Making a Fresh Start at 2021
Today’s the first day of 2021! We made it through 2020, for this I am grateful. It has been a rough year with the pandemic, losses and tragedies in our world. It definitely has affected most of us in ways that I feel will be felt in lifetimes to come.
This new year gives us a chance to reinvent our lives and ourselves. It allows us to shed the baggage of 2020, and make a fresh start. With this being said, I have found an energy shift since the last full moon of 2020. A very hopeful energy.
I am not one to make New Year’s resolutions especially after learning in my 30’s that it can be overwhelming for me because I like to plan big, and planning big can mean landing on your face big time too. Since then I’ve learned to break my year up in quarters. Usually, I make 1-2 business goals and 1-2 personal goals that I work toward during the quarter. This keeps things manageable for me and if something comes up I can push these goals into the next quarter, or I can add new goals if I feel things are moving along.
This year I’m adding more mindfulness and intention to my daily life and to my goals to find the clarity I need to move forward.
Finding clarity to what is really important to me takes a few steps and I hope these find useful to you as well.
1. Have a Journal Purging Session.
- Take a few moments to think of some things that held you back in 2020, whether it be negative self talk, old beliefs, old habits and patterns, ways you lost your voice and power, and/or fears that you have.
- Write all that stuff down, by having a purging session. At the end of each item on your list write the word in all caps, NO. This is old baggage that you don’t want to bring into the new year.
- Once done with your list, read the list, then tear it up in little pieces, throw it away in the trash, and afterwards take 5 cleansing breaths (inhale through the nose and exhale through your mouth).
- Then let it all go.
- It might also be nice to cleanse your room with sage, palo santo or diffusing essential oils.
2. Ask yourself these questions then journal about them.
- What is important to me today?
- How do I want to feel?
Start with these questions to find out what your soul really wants. Often the answer maybe in creating or making something, helping others, creating healthy habits, becoming a better person, or working on a project that interests you.
It’s important to realize how you want to feel and why what you do needs to be inline with how you want to feel. If you prioritize what is important because you want to feel a certain way it will help you to get things going.
3. Set yourself up to succeed.
Self discipline can be a tug of war at times, but if we can set ourselves up before things go wrong we can see results to be proud of.
Take away distractions! Once you set aside time during your day to work on one of your goals (make sure it is a regular time blocked off in your calendar) it’s time to take away distractions. This may mean to put your phone on silent; turn off notifications on your phone and computer and get focused. Try to focus on what is it you are working on for at least 45-60 minutes at a time then take a short break before starting up again. Make sure you only work during your prime time of your day when you are most alert or when you can dedicate time to your goals.
Don’t over do it and take your breaks, you don’t want to burn out. I don’t think burn out was on your list of how you want to feel, right? You can use this method with most goals whether it be exercising, meal prep for eating healthier, organizing, project work, studying, etc.
If you notice you are having problems focusing you may want to exercise before starting your day, drinking more water, eating a snack, or meditating prior. Being mindful of how your body feels and taking care of yourself before you start on your goals will help you to focus.
4. Finding Gratitude
At the end of the day it is important to find gratitude in life. If we are all work and no play and no self reflection we won’t have fulfilling lives. The most important thing on your list is how you want to feel. If you can adjust your goals to how you want to feel you will find more things to be grateful for. You will find a new sense of self gratitude and hope.
So, take your time and find things that really make your heart and soul happy and how you want to feel and journal nightly about it.
It’s the little things we do every day that help us create the big things.–Rachel Gonzalez, Sama Tree
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