Happy New Year–Oh, the Possibilities!


On behalf of all of us at No Strings Attached-ENews, I would like to wish all of you a positive, prosperous, and peaceful 2017.

With negative news bombarding us all day and night on social media and television, it’s easy to get caught up in cynicism and despair. However, we are entering a brand new year, ripe with possibilities and a clean slate.

I have been reading many articles lately on living mindfully and practicing self-care–looking forward to this clean slate and ways to fill it with goodness and positive change. One of the things I saw pop up on all the “living mindfully” lists I read was to create a word for 2017; a word to live by and think of often during the year. When I first saw this, I thought, eh, a word, “How will I ever choose a word, there are too many,” etc., etc. My frazzled, tough-time-making-a-decision Libra brain didn’t help much. But, that single item on all of these to-do lists has been on my mind for the past few days, marinating in my subconscious apparently, and I think I’ve come up with one…presence.

Being present is not an easy thing for me, I suspect, for many of us. I don’t know why, perhaps it’s easier, or feels more familiar to live in the past, or think about all the reasons we can’t do something in the future–fear. Maybe it’s because our lives aren’t going exactly the way we want them to at this moment, or the way we think they should, so we tune out the present world and tune into something that allows us to escape; television, social media, what we had for dinner last night and why we shouldn’t have eaten it, what we should do and swear to ourselves that we will do tomorrow or next week, on and on. It’s exhausting, and not good for us. When you think about it, it’s much more time-consuming and takes up a lot more brain-space than actually living in the present.

My past experience as a personal trainer has taught me that your body tells you what it needs if you listen. I used to tell my clients that in terms of food, but if you think about it, it’s true in all aspects of life. A couple of years ago I was struggling with working out, I was bored, hated everything I was doing; my workouts became very sporadic. I knew, deep down in my soul, that I needed yoga, I felt my body craving it. So, a year and a half ago I joined a studio, and sure enough, that’s exactly what I needed. I guess what I’m saying is if we slow down, tune into our minds and listen, we can all live happier, more fulfilled, more satisfying lives. That’s my humble opinion, anyway.

What about you? What is your word for 2017? Should you choose to pick one.