For better or worse, here I am—trapped in paradise. As long as I continue to live in this vital, inimitable spot on the globe,

I will continue to seek out the unique…the delicious…the innovative products, services and traditions of San Luis Obispo County.

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A wanderlust at heart... captivated by the California Central Coast. Join me on my culinary and vino-infused adventures as I explore and discover the regional novelties of San Luis Obispo County that make living here...easy to stay...and hard to leave.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 New Year's Intentions

Don't worry, this isn't another blurb on New Year's resolutions. Well, actually it is, but since today is the start of a brand new year and many of us are introspective, hopeful, and ready to jump into 2014 with good intentions, I just can't help myself. 

I'm actually not big on resolutions as I believe in goal setting throughout the year. If there's an objective I want to achieve, I don't think it makes sense to wait until January 1 to declare my ambitions. But for the past few weeks I've been pondering numerous objectives that I'd like to bring to fruition in the new year—and I've been stressing about them. 

With a bevy of good intentions flowing through my mind—like exercising, reading and meditating daily; eating healthier foods and drinking more water; running races; exploring new hiking trails; taking up a water sport; cultivating new friendships; traveling more often; studying Japanese again; launching a new website; publishing more stories and pictures; finishing decorating my home; hiring a housekeeper; taking more cooking classes; learning and creating new recipes; buying a new camera and improving my photography skillsI've felt as if my 2014 wishlist was a jumbled mash in my brain. 

Then this afternoon...I had an aha moment. This welcome revelation occurred to me as I was reading friends' and family members' comments about some of the San Luis Obispo County pictures I posted on a social networking site. I realized something very important yet genuinely simple: I just need to keep on doing the things I love. I believe that when you come from a place of elation, the Universe helps align your intentions and good things happen. 

So, I'm going to relax and trust that I'll get wherever it is that I want to go. I wish you the best in 2014 and beyond. Thank you for following along on my SLO County adventures.

2013 New Year's Eve Sunset at Pismo Beach.

2014 New Year's Day Morning at Pismo Beach.

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