14 for ’14: The No Resolutions Revolution for the New Year

Happy New Year Friends!     IMG_0908

I don’t know about you, but 2013 felt less like a year and more like a semester.

What? What do you mean it’s already time for finals? I JUST got here…

Therefore, I am not creating resolutions for 2014, but instead focusing on ideas I intend to practice. Starting now.

I thought I would share.

1.) I will no longer wish for things I want to change to be “different.” Instead, I will embody the difference I wish to be (shout out to Gandhi!).

2.) I will not let my head get ahead of me… meaning, that my mind may not always know what is best, but my heart will never fail me (thank you Dalai Lama!).

3.) I will remain detached about as much as I possibly can as often as I possibly can, because uncertainty is the only certainty (gracias Deepak Chopra!).

4.) I will remember that time and all physical reality is an illusion and that the only truth is love. This is two big ones in one (rock on, Buddha!).

5.) I will remind myself daily that compassion is the name of the game in every game that has ever been played (merci again Buddha!).

6.) I will remember that it is “all just a game” that’s meant to be played joyfully (with love and admiration to Florence Scovel Shinn, the original “law of attraction” homegirl!).

7.) I will remember that really “Love is All You Need” (huzzah Beatles!).

8.) I will remember to more forgiving in all corners of life reminding myself that I have been that driver/server/person who’s having a bad day/fearful/confused/concerned/stressed/overly-sensitive being who needs compassion, understanding, and extra space.

9.) I will stay present more often than not, with the goal of being present 100% of the time (cheers Eckhart Tolle!).

10.) I will remember that while I may not always understand the plan, I will always trust it.

11.) I will remember that I can not complain and stay in gratitude at the same time.

12). I will remember to not believe everything I think (with gratitude to Dr. Wayne Dyer!).

13.) I will remember that all of these take actual “Practice! Practice! Practice!” (with respect and thanks to Mrs. Marlowe, my violin teacher).

14.) Miracles are not only possible, they are plausible. We just need to be looking in the right places. Often they’re as simple as a shift in perspective (with a boat load of danke to Marianne Williamson!).

On that note, have a miraculous 2014!

Please share your thoughts, wishes, and intentions for the new year here. I would love to hear them!



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18 Responses to 14 for ’14: The No Resolutions Revolution for the New Year

  1. Lizzie says:

    Really wonderfully put, Alix. For some reason I saved this one for today, and now I’m copying your reminders to my desktop! A dozen years ago at Lent I decided to “take things on” rather than omit, or deprive myself of things, and I think this is the way to go! My bday is Dec 30, so I also always take the opportunity to take stock then and as the year changes along with my new numeric age!
    Deep thanks, xoxoL

    • Alix says:

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment, Lizzie! (I’m completely humbled that you’re copying parts of the post onto your desktop too) So appreciated + I love your take on Lent – brilliant!
      Happy Belated Birthday + hope to see you soon! oxxo A 🙂

  2. Michaela says:

    Alix…BEAUTIFULLY SAID. I love all the references to the great teachers…it reminds us how connected all of the “teachings” really are…LOVE always being the overriding undercurrent ;)…xo m

  3. Beautiful, inspiring, amazing. Thank you for this!

  4. Melissa Mullaly says:

    Love it! Happy New Year.

  5. Alix, thanks so much for this heartfelt, practical and inspiring post! It recalled an exercise about abundance: look around the room and notice everything that’s red. Then, close your eyes and describe everything in the room that’s blue. The idea is that we get so focused on one thing (whatever that “red” is in our lives) that we don’t see all the marvelous blues that are there too. With love for 2014, Judith

    • Alix says:

      Greetings Judith! You’re so welcome and thank YOU for sharing that lovely exercise… I think 99% of the time it is about seeking “the marvelous blues” (so poetic!). Happy 2014 to you! 🙂

  6. Julie says:

    Remembering is always my challenge. Thanks for the reminders! happy New Year.

    • Alix says:

      Mine too, Julie, which is why I think #13 “Practice! Practice! Practice” from my violin teacher may be the one I focus on the most until the rest become default mode. Happy New Year to you too! 🙂

  7. Lilia Jeovanna Matteotti says:

    And that my friend pretty much covers it! Thanks for the beautiful reminders!

  8. Ash says:

    More power to you Alexandra. I hope you achieve every one of your ‘no resolutions’ this year 🙂 HNY!!!

  9. Love this post, Alix. I’m with you all the way. Go 2014!!!

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