and start forming a nurturing and supportive community with other unique and interesting individuals (I've already found several of them, so it should not be too hard!).
Be more kind and patient with people. I want to be more compassionate and understanding, think twice before getting upset about something and stifle my tendency to snap back at people when I’m in a bad mood.
Create a better living environment. De-clutter and get rid of unwanted stuff whose only function is to be an eye-sore or take up much needed space in my flat. Keep decorating and improving it to progressively make it look more like a home, a sanctuary for rest and creative inspiration that I’d feel glad to return to!
Live by this principle of the Bagavad Ghita:
You have the right to work, but for the work’s sake only. You have no right to the fruits of work. Desire for the fruits of work must never be your motive in working. Never give way to laziness, either.
Renounce attachment to the fruits. Be even-tempered in success and failure; for it is this evenness of temper which is meant by yoga.
Work done with anxiety about results is far inferior to work done without such anxiety, in the calm of self-surrender. Seek refuge in the knowledge of Brahman. They who work selfishly for results are miserable.

Small things to improve:

2014 Resolutions: Ideas to Make This Year Count
Cutting down on sweets. Seriously, my sweet tooth is ridiculous. Ideally, I would like to stick to a couple of pieces of fresh fruit a day, but otherwise a small piece of really nice, dark chocolate should be more than enough!
Getting up earlier to increase my productivity. Life is short and I would prefer to be awake during most of it! I’ll sleep when I’m dead.
On a similar note, going to bed before midnight… and avoid stupid and destructive habits like late night snacking and wasting time doing nothing on the internet instead of getting ready for bed.
Eating Mindfully. Avoid eating while I do other stuff; focus on enjoying the look, flavor and texture of my food, taking my time with each bite. Good for nurturing the senses, relaxing and also prevents overeating!
Not giving up on German! It’s so bloody hard and it makes it easy to become discouraged, but I will learn even if I have to do it at a glacier’s pace.
Putting things away after use. Such simple, but constantly neglected good practice!
I know it looks like a lot! But taking in count that last year I managed to stick to most of my resolutions, I feel optimistic and motivated to make the effort this time as well! Also, many of them are small but significant shifts in my attitude or way of thinking to be put into daily practice, so they only require some consistency in order to be achieved.
What does your list of resolutions look like this year? Do we have resolutions in common? Did you manage to accomplish some of your resolutions for 2013? I would also like to know your thoughts on what makes it more likely to stick to the plan and achieve more, keeping the motivation up for it.
Thank you for reading, and let the creation of a stellar 2014 begin!

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