Friday Thoughts

So I’ve been thinking . . . about resolutions, sort of. I don’t really do resolutions. Instead, I think about what I really want my year to be like.

So I’ve been thinking . . . about resolutions, sort of. I don’t really do resolutions. Instead, I think about what I really want my year to be like. I usually pick a few words that represent what I want for the year, and I think the quote above sums it up pretty well for me. At a basic level, isn’t that what we all want: to be happy, to feel good?

I stumbled across another approach for the new year on this blog describing “Core Desired Feelings.” I was intrigued by this description so I dug into it a bit more. Core Desired Feelings is a concept described in Danielle LaPorte’s book The Desire Map. Basically, you choose the core desired feelings you want to feel for the year, for example, joy, bold, abundant. (Note: This is not a promotion for the blog, the book, or the author. I haven’t read the book, and I know nothing about the author. I think it’s a cool concept so I’m sharing it with you.)

I went through the author’s library of core desired feelings and picked ones that resonate for me. (The library defines and gives descriptions of each feeling.) My core desired feelings for 2016 (drum roll please) . . .

  • Joy
  • Connected
  • Seen
  • Turned On
  • Love

How do you want to feel? What do you want your year to be like? Here’s to a wonderfully feeling 2016!

I’ve been reading . . . Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi. So far, the writing itself is so-so but the story is interesting enough to forgive the writing. The author states in the introduction this is a novel but also creative nonfiction. It is part based on a true story and person and part fictionalized. Love that she sets that up from the beginning—as a reader, you’ve already earned my trust and intrigued me. The author is a psychiatrist in Egypt, working with women in prison. She writes this book to tell one woman’s story.

I’ve been watching . . . nothing specific this week really. But I saw a few great movies over the holidays: Sisters (hilarious!), Man Up (a clever romantic comedy—I highly recommend it), and finally . . . Star Wars.

Absolutely loved Star Wars: The Force Awakens and thought it was awesome. I know die-hard fans have some criticisms. And people are calling it a rip-off of Star Wars: A New Hope. Sure, maybe, but who the hell cares? It’s freaking STAR WARS!!! It still works as a great transition from the previous stories. Now I want to watch all seven movies consecutively—perfect thing to do on a cold, wintery weekend.

I’ve been listening to . . . Sly and the Family Stone because we all need a little Sly once in awhile. My favorite songs are “Everyday People” and “I Want to Take You Higher.” I have to dance whenever I hear “Higher”—there is just no sitting still for that one. I’ve also been listening to some Aimee Mann. I know some of her stuff is reactive and melancholy but something about her music calms me. And, I’m listening to Taylor Swift’s 1989 album. (Yes, really.) It’s catchy, what can I say?

And, finally, the day has come!!!! James Morrison’s new album Higher Than Here was just released in the U.S. today. (You can also check it out on Spotify for free.) ME SO HAPPY!!!! You know what I’ll be listening to all day, weekend, and next week!

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