(this photo sums up 2013 and the spirit I want to take into 2014)
While running around like a headless chicken doing all the last minute things I’ve needed to do to buy my first ever home (gulp), get ready for Christmas and prepare to fly off to Goa to run the New Beginnings Retreat, I have been taking time out over the last week and a half to reflect on 2013 and set an intention for 2014 using the “Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014” booklet I created a few years ago and update every year (you can download your copy here for free).
I’ve been doing this every year now for several years and I don’t think there is any coincidence that they have been some of the best years of my life. So no matter what is going on in my life, I make it a priority to dedicate some time to reflect on the year that has just been and get ready for the year ahead.
Forget new years resolutions (they’re full of shoulds anyway) and goals. By giving the year an intention it helps guide my choices and create projects that come from how I want to feel, rather than what I think my life should look like.
As a result these last few years have been, without question, the happiest, most fulfilling and successful years of my life and they keep getting better as I keep letting go of my expectations and instead simply plant intentions based on how I want to feel.
The simple process of reflecting back over the year that is coming to an end, never fails to give me fresh insights and perspectives on things and this year has been no different and since setting my intention for 2014, the past few days have been filled with a feeling of warmth and excitement as I look forward to a fresh new year to step into and play in.
For the past few years I’ve always shared with you my process so that you can do it too. And I’ve done the same this year.
As ever I would LOVE to know how it goes for you, so let me know below what insights you get from reflecting on 2013 and what you’re going to fill 2014 with.
And in the run up to the New Year I will continue to talk about themes that come up at this time of year when we reflect on how our year has gone and look into the unknown of the year let to come. And I’ll let you in on what came out of the exercise for me…but I want you to have a go first…let me know how it goes.