How I Want To Live My Life

cup of self-love

I went on a walk with my sister during her lunch break and we each talked about our goals for 2014. I’m going to list them here, and throughout January, and the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge, I’m going to have a blog post focus in on each of my goals for the year, and for my life.

This is inspired by AO’s self-love posts for the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge:

Week 1: Self-Love Assessment – Day 1: Loving my Body

Week 1: Self-Love Challenge – Day 2: Emotional Me

AO is assessing where she is in her self-love journey through the 7 paths of the Self-Love Diet: Spiritual, Body, Mind and Emotions, Relationship, Cultural and World Path. It looks like she’s dedicating one day of the week for each path.

At first, I’d find that idea daunting, assessing one’s self-love journey through each of the 7 paths of the Self-Love Diet. I’d find it daunting because I usually think of tackling things through start to finish in one go, but most of the time that’s an unrealistic endeavor.

It was really cool to see that AO was using the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge to develop her self-love practice and to go through the Self-Love Diet one day at a time, breaking up the 7 paths of the Self-Love Diet throughout the month.

The reason why I haven’t thought about my 2014 goals this year is because the thought of it was too daunting for me to process. It will be great for me to process my goals in segments, to focus on what my goals are and why each is important to me and to give each one its own blog post. That way I won’t have to be bombarded by worry at the thought of going into all of them at once. I also plan on writing multiple blog posts per goal. My first blog post for each goal will address the goal and its importance to me and future blog posts for each goal will go into what I can do to make that goal become a reality, and my process in bringing each goal to life.

So, the 2014 goals I talked about with my sister:

Learning how to cultivate energy and excitement naturally. This past year I’ve been working on stabilizing my moods so I’m don’t become extremely depressed or hypomanic, and I’ve been working on learning how to deal with those moods and how to function through those moods. I’ve done a good job with stabilizing my mood, but I don’t often have a lot of energy or focus or feel passion or excitement. Now that I’ve learned to accept having bipolar 2 disorder and appreciate what it offers and teaches me, I want to learn how to feel excited and passionate about life without being in a hypomanic state.

Financial Independence. This past year I’ve tried different jobs and I’ve put in a lot of thought into finding or creating a career that will give me financial independence. I want to put those thoughts into action this year.

Mind and Body Health. I want to be healthy: physically, mentally and emotionally. When I ran cross country in high school and in college I remember having more consistent energy and feeling more alive more often. I also love running. It can become a form of meditation for me. This year I want to run more, and train and compete in 5 and 10Ks. I also want to start practicing reiki and practice more qigong. I want to stretch more. My back, shoulders, arms and neck hold a lot of my stress and tension and are naturally tight because I have a lot of muscle. This year I want to stretch more, especially my upper body. There’s this one stretch where you put both of your arms behind your back and you try to touch your hands. I don’t expect to be able to touch my hands by the end of the year, but I’d like to see a visible improvement in having my hands be closer to each other. I want to continue to get consistent and sufficient sleep. It makes a world of difference.

My Projects. I want to launch my queer publication, The Human Experience (T.H.E.) this year. I want to officially launch the publication, launch the Indiegogo Campaign to promote it and help get it started and launch a series of online campaigns that promote its mission. I want to continue developing my T.H.E. vlog. I want to continue to grow and develop the Love Warrior Community, an online community I created with my mom to help people develop their own self-love practice. I want to continue to work with and develop Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc (EDRS), a non-profit my mom founded and that I’m the Social Media Chair of.

My Self-Love Practice. I want to continue to work on my self-love practice and have it be a daily focus for me.

My Social Life. I want to put more emphasis on developing my social life this year.

– Emelina Minero


31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge

January is Self-Love month, and it marks the 4th year that we’ve hosted the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge. You can participate by submitting your self-love writing to be published on this blog. You can submit your writing here. You can also participate by writing your self-love posts on your own blog and linking back to the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge, 2014 blog post and Facebook event. If you don’t start on January 1st, that’s fine! You can jump into the challenge whenever you want.

Win a Copy of Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works

Each blog post you write is one entry into our random drawing to win an autographed copy of my book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. You’ll also be entered into our drawing to win our upcoming Self-Love e-products that we’ll be announcing soon.

If you don’t feel comfortable sharing your self-love writing, you can write in a journal or write yourself self-love emails. If writing isn’t for you, simply reading others’ self-love writing can be powerful and beneficial to you on your self-love journey.

About emelinaminero

I'm passionate about people, community, self-love and the diversity in the human experience.
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