4 Steps for Welcoming the New Year with Joy, Peace, and Clarity

This time of year is perfect for reflecting on the year that’s coming to an end and preparing for the next. There’s a practice I’ve developed over time and, with each year, it becomes more and more rewarding.
Here’s my transition-to-the-new-year-ritual:
1.  Celebrate your 2012 accomplishments.
One great way to do this is to simply make a list. Include all the areas of your life – business, relationships, personal growth, whatever categories make sense to you. You’ve done so much. Honor & celebrate that! Put the list somewhere you can find it through the coming year. It will be a great reality check a few weeks or months down the road when you’re having a rough day. I’ve found that looking back on that list can be a great way to rest when life gets hard.
2.  Acknowledge lessons learned.
Too often we learn something new or make a big shift then go back to business as normal. This year has brought new insights, large and small. Anchor the lessons you’ve learned through the year by owning them. Create a memento of some sort, make a collage, or again, a simple list that you can reflect back on as you move forward. This is another great compass for those days when we feel like we’ve lost our way.
3.  Release what’s complete or no longer needed.
Create your own ceremony using fire or water. Let the elements of nature help you release what no longer serves you. This is a great way to physically acknowledge the act of letting go. I love to do this as part of my winter solstice celebration, but you can choose whatever time feels meaningful to you. And remember, whatever we release (the healed wound, a completed relationship, an old belief) was taking up energetic space. If we don’t intentionally fill that space with something, the old belief or wound tends to move back into that space. Which brings me to . . . 
4.  Write down your intentions for the coming year.
This can be as simple or as inclusive as you like. Maybe this takes the form of a simple list. Maybe it’s a compilation of values, goals and actions that incorporate all areas of your life. The important thing is to write it down. It’s a great way to check in throughout the year and give you focus when you feel like you’re getting off track.
Change and refine this practice in whatever way suits you best. Most important – make it your own! 
Here’s to living with intention!!

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  1. Winnie December 23, 2012 at 5:18 am #

    Thanks for showing me a path to reflect on this old year and live with intention in the new one!

    • Kelly December 24, 2012 at 8:45 am #

      You’re welcome – I hope you enjoy it!

  2. Al Duckworth December 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    Thanks Kelly, I’m going to use these 4 steps. Thanks for the insight . Merry Christmas

    • Kelly December 24, 2012 at 8:46 am #

      You’re welcome! I’d love to hear how it works for you. I hope you have a beautiful holiday season!

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