New Year’s Resolutions

Last year I posted about resolutions in 2013 based on sun sign in astrology — how accurate were those themes for you throughout the past 12 months? I know mine was pretty spot on.

It’s time to revisit the 2013 version of, “What is your New Year’s resolution for 2014?” This year, I’m taking a different approach by consolidating the entire entry for each sign into one sentence. Straight to the point, no fluff or confusing fuzzy language. But don’t worry! Here’s the original article if you’d like all the nitty-gritty tid bits as well.

Here we have it — New Year’s resolutions per astrological sun sign for the upcoming 2014 year:

Aries: Stop fueling your anger and scaring everyone else away from you, or else you’ll lose any cultivated stability you have now.

Taurus: Relationships are serious business and your face needs to stop showing it; release your soft-hearted side with friends and romantic company.

Gemini: For the love of God, be modest with your finances, re-invest in your friends (if you still can), and gain financial independence from others.

Cancer: You’re worth anything you can dream of and the key to success lies in being vulnerable and open, so drop the hard shell off your back and embrace life.

Leo: Exhausted from using all your energy toward others, resolve to take care of you and make a solid decision about moving your (and no one else’s) life forward.

Virgo: Sometimes our inner circle of friends needs re-evaluating and it’s more than vital for you to assess who’s really out to nourish, or deplete, you.

Libra: Your home life is going to get a shake up and you may wish to make newer, but more improved, changes to the way you’re living.

Scorpio: Pay attention to your body’s messages, because it is important you respond to them and center your emotional body as well.

Sagittarius: You are valuable and it’s time to embrace what you bring to your relationships to prevent being taken advantage of any longer.

Capricorn: Breathe; okay, relax and accept that what makes the world beautiful are not the decisions we make but how we react to what’s around us — you may want to try yoga this year.

Aquarius: There’s a lot of repressed emotion within you, so deal with them in a healthy way to stop burning yourself (and your energy levels) out.

Pisces: Finances are your friend, so try an investment in the people you can connect with in order to grow within your career and support the life you’re living.

Are these resolutions resonating with you? Are they completely off track? Either way, here’s to a happy and fulfilling new year for all of us! 2014, here we come!

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New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year’s Resolution You’ll Commit To.

I often receive e-mails from astrology.com that are playful and entertaining. They’ll send topics like “GreenScopes,” your daily green tip customized per astrological sign. Most of mine are typical Gemini tidbits, like “quit trying to do everything and focus on one important change.” What? Me, scattered? Can’t commit to one topic in a blog? No way.

Ahem.

I decided to scroll through today’s “FoodScope” e-mail and reached a separate article that looked interesting: “The One Resolution You’ll Keep in 2012.” Well, what could I lose by clicking? I thought. Like most Astrology.com articles, it was short and sweet. I decided to read through each sign, relate my particular friends to their respective signs, and gained a little insight into what could potentially be helpful for them in the new year. I also have injected some of my Gemini finesse into reconstructing the article’s advice for you, reader. Here’s my take on your 2012 resolution suggestion:

Aries – Your dynamo personality and innovative ideas are currently two separate entities. Come January 1st, assemble these two into a ground-breaking idea, business plan, or career venture. Shamanistic calligraphy? You can do it.

Taurus – 2012 is the year of awakening for you. For example: purchase a book on Iceland, swing by a used bookstore for “Learn Icelandic,” and you’ll be all set for a trip by October to see Aurora Borealis. Your mind is urging for this kind of expanded perspective on life.

Gemini – Corral your inner untamed multitasker and give it a to-do list. This year is the perfect time to narrow your focus and get the things you want done. You know, the important and creative things.

Cancer – You are comfortable inside your inner sanctuary. Your most thoughtful, provoking moments are found there. Challenge yourself this year and share those insights with others. They are dying to hear what you have to say. Promise.

Leo – Spend some extra time with your air sign friends this year. Start observing the art of communication at it’s worst (Gemini), best (Aquarius), and somewhere inbetween (Libra). The potential to improve your own skill is greatest now. “Before you speak, ask yourself…does it improve upon the silence?” -Buddha

Virgo – Spending extra hours at work or school? Juggling too many projects, or not enough? Next year, begin to schedule in one of the most important projects on your calendar: rest. The planets are literally giving you the extra breathing room.

Libra – What is your life’s purpose? Are you truly living “the dream?” Libra is a dreamer, but a level-headed one. Your projections are doable and once January 1st hits, your mission is to answer these questions with confidence.

Scorpio – To love another is to love yourself. Scorpios struggle with intimacy, and in many cases missing a connection with others correlates with a lack of self-love. 2012 is your special year to take care of yourself by listening to your mind and body. Respect its wishes and take time off when you need it.

Sagittarius – Who needs stress? Not you, that’s for sure. Shake up your schedule by throwing in a new activity that you enjoy. As a matter of fact, switch it up as much as you can! As long as you make room for relaxation, the new year will be a breeze.

Capricorn – The year of the romantic: 2012. For you, Capricorn, seek out opportunities to show love to family, friends, and a special someone in your life. Even if you’re unattached, revisit your relationship to the idea of love and (maybe) redefine it.

Aquarius – “Wherever you are, be there.” This is your theme for the new year, whether you like it or not. Use this to your advantage: when you are working, be the worker. When you are visiting friends, really be with them. This change of focus will be ground-breaking for you.

Pisces – You are the zodiac’s biggest dreamer. The world is your canvas, and you’ve been painting a beautiful design since you were born. The world may have disappointed you, and your paintbrushes may have been set aside for some time now. Take a chance and open up your heart. You will not be disappointed.

Read more articles here.

Is your suggestion relevant to you and your life? How does astrology fit into your life? Do you believe it or find it entertaining?

The New Year’s Resolution You’ll Commit To.

A Sugar-Free Sweet Tooth

What a contradiction. Oxymoron!
Call it what you will, I’ve started to rethink our relationships with food. So many stories of people losing control of their appetites, portioning, and falling victim to emotional eating.
It’s a very real issue, and it’s vital we eradicate it as soon as possible. Food is for appreciating: the Earth has gifted us with ways to sustain ourselves. May it be animal, plant or mineral. Regardless of our dietary choices, this obstacle remains present. Even in my own life, I’ve struggled with portion sizes, eating the right foods, and feeling confused about when I was full or not. After many years of trial and error, my knowledge has greatly improved my daily habits and taught me how to make better choices.

Actually making those choices, however, is another story.

The lovely Alex over at Spoonful of Sugar Free has launched another one of her Sugar-Free Challenges for 2012! Been thinking about dropping sugar too? She kicks it up a notch: no artificial sweeteners, unrefined sugars, or even stevia – my saving grace half the time. She does allow fruits in moderation. One thing I appreciate about this challenge is the support system being set in place– she has made a “checklist” available for you to use when monitoring yourself on the challenge.
Check out the main page to get the details. It begins January 1, 2012.

YUM!

Plus, with options like these I’m pretty excited to make this decision. A challenge friendly peanut butter chocolate cake – click for recipe.

Are you going to join in on the fun? Comment, share, and tweet about this challenge. Don’t forget to comment below, and let me know you’re going sugar free for a month!

What’s one thing you would miss most about going sugar free?

A Sugar-Free Sweet Tooth