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Monday, December 23, 2013

Decide What To Leave Behind and What To Bring Into the New Year

What have you learned most about yourself this year? What do you most want to leave behind? What do you want to remember about 2013 and what do you want to bring about in the coming year? These are 4 questions I strongly suggest answering for yourself as this year comes to a close. Doing this can really bring some clarity to your life, help you stay focused on the good stuff, and set some clear, positive intentions for 2014. Sometimes we fear self discovery, choosing instead to stay in negative and fearful places. But what we don't realize is that by delving a little deeper into ourselves we can really come to know who we truly are, what fills us up most, and we can be reminded of the beautiful light inside of us that each and everyone possesses.

So what have you learned about yourself this year? Were there discoveries you made about things you really don't like to do or conversely about something you really love and want more of in your life? Did you learn how to be more patient or loving? Did you learn that there are just some people that don't bring any light into your life that you no longer desire to be around? Really take some time to ask yourself what you learned about yourself this year. When we bring these things more into focus they can promote further learning about ourselves. And the more we come to know ourselves and the more we know what makes us feel fulfilled, the more likely we are to live happier lives. Do you desire to continue learning about yourself in 2014? Is so let yourself know! When you do that, things will be shown to you.

In the things you have learned about yourself, what things did you come across that you want to leave behind in 2013? Was there a lot of self doubt or beating yourself up that you could do without in the new year? Were you not living as your best self? Were you holding back in relationships? Do you wish to stop judging others? Really ask yourself what things you do not want to bring with you into the coming year. Sometimes we don't realize the thought patterns that can be detrimental to our well being and that's why asking this type of question can really help us to start out and travel through 2014 on the "right foot."

At the end of each year I always suggest making a list of all of the things you did during the year. If you write down what you do in a day planner or keep track via your online calendar it's a great time to go back through your year, remember all of the great things you did and carry those with you into the coming year. We all have both good and bad things that happen to us during a 365 day period. Yet somehow every December it seems much easier to say "thank God this year is over, I've had enough of this year," and things like that. But what I am suggesting is that as you look back, look back at the good things that happened. Make that your focus as you close out 2013. Remember what you focus on expands!

And from that list, what does it make you think of that you want to bring into the new year? How can the things on the list inspire you to set intentions for 2014 for things you want to do, people you want to see, ways you would like to show up in your life? Take some of the things that you don't want to bring into the new year and ask yourself what the opposite of those things would be. The answers are the things, feelings, beliefs and attitudes you want to bring with you onto a new year path. And remember, it's all a journey. There is no pressure to "be there" with all of those things the moment the new year hits. But knowing what they are helps you to carry them with you throughout the year via acknowledgement of what you want. I wish you a happy, healthy, prosperous, abundant year filled with infinite love - both for yourself and from others. Happy New Year!


  1. I really enjoyed this post and think its a great way to honor the year you've just completed and move forward into the next. Thank you for reminding me that you need to take the time to set your intentions. Life doesn't just happen! Happy New Year to you!

  2. Thank you for your comment, so glad you enjoyed the post. Happy new year to you as well!!