Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My Beach

This is my beach
Early in the morning
It's where I find my soul
As the waves crash in
And slowly ease back out
Into the enormity of the ocean
Later the beach will change
It will get crowded
People will run to cool off in the water
Dig holes
Build castles
But for now it's mine
I let my feet sink into the sand
I wiggle my toes
And feel the grains rub my skin
I smell the salty air
Feel the sun shining on my skin
I close my eyes
And just listen
As the waves crash in
And recede
The heartbeat
Of my beach

30 Before 30 List

Hello old blog! It's been a while! I never have the intention of going so long without posting anything but life seems to sweep me up and I either find myself with very little free time and energy to sit and write or no inspiration. Or, even worse as far as I'm concerned, I sit down with an actual subject in mind to write about and can't manage to get more than a paragraph written. The words don't always come easily and it's hard to share things that I don't feel satisfied with.

But I'm coming here today to share something I've been working on for about a month (or more now). It's my "30 Before 30 List" - a list of 30 things I want or intend to do before I turn 30 which is now less than a year away since my 29th birthday passed by just a few weeks ago. The list is a combination of intentions to focus on getting healthier, places I want to visit, and just general things I want to do in the next year. I wasn't sure if I was going to share the list or not but I think I'll just go ahead and do it. Maybe it will hold me more accountable to actually DO the things I want to do? So here it goes:

30 Before 30 List

1) Visit New York
2) See at least one Broadway show (in NY)
3) See Niagara Falls
4) Spend a whole day at Pemaquid Point (breakfast to sunset)
5) Stay overnight on Monhegan Island
6) See a live taping of A Prairie Home Companion
7) Re-visit the cathedrals in Montreal
8) Watch a sunrise (with Eric)
9) Spend a weekend/few days alone on a meditative retreat (Kripalu or similar)
10) Meditate everyday for a month (30 days)
11) Develop a regular yoga routine (at least once per week, at home or at a studio)
12) Stop drinking soda for a month (30 days)
13) Drink green smoothies for 1 meal a day for a month (30 days)
14) Don’t eat refined sugar for a month (30 days)
15) Floss everyday for a month (30 days)
16) Get to the point of being able to run at least 1 mile without stopping
17) Go to bed by 10:00 everyday for a month (30 days)
18) Have a successful indoor/container/”apartment” garden (with vegetables and/or herbs)
19) Begin writing my health story/autobiography/memoirs
20) Write for 15 minutes a day for a month (30 days)
21) Watch “Gone with the Wind”
22) Watch “Casablanca”
23) Knit a pair of socks
24) Knit a sweater
25) Maintain a savings account of at least $4000
26) Re-read “The Alchemist”
27) Read "Dr. Zhivago
28) Donate books, clothes, stuffed animals, etc. (SIMPLIFY!)
29) Apply to volunteer at Camp Sunshine
30) Start to learn to play guitar

So there it is. I've still been changing things right up until this very second (I just changed something right before I wrote this sentence). So I don't know if it will stay with these 30 things or if I will change something as the year progresses. And I don't know if that's something I should do or if I should stick to these 30 things. But, you know what, it's my 30 Before 30 List so I guess I can do whatever I want with it. Because in the end it matters whether I'm happy with what I've accomplished (or not managed to accomplish).

So I guess I better get busy getting things done and making plans for the upcoming year! I think this is going to be a fun year!