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Ringing in 2014 with Gratitude


“Gratitude puts everything into perspective.” ~Danielle LaPorte

Since 2010, I’ve conducted an annual review. I write about what went well over the past year and what I’d like to see happen in the year ahead. Recently, I finished reading The Desire Map and I completed the workbook. The Desire Map helped me think differently about my annual review, how I want to feel next year, and my intentions for 2014.

As I reviewed 2013, I was struck by the themes that emerged over and over again. They were similar to the themes that cropped up during 2012. Like 2012, 2013 marked by growth, change, and transition.

Today, I will share a brief 2013 wrap-up & highlights from my desire-mapping process:

1. We moved from the ranch to Red Bluff, in May, where we stayed for a few months. Then we moved to Chico. Our Chico plans were foiled because of zoning issues. However, it all worked out for the best.  Logan and I moved back to Siskiyou County in September. I’m grateful that we are living here again because I feel happy, secure, and we have awesome neighbors. For now, we are planning on staying in the area. We might move in the future, but the tiny house isn’t going anywhere.

2. After my step-dad, Mahlon, died I felt depressed and lost. There are numerous reasons why I felt this way and I won’t go into them here. I will say that experiencing depression and grief taught me to embrace life and to practice gratitude.

3. I will write a book about about loss, grief, and joy, eventually. For now, I’m letting the project simmer.  If I publish a book on loss, it has to be helpful and right now my rough draft isn’t ready to share with the world.

4. Traveling to the east coast was an awesome adventure! I had the opportunity to reconnect with my family and explore various cities, and states, with Logan. It was a blast!

5. In July, I hurt my back and I was housebound for a month. It took roughly two months for me to feel like a normal human again. Experiencing so much pain taught me many lessons, like prioritizing my health. Since my injury, I move my body with greater care and intention.

6. January 1, 2014 marks the fourth year that I’ve been running my micro-business. I’m grateful and honored that I get to spend my days writing, teaching and taking photos. Thank you for supporting my work.

2014 Intentions

“Set out to do three or four things this year with gusto and excellence, rather than doing a dozen things just sufficiently. Trust me on this.” ~Danielle LaPorte

The Desire Map helped me get clear on how I want to feel in all aspects of my life.  During 2014, I want to feel joyful, creative, grateful, and at ease in my personal and professional life.  To make those feelings a reality I plan to accomplish the following:

  • I will launch a photography book! The book is tentatively titled: My Morning View: An iPhone Photography Project about Gratitude, Grief & Good Coffee. I have to admit, I’m scared to share this project with you. It feels vulnerable because it isn’t a narrative based book. At the same time, I’m excited about this new project. Stay tuned for launch date details. 
  • I will create content for A Simple Year. I’m psyched about this collaborative course. Also, I’m working on a new e-course about creativity.
  • I will no longer ignore the aches and pains in my body. Since I hurt my back, I’ve been paying close attention to my physical health. When it’s cold, I dress in layers to make sure my back stays warm. And, rather than trying to lift something heavy and “push through” pain, I’ve been asking Logan for help.
  • I will make time for long walks, coffee dates with my girlfriends, date nights with Logan, and mini-adventures.

Parting words

Like Courtney, I am going internet-lite until January 6. My plan is simple; I will check email and social networks every 48 hours. Also, I won’t share any happy links until the new year.

I will be working on key projects, sharing My Morning View images, and digging into my new day planner.  Last week, I decided to switch from a digital planner to an old school paper planner. I looked at a few options online and decided to wait a few days before I purchased something new. When I checked the mail on Tuesday, I found a sweet present! My friend Courtney sent me The Desire Map Daily Planner; perfect timing and a perfect planner for the new year.

Enjoy the holidays!

What about you? What are your intentions for 2014?

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  • Becs :: Think Big Live Simply December 19, 2013, 7:52 pm

    Enjoy the holidays too – and enjoy being ‘internet-lite’!
    I’m looking forward to ‘A Simple Year’ starting; I signed up, I couldn’t help myself. And – my Desire Map planner is on its way to me in Australia right now, I’m still working my way through TDM process, but I know I intend for 2014 to be about Connection, Gentleness and Space. See you in 2014 🙂

  • Lynda December 19, 2013, 8:24 pm

    Dear Tammy

    My intentions for 2014 are to ‘hasten slowly’, write and crochet more, regather strength and focus after being made redundant, and (as a big fan of your instagram feed!) keep noticing everyday magic.

