My Truths for 2012

Posted Jan 5 2012, 11:58 am in , , , , , , , ,

Well it’s officially 2012. I suppose it was official a few days ago. But it’s taken me a while to get organized and come off my holiday sugar high.

Regardless, it’s time to get back to reality. The kids go back to school next week, the extracurricular madness will resume and I’ll be playing catch up…again.

Since it’s already January 5th, I’m sure that many of the New Years Resolutions that people made, are already long forgotten. Last year, instead of setting resolutions, I set intentions over at the Wordbitches and wouldn’t you know it… I followed through with most of them. So hey, maybe that strategy worked. Regardless, I’ve decided not to make resolutions/intentions/goals or anything this year. Instead I’m going to take a page from my good friend Christine and concentrate on some general rules to live by.ย  Jump over to Christine’s blog and check them out. She is wise beyond her years, an amazing photographer, and an all round beautiful and fantastic person. She will inspire you in so many ways.

My truths to add

~ Be true to yourself. Trying to be something or someone you’re not, is exhausting. Plus, you’ll miss out on all the awesomeness that you have inside.

~ Nothing is as bad as it seems. It never fails to amaze me that some people who face the greatest tragedies in life are still able to find some positive. Your mind is a powerful tool, find the positive, even if it’s only a sliver, and focus. Hard.

~ Grace and Dignity. Even when faced with the most toxic situations, hold your head up high. You can’t change the circumstances, only how you react to them.

~ Follow your passion.

~ Treat yourself well. There’s only one of you.

~ Do it today. Life is too short to talk about ‘tomorrow.’

~ Change is inevitable. Embrace it, welcome it. Make the best of it.

~ Be who you are and surround yourself with people who make you a better you. It’s okay to step back from relationships that are draining, or toxic in some way. Be the friend you want to have.

~ Family is your heart. Always.

~ Smile everyday as much as possible.

~ Don’t like something? Change it. The only one who dictates your life is you.

So, here’s to 2012!! I for one am excited about the opportunities and changes that are coming this year. So bring it on 2012…let’s do this!

I always learn so much from my friends. So please, like Christine, won’t you share? What are some of your truths or life lessons that you live by?


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21 responses to “My Truths for 2012”

  1. Great post. Thanks for sharing. I have two truths that I live by.
    1. Give up all hope of a better past.
    2. Where you focus your thoughts will dictate your experience of reality.

    Bless, Prudence

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Thanks, Prudence!
      I love your truths. Especially number one. That’s one I need to work on as well.
      Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wonderful post. I love it. And I love all your truths – they speak very closely to my own! Especially about living authentically and being true to you. Amazing Elena – here’s to living your truths all year long! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Christine says:

    Thank you for sharing my blog. I am so thankful for your friendship! I love the truths you’ve shared (especially this one: “Be the friend you want to have”). You are a wise, inspirational, strong, determined, talented, and fun woman. xoxo Much love!

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Chrissy. Everyone needs to read your blog. I love your insights and wisdom. Remember … 2012 is the year we get to see each other. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. nancymhayes says:

    Love your truths. You’re an inspiration Elena. Have a healthy and happy 2012.

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Thank you, Nancy!
      You are the inspiration, my friend. Safe travels and I can’t wait to read about your adventures.

  5. Sherry Isaac says:

    My first time here, Elena, and I like it.

    My truth? You can’t build a reputation on things you have not done yet.

  6. Great post and I love Prudence’s #1 truth. Such a great list of promises to keep to no one but ourselves. Thanks Elena!

  7. Words to live by, no question about it. I sense that a connection to most if not all of these truths is what has brought our Wana711 group together so seamlessly. Thank you for articulating your intentions in a way that touches my heart deeply.

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Thank you Patricia,
      I agree. Our WANA group is amazing, and yes, I think it’s in large part because our connections to the truths of life is so strong. We truly have an awesome, awe inspiring group. YAY for 2012!

  8. Trish Loye Elliott says:

    What an awesome list. I’m going to print it out and put it on my office wall. Now I’m off to check out Christine’s blog. Thanks for sharing. You’re an amazing lady!

  9. So true! Awesome rules to live by, love it! (now i’m off to send you a triberr invite ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  10. Hi Elena!

    I too didn’t want to make any goals this year, but then again I thought if I didn’t, I might not notice any results or achievements. So off I went to ROW80. Now that doesn’t mean that I’ll make all my goals. But I wanted to start somewhere. I am so glad I noticed your tweet. I’m sorry I wasn’t here earlier. This was an inspiring post! Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Karen!

      It’s true that goals help you notice your achievements and I am a big fan of setting them, but I tend to set goals for myself as I go along, so not necessarily a New Years thing. And of course, you don’t necessarily need to achieve them all, but they do give you something to strive for.
      Good for you for doing ROW80!

  11. Debra Kristi says:

    Ooh! I love this Elena. All my goals pretty much have to do with finishing my WIP and taking better care of myself. So ROW80 here I come! A little late, but that’s okay. This is a wonderful post that fits right in with that. Truths and self-care. Perfect!

  12. Beautiful post, Elena. I’m cosigning on our wonderful WANA711 group. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Truths – From Maya Angelou: “The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.โ€ I’ll add to that, if it is a negative encounter, it is okay to tell the person that you have their number. Keep it real and keep your power. Bad karma folks want to play where they know their games work

    Also, for “be true to yourself,” part of that for me is going in with integrity and coming out with integrity. Not sacrificing self for a short-term reward.

  13. Tat says:

    Your truths are true for me, too, I’ll just add, assume the best in people and give them the benefit of the doubt.

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