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Elise McMullen-Ciotti The Galavant Girl Sipping Chocolate

I take a complete two weeks to meditate and think about the new year. 

The statistics do seem dire. It just so happens that the majority of those who create New Year’s resolutions break them this week. Yep. We get two weeks into the year and throw our hands in the air–or find something new to draw our attention. This simple fact lead me to some research as to why we disappoint ourselves so, and here is a little truth I found along the way.

As human beings, we always take care of our “musts” in life. We can forgo simple needs and wants, but musts? No way. We’ll do anything for that. But how are our musts defined? It seems that they are brought to the forefront of our lives out of our greatest need (we have to eat) and our greatest desire.

How are our greatest desires created? Come to find out, it is directly related to who we believe we are. If we believe we are just “big people” then why would our deepest desire be to lose weight? We’d be going against our identity. If we believe we’re just the nerdy, tech type, why would we ever head out to climb a mountain?

This of course made me think long and hard about who I believed myself to be and what I might want to do (as me) this year. Good thing to know: I am still an explorer.

Many blessings to you all this 2014.

Elise McMullen-Ciotti a.k.a. The Galavant Girl


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