New Beginnings

What is it about timing and life events that cause us to start again, to turn over a new leaf.  When I compare my actions of this week to those of last, I am shocked by their stark differences.  Whereas a few days ago, I was out of whack — avoiding laundry, buying meals out instead of cooking in, living in a room of filth — this week has brought a sense of order, cleanliness and routine.  A new beginning.

Despite my abilities to get my physical life re-organized, I have been slacking on my personal, emotional and mental goals.  As silly as it sounds, each year I undergo an annual review process of my personal life.  It sounds like a very business-minded, emotionally-detached process, but it is actually one of the most rewarding and satisfying activities that I have followed throughout the past few years.

The process involves a review of the past year, the goals that I originally created and my progress towards them.  The assessment concludes with analyzing which areas I would like to work on in the future and establishing my next years’ goals.  For 2012, this is where I got stuck.  Although I have conducted my review of the past years’ goals, I have not established my personal 2012 objectives.  But, I can say is that this blog is going to be a big part of them.

So, in the meantime, I have listed some sources below that I have been using as inspiration for my goals.  I’m hoping that they help you with some of your own personal re-organization this week.

Happy New Beginning! :)

1. Cognitive Biases – Right, I know, weird start here.. but over the past few months or so, I have become increasingly interested in psychology and the weird tricks that our mind likes to play on ourselves.  This site is a complete list of cognitive biases i.e. patterns of poor judgment usually triggered by a particular situation.  Although these mental states are miscues in our judgment, nearly everyone is guilty of committing them at some point in their lives.  I’ve been thinking about dedicating a blog post a week on different ones and my experiences/research conducted on each.  What do you think?

2. Crossfit Lisbeth – If you’ve been following this blog for some time, or know me personally, you are aware that I am a big crossfit fanatic.  This woman blogs for the crossfit community and she is a source of inspiration not only in the gym, but in life.

3. Street Art – This is a fascinating site about street art.  Something about these images stirs the creative spirits and butterflies in me.

4. Top 10 Blog Posts – Emily Freeman wrote about her top 10 blog posts of 2011 the other day.  I perused all of them and each have their own inspirations for different elements of life.  I highly encourage you to check them out.

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