I always find it funny how we expect to wake up in a new year and feel different. As my daughter and I chatted this morning about her fun with friends last night, she said, "It's a new year and I don't feel any different.". We were chatting about "planned fun" also called "forced family fun" around here. Expectations are high that this will be the.best.new.year.celebration.ever. Then we wake up on the 1st and not much has changed.
For me, I am still carrying loads that I just don't need to carry. However, I started my new path yesterday with some changes in my routine. I am making choices to move forward on my path. I sat down to take stock of where I am in my life. Seems heavy? It's not when you realize that you have a choice to move the needle. I use the Wheel of Life to take note. Now those stepping into work with me this year will also use it. I have attached it here to download for free, just requires an email to grab it. Share it with your fam and friends. I then make sure my goals are reflecting my focus. For me, health is number one.
I don't know how the year will unfold in our journey together at Sara Bird Nelson Healing Arts. I have some ideas around cultivating connection - stay tuned. As I mentioned in my monthly email, I made a plan in September and scratched in December as it simply did not reflect courage and creativity. If you want a first look at what's happening around here, email me get on the list at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is what I do know. 2020 will include the following:
All with courage, a spark of creativity and most importantly, connection. Connection to each of you. Connection to heart. Connection to home. Pure, vital connection.
Take some time to go over The Wheel of Life. Where do you want to focus your heart this year? What's your word or statement for 2020? Let's make it feel different. Let's make it ours. Let's create our life. I am here to support you on this journey. Let's journey together.
Blessings for an amazing 2020.
Although the official start of Fall is a few weeks away, here in Maine, you can feel the crispness in the air. The gardens are bursting with their final harvest and trees are showing signs of turning. Days are noticeably shorter. What a beautiful celebration of Summer as we take in all that the Earth has provided. As we move through Fall, we prepare to go inward.
For me, September feels like the start of the new year, an exhale of the year past as I prepare for this coming year. I always carve out time to reflect and plan during this long weekend. I use a quarterly planner that gives me the flexibility to start a quarter at the beginning of September. This helps me to finish the year strong and move into the new calendar year with clarity.
As I reflect on my past year, I look at my routines, my progress on my goals (personal, family and business) and what I want to accomplish moving forward. With each season, my focus changes. Fall and Spring are a time for us to tend to our home on a deeper level. We declutter and check our list of home to-dos to determine what projects we can tackle in the next few months. Winter brings solitude for study and projects that keep me cozy, next to the fire. Summer is in the garden, on the trail or at the beach.
If you are feeling like a fresh start is in order, looking for clarity and want to finish the year strong, take some time to look at the last few months of the year and make a plan. As Elenor Roosevelt said, “It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.”
Download my basic Clarity Plan to kick off your New Year - no matter when it starts…or restarts. Use this a jumping off point to start planning and acting on your future.
Focus on morning and evening routines and rituals. This signals that it is time to start and end our day. Having a routine or ritual brings consistency and predictability. This structure allows us to find flow in our days.
Focus on goal setting. Writing our goals down helps solidify what we really want to work towards. This allows us to organize our thoughts so that we feel less chaos in moving forward. Use the space on the worksheet to record no more than 2-3 yearly goals per section. You can then detail each goal out on another sheet, creating tasks and timelines to support that goal.
Use the Notes section for to-dos, inspirational quotes, timelines and tracking progress.
Just get started and start now. It is never too late to make a plan.