9 In Self-care

Peace, Health and Healing

This year I have chosen to set a theme rather than making any new years resolutions.

With every decision I make, everything I do, every plan I make, I will try very hard to use the theme as a guide, and if they don’t fit in with the theme, I will certainly be questioning whatever it is. I picture it’s going to be a challenge for the first month to consistently watch myself, but once the habit is cemented, it will then become second nature to me.

My theme for 2013 is:

Peace, Health and Healing


I will strive for a more peaceful existence, with less worry, stress and drama.

I will try to live more in the now. I will do more things I enjoy. I will use my talents to work on things I am passionate about.

I’m going to be burning a lot of incense, oils, candles, and meditating and not just at night to get me to sleep.


I want to be healthier, both mentally and physically.

Physically speaking, I will be eating even better than I did in 2012, drinking more water and less alcohol, attempting to quit sugar, but also allowing myself treats every now an again so as to achieve balance. This will not include ice cream, as instead of being sick from a hangover on New Years Day, I was sick from ice cream. I will also try to inject more movement into my day, as I suffer from having an office job. Sitting on my ass all day is exhausting and drains the life out of me.

Mentally speaking, I will be reading more inspirational books, listening to more music, battering myself less and having more fun through various means –  some I have tried before, and some I haven’t.


I need to heal from the last 6 months, which will involve a lot of writing, talking and sharing.

I have also recently realized that I still have some things to deal with as a result of things that have happened in my life. I will need again deal with these through writing, talking and sharing.

On looking back on the list, I think the three areas are quite complimentary and I feel so much more positive, clear and focused on the year ahead of me.

As my dearest friend said to me yesterday:

2013 is going to be great for all of us. It’s our second chance since the world didn’t end.

What is your theme for 2013?

  • Alicia
    January 2, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Sounds lovely. I’ll join you in this!

  • Hajra
    January 3, 2013 at 2:20 am

    I like the idea of less drama! I do that to myself a lot… a LOT! I need to learn to let go of that pretty soon. 🙂

    My mom always keeps telling me that everyday is another chance, take full benefit and learn to let go… every day!

    Happy New Year and I pray for a peace, healing and a healthier you, not only in 2013, but always! 🙂

  • Dourgi@Ditch the Degree
    January 3, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Oh that idea is really nice.
    I would also like to try making my own for this year.
    Things will be great at the end of the year for sure!

    • Janine Ripper
      January 11, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      You should! What would it be?

  • MuMuGB
    January 9, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Less stress and less drama sounds really nice. I think that you have had to deal with quite a lot so don’t forget to take it easy on yourself!

  • Samantha Bangayan
    January 20, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Love the idea of having a resolution theme! =) This sounds like the best way to live overall and forever! =)

    • Janine Ripper
      January 26, 2013 at 10:20 am

      I think it does hey! It just takes constantly reminding yourself so it becomes a life habit.

  • Is it so much the unknown as the unconquered?
    September 11, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    […] As another friend said to me a week or so ago, I am still progressing through my journey, and these things take time.  I am well on my way, I just need to be patient. And in saying that, I need to keep in mind my theme for 2013 – peace, health and healing. […]

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