Rules to live by for the New Year...

This morning I lay in bed, sun streaming through the windows, caught between "I should get up because it's kind of a working day, but feels like a Sunday..." and read an email a friend sent me. The words resonated with me... gentle reminders of what we all know but forget consistently. I think this is a great handbook for 2011, thanks DC! 

Regarding your Health

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar
  • Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants, and eat less food that is manufactured in plants
  • Live with the 3 E's - Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
  • Play more games
  • Read more books than you did in 2010
  • Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
  • Sleep for 7 hours
  • Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily... and smile while you walk


  • Don't compare your life to others; you have no idea what their journey is all about
  • Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control; instead, invest your energy in the positive present moment
  • Don't waste your precious energy on gossip
  • Dream more while you are awake
  • Envy is a waste of time; you already have all you need
  • Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present
  • No one is in charge of your happiness except you
  • Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn; problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime
  • Smile and laugh more


  • Call your family often
  • Each day give something good to others
  • Forgive everyone for everything
  • Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6
  • Try to make at least three people smile each day
  • What other people think of you is none of your business


  • Do the right thing!
  • Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful
  • However good or bad a situation is, it will change
  • No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up
  • When you awake alive in the morning, be thankful for it
  • Your inner most is always happy; so, be happy


And because in my world, everything is better with a photo, here is some of my winter favorites to bring in the New Year! May this year be the best yet...