The year of living passionately


One week into 2017 and I’ve chosen my theme for this year: Living with passion.

No time to waste. I feel it palpably: life is oh so short and oh so fragile. I want to hold everything close and dear.  We always say, “Live in the moment.”  But do we do it?  Really do it?

So! Everything I do, think, eat, clean, plan — I will do passionately. Deeply. Joyfully. And with conscious compassion.

When I talk to people it will be with my full attention.  When I sleep, it will be deliciously. When I carry a cup of steaming, milky tea to the sofa for my afternoon read, it will be cozily.  I will infuse each moment with its utmost.

In this spirit, I hereby nominate some of my favorite things to the status of my Official Passions: Yoga. Pilates. Meditation. Baking. Cooking. Reading. Knitting.  Movies.  Traveling. Homekeeping. Fashion.  And of course: Writing!

I will celebrate authenticity, intellect, taste and charm.  Oh to live like an enlightened yogi — lightly, with humor and full attention, infused with grace.

I will add easy drama and glamour to the simplest moments.

It’s not hard. A few flowers and water.


A bit of fabric in the wind. It’s about attitude!

So much is coursing through my mind!  I’m not ignoring the hardships in the world.  I just looked at The New York Times “year in pictures” to see and feel humankind’s struggles.  I can be a witness.  I can write checks, volunteer time.  So much uncertainty and fear in the air. It is all I can do to uplift my tiny spot on this earth. In my tiny/enormous life, I will practice compassion and beauty. This is how goodness begins.

xo Liza

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20 thoughts on “The year of living passionately

  1. You are so right, dear Liza, CARPE DIEM in the best possible way, with our positive focus on the here and now, each upholding our own little end of the world. This quilt of good thoughts will be a colourful and vibrant one! To your list I’m adding my two passions – music and art…

    1. Zenaida! How could I have forgotten Music and Art? In my rush to get my post up. Thank you for reminding me. Of course, they go – high – into the list! Thanks for writing and carry on!

  2. Love this post Liza. I’m totally with you. There’s too much going on in the world that we can never change. We do what we can but at the end of the day life is short, live with good grace and kindness, take pleasure in the smallest things and keep an open mind. Treat everyone the way you wish to be treated, and let go of those that create unnecessary drama. Be kind to yourself and don’t let others take advantage. My mantra going forward.

  3. Liza,
    Nice post. I embrace your sentiments and will adopt as my own for the coming year. And, I want to look renewed in 2017 as well. I am considering eyelid surgery while in the Cancun area for a few months. I am duly skeptical of the well advertised “clinics ” aimed at medical tourism.
    Have any thoughts ? Can you recommend a surgeon in Cancun or Playa del Carmen?
    Enjoy your blog, we share many interests,

    1. Hi Andree, thanks for writing and for your compliments. “Renewed” is a great concept that I plan to address in a post coming up. Now, medical tourism. It is a big business and for good reason. The prices are so much lower than they are in the U.S. Many people come to the Yucatan, both Cancun and Merida, for excellent dentistry, for example. It is good to be skeptical, because you want to avoid scams. I don’t have any personal recs for cosmetic surgery in Cancun. I know people in Merida who have had eyelid surgery. Since you say you are going to be in the area for several months, why not investigate yourself whilst in the Cancun/Playa area and find someone you’re comfortable with. Of course, research online, and then when you arrive, visit the clinics. You’ll know when you feel right about a doctor. Sorry I can’t be of any help…those are just my thoughts. Let us know what happens.

  4. Great ideas here, Liza! My word for 2017 is ADVENTURE! This year promises to be one of great adventure in my life, and I have no idea where that will take me! So I will embrace each one with passion, just as you suggest.
    I like your comments about looking people in the eye when they speak to me, and being “in the moment”, not planning what I will do or say next. But being with them as they speak with me.
    Thanks for your thoughts and suggestions. Let’s see where this passion and adventure takes us!

    1. Hi Cheryl, Thanks for writing and reading. Adventure is an excellent theme. We’ll check back here next year at this time for a review of our theme years. I can’t wait to hear about your adventures. Carry on!

  5. Thank you Lisa. I too have been thinking about the new year. Being mindful of every moment…what I do, what I think, what I eat, prioritizing, choosing who I want to spend my time and choosing to make changes. My resolution this year is to do something creative each day and something BOLD each month..a challenge that promises to be fun.

  6. Hi Liza, I am writing to tell you that I truly enjoyed your post. At the beginning of each year I find myself aspiring to many of the things you mention. As I was reading I tried to relate my life to your thoughts and insert my ideas and passions in place of and in addition to yours.
    But thoughts are messy and the mind moves quickly and sometimes I think the mind tries to sabotage the positive by exploding the negative. The truth is as much as I try to move on, I do have regrets and I do have feelings about the past that just won’t release.
    So my focus this year will not only be to live in the moment as fully and thoughtfully as possible, but additionally to truly let go of the things I cannot control. The ugly things in life will rear it’s ugly head occasionally, but I will try not to internalize them and give them more credit and thought than they truly deserve.
    Again, thank you for your post. No doubt as I move through the journey of this year I will remember and try to aspire to your comments.

    1. Anna, thanks for reading and writing. Living in the present and letting go of the past are something we all work on, all the time. Wishes for an illuminating year!

  7. Your post inspires me! Going to make it my goal too. Reminds me a of a beautiful book from the 80 s I believe called “Living Beautifully” or something like it…

    1. Thanks Lisa! Let us know how it goes this year. We’ll be checking in periodically to see how everyone’s doing. Carry on! And thanks for writing.

  8. This year will be one of Forgiveness… of myself and of those who have knowingly or unknowingly caused me great loss, pain and anguish in my very self identity, my circumstances and belief in people in my “orbit.”!
    I know that it’s only through true forgiveness can I let go of the anger, and hurt I feel even if it’s just for today! Plus it has an effect on my animals so much so that I had to take my beloved dog to Dog Gone Smart for a 10-day fun, play and swimming lessons vacation from me and my lousy vibe!
    Forgiveness is truly the way for me to let the crap go!

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