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2010 Inspiration

I am going to deviate from raw food today to share with you some thoughts for the new year.

We are approaching the end of the year, and the end of a decade. I know for many, myself included, 2009 was one of the most challenging years I have ever faced. I found myself living in a state of survival and fear. So many things changed, so many of those felt out of my control. I hunkered down and rode out the storm.

The day after Christmas, I woke up and realized that I no longer was willing to live in the survival mode. My dear friend, Amy Oscar and I were having a brief conversation about this and it came to me, my new motto and intention for 2010.  Thrive, don’t merely survive in 2010.

We have a little time left before 2010 is here. I am going to that time to examine my life, decide what I want it to be and set my intentions to make it so. I no longer wish to be at the whim of the universe, I intent to co-create with it. It is the start of a new decade, a perfect time to do the work.

This will require some self-evaluation and vision work. I welcome the challenge and invite you to join me! Take out a big piece of paper and write “my life” in the center. Then, start adding things as they come to you around the center. See how the thoughts connect up and what bridges together. Just let it flow, don’t over think it. You will be surprised at how easily things start to come to you. This is called a mind map.

You can make a mind map for your life. Start broad and then if you like, take the different categories that you come up with and turn each of those into it’s own map. Once you see your direction, you can figure out your intentions. I would love to hear what you come up with!

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  1. Kristen Magno wrote on June 28, 2010

    this picture is gorgeous! love the mind mapping idea.

  2. ashley wrote on January 4, 2010

    I love that photo…isn’t it one from your photo 365 collection? So breathtakingly beautiful. Loved this post…this year, more than any other, I’m feeling the need to relish the new year and all it has to offer, and to really get out there and make something of each and every day (and to make some major leaps of faith!)

    Many wishes to you for an absolutely wonderful and inspiring year. Thanks for your blog : )

  3. Heather wrote on January 4, 2010

    What a beautiful picture! Beautiful message, too! Thanks and happy new year!

  4. carol giambri wrote on January 3, 2010

    Gorgeous pic. My words “thrive and not just survive” been speaking for months to all. I’m glad the words are traveling with like minds! Happy New Year!

  5. Heathy wrote on January 3, 2010

    Hi Lisa,
    I absolutely love your blog – excellent food and photography!

    Ive nominated you for a Happy 101 Blog Award Happy New Year!


  6. Michal wrote on January 3, 2010

    Thrive, dont merely survive. What a powerful and simple statement.

    Happy new year!

  7. Goody wrote on January 2, 2010

    fabulous post lady.

    so glad to have met you in the online world and i cant wait to meet you in the person.

    you are such an inspiration and truly a fabulous being.

    that photo gives me life..just fantastic!

  8. Nanna wrote on December 31, 2009

    Susan, your blog is such a gift to so many people you don’t even know about – people who don’t comment for whatever reason.

    I’m going to join you in anticipating an adventurous and joyful year for you this year – just the start of a beautiful decade!

  9. Eco Mama wrote on December 31, 2009

    Beautiful, serene photo. Thank you Susan, for putting this wonderful blog out there, I hope your 2010 is everything you want it to be.
    Eco Mama

  10. cfwhitney wrote on December 31, 2009

    I’ve just come across your website and really like it. I have yet to try the recipes but they look delicious and I can’t wait to try them. I’ve been doing a sort of mind mapping – through journaling the last year and a half and it’s amazing how much it has helped me. It began with a creativity workshop that talked about free writing every day. It turned in to so much more. It’s so interesting to see how things come together. I have learned though that the saying “Be careful what you wish for” is so true. Many times things have happened and I thought “that isn’t what I wanted” but it was actually what I asked for. It’s also hard to plan for others actions. Definitely keeps life interesting! 2009 was a trying year for many and may we all enjoy a much more happy and prosperous 2010. Happy thoughts to everyone!


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