Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My Own Love Letter to the Universe

The always lovely Gala Darling constantly has words of wisdom to live by, but nothing that has stuck me as much as her on-going mantra on living as a love letter to the universe. How do I want to leave a mark on the world as I breeze through? Gala's post on creating your own personal mission statement is a must-read, especially for those who are considering New Year's resolutions.

It will help me navigate through the small day-to-day things, & give me perspective. A simple glance at my mission statement will help me decide whether to say “yes” or “no” to the opportunities that come my way. It’s the perfect way of distilling my ambitions & aspirations, of focusing my intentions, & manifesting my ideal future.

Girl with Pink Hair

I haven't written my mission statement yet; I want to take more than a little time to perfect it, write it down, and tape to the inside of my pink Filofax. But I know some things that I'll keep in mind while I plan it:

  • Love my little silly freedoms; a hot pink head of hair, multi-colored glitter nails, new toys, and tea cups, and more. The world is pretty crappy all around, and I'm lucky enough to be able to spend half of a day treating my hair to get it to my fuchsia tone. Mark and I have been taking time every night this last part of our holiday break to watch the Gamera Mystery Science Theatre 3000 DVDs we just got and even then, I wanted to take a step back and think that "this is where I am and the only place I want to be," and live in the moment. Don't worry about going to work in a few days, put bills out of my mind for an hour and half, forget about plans and deadlines and projects to finish; just enjoy what I'm doing in those "perfect moments." I want to stay grounded, but be able to take full advantage to these minor, but perfect, freedoms that I love so much. 

  • Visualization. When I'm stressed, anxious, or generally unhappy in a specific (not long-term) situation, what works best for me is visualizing the problem away. So cheesy? It's kind of like in that Scott Pilgrim movie, which I admit, I didn't like. I did like, though, the little images, especially the lightning bolts pulsing from the band as they played. I picture my car like that, driving down the highway, when I'm in a particularly sour mood. With every pulse, each little lightning bolt pushes away my crabbiness. It's also like picturing water rolling down your back like a duck, but a little more stress-relieving.

  • Using my own self for happiness. A wishlist should turn into "what can I create?" -- Even starting this list, I imagined buying a new clean notepad to outline my mission statement, new candles and oils, even little trinkets. In order to have a fresh start with a productive and positive output, I need to manifest it myself. Writing, crocheting, learning new crafts and picking up old ones again (I'm planning on buying an embroidery hoop this weekend!) will all leave me MUCH happier than a half-used notebook, new purple pen, and a pink lip-gloss will. (Although, those do sound fun.) 

  • And: pushing honesty, especially in my writing; relying on those I love in my life and trying to be an equal supporting factor in their own life; making plans (schedules, budgets, trips, and personal goals and deadlines) to measure achievements and personal growth; don't take myself too seriously but don't sell myself short; and, as always, Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose.

Here are some awesome, inspiring New Year's resolution posts I've seen:
Wishes for 2012, Meli. Her last three are my favoring, ending with "Be me. Just better."
20 New Year Resolutions, Carly. Great and practical, too. "Make positive choices."
Making New Year's Resolutions? Ask Yourself 6 Questions, The Happiness Project. "Am I starting small enough?" and "How am I going to hold myself accountable?"
30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself. "Stop following the path of least resistance," and "Stop trying to hold onto the past." This whole list is great.

I'm so excited for 2012; I want this to be a big year. I have a few more specific resolutions mulling around in my head, in addition to the few I've already posted about, so look forward to those in the next few weeks. Love you all!


  1. I really love all of this (thanks for the shout!).
    I'm trying to look at all the little moments of this crazy life, and realize how especially lucky I am, even when I feel the opposite. I'm so happy to see it on so many others' lists!


  2. Love it, girl. Working on my mission statement too! <3

  3. Love your mission statement! I too adore Gala and what she stands for!

    Love & Lollies... Jessa

    Confessions of the Cupcake Countessa

  4. I love Gala & I love this post SO much!


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