The writing exercise taught me what I can do when I feel stuck in the metaphorical tar pits. When the quicksand threatens, I need to embrace those writing dreams -- to mold my experience into words that can rise above the muck.
This year, rather than make empty promises or set unattainable goals, resolve to make positive and small long-term lifestyle changes that will make you the healthiest and happiest you've ever been. So where do you start?
If one of your resolutions is to become more in touch with your feelings and emotions, keeping a diary is one way to do this. Simplify the process by downloading Momento, an app that allows you to document your personal journey.
LGBT people smoke cigarettes at rates that are 68 percent higher than the general population; that means smoking affects more of us than any other single health problem. Luckily there is a cure for smoking, and even minutes after you stop your health starts to improve.
Dead, sprawled on the street, a January corpse, abandoned like a thought. Just days ago this wan carcass that now lies stiff and bloodless face down in gutter soup was the family favorite, so gaily dressed and full of light.
We have a choice -- we can be defined by our past or we can remake our definition by striking out and writing the pages of our future with hope. We can take a stand today and proclaim in a loud voice that "I will strive to make this year better than the year before."
To struggle is human. I don't just want to do what obligation tells me to do. I want to live, and that means finding the balance to play -- to do what a body is not obliged to do. Last year was physical, and this year is mental. Next year, I'll add another layer to the work in progress.
What did I want for myself in 2013? My mind drifted to yoga. I had signed up for a teacher training program, so why not make this my Year Of Yoga by supplementing my training with additional classes? 200 seemed like a nice round number, and it's not like it would take over my life.