I hope you were met with incredible memories and cherished time with family and friends to end the year. I also hope this new year is off to a great start for you! I truly enjoy the changing of the years and seasons; an opportunity to mark time and be intentional about how I want to move forward. I love the chance to reflect on where I have been and honor the lessons I learned; laying them down as the foundation for what is to come.
Personally, it has felt like a big step to move from last year to this one. To move from a year that felt very unsettled for me, to a year where I have creative freedom and a community that is growing and means the world to me. It has taken me time to get here but I finally feel like I am in a place where I can set down my roots. That feeling of wandering is coming to an end. I have enjoyed the journey so much.
Looking forward-a WHOLE YEAR of Be Moved?! To say I am ecstatic would be an understatement.
I am not one for making resolutions. In my experience, they tend to be centered around activities, around getting something done, and I already have enough on my to-do list. I also do not want the pressure of my year being based around one thing. What if I do not accomplish that thing? What if I miss a day or a week? Is my whole year a failure then? No, not for me. No thanks.
Instead, I set feelings for the year. This way, no matter what happens…because LIFE will happen….I can always bring the same vibe or feeling to what I am doing.
If I set a resolution to workout every day, but I get sick and need to rest…then I could start to get down on myself for not sticking to my resolution, even though it would not be wise to workout.
But if I set a feeling for the year to remain calm and kind, then I can bring that with me in everything I do. I can workout in a calm and kind way, I can be sick in a calm and kind way, I can have difficult conversations in a calm and kind way, I can go grocery shopping in a calm and kind way, etc etc. So when an obstacle arises, when life happens, I will not be discouraged. Often, my resolutions last throughout the whole year. Not something that is discarded and forgotten about by February.
I am also not too hard on myself at the start of the year. We are still in the middle of Winter, a time to be more quiet and introspective. Spring really holds the energy we look for at this time of year, but it is still a few months away. So if you have not had that urge to go big, be bold, make changes; that’s alright! Nature is still developing, too. You still have some time before you begin again.
What rituals and routines do you set for the New Year? How do you say goodbye to the old and welcome in the new? If you set a resolution, or a feeling, please comment below if you feel like sharing! We are here to help each other!