Happy New Year!
I know it is almost February, but I feel like celebrating.
Because I have learned some seriously powerful exercises I want to share with you!
But first, let me back up a bit. Despite my best efforts, at the end of the 2013 I felt really spent. I purposefully kept the month of December pared back, and yet, it still felt like a lot - traveling, holidays, multiple birthday celebrations, the short and dark days, planning for a New Yearâ€™s Day workshop (my first ever - omg!). I ended up feeling out of sorts and overwhelmed and tired.
Definitely not how I want to feel in 2014.
In an effort to offer myself some kindness and grace, I decided I would spend the whole month of January retreating, reviewing, reflecting and ultimately deciding how I wanted the new year to feel.
In other words, I was going to live what I have been teaching.
But I was feeling unsure about actually taking the time I knew I really needed.
On January 1st I came upon 5 Tips For Choosing Your Word for the Year and Having A Bright, Peaceful and Transformative 2014 - a post from Jen at Inspired Home Office. This post cemented my decision to turn inward and really make the most of the time I had, in my mind, devoted to reflection.
What resonated most was the idea of using the entire month of January to reflect of the previous year while giving yourself space to set intention for the upcoming year. THIS.
January can be a month of transformation - if you let it.
You can channel your new year excitement toward activities that clarify, nourish, and provide ballast so you can keep your momentum going all year. Youâ€™re so worth the effort. Your life and work are worth itâ€¦..
(excerpt from 5 Tips For Choosing Your Word of the Year (and Having a Peaceful and Transformative 2014 - Inspired Home Office)
With that in mind, I scheduled myself a personal summit.
First up, child care. My husband arranged to take my shrimp on an adventure leaving me six glorious hours of alone time the first Saturday of the year. In the days leading up to it, I gathered my inspiration and supplies. That morning I set the stage with my new work ritual. For me this means lighting a candle, making sure I have something delicious to sip on and firing up my Coffitivity.
To begin I made a page for each month using loose leaf lined paper and washable markers (you can take the teacher out of the classroom, but never really take the classroom out of the teacher), reviewed each activity in each month of the year (by looking through my Instagram, Cozi, Facebook photos) and reflected on what worked and what didnâ€™t. Then I decided to either change or get rid of each activity for 2014. I added notes on how to improve what I decided to keep and added some new fun stuff because who really has too much fun in their life?
I know it seems like a lot of work, but it wasnâ€™t. Looking back at 2013 was informative. Even though not everything that happened was fun, when I put all the pieces together, it turns out it was a pretty damn good year overall. Certainly a year where I learned a lot and grew a lot - personally and professionally.
I had never taken the time to really assess how my year went in a holistic way - work, family, social life and Iâ€™m glad I did. For the first time I was able to bask in my accomplishments, even just for a moment, and to assess if Iâ€™d like to repeat an activity. While looking back, I felt powerful, like I was truly in charge of my life.
Taking time to remember the good, the bad and the ugly inspired my word of 2014.
In other words, taking the time and necessary action to care for and grow my business, relationships with family and friends as well as taking ridiculously good care of myself. Learning to say no when necessary and yes to the things and people that are good for me.
Are you ready to hold your own personal summit and choose a word for the year?
Resources to get you started:
Rosie Molinaryâ€™s Guide to Holding a Personal Summit
Rosie Molinaryâ€™s SPARK: Practices to Start This New Beginning
Rosie Molinaryâ€™s Guide to Choosing A Word of the Year
Inspried Home Office/Jen Hoffmanâ€™s 5 Tips For Choosing A Word of The Year (And Having a Bright, Peaceful, and Transformative 2014
Be Your Own Belovedâ€™s/ Vivienne McMasterâ€™s My Word of 2014.
It's never too late to start this process or to have the life that you want. Take an hour or two this week (even in 15 minute intervals) and hold your own personal summit and choose a word for the year.
I would love to hear from you, so let me know what you think.