Happy New Year dear friends!
I’m thrilled to enter this new chapter with all of you, I know that 2020 was quite challenging, so it feels exciting to begin a new chapter, with new intentions, new energy, and a renewed sense of optimism.
We ended last year in a very different way, we didn’t have the big parties and celebrations, so the beginning of this year might feel different for you. It does for me, at least. Even though everything feels very unfamiliar, it’s a reminder of just how fluid life is, how much change is possible, and how infinite the possibilities are. I was recently reading an article that was summarizing last year, and just how we experienced the unimaginable, in the worst of ways with difficulty, trauma, and loss. But in this same vane, it shows us that we, too, can experience the unimaginable, in the best possible ways. Life can surprise us, comfort us, and gift us, in so many ways.
This is the blessing and the curse of life. We experience both. Highs and lows. Happiness and sadness. Victory and defeat. Joy and suffering. Life is never just all of one experience, so we learn to maneuver each day with strength, faith, and a strong foundation inside ourselves.
One of my favorite ways to connect with myself and map out a new chapter is to set an intention. We often hear much talk about New Year’s resolutions and goal setting, but I prefer a more aligned, gentler approach. I choose a word, that is almost like a theme that encapsulates what I would like to see for my year ahead. Last year I chose ease, which in hindsight, is pretty comical but also apt. In all the chaos, I had the reminder in the back of my mind that I wanted to approach absolutely everything, with ease. And that really helped me through so much of the difficulty. I believe when you choose a word life will give you an experience, every opportunity to practice living out your intention.
This year, my word is wonder. I intend to approach life with curiosity, excitement, and the hope of happy surprises. It feels grounded and light.
What word will you chose for 2021? Below are some samples you can choose from:
If you feel called, I’d love to hear what word you choose. I wish you all a very healthy, happy, and fulfilling 2021.
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