New Year, New Intentions

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I’ve never been a new year’s resolution kind of girl. Oh sure, I have said I will try to eat less junk, or that I’ll try to go to the gym more, but they never hold true.

A few years ago I decided that I would make a year of health. My intention, or my goal, was to focus on my health bit by bit. It wasn’t to obsess over the scale, it wasn’t to eat healthy all the time. Rather, it was to try to make myself mind, body and soul, health. I worked on  my mental health having suffered from mental illness for many years. I worked on my physical health (this was pre celiac diagnosis). I worked on my overall self. And you know what? By the end of that year I felt like I had accomplished something.

I haven’t set many intentions over the last few years. It’s been up and down mind body and soul, but this year I’m ready. And so I put forth to you the following challenge: Set an intention. It doesn’t have to be some grandiose effort, but rather, something you want to work on. Put last year behind you – write down all the crap that happened and burn it. Have a symbolic end to the bad. Write down all the good stuff that happened and put it somewhere safe. On those bad day this year, you can open up that “good stuff” and remember that it will get better.

My intention: to grow, mind body and soul.

That may seem like a copout. But really, I want to continue to grow. I have learned so much about myself over the last few years and I want that to continue. I’m making my mental health a priority. I’m taking my yoga practice to the next level. I meditate almost daily. I watch what goes in my mouth and try to put food as close to the earth in as possible. When I eat meat, I want it to be GOOD meat – ethically grown and raised.

Growing is a big deal.

Working on my mind health has been a priority for me for a while now and in december I discovered something that helps – crochet. How does something that involves yarn help my mind? It’s simple rather – when I’m crocheting, I’m not anxious. It gives me focus. It’s patterns. It’s repetitive. And it keeps me grounded.

I found that I have a passion for this at this current point in my life. My best Eastern friend helped me understand something important the other day. My passions centre around what I need in that moment. Yoga is a passion for me – it saved my sanity last year and allowed my body to become more flexible. I need that. I didn’t need it to the same degree 10 years ago when I let yoga go out of my life for a while – or maybe I wasn’t ready for it then. It’s the same with crochet. Right now, I need it.

And so, I opened an online etsy store. And for you, my dear readers, I’m having a giveaway. I’m giving away a midlength pair of yoga socks. Why yoga socks? These socks are amazing! They keep your feet warm before your body is fully warm in class. They allow you to still grip your mat because they have no toes or heels. And they allow you to wear capris in the winter! (Maybe not a big deal for some of you southerners but up here in Canada.. it’s a big deal.)

Here are the rules:

Comment below as to why you want to win and you’re entered.

To earn extra entries:

1 – Like Shanti Knits on facebook!

2 – Share this giveaway on facebook or twitter.

It’s as easy as that. Draw will be made Friday, January 11 at 4pm MST.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. elenavo
    Jan 05, 2013 @ 19:34:50

    Thanks for the fun giveaway! I’d love to win because these socks will encourage me to get out my yoga mat more frequently despite the chilly room or gym 🙂


  2. elenavo
    Jan 05, 2013 @ 19:36:40

    Liked Shanti Knits on Facebook as Elena Vo.


  3. elenavo
    Jan 05, 2013 @ 19:38:26

    Shared on Facebook here:


  4. Michelle Dionne-Nisbet
    Jan 05, 2013 @ 22:04:17

    I would like to win because I just picked up my first pair of yoga socks from you today and I absolutely LOVE them and would like to have another pair so I don’t wear out the first! I have liked Shanti Knits on Facebook too!


  5. suze
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 14:20:45

    I’m so jealous that you’ve picked up this fibre art stuff so quickly. I’d like to win a pair so my feet will stay warm at yoga. I spent the first 45 on Monday in socks and only took them off because it was either that or fall on my face. My new mat has grip but not enough, apparently.


  6. Anita
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 15:33:47

    I always read all your posts but am too lazy to comment. (And sometimes from my phone it doesn`t work properly!)
    LOVE the yoga socks, especially because it would allow me to wear capris allll winter long. They would look so cute peeking over a pair of boots, too!
    -Anita 🙂


  7. lifelearningmama
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 11:50:45

    Leaving an extra comment for Michelle for liking SK.


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