Sunday, December 21, 2014

Do You Make New Year's Resolutions?

Namaste, Yogis!

As we are nearing the end of 2014, I am reflecting back on my year. The ups, the downs, and everything in between. How far I have come, and places I still want to go; Both physically, mentally and emotionally. I reflect on new relationships made and relationships lost. I find it important to reflect on both the positive changes that have occurred in your life, and the not so positive things. They all play an important part in our life.

With this reflection, comes my intention for 2015. Over the last 2 years, I have given up on "Resolutions". I find they have a negative backdrop to them. If we don't succeed with our Resolution, then comes this heavy feeling of failure. They seem so concrete, so black and white. They don't leave room for any play, curiosity or heck, even mistakes. If one sets a goal to lose weight, and then doesn't accomplish that goal, then you are left with this feeling of failure and that doesn't make you feel very good, does it? You already feel down for not making your goal, and now you are considering yourself a failure. What does this accomplish, other than negativity in your life. We want to eliminate the suffering in our lives, not add to it.

 I've come to find setting intentions for my new year much more satisfying for the soul. Instead