Create New Habits for the New Year

New Year Sunrise

New Year Sunrise (Photo credit: joka2000)

Interested in making some changes this coming new year?  Read How to Make New Year’s Resolutions That Work from  I like the in-depth instruction and tools provided to keep you on track.  I also like 100 Things: A 2013 Daily To-Do List that also includes health and spiritual suggestions to include in your 2013 New Habits to achieve.

Help your children establish new healthy habits as well to achieve this new year.  Two sites I like with tips are and

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Are you using daily affirmations to keep yourself motivated?  Visit my previous blog on positive affirmations to get you started.

Are you inspired to create healthy new habits along with your family?  Share your goals or stories about the healthy habits you want to achieve and how you will keep yourself accountable.

Have a safe and happy New Year!  May 2013 be all that you want it to be.


Coping with Chronic Illness


Below is a wonderful book I came across that I would like to share with you to help you cope should you or someone you know be in a similar situation dealing with chronic illness.

The author, Toni Bernhard was a law professor for 22 years at the University of California — Davis until she was forced to retire due to her illness.  Her book, How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers, won the 2011 Nautilus Gold Book Award in Self-Help/Psychology. Watch for her new book, How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow, scheduled for publishing in the Fall of 2013.

To purchase the book, click here.

Watch the video below about one woman’s story dealing with Lupus and successfully becoming pain free:


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10 Characters You May Encounter in Yoga Class.

I haven’t been to a yoga class although some of these descriptions could very well be me, “The Grunter.”  I think I will first practice at home so I hopefully do not exhibit any of these character traits.

What has your experience been at yoga class?

10 Characters You May Encounter in Yoga Class..

12 Meaningful Movies With Important Life Lessons To Learn

A Night at the Movies (film)

A Night at the Movies (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now that it’s getting colder outside, a nice stash of movies to watch while enjoying a warm crackling fire or steaming cup of hot cocoa and relaxing on the couch under your favorite blanket sounds wonderful, right?   Check out the great list of movies below to inspire and motivate you.  Be sure to invite your family and friends to enjoy too.

What is your favorite inspirational movie?  Share with others by leaving a comment below to also enjoy.

12 Meaningful Movies With Important Life Lessons To Learn.


Happy Baby! I can't help but smile every time ...

Who wants to be happy?  Why do we want to be happy?  I’ve been working on different posts for this week and stumbled upon the documentary trailer below for Happy I wanted to share with you.  The description of the movie from the documentary trailer includes “HAPPY seeks to share the wisdom of traditional cultures and the cutting edge science that is now, for the first time, exploring human happiness. Through powerful interviews, we explore what makes people happy across the world.”

Happy – A Documentary Trailer from Wadi Rum Films on Vimeo.

If you would like to watch the movie it is available on iTunes and Netflix at,

Below is an excerpt taken from a Happiness & Health article published in Harvard Public Health and written by Sara Rimer, a Boston-based journalist and author, sharing how a positive outlook can bring about better health:

Keys to a happier, healthier life

Research suggests that certain personal attributes—whether inborn or shaped by positive life circumstances—help some people avoid or healthfully manage diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and depression. These include:

  • Emotional vitality: a sense of enthusiasm, hopefulness, engagement
  • Optimism: the perspective that good things will happen, and that one’s actions account for the good things that occur in life
  • Supportive networks of family and friends
  • Being good at “self-regulation,” i.e. bouncing back from stressful challenges and knowing that things will eventually look up again; choosing healthy behaviors such as physical activity and eating well; and avoiding risky behaviors such as unsafe sex, drinking alcohol to excess, and regular overeating

To read the full article, click here.

Also, below is a video from Sonja Lyubomirsky explaining how helping others increases happiness for you:

Are you generally a happy person?  How do you handle disappointment or aggravation?  Do you practice meditation or have a different method you use to stay positive?  I would like to hear (read) your comments on being happy.

As an end to my Happiness message, your mission for today and going forward is to be Happy!

To Be or Not to Be?

