Which one is your favorite paradise?

At present I am thinking about my plans for the future. What do I really want in life? What should I devote my time to? And most pressingly… where should I be this summer?

I could stay here in BC and return to my summer camp leader job from last year. I could apply for a job at a different camp. I could go WOOFing (http://www.wwoof.ca/). I could apply to intern at GIFTS (http://www.giftsfilms.com/). I could be a Community Advisor at SFU Residence for the semester. I could take classes and not go anywhere (well except back to Hawaii for a week at the end of the summer).

I could go to California. I could intern for TOMS Shoes, Invisible Children, Falling Whistles or just go get a place and apply at Cafe Gratitude…

Where do I really want to be? At the end of last semester I was SO SURE I wanted to be in California and that was the place calling my name. But now… And even if I apply to all of these amazing opportunities, I don’t control the results of who selects me as the ideal candidate. But maybe that’s good. Maybe the decision will be made for me.

I saw this article today with amazing photos asking:

Which one is your favorite paradise?

http://abduzeedo.com/random-paradises?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+abduzeedo+(Abduzeedo+Feed)&utm_content=Google+Reader

And it really made me wonder. I think in general warm places appeal to me more. I’m one of those people who is cold very often. Last summer in Hawaii I still wore sweaters, but I wasn’t cold. And that was awesome. So maybe that’s the type of climate I should look to live in. But then, what of my life here? Hmm. Much to ponder.

11 Intentions for 2011

1. Keep being awesome.
2. “BE LOVE”

I am still understanding what this means, but we are what we create and I think this is a pretty excellent way to live.
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” – Elie Wiesel

2. Spell Check.
3. choose more creative + positive vocabulary in daily life

The other day I asked a friend to watch my “crap” but it isn’t… so instead I corrected myself: “can you watch my abundance of lovely things?” much better : )
4. live in the moment.

I want to explore meditation to help with this, possibly at the Shambhala Centre? They offer free tutorials! I got SOOO much better at this in the past year but sometimes I still let things and people take over my brain and I start living in my head.
5. Show people that I care about them.
The holidays were a really awesome opportunity to be thoughtful. Last semester I had lots of ideas on how to make someone’s day but I didn’t have the time. This year I want to make time… which brings me to….
6. make time for the things and people that matter to me.
I want to stop using being “too busy” as an excuse. You only get one life, live it with meaning and intention. Sometimes, there are just too many people though. I really want to practice spending time with the people I fit best with and find a balance between loving everyone and not stretching myself to far. Sometimes it is okay to not have time to spend with someone.

7. Be thankful before each meal.

I saw a friend praying before eating not too long ago and although I am not religious I think it’s really great to take a moment and recognize how lucky I am.

8. explore juicing and do the cafe gratitude juice fast!
Cleansing for the body and the mind! yayy!
9. intern!
Maybe at TOMS Shoes, maybe at GIFTS, maybe with falling whistles or invisible children… oh the possibilities : )
10.keep learning about the best ways to communicate and share my thoughts + ideas with others
I have so many ideas and thoughts sometimes! I’ve been exploring poetry, songwriting, micro-bloggingphotography and film … I wonder what is working best! Maybe the communication courses (and possibly minor) I am embarking on will help me!

Welcome to 2011.Make it count : )

Kwan Seum Bosal.