    Thank you so much for your ongoing inspiration, and best wishes for the festive season to all residents of The Tiny House.


    • Tammy Strobel December 21, 2013, 9:48 am

      Thank you for reading, Lynda! Also, I love your 2014 intentions. Good stuff. 🙂

  • John December 21, 2013, 7:16 am

    Sorry to hear about your back. Have you considered going to a DO? Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine are one of the only health professionals who can treat back pain with both prescription pain meds and physical therapy using their hands. There’s a school in Vallejo and a lot of competent physicians nearby as a result. I know of one in Redding.

    • Tammy Strobel December 21, 2013, 9:46 am

      Thanks for the information, John. My back is doing much better. I just have to be careful. I will look into DO. Sounds intriguing! Wishing you all the best!

      • Elizabeth December 28, 2013, 2:18 pm

        I’d like to second the recommendation for a Doctor of Osteopathy! In my case, I spent four years with incessant headaches and neck problems — only a DO took the time to listen, understand, and importantly, treat me with a range of medicines, injections, and physical therapy. My DO saved my life.

  • Paula December 21, 2013, 10:26 am

    I plan to move more slowly and mindfully. I want to learn to meditate more effectively and practice gratitude more consistently. I am decluttering constantly and learning to enjoy living with less.

  • Kaylin Lydia December 22, 2013, 6:07 pm

    When I was nearly crippled by depression, I scoffed at a gratitude practice. It seemed so ridiculous when you have that heavy weight on your chest. But, with time, it really does work. I try to now focus on living with gratitude as a lifestyle. You have so many fun things coming up this year, they inspire me to focus more on my own desires and projects milling around in my head. Happy holidays!

  • Jessie December 23, 2013, 10:25 am

    Sounds like a great plan Tammy! I am very inspired by your way of life and success. I hope that in 2014 I will finally figure out “what I want to be when I grow up!” hahaha Photography has become a passion of mine and I hope to pursue it further. Also, I look very forward to seeing your book!

  • Pat in Eastern NC December 23, 2013, 8:13 pm

    Tammy, merry Christmas to you and Logan and best wishes for a joyful 2014.

  • B. P. Zallito December 25, 2013, 11:05 am

    I am so glad to hear more about this Minimalist Movement. After visiting a developing country and feeling a sense of Peace I have never felt before, I decided that I want more of the same. I am planning to relocate there and live on less than I do now. I am giving away things I have not even been using or need. I expect to enjoy more Peace, spend less and have more to give away to help others. I am so excited. I would love to see more people be honest about their current situation and decide to make their lives better by living with fewer tangibles and having more
    intangible wealth and prosperity. Anybody else with me? If not, I will go where none has gone and leave a path for others to follow. I am definitely Life Sizing!!!

  • Annie December 26, 2013, 12:04 pm

    Hi Tammy,
    I am intrigued and will look into The Desire Map. I have been on a journey of self exploration over the past two years and need some extra guidance. It sounds like it may be a helpful tool.
    As for my 2014 intentions, I haven’t established them all yet, but I know I want to develop an exercise routine I can stick to. This is not your typical “lose weight” New Year’s resolution, but part of my efforts to feel better physically and mentally. My job is sedentary/stressful and I have developed aches and pains as a result. I know regular exercise will help that, and I also want to find ways to add movement to my workday if possible.
    My other intention is to be more mindful of my interactions with others. To make an effort to be kinder, more patient, and to really listen to others. I am now in a managerial role at work and want to set a good example for my staff.
    Happy New Year!

  • Jayme December 26, 2013, 1:46 pm

    Hi! I just found you via Joshua Becker…my goodness….I don’t know where to start, but I think it will just be in the beginning and I’ll work my way through. I feel like I may have found a kindred spirit. Happy New Year to you!

  • Ann December 30, 2013, 12:47 am

    I love this entry 🙂 I’m in the same place myself right now, though holiday responsibilities have made it impossible to check out the web for some days.
    My resolutions for next year: To be more outspoken on feminist issues, to spend more time with people who need someone, and to have a more systematic approach to my career as an artist.
    Happy new year!

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