Dawn Over the River

Dawn Over the River (Photo credit: elycefeliz)

Can you relate to “spontaneity can be obtained as long as it’s planned”?  I was talking to a friend when this behavior trait came to me.  As an aside, right now my dog wants me to be spontaneous and play instead of writting this blog.  Getting back on track, for those of us that prefer more structure, how to relate to the unfamiliar behavior of being spontaneous?

I really enjoyed reading this blog structure:spontaneity about needing both spontaneity and structure in our lives…be sure to read the comments too.

Another intriguing post on this topic is from Taking it to the Streets comparing two different viewpoints from Steven Covey and Leo Babuta.  Reflect on the three questions posted at the bottom of this blog and answer them for yourself.  Also, be sure to read the great comments left on this blog too.

Nature also shows how structure and spontaneity can work together. A river usually flows in a specific channel that is structured and narrow, but constantly changing depending on the flow or amount of water present. The river opens up to the sea which is open and unstructured.

I hope you find the beautiful energy of the song below to correspond with a river’s dynamic features to incorporate structure and change in the same instance to connect its life force with another larger body of water.

Thanks to my friend for inspiring me to write this.

P.S.  Some additional supporting short articles below for your enjoyment and enrichment.

Harvest Moon and Renewal

I’ve noticed the past few nights, but this morning in particular the beautiful full moon that is still present in the sky.  It seems we are experiencing the Full Harvest Moon Phase that began on September 29.  Joe Rao, skywatching columnist for provides some history about the Full Harvest Moon.  He states traditionally the full harvest moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the Autumnal (Fall) Equinox.  At the peak of the harvest, farmers can work into the night by the light of this moon.  With the technology available for farmers today, working by the light of the moon is less needed.

I’ve also taken notice of  the glorious colors of the autumn leaves displaying rich hues of red, orange, amber and gold.  Autumn is a wonderful time with crisp cool air and the leaves crunching under your feet.  Do you also feel the temperature outside is perfect to walk, hike or partake in any activity you enjoy while appreciating the transition of seasons?  Autumn for me is a time of  renewal and self-reflection.

Below is information I found to help with the process of self-reflection and renewal.

The 10-Step Life Renewal Plan

Ask yourself these questions to figure out what’s working, reject what’s not, and move toward your best decade yet.

1. Does the way you spend your time reflect what’s important to you? Make a list of your top five priorities – marriage, children, volunteer work, and so on – and track how many hours you devote to each in a week. If any numbers are too low, recalculate your time budget so you can live according to who you want to be.

2. Does your Blackberry get more attention than your family and friends? Resolve to switch off your gadgets during private moments so you can nourish personal connections with complete focus.

3. Are you nursing a grudge or two? Let bygones be bygones, and free yourself from the emotions that weigh you down.

4. Who should be in your life? Phase out any so-called friends who offer only criticism and negative energy. Surround yourself with people you admire, who believe in you and want you to succeed.

5. Have you typecast yourself? You may cherish your responsibilities as a mother, but “Mom” is not the whole of who you are. Ask yourself if one role is draining all your energy, leaving other expressions of your authentic self unfulfilled.

6. What battle are you fighting? Is your husband really the one who’s letting you down, or are you blaming him for the pain of a past relationship? Are you doing what’s best for your kid, or are you parenting with a chip on your shoulder left over from your own childhood? Remember: You are not a prisoner of your legacy.

7. How can you live greener? Can you swap your gas guzzler for public transportation? Trade plastic bottles for a thermos? Go meatless once a week? Pinpoint changes you can make now.

8. What are your goals? Define specific goals with measurable outcomes and assign yourself a timeline. Passion and will-power alone won’t cut it – you need a strategy.

9. Who is standing in your way? The answer may be you. Reject self-loathing and treat yourself with the kindness and respect you would show your best friend.

10. What one thing can you do for yourself every day? It could be as simple as finding 20 minutes to take a bath.  Every day is a new opportunity to pay attention to your own needs and make choices you feel good about. This decade, claim the right to minister to yourself.

– The Oprah Magazine, written by Dr. Phillip C. McGraw, PhD

My Onderstroom: Cleaning Out Your Spiritual Closet.

Beautiful Fall Pictures to enjoy from