As we stand on the threshold of a new year, it's an opportune time for mindful reflection, introspection and purposeful intention setting for our future.
Carve out some time, for an intentional break. Some meaningful YOU-time. Pause and explore this very moment to ask yourself a few questions.
I always like to create an environment that makes me feel good. Some calm music, a lovely scent in my diffusor (right now the essential oil from Farfalla called "Kuschelzart"), dimmed lights, my favorite candle, a nice cup of tea, a cuddly blanket and I like to choose one or two of my crystals too.
Get your journal ready YOUnique Souls, we have some writing to do :-)
Capture the NOW
Give yourself a moment to arrive and calm down. Take some deep breaths to arrive in the moment and connect to yourself. For this, it can be helpful to ask yourself the following three questions.
How does my body feel?
How do I experience my mind space?
What is my heart telling me?
Now that you arrived in the moment, zoom out a little bit and shed some light on your current life situation.
What do I love about my life right now?
What would I like to change?
How well do I know myself?
Do I know my core values and do I live by them?
Can I see both - my light and my shadow side?
What am I scared of?
What brings me most joy?
What is currently most important to me?
Who in my life inspires me?
By whom do I feel loved?
Is there someone I'd like to say 'thank you' today?
Reflect on the year
Of course most of the questions above are influenced by your past. Now, when you look back on the past year, it needs an even wider view.
Looking back - can I point out 12 great things that happened to me? They can be as big as winning the lottery, to as seemingly "small", as someone helped me carry my luggage up the stairs at the airport. (If this seems difficult, your agenda might help with this one, or of course your journal)
Which activity, place or person is draining my energy?
Which activity, place or person is filling me up with positivity and joy?
What did I accomplish this year, and how did I get there?
What went wrong? Which challenging situations do I remember?
Which lessons did I learn this year? How will I integrate these lessons into my future?
What am I grateful for?
Take a moment to show yourself some appreciation YOUnique Soul. The fact alone, that you are reading this and hopefully will answer some of the proposed questions, shows your interest in your personal growth. This is not always an easy path - but it is for sure worthwhile.
Look into a Future that makes YOU smile
This life is supposed to make YOU smile YOUnique Soul.
Once you're living your balance - you will be able to radiate joy, kindness, peace and love to the people around you.
So, it is not selfish to take care of yourself first. If you are at your best, you will be an even better parent, partner, friend, sibling, child, performer in your job and therefore the best inspiration and source of positivity for the world.
So let's have a look at what's in front of us, and what we can do, to prepare for a year we can look forward to.
After you evaluated the past, I'm sure there are certain things you can let go of in the future. What will that be?
What am I ready to welcome in?
What kind of relationships do I want to foster?
What kind of people do I want around me?
Do I know my purpose?
What is my mission statement?
What's the work I want to put my efforts in?
What are my intentions for the next year?
Who do I want to be?
How do I want to show up in my life?
How do I want to live?
How do I want to feel?
What is my main goal?
What do I want to achieve in the different areas of my life? (Health & Wellbeing, Career, Finances, Love, Relationships, Personal Growth, Spirituality, general happiness, ...)
Which steps do I need to take to reach my goals?
Which habits and routines do I need to develop in order to accomplish all of this?
The next step would be the planning of the year. I know that not all of us are big fans of plans and I like the famous quote of Dwight D. Eisenhower, that states "Plans are nothing, but planning is everything". We all know that life always has plans of its own for us and often the outcome is so much better, than we could've ever imagined. But knowing your next step and having a bigger picture of your dreams, goals and intentions gives you a good feeling and the drive you need to get started. Here are some additional inputs for a fresh start, which might support your new year spirit. I won't go into detail here, but you can always let me know if you wish for some help or further information on any of the topics/questions mentioned in this blog.
Also have a look at my YouTube video around this topic, this may support you even more in the process of mindful transitioning.
Create a plan for the year, then for the separate months. Figure out how your week needs to be structured and finally check what's important on a daily basis.
Create your vision board. Get creative and give it your personal touch. Paint something or stick pictures on it. You can of course also do it on your phone or lap top. I like it old-school though :-)
Clean your home, and maybe use smudge sticks or palo santo, to clean the space energetically too.
Of course all of the above is not only something you can do when transitioning from year to year. I hope you can find certain questions that resonate with you also throughout the year.
Reflection and introspection is a great way to stay connected with yourself and to align yourself regularly with the life you want to live, as well as the person you want to be. If you want to do something meaningful for your mental- & emotional health - I highly recommend this.
I wish you a mindful transition into the new year. May you be blessed with moments of joy, success, peace, laughter and love.
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