December 21st is the first day of winter in the northern hemisphere. It’s one of nature’s most powerful transitions of the year. It’s also a powerful moment to look inward and change the direction of your life.
It’s right around this time people typically make new year’s resolutions (I’ve never been a fan.). Instead, I use this time to reflect on all the things big, small, happy, and challenging that brought me to this moment. Then, I decide what I want to create for the next season. I choose what to let go of, carry forward, and newly embrace to make it happen.
Standing at the crossroad of change is an exciting place to be.
If you’re ready to open your life to deeper fulfillment with more happiness, more fun, better health, and greater ease, then I invite you try my annual ritual for turning dreams into reality.
Here is what I faithfully do each year upon the first day of winter. Take the parts that feel good to you and make them your own:
R = I release what doesn’t serve me.
I acknowledge my unhealthy habits, negative thoughts, guilty & angry feelings, even stressful relationships by writing them down then burning the list to help me let them go and be free.
E = I embrace my vision.
I write until I can’t write anymore – all my ideas, thoughts, needs, goals. Dream about friendships, love, home, career, finances, travel, family. This, too, I burn so I can be free from anxiety of desire.
A= I appreciate what I created.
I recall every experience of this past year, celebrate the wins, forgive the missteps, and find the learnings. It’s the year-end and I made it! That’s enough achievement.
L= I love who I am.
I’m not the same person I was 5 years ago or even 1 year ago. Every day I know I choose better, do better, am better. I acknowledge the pieces of me that are amazing and growing. I love that!
I= I ignite a change.
I decide to do 1 thing differently to make an impact in my life. Just 1 thing. Anything more feels too overwhelming. I know 1 thing has enough power to make all the difference in the world.
T= I trust this journey.
Just when I think life is steady, I’m reminded it isn’t. Yet, I always land in the right place, on my feet, and facing forward. I trust this will continue. And, I have a few good angels protecting me.
Y=I say YES each day to something that lights my heart.
I do 1 thing every day that makes my heart smile so big it feels like it will burst. My favorite song, reading a good book, 5 mins of quiet, a long hot shower. Big or small, I know when I feel good my whole world shifts.
Celebrate where you’ve been and initiate something new. Ask yourself who you need to be to make that happen. Then, go ahead and be that person because you already are!
You are only 1 small step away from changing the trajectory of your entire life!