As this magical year of 2014 is on the decent, this is a wonderful time to sit quietly and reflect on the year that now stands in our past while looking hopefully and lovingly toward the future ahead.
Each new calendar year grants us a symbolic clean slate: a chance to start fresh, assess what wasn’t serving us in the year prior, and reset intentions for the year ahead. With all this energy buzzing around us this time of year, it’s easy to get caught up in the idealizations that the sense of newness holds.
We receive so many incoming messages from the media stating that the start of each year is the only chance out of our Earth’s entire orbit around the sun that you receive to shape a new and better you.
“Lose those 15 pounds, now, and once and for all!”
It’s that dangerous now-or-never attitude that can cause us to place unnecessary pressures on ourselves.
“If I don’t give up chocolate this year, I have failed.”
This attitude, one that I previously succumbed to and adopted, actually made me nervous and apprehensive about the new year. The overwhelming fear of failure would hold me back from even setting resolutions at all.
As always, be gentle, loving and kind to yourself. We already know the power of positive affirmations. So harness this energy to set positive intentions as opposed to harsh resolutions. Let this time of year be a time where you welcome in new energies, rather than trying to totally annihilate old habits (or pounds!!).
To give you an example, I reluctantly share with you a portion of my 2014 list, word for word, which I have stuck on my pin board above my desk.
– I am committed to conquering my fear of the ocean and be able to surf on my own
– I will connect with more succulent, wild women and be inspired by beautiful new friendships
– I will earn over three-quarters of my income through self employment and gain financial independence
– I will love and honor my body by committing to yoga and being active four times per week
– I will inspire my creativity by reading more books, taking time away from my laptop and phone
I created my intentions around how I wanted to feel, rather than how I wanted to look or what I wanted to have. Do you want to feel inspired? Perhaps you want to feel a sense of community, or self love. Here are a few possible examples to get you started:
– Give back to the local community
– Connect with inspiring women and expand your circle of friends beyond your immediate friendship group
– Read one inspiring book a month
I’d love to know what some of your intentions are for 2015? Let’s share then in the comments below and inspire each other for a positive year ahead.
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