There are many different ages and stages of our life, and sometimes I don’t even realize that one is over until it is already behind me. Even if I know change is approaching, I still often require some transitional time to acclimate to it.
One thing is for sure: there are 12 months in the year and as the world moves into a new year, the word “resolution” pops up. Great. I’m all for positive change and growth. But what if you could really leverage what it is you want by looking at what was?
Inspired by a virtual winter solstice ritual led by Christine Arlyo, Shilo Sophia, and Amy Ahlers, I took time to acknowledge and notice the past. I realized that 2013 was full and I am clear to powerfully create intentions for 2014.
Try it! Think back to January 2013. How did you start the year? Who were you with? What did you do? Travel through the months. What sticks out? What creeps in?
Take a moment to note your surprises, successes, and failures of 2013. Here are a few of mine:
- Surprise – I’m pregnant!
- I became a certified holistic health coach and started to build my practice
- I hosted health & wellness workshops and retreats
- I met and took class with my yoga crushes: Kathryn Budig, Tiffany Cruikshank, and Elena Brower
- I became a beauty ecologist for Pangea Organics
- I never went to Italy or re-learned Italian
- I didn’t have a successful launch of online program that I created
- I didn’t teach yoga in the capacity that I wanted to
- I often felt stuck and unclear in developing my business
Once I realized all the highs and lows and actually celebrated and mourned them accordingly, I felt that I could leave them in 2013 rather than quietly taking them with me into the new year.
Then all this reflection can form into a ball of wisdom. What did I learn from the bumps? If you get really quiet and ask your inner wise self (the part that knows it all already) what it would say, what would you hear?
I heard, “You are wildly successful, go ahead and step in. People listen to you and want to hear more from you.” Really?, I wonder. “Really,” I hear.
Thank you for being a part of A Well Fed Body’s first year in existence. I am so grateful and humbled by all your support and interest in this work. I am honored to serve you and I look forward to what 2014 has in store. May you swim in clarity, joy, and vibrancy.