Happy New Year everyone! Okay, so I'm 11 days late but am I really late? See that's the problem. Often we feel like we've missed the boat on something if we don't start something on the "assigned" day. So you got busy and didn't start that project on Monday like you had written down on your calendar? Well, too late. You can't do it now! Didn't go to the gym on the week you said you were going to start exercising consistently? I guess you'll just never go to the gym.
Heck no! Sometimes life gets in the way of your plans and we just have to learn to adjust and reroute the course. With that in mind I'd like to share with you all the reflections/ritual I did to kick off this New Year. I did these on January 3rd and not in the last days of December as I had planned. And as silly as it sound I had to fight that "I missed the boat feeling." These are some great practices that really brought clarity to what I want to focus and strive for in the New Year. If you haven't taken the time to do your own New Year's reflections/goal setting/ritual I highly suggest these. We're not even half way done with January yet people! It's not too late and if you are reading this in freaking July I can tell you it's still not to late! It's always good to check in with yourself and start scheming for greatness no matter the time of year.
Picking A Guiding Word
Aight let's get into it. First thing I did was pick a word of the year. Given how my New Year wasn't starting off quite as plan , I felt an especially strong calling to pick the word FLOW. Flow is something I've been heavily craving. Elise Joy's podcast (great podcast for any creatives out there) on picking a word for the year it what first go me think about picking a guiding word. You can hear that episode here.
I really got to dive into the meaning of my word by answering questions my personal life coach, Amy Young, sent out to her mailing list. (She also addresses the topic in a video for here youtube channel. Check it out!) Below are my questions and answers. I really recommend answering them in regards to your word for 2017.
1) What does [your word] mean to you? What feelings, images, and associations does it conjure up? (Hint: Don't limit yourself. Anything that comes up is totally valid and useful.)
TBH, the first thing that pops into my head is the image of me doing yoga. To me yoga is always about flow, about cultivating a sense of ease. I want to ease into the new year. I also think about water. That in turn makes me think of Bruce Lee and his famous quote. “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
I’m trying to be like Bruce Lee, a bad ass but totally free flowing and chill.
2) Why is [your word] important? If [your word] was a major focus and presence in your life, what would change?
Flow is important because to me it means the ability to adapt to the environment and the circumstances. This are always changing. Life isn’t stagnate. I want to be able to keep on my way and keep “flowing” no matter the curves and turns of the river bank. If flow was a major focus in my life, I wouldn’t get tripped up so easily. I’d be resilient, no a forceful resilience but one with ease.
3) How will you honor [your word] on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis? What will that look like?
I plan to have it in the forefront of my mind and to periodically check in to see how I’m doing it. I think in order to honor flow I must do my best to remain present and not preoccupied by thoughts (be like water.) It also means being able to assess a situation and respond accordingly. To honor “flow” would be to take take things in stride, good and bad.
4) How can you ensure that this actually happens? What systems/reminders do you need in place, or who can you enlist to help you stay on track with this powerful one-word intention?
I’m going to write it all over my planner! Might even make a sign to hang above my desk. And like I mentioned in the last question I’m going to make it a point to check in with myself to see how I’m doing. And of course I can enlist the help of my dope coach to help me stay accountable.
New Year's Mini Workshop
This New Year's mini-workshop share by the wonderful Rebekah Borucki of Bexlife, is POWERFUL. It's a five-part journaling/fire-burning (yeah playing with fire is fun!) exercise that involves reflecting on the past year, setting intentions for the new one, and letting go of what no longer serves you. Like I said POWERFUL stuff. Go to Rebekah's blog where she details the process. I promise you you won't regret it.
Intentions vs Resolutions
Part of Rebekah's ritual is setting intentions for the year which I love because resolutions just sound like a chore! Intentions! I like that better! One of my intentions for the 2017 is to blog more! So stay tuned for that and make sure to follow me on Instagram where I plan on sharing more of my intentions. I'd love to hear in the comments what you guys have planned for the New Year and if you have any New Year rituals. Let's kick ass in 2017 <3