We have this package of “a year” that we celebrate with champagne and kisses and often resolutions…the Earth has made another trip around the sun, through the cycle of the seasons, the shortest and darkest days, to the longest and brightest days. I don’t need to look too hard to find reasons to celebrate life and this seems like a pretty damn good one. I’ll take it.
So amidst all of the celebrations, I like to spend some time reflecting on the previous year…
What were my intentions last year?
What did I do to work towards them?
What were the key decisions and turning points in my journey towards those intentions?
Did any of them manifest? Have any of them changed?
What were the surprises? How did I respond?
What were the challenges and the lessons? What did I learn about myself?
Where did I find synchronicity and serendipity?
What were the highlights? The lowlights? and why?
What were my relationships like this year? What new people showed up in my life?
What did I let go of? Where did I explore something new?
And I like to then look forward to the next chapter of my story…
How have my intentions evolved for what I want for my life?
What do I want out of this next year?
What opportunities are available?
What are my priorities?
How can I apply what I learned last year?
What do I need to do and what do I want to do?
What am I willing to do to make it all happen?
What resources do I have?
What’s my plan for checking in with my intentions and tracking my progress?
How do my dreams for the next year fit into the dream for my life?
This may seem a bit intense and those of you who know me know that that is sometimes true, but I like to think about it as passionate and intentional. I’m not doing this because it’s a “thing”…hashtag resolutions…I’m doing it because I actually do intend to make these dreams a reality. And when I’m intentional about setting intentions, the universe seems to conspire to help them become a reality…always in a way I don’t expect and not always on my time frame…but it happens.
I should also say that the questions are just meant to help guide me in this mindful exploration. I like to get creative and have fun with the process too. When I’m done, I end up with a list of meaningful intentions for the new year. And by all means, I celebrate.
One of my intentions, my Top Priority intention for next year, is to write and publish my book on my transformative adventure from Corporate America to a life designed around my passions and an interactive guidebook to personal change to go with it.
I’ve launched a campaign on kickstarter.com called: Let’s Go on an Adventure! to help me make this happen. What I like about kickstarter is that it brings together people who are working towards something, who have something to share with people who want to be a part of making it happen.
I have 10 days left in my campaign. All or nothing…not to be dramatic, but you really do get everything you’ve raised if you meet your goal or you get nada.
To give people a taste of the type of material that will be in the interactive guidebook/journal, I am doing a countdown to 2015 with ten blogs over ten days, starting with this one. They will be focused on personal development practices, specifically around getting ready to plan a glorious, adventurous new year.
If you like what you’re reading here, please consider backing my campaign, any donation helps, and also please share my campaign with others who might be inspired. You can find out more about me and my story at erinkmac.com as well.
Thank you for coming along on this adventure with me and stay tuned for the countdown.