How would you like to improve yourself and your life next year? Is there a piece of advice or counsel you received in the past year that could guide you?

I want to be free of fear. I want to be confident that I can make it. I want to get involved in a creative project that helps and includes other people. I remember the advice I got from the printing on my yoga mat - LIFE IS ABOUT THE THINGS YOU CREATE WITH OTHER PEOPLE, SO GO START CREATING.

I would like to be a more effective advocate and ally. There is so much social justice work to be done, and it can happen in small ways every day. I tend to shy away from conversations that seem like they will become confrontational, but I want to be kind, knowledgeable, and courageous enough to bring people in to difficult conversations. I am hopeful that the workshop series about racial justice I am participating in will help me improve at this.

Take care of yourself first, then the rest. Whether this is yoga, or writing, or art -- or simply getting sleep and eating greens. Take care of yourself first. Try to be less stressed, less anxious. Don't beat yourself up. You are okay. It is okay.

Incorporate rest and Sabbath rhythms daily, weekly, yearly. I know by carving time for such will enhance what the outcome will be. Not just do but be. Stillness is such beautiful thing.

I'm learning about the spontaneous arising of compassion/open heartedness thing. I think it really is about unlearning and then reassessing if my narratives work for the road ahead.