The Compulsive Reader: 2008...Your Year to Start Kickin' It Ol' Skool

Thursday, January 17, 2008

2008...Your Year to Start Kickin' It Ol' Skool

There you were on January 1st, sitting around the dining room table with your family nibbling on stale Christmas cookies when Aunt Fi Fi uttered those dreaded words…let’s go around in a circle and share our New Year’s Resolutions!

As Monique, (your Ivy League-bound cousin with the perfect mane of Jennifer Aniston-esque hair) divulged her list (run her 5th consecutive marathon, stay on honor roll, save the world, blah, blah, blah), panic began to set in. With all those exams, term papers, and holiday shopping lists, that whole New Years Resolution thing kind of got away from you. OMG…does watch a little more reality TV count as a resolution? By the time your turn to “share” rolled around, you’d already made a break for the bathroom.

Put down that TP and come out of hiding! January is the perfect month to start kickin’ it ol’ skool. Remember when you were little and you only cared about what you wanted? In other words, relax and get back in touch with your inner voice. Like a long lost BFF, your inner voice will help you start figuring out what you want (and don’t want) for 2008. We aren’t knocking reality TV, but maybe you can check out the Real World and Your World. For instance, maybe your inner voice whispered “cool” when your friend gushed about her winter break internship at the local newspaper. If so, maybe you’d like to look into internships too. Was your inner voice mumbling “boooor----ing” during your brother’s daily rant about his totally unfair teacher? Remember that next time you’re about to become a member of his captive audience. Whether you are lacing up your soccer cleats or reading in study hall, don’t blow off your inner voice. Take it seriously. We suggest you get a little inspiration from 80’s artist Colourbox aka M/A/R/R/S and Pump Up the Volume of your inner voice. (If you’ve never heard the tune Pump Up the Volume…you can listen to a song sample on i-tunes...it’s an oldie but a goodie!)

Pumping up the volume of your inner voice may take some practice. Don’t be surprised if you need to lower the volume of your friends’ and your parents’ voices in order to recognize your own voice. Elisabeth sometimes hears her inner voice best when she’s running, walking or driving by herself. Annabel’s comes through loud and clear when she’s writing. In fact, both of us find it helps to write stuff down, which is why Click! has tons of exercises and a journal. A friend of ours gets inspired every evening just before she dozes off. And lots of people swear by meditation and yoga. Figure out whatever works for you. Either way, make 2008 your year to start kickin’ it ol’ skool and reconnect with yourself. Once you understand what you really really want, you can have fun making it happen. E-vite reads Pump up the Volume. The Universe’s RSVP? Dance Dance.

As always, visit clickthegirlsguide.com for all things Click!

No comments: