One of my favorite bloggers, Nona, is really an inspiration. I love reading her blog and usually learn how to better myself in some small way each time. A few weeks ago she posted her manifesto and got me thinking. So here’s my public declaration of intentions. What I strive for in my life and I’ll admit, I fail, sometimes a lot but I’m always looking to improve.

Be present in every moment**

Exercise as often as you can, it’s good for the heart, mind, body and soul**

Cherish each day we have with loved ones**

Raise loving and compassionate children**

Be gentle with another person’s heart**

Ask more questions**

Talk less**

Drink lots of water**

Say kind words about people you meet**

Pray, a lot**

Read books, any books**

Read to your kids**

Be kind to old people, you will be old someday**

Turn off the TV, cell phone and computer**

Take vitamins, the good kind**

Get lots of sleep**

Spend time with your friends**

Be a shoulder for someone to cry on**

Allow yourself to cry on someone else’s shoulder**

Eat whole grains**

Cut out white flour and sugar**

Play outside as often as you can**

Take your dog on lots of walks**

Listen to music**

Be kind to animals**

Dig in the dirt**

Sing silly songs and dance silly dances with your children**

Eat ice cream cones on a hot summer day**

Smile and laugh, a lot**

Be honest**

Be Respectful**

Live as green as you can**

Set goals and work to achieve them**

Waste less**

Travel with your family once a year**

Get to the mountains and breathe the fresh air**

Play in the sand on the beach**

Tell your spouse you love them every day and mean it**


4 Responses to “Manifesto”

  1. ggsmama Says:

    You always have something good to say on your blog and in this case, many good things. Except for “talk less”, because unless you are a jabberbox at home, I think you talk very little! (or maybe I’m a conversation hog, in which case, I apologize profusely and you should tell me to “talk less”.)

  2. Melissa the Mouth Says:


    Something changed on your comment page and I’ve been having a heck of a time leaving comments! Think I’ve figured it out, though. If you see this one, I’m good. Just wanted you to know that I’ve been reading, just couldn’t figure out the whole new system. Duh…

  3. Melissa the Mouth Says:

    Woo hoo! It posted!

  4. Everyday Yogini Says:

    I love your manifesto Erin!! Yay for silly dances with the kids!! (We love that here in the Jordan household!)

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