Well, it seems the start of the new year just passed me by. I spent all day on New Year’s Eve in bed with a stomach bug and barely made it to our New Year’s Eve plans with two other families. I had already done quite a bit of thinking about my upcoming year and the goals I wanted to set, but I didn’t get a chance to share any of that process or experience with anyone else. (Maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Does everyone really want to know exactly what I was considering? Isn’t that the argument for the mediocrity of personal blogs in general? But I digress.) Now that I have a moment of free time, I thought I’d sort through some of those thoughts here.
One of my favorite blogues (her spelling, not mine) is written by Lunaea . In this post, she describes a New Year’s Eve tradition where she collects a bunch of “theme” words and puts them all in a bag, choosing one (or more) as her themes for the upcoming year. She also links to a list of wonderful words to start with. I was so delighted by this idea that I printed out the list and decided to do this myself, along with setting my goals for 2010. I always try to set positive goals in the following areas of my life: Health, Career/Finances, Creativity, Family, Community, and Spiritual Practice. This year, I tried to keep my goals simple and straightforward, ones that I could meet with joy every day. Here they are:
Health: More regular exercise. More walks in nature during good weather. Drink more water. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Eat less sugar. Receive more massages.
Career/Finances: Develop online curriculum for mediumship development. Create downloadable e-book for website (subject unknown). Develop marketing strategies. Set goals for client numbers and income per week. Generate new ideas for book projects. Create new audiobooks and meditation CDs. Set up business as LLC.
Creativity: Perform in at least one theatre production. Begin scrapbooking. Do more writing for fun instead of just for obligation.
Family: With boys: Do more listening. Ask more questions. Initiate conversation. Make time together a priority. With husband: Regular date nights. Be more affectionate. Be more appreciative. Be a better listener. With Dad: Be more compassionate. Be more honest.
Community: Lead more classes at church. Develop more interactive activities for blog.
Spiritual Practice: Spend more time in meditation and prayer. Create and perform more ritual. Go outdoors more for connection experiences. Invest more time and energy in Goddess/moon energy work. Work more with crystal energies for communication and healing.
I feel good about these goals and hope to keep them at the forefront of my mind–that’s really the challenge of facing every day, isn’t it? It can be very easy to get sidetracked.
In performing the word exercise as suggested by Lunaea, I decided to concentrate on pulling three words as themes for my 2010. I asked Spirit to bring words to me that I could work with, use creatively, and experience deeply — words that would teach me important lessons about myself, those around me, and the world on emotional, physical, and spiritual levels. Here are the words I chose:
As my first experience with these words, I looked the first two up in the dictionary, wrote down those definitions, and then brainstormed other ideas that came to my mind. Here is what I came up with:
Catharsis: purging; purifying of emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, especially through art; the effect of tragic drama on an audience (Aristotle); alleviation of fear, problems, and complexes by bringing them to consciousness and giving them expression–how can I allow my emotions to flow more freely? Am I afraid to express my emotions? Can I allow big emotions (fear, anger) to have expression? Can I trust myself and those around me to handle these emotions?
Abundance: a great supply; plenty; wealth; prosperity–how can I achieve abundance? Being grateful for abundance in my life key. Make an abundance vision board as creative project. How can I share abundance with others? Where is my abundance (talents, time, etc.)? What do I already have an abundance of? What would I like more of in my life?
Light: Reminded of Marianne Williamson quote, “It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.” This resonates deeply for me at this time! Other ideas: being in the light, the sun, etc. Feeling light-hearted. The concept of weightlessness (lightness). How do these things apply to me? How can I be a brighter light? How can I release my fear (catharsis?) to bring more abundance and light to my life?
I am excited in many ways to face 2010–and I’m a bit frightened. There are changes afoot–I feel them in my bones, and change can be scary. Even as a professional psychic, I still don’t know everything the future holds, and I am especially foggy about my own path ahead. But setting these goals and working with these words, given lovingly by Spirit, allows me to start from a peaceful and safe place. It gives me something to focus on, ideas on which to concentrate my considerable energy, and that seems like a very positive thing.
So how about you? Do you set goals for your New Year? Any you’d like to share? Sometimes it’s nice to voice them so that others can encourage and support you.
No matter what, I pray that 2010 brings bright blessings to you and yours.