19 Dec

Clearing Space for a New Year

With 2018 almost upon us, it is time to take stock of 2017 and think about clearing space for the new year. We want to hold on to the things that worked but let go of some of the things that no longer serve us.

Explore the best of 2017

What was outstanding? What experiences do you want more of?

I look back at 2017 and I realize that for me it was finding me again. Of course that sounds pretty cliche but honestly amongst the many negative and challenging things that the year brought me, I was reminded that I am fierce, pragmatic and tenacious. Adversity sometimes brings with it some distinct advantages. I embraced some new opportunities that have made me feel recharged, hopeful and excited.

What did you love about 2017? Was it the people who came into your life? The new opportunities?

Look at the things that worked and hang on to those. If you have created a new meal planning habit or maybe you have been making a lunch date with a friend once a month, keep doing it! These are the things that help relieve stress and make our lives better.

Explore the worst of 2017

What was soul sucking? What caused you sorrow, disappointment? What will you be happy to leave in 2017?

Be honest about this one. This is for you to let go and clear some space. I know for me that emotional and physical clutter always seem to rear their ugly head at this time of the year.

This may mean letting go of friends that aren’t authentic. It may mean letting go of a habit that once helped you cope but now you are strong enough to let it go.  Clear out the clutter and say goodbye to the negative things that no longer serve you.

Focus on What You Want to See More Of For 2018

As you move into a new year, focus on abundance.  What do you want to see more of in your life?  More down time?  More time with friends?

The focus can be on feelings too. How do you want to feel in 2018? We are great at identifying what we don’t want to feel or have in our lives but let’s turn it around and think about the positive things we want.

Start each day with the thought of……”What will I do today that will help me feel the way I want to feel?”

So clear the clutter, embrace the good and go into 2018 ready to create your best life!

01 Jan

2017 Full of Possibilities and New Lessons

2017 Full of Possibilities and New Lessons

So here we are, we have made it to 2017.  Every year we look back and think about what we didn’t achieve.  Looking back to last year’s blog I can see that we talked about doing something new each month.

How did you do with this?  I can say that quite honestly I met my goals but not in the way I had planned.  We talked about identifying new things that you would like to do like see an opera, learn a new hobby or read a book you’ve been wanting to read.

The interesting thing is that I created a list but many of those things didn’t happen.  I never went to that opera but I did go to a student recital where our friends’ son sang opera.  The list has few check marks but interestingly life brought new experiences and lessons.  I read a fiction book in its’ entirety in less than a week.  No, it wasn’t something that helped me learn a new skill or how to reshape my thinking….it wasn’t groundbreaking it was just a really good book.

The lessons that 2016 brought me were many, but the biggest is that sometimes what I think I need to do and what I really need are different.  2016 gave me things I didn’t want but yet the wisdom they brought was invaluable.

So for 2017 be open, be positive and just resolve to let life take you where you need to go.  There is no need to overthink or to judge yourself on what you haven’t done but rather marvel at what you learned. It is okay to set some goals but I suspect less attachment to outcome is what many of us need.

I don’t know what 2017 has in store for us it does bring possibilities and new lessons and as long as we are learning then we are on the right track.


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