Sunday, January 8, 2017

New Years Intentions 2017


2016 Intentions Post

Let's review the ones for 2016:

1.) Manifest Romantic Connection/Partnership.

I had a brief romantic experience in Feb/March of 2016. Had a 3 month relationship from Nov-Feb 2017.

2.) Plug into more food security systems(growing, veganiculture, community/Omstead garden) #ABAWD #WarOnPoor

I was overly concerned about EBT being cut from my life(a habit of anxiety mind)...and it never turned out to be true. As my Mom used to say....F.E.A.R....False Evidence Appearing Real. I volunteer and get my EBT needs met.

3.) Crowdsource my Activism.

The Patreon account never really took off...partly for my like of putting it out there repeatedly. I did receive several in person monetary donations to help with my lifestyle, that was lovely. The challenge is getting a regular donation system so I can pay my modest rent with that. Had issues setting up Paypal and it still won't work, so that's something for the new year to get done.

4.) Consider other areas to live/visit, especially conducive to vegan living/warmer. (Hawai'i, Costa Rica, Belize etc)

My friend's homestead on Hawai'i is about the only thing on my radar for this. I thought about visiting in winter 2017/2018 perhaps.

5.) Keep exploring NVC/Authentic connections/T-Group/Solsarra interactions

Took Foundations NVC class, read the book 3-4 times, watched numerous Rosenburg led workshops, and I am steeped in this in my community so I have grown a lot with this wisdom. Didn't really plug back into the other groups though.

6.) Continue to "shift the paradigm" via activist outlets-Veganism/Enviro etc

Yup. Got  into Collectively Free as  the main organizer here in PDX. Started going to more social justice things like BLM. Got involved with Social Justice Action Center.

7.) Keep up 3x/week yoga practice at People's.

This continued strong until about November, when I was down to just once a week or so. I'd like to get back into this habit, and do it more with other people outside of the formal classes.

8.) Truly optimize diet/ on all cylinders.

Kinda all over the place like usuall on this one...went off sugar in summer for 2 months, did Raw Till 4 for several months as well...made a pact of no ice cream even...last few months have been all over the place; snacking more, holidays are rough. :) Would like to get back to Raw Till 4ish system and cut out snacks/non-whole foods.

9.) Strangers are just friends I haven't met yet. #Venture&Gain

Added 444 FB friends in 2016(topping out at 1,150 right now)...most of which I have met locally.

10.) Spend more time maintaining/supporting friendships/connections

I made a special mark on my calendar in the evenings to connect more with friends; more phone calls, FB check-ins etc. I have done a pretty good job with this, but I can still get better at in-person meetings. I think I may do more video chats, and shorter, but more frequent calls.

11.) Strengthen connection in the Brooklyn Collective between the houses

Didn't really focus on this too much; the connection seems solid enough.

12.) Revisit concept of moneyless living/right livelihood in more detail(blog post in works)

Definitely on my radar still....haven't really had the impetus to tackle this yet, but I do want more stable income stream in some way; crowdsourcing would be ideal.

13,) Network and connect more with peers in similar lifestyles,,,claim acceptance/validation

Becoming a CF organizer has helped in this regard, and I think many of my peers are honoring my contributions as well.

14,) Look into internships/free educational opportunities(Cultural Catalyzer example)

Didn't really get into this much, aside from the bodywork/kaleidoscope stuff. I got into offering massage here and there, helped with Healshare, and have been teaching Kaleidoscope Yoga at Peoples's for about a year now.

15.) Ask and receive.


16.) Join the Q Contiunumm #Notenoughtimeinthedaytodoallthethings


Intentions for 2017

I honestly think the above intentions still hold true. with perhaps a couple additions.

Looking back on my 2015 intentions, I can see the shift away from some of my Buddhist/Sangha/Extreme roots and into a little more nuanced and practical application of my life path. I have come to realize that the back to the land/green thumb permaculture sphere while important, isn't exactly my cup of tea. I still have some thoughts of visiting and exploring some of these communities, and perhaps down the road will make something like this more of my a tiny house urban village concept.

Seems I'm more suited to the urban activist scene; embedded, connected on social media, up to date on pro-intersectional framework etc. This can chafe a bit with my moneyless dynamic a bit, but there are plenty of resources in an urban landscape to function well like this(cycling, public transport, waste stream for food/textiles, community involvement/activism etc etc).