Easing Into the New Year
Christmas holidays are over for another year. Presents are put away, the last of the guests have gone, and the leftovers are getting questionable. Phew! You made it through, and have earned that glass of wine and piece of chocolate! You glance at the calendar and see that there is only a few days left this month. A new year is on the horizon.
And all of a sudden there is so much pressure to set those New Year’s resolutions, have them all down on paper and ready to go for January 1. New year, new you! Right?!? There’s the diet plans, gym memberships, and organizing to-do lists. This course, that workbook, and don’t forget a planner! Pick your word of the year, plan your 12 week year, have all your ducks in a row by New Year’s Eve!
But then how fast do they get abandoned, set aside, and marked as yet another failure?
Broken Resolutions No More
Maybe the failure and the broken resolutions have more to do with the rush to make them, the grasping at straws to have an answer when someone asks “So, what’s your New Year’s resolution?”
Instead, why not ease into the New Year? A few years ago, a friend suggested this to me when I was complaining that it was only the second week of January, and I had already given up on some of my New Year’s resolutions. She pointed out what seemed obvious… It’s winter! It’s cold! It’s time for hibernating, curling up by the fire with a good book, a hot drink or a glass of wine. Time for reflection, slow living, turning inward, not rushing around trying to make changes.
Let the year unfold gradually. Take the first month to sit with the energy of the new year and see what resonates. Sure, have your journal handy (go ahead and use that one you bought last year). Write down your stream of consciousness, listen to your heart and mind, what are you aching for? What does the little voice inside say? What do you need? Don’t worry about it looking fancy or “put together”…these thoughts are just for you. Think about some words that might be your shining beacon this coming year, but give them a chance to see if they fit, try them on for size, don’t feel pressure to commit just yet.
A Course of Direction (or some courses for direction)
If you don’t know where to start, here are a few of the “New Year” courses I recommend, to get your thoughts moving in the right direction. These are not affiliate links, just courses I have taken myself, some more than once, and really enjoyed. Best of all, they are FREE!
Susannah Conway’s Find Your Word for 2018
Ruth Soukup’s Best Year Ever Mini-Course
Beth Kempton’s New Year’s Revolution
The Gift of Time
This year, give yourself one last gift for the holidays…the gift of time. Don’t feel pressured to have it all together for New Year’s. Take the time you need to reflect on the past year, to really dive deep into what you need, and set your intentions for the new year when it feels right for you!