My WOTY is ‘BE’ in an effort to slow down and actually ‘be in the moment’, however as we complete our fifth month of the year I’m discovering the obvious – between BE-ing and DO-ing can be experienced simulateneously. Of course! You can BE present whilst you are DO-ing and the practice of mindfulness is about being mindful of whatever you are doing at any given moment. I also believe that you can BE whilst looking and planning future goals and dreams.
Last month I wrote about Coping with the roller coaster ride of life I’m pleased to say that although May started much the same as April finished, by the end of May life is looking up despite a blip in my family with my son-in-law having COVID a week before my grandson Elliot’s 4th birthday and his brother Ethan’s Confirmation. Again all part of life’s twists and turns.
Although we will be experiencing some major changes over the next couple of months (which I will share when the time is right), I’m excited rather than anxious – and that is a good place to be.
BE-ing and DO-ing in May
I wrote in my What’s On Your Bookshelf? post this month about two little books that I’ve been reading. Both by Dr Patrizia Collard one is The Little Book of Meditation and the other is The Little Book of Mindfulness. I’ve been reading the Mindfulness one and will share some great exercises Dr Collard shares in coming posts.
Chapter 3 starts with the following quote and it also reminded me of a phrase I heard recently- ‘analysis paralysis’ where we feel so overwhelmed with a project or goal that we find all different excuses to avoid starting. This quote reminded me that being mindful of each step of the challenge as we progress blends together BE-ing and DO-ing.
When we procrastinate and distract ourselves with ‘busyness’, we avoid engaging with the real thing – our lives. Mindfulness helps us become really present, so we respond wisely to a challenge and experience each moment as it unfolds.Dr Patrizia Collard – The Little Book of Mindfulness
Traditions – Being in the Moment
My daughter, Rachel and I continued our tradition of running in the Mother’s Day Classic in memory of my Mum who died from breast cancer in 1986. Rachel and I have participated in this event for at least 10 years and it is a lovely way to start our Mother’s Day together.
Rediscovering a lost love – Being in the Moment
I love to workout as you know to maintain my health and fitness, but did you know I was a ballet/dance teacher in another life?
I started a ballet school before I left high school and taught ballet, tap, jazz and highland dancing for 15 years until children and a move to another State changed my path.
I was wanting to mix up my workout so I found a Barre class online and indulged in my first love – ballet. Of course, I’m certainly not as flexible as I was in younger years but I so enjoyed revisiting a love after many years. I will certainly be incorporating Barre classes in my workout programs.
As I was doing the class I was definitely in the moment, enjoying the movements and feeling my muscles work in different ways to my normal strength sessions. I also enjoyed indulging in the memories of my time as a ballet teacher, especially the memories of the annual recital each December.
Do you have a lost love, a passion, a hobby that you need to revisit?
BE-ing more confident
Self confidence is a WIP for most of us I believe. This month I actually took some fun photos of myself and posted them to Social Media. For me, I accept who I am, how I look and I am working on not worrying what others think (that is a tough one!). Why not post a funny photo of yourself and tag me on Instagrsam @sue
Welcome to the 2022 WOTY Link Party
The 2022 WOTY Link Party is a way for us to stay accountable to our WOTY (or Goals or Intentions if you haven’t settled on a particular Word for the Year) and write about how we are tracking each month on the last Thursday PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Last Friday AM (Southern Hemisphere). We would still encourage everyone to leave a comment or if you have written a post feel free to link up with us.
What: 2022 Word of the Year Link Party (#2022wotylinkpary).
When: Last Thursday PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Last Friday AM (Southern Hemisphere). The link will be open for 3 days so you’ve got plenty of time to join.
Why: To encourage us all to keep the focus on our chosen WOTY (OR GOAL OR INTENTION)
Where: Link Party, Blog, Blog Comments, Instagram or other Social Media.
Who: This linkup is open to everyone.
How: You can share in the comments, with a blog post, or on other social media of your choice. Include the hashtag #2022wotylinkparty so that we can find you and include your link in our posts.
Be a proud contributor to #2022wotylinkparty
To show our appreciation to all participants, contributors are welcome to display this badge on their blog, website or social media.
Sharing their WOTY progress this month
Take a moment to link through to see what my co-hosts and others have written……
Deb from Deb’s World
Jo from And Anyways
Donna from Retirement Reflections – Donna is currently hiking around Prince Edward Island and won’t be able to make this link up. However, pop over and read her postcards from PEI.
Now over to you – how are you living your WOTY, Goal or Intention?
Deb, Donna, Jo and I hope that you will join us each month and share what you’ve been doing to focus on your 2022 WOTY. If you have any questions just ask us. You can also link to any, or all of our posts, with a pingback, that way we get to see your posts quicker!