A few thoughts on the eve of a new year perhaps? The change of year can feel a bit bogus - if we're not spending a moment or two mindfully reflecting on the passing year and to welcome a new one -full of potential. Or maybe it's simply an opportunity to bid a fond farewell to the past year with a raging good party!
I like to challenge myself with a bit of all of the above, because: BALANCE! And of course, moderation. There is a ton of value and worth in planning for 2015. I encourage being as specific as possible with your plans or goals. It's one thing to imagine or day-dream about future possibilities, but it's another to be SOLID in those goals. And hold yourself accountable. This may mean planning day - by - day. Perhaps weekly or monthly goals. Check in with goals! Have you met them? Can you check them off or celebrate with a gift? Where did you feel challenges? What would you change? We're all a little different how we like to structure our plans, so for some it may be a physical planner or notebook. Some might prefer a note card with a list of tasks to accomplish for the week (day, month, etc.). Some might prefer a "vision board" which would be cutting out pictures and pasting them to a piece of cardboard. I would also challenge you to be mindful and self-aware of WHERE you put your vision board or planner. Do you push it in a dark place and it never sees the light of day again? Consider whether that kind of energy may affect your successful completion of your goals. Touching base with your goals and even visualizing yourself in successful completion of these goals will propel you with this positive energy and focus.
If you're in the Lexington Kentucky area and enjoy yoga (or just want to give it a shot to start out 2015 on the right foot) consider Mapping Out 2015 on Saturday, January 3rd and have goals with soul at Solid Roots Yoga. Jessica and Brooke are amazing, shining lights and I personally can't think of a better way to usher in the new year!
Also, I LOVE the workbooks by Leonie Dawson for creating a solid and abundant new year. AND they're colorful and fun and make my heart sing - while focusing my intensions. She also lays out reflecting on the year past, so you can propel yourself forward.
I hope you have an AMAZING new year, however you choose to celebrate (or not). Here's to your health - Holly Christiansen, Licensed Acupuncturist at Bluegrass Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky.
About the Author:
Holly Christiansen, Licensed Acupuncturist, currently practicing in the gorgeous, horse capital of the world: Lexington, Kentucky.