2010 Practices to Enact.

Now that we’re into the final quarter of 2010, I figure it’s time to review my resolutions (I called them ‘practices to enact’ in the interest of focusing on growth rather than potential for failure) for the year that I’ve been carting around in my re-purposed pizza box folder.  Not to berate myself for neglecting my original goals, but to reimagine what I might focus on for the remainder of the year.

*do more at Common Ground (one extra event per month)
This went by the wayside almost entirely.  Between the end of my LVC year and then moving into a new house/job I not only did not do more at Common Ground Mediation Center, I pretty much stopped going to meditation altogether.  But I have been doing a bit of yoga nearly every morning, and this form of ‘moving meditation’ helps me center myself at the start of the day.

*read a book a week, re: expanding my mind a la Bob Aldrich
This has probably been done, and then some, and deepened further by my intentional year of reading works written by NSWM (to which I have since added ‘able-bodied’).  Reading has always been and continues to be like breathing- I cannot help but do it.  Right now I’m in the midst of some lovely travel writing entitled River Horse.

*be present; avoid artificially including people in an uncertain future
Though this will always be a work in progress, for focusing entirely on the present is enormously difficult, I feel as though I’ve made great strides in doing so.  The latter portion of this resolution was concerned with demands on put on Benjamin and my relationship, which has since blossomed.  But this is not the place to wax poetic about my love life, I think 🙂

*listen to more classical music, especially live
Live, not so much, but I’ve checked out a few classical cds from the library.  Recommendations?

*have coffee dates with people I admire and enjoy- relationship maintenance
I am notoriously horrible at staying in contact with people, and this has not improved thus far this year.  This probably more than any other is something I hope to re-invest in for the remaining three months of 2010, and potentially include on 2011 practices to enact.

*go to Burning Man!
Didn’t happen.  By choice, I think.  At some point in the next decade though, it will.  If Donovan ever comes back to the United States it certainly will.

*continue expanding my cooking ability, including getting over my irrational fear of meringue
Overall major success on this one.  Between a couple of fantastic and astoundingly easy bread recipes, having ready access to local, seasonal veggies via the co-op and farmer’s market, and in the last month finally having the finances to buy whatever sort of food I desire, I have improved in cooking ability in leaps and bounds.  Meringue hasn’t happened yet, but I’m planning on making sour cream raisin pie to take to Benjamin’s for Thanksgiving.

*go winter camping
There’s still time…winter is six months of the year in Minnesota, after all.

*build a road/touring bike
Obtained The Parrot instead, my beloved Bridgestone BB1.  But a bike trailer building session might be order, because I’m still itching to build something useful.
*make more music, and feel less awkward singing in front of people
Various planned bands have yet to come to fruition (the T-Rex tribute band being the best of the bunch; my stage name would be Hub Cap Diamond Star Halo).  But again, still time.  I don’t think music making will ever play a large role in my life, for I have so many friends that do it so wonderfully already, but ridding myself of embarrassment would be a goal worth pursuing.

*continue cultivating a vocabulary and context to express the concepts I’m passionate about as well as the complicated emotions
Again, a lifelong pursuit.  Ask me again in a few months.

*pursue opportunities for activism in food/agriculture/sustainability
Hoofed animal legalization in Minneapolis is underway yet finding some roadblocks, and I have the Sustainability Fair on my calendar for November.  In addition to activism of the sort I did in college and through working at non-profits I have rediscovered the joy of volunteering, of using my hands in on-the-ground work to fill a direct need.  I think I’m too much a big picture thinker to ever remove myself entirely from the idea side of social change work, but I hope to maintain more of a connection to direct service work in the future.

That’s all folks.  What were your 2010 resolutions/practices to enact?

~Lauren

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Dreams Accountability Collaborative.

I have many dreams.  Goals.  Hopes.  Visions.  Plans for the future.  Whatever you want to call them.  Here’s a smattering: hike the Appalachian Trail; go to Burning Man; write a book; learn to play the drums; brew my own beer/wine; grow mushrooms; have chickens in the city; bike the Mississippi River trail; never own a car; build beautiful spaces in the city.

I have  made countless lists of my dreams, to-do lists of life plans, but occasionally (actually often, if I’m truly honest) these dreams go by the wayside in favor of the demands of day to day, week to week existence.

But I don’t want to give up on my dreams, silly as some of them may be, and I don’t want to one day stop making big plans because I rarely followed up on any of the earlier ones.  And I’m betting many of you, dear friends, have similar dreams that you might need some reminding about once in a while.  So I propose a Dreams Accountability Group, a loosely knit association of individuals filled with ideas and dreams that will hold each other accountable to where those plans are at.  At its most basic I envision merely asking each other how things are, where the planning/action is at.  And on a deeper, more distant level, maybe even joining each other on the journey to realizing some of our dreams.

Somewhat cheesy?  Yes.  But the alternative is much more distressing- a future life without extravagant plans and impossible dreams.

Are you interested in joining my Dreams Accountability Collaborative?  Let me know here!

~Lauren