Happy New Year!
There is something so exciting about a new year. It is time to start fresh and begin a new chapter of our lives. While the clean slate feeling is wonderful, it can also feel daunting. There is so much potential for the year ahead. How do we know what goals to set and what resolutions to make? How do we know where we want to be one year from now?
While I don’t know the exact answers to all of your questions, I do know my own processes for starting out each new year. As you spend your day today reveling in the newness of 2017, I encourage you to take some time with yourself to discover your true desires for the next 365 days. Settle in, make some tea, grab a notebook, and plot out your very best year yet. Putting our presence into the present is the greatest way to create true happiness.
Begin in Prayer: Before setting goals or making plans, I always start out by saying a prayer. My favorite one that really taps into my intuition and guidance is from A Course in Miracles:
“Where would you have me go?
What would you have me do? ‘
What would you have me say? And to whom?”
Recite this to yourself, or a version that resonates with you to connect within and tap into your truest desires for this new year.
Take Inventory: While there is nothing we can do about what has happened in the past, it’s important to honor what took place, what you experienced, and the lessons learned. Our lives are like building blocks, each year building on the others. Spend a few moments going over 2016.
What was good?
What was not so good?
What challenges did you face?
What goals did you achieve?
What are you most proud of?
What lessons did you learn?
Have Gratitude: Take a look at your list for 2016. Go through everything that you wrote down, feel all the feelings, and be present to what you went through. Take a deep breath. Say thank you. Whatever it was that happened to you this year, it brought you to where you are now. You are on your path. You are creating your destiny. Offer up gratitude for what has happened. Offer gratitude for your life, your health, and your path, right now. Gratitude is the foundation on which you create all that you desire in your life.
Identify What You Want: Think about what your life might be like a year from now.
How do you want to feel? Identify your core feelings for the next year. Dive deep into what your soul is craving. Allow your intuition to be your GPS to guide you this year.
What do you wish to achieve? Are there career goals, life goals, or personal goals that are constantly in the back of your mind? Discover the goals that light you up from the inside out.
What do you wish to call in? We are all powerful manifestors of our reality. What do you want to bring into your life?
Decide How Can You Serve: 2017 will be a year where we are called to step up and be of service. Service is why we are here. We all have something to give. Sit silently and ask yourself how you can be of the most service this year? Who can you help? Where can you participate? How can your voice and your love for all be felt?
Choose Your Word: Think of one word that you want to be the theme of your year. My word for 2016 was joy. While not all moments were joyful, the energy of that word was in the back of my mind throughout the past year. Joy served me well this year. My 2017 word is passion. I know this is an important year for me on all levels. I desire for everything that I put attention to have passion and purpose. Sit with yourself once again. What is one word that comes to mind to be your 2017 theme?
I hope this New Year process serves you well! I know we all are going to do wonderful things in 2017!
What word did you choose for the new year? What are some of your goals? Let’s keep the conversation going in the comments below!
Happy New Year, sweet friends,
Michelle is Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life's Creative Director and resident writer. She has a degree in Journalism from Indiana University and is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and registered yoga teacher with trainings with Anuttara Yoga Shala and Strala Yoga. Michelle has a deep desire to help people find happiness in all areas of their lives, and truly believes the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life movement will bring lasting change to the world. Michelle splits her time between Florida and New York City and loves connecting with people from all over the world. If you'd like to contact her, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org