Conscious Update 1

Monday, March 9, 2015

At the beginning of this year I chose a word. A power word, word of the year, whatever you'd like to call it. My word for 2015 is conscious. I chose conscious because I want to force myself to be aware of myself, my surroundings and my purpose.

I ordered this amazing art from Kristin at Lovely People (seriously her work is amazing. I have a wedding portrait and a power word from her shop. Incredible!) as a reminder to hang it my office.

Anyway, why we're here. I want to hold myself accountable so I want to try to stick with at least monthly updates. Clearly that hasn't gone well since I am just now getting around to doing a January and February update, but we all know how January went for me so...

January: my goal was to focus on less screen time, more people time.
Reality: Meh. I did okay. It's so hard because you don't realize how much technology affects you until you make an effort to put it away. For example, my phone might as well be surgically attached to my hand (#mediaproblems), our tvs are on essentially from the time we get home until we go to sleep (and longer, I use the sleep timer so I have some noise/light to fall asleep to) and my laptop is pretty much always open.
But, thanks to my conscious effort, I was able to cut back on that at least a little. Less Facebooking, more yoga. Less tv watching, more us time with my loving husband. Less phone playing, more dog playing!

For the record, not all of these are ours. The far left and far right belong to us. The middle two are my sister's and brother's.
February: Cultivate meaningful relationships
Reality: I am really proud of my progress this month. I reached out to four friends and hung out with each one on at least one occassion, three of the four more than once! I'm at the point in my life where I need those healthy, genuine friendships that will really bless me. And I think I'm well on my way there.

This picture has nothing to do with this point. We just had some anniversary pictures done the weekend after our anniversary and I'm mildly obsessed with them. 
My goals for March (and April, in case I don't get around to it...again).

March: Further my efforts to be social instead of be on social media. I plan to limit myself to less than half and hour of non-work social media time. Along those same lines, I want to consciously get together with those four friends again and maybe one more during the month.

April: This month I'm taking a different approach. Of course I will continue my anti-social media efforts, but also try meditation. What better way to be conscious than truly reach into and calm my mind and just let myself be?

Any advice for a first-time meditator? Or any advice of focusing on consciousness at all?

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