Happy New Year!
As I reflect on this year, I am in awe of the abundance, beauty, wisdom, and love I've experienced in 2014. I created one of those Facebook slide shows of my year and watched with tears. Not every moment has been easy, but each was a gift for which I am grateful. This may sound nuts, but I didn't go into 2014 expecting to get married or become a “bonus-mom,” yet these surprises are the outcome of my annual New Year ritual last year. I asked for it all.
I want to share this ritual with you because I've used it for years to create the joy, abundance, and love that I desire. I want you to create what YOU want in 2015, so enjoy using this amazing tool.
So what do you want? Maybe one of these goals is running through your mind…
- “Start Working Out!”
- “Begin Meditating!”
- “Get a New Job!”
- “Find Love!”
Or maybe you don't know what you want – and that's okay! After my newsletter last year about awakening your true desires, several people e-mailed that they don't know what they desire – let alone how to achieve it. I totally get that, and spent years feeling the same. (That's why I'm creating a new accessible online course for 2015, but more on that later. In the meantime, if this sounds like you, email me to learn more.)
Regardless of what you want – or even if you don't know what you want yet, you can't stuff more into an already overflowing life. You know how when you try to put one more dish into the top rack, but then the dishwasher won't close… your life is the same.
If your calendar is already overflowing, how will you have time for regular workouts? If your days are jam-packed doing, doing, doing, how will you get time to simply be in meditation? If your brain is filled with anger toward your boss, how will you have mental space to figure out what kind of job you want?
You need to clear space for the new.
At the end of a year, I do several clearing exercises: Physical, Mental, and Emotional. Physically, I clear out old clothes that I don't wear, I clean out my “junk” drawer, and I create fresh space for my work. Emotionally, I clear wounds that need healing by writing letters (that I give or don't give) and/or apologize for my wrong-doings.
And every New Year's Eve, I mentally clear space for ALL THAT I DESIRE! Below is this ritual. Last year, Josh and I did this ritual, and look at how our year evolved.
- First, write down everything that was REALLY GOOD in 2014. Be sure to write every moment of joy, good health, accolade, tenderness, and inspiration, with gratitude for the experience.
- Then, write down every LESSON you learned in 2014 that you want to carry with you into 2015. These lessons may have occurred through trial, trauma, or triumph. The cause isn’t as important to this exercise as the lesson itself. Remember to have GRATITUDE for the lesson so that you remember it going forward.
- Then, on a separate piece of paper, write every OLD PATTERN and limiting belief that held you back in 2014, and that you are READY TO LEAVE BEHIND. Last year, I wrote: insecurity, thinking I'm not good enough, and a deep-seated fear that you can't make money living your purpose. (Yep – even I had that old fear before!) Now take the paper outside and light a match to it! Yep, good riddance!
- Now, on separate pieces of paper, write your new beliefs (mine are here) and then write your intentions and desires for 2015.
Seeing how I set the intention of saying “YES” to myself, of course I leaned into marrying the man I loved. Considering that I set the intention that wealth is good, and that I wanted to make a difference to others, of course I doubled my income this year – ALL from living my purpose. Clearing the way, then setting intention, set me on course.
You can set your course. You, too, can make a living from your passion. You, too, can have great love. If you want to create the life you desire, do this ritual tonight or tomorrow. And if you need help getting quiet and clear beforehand, re-read my blog from last week. Meditate on “I awaken in the stillness,” clear out old crap, and see what comes up.
Again, in just a few days, I will be launching a new online course to help you leave that dead-end situation, to teach you how to get clarity on what you really want, to create an exit strategy, and to take steps forward. Use tonight to clear space and then join me in January to move forward. The class will fill, so if you want to be the first to learn about it, email me now!
I hope you enjoy this ritual. I am heading off to go do it right now! It is not just New Year's Eve, my friend. Now is YOUR TIME to clear space for YOU to STEP FORWARD AND SHINE!
May you have a purpose-FULL, beautiful, fun, inspiring NEW YEAR! Here's to you getting ALL of what you desire in 2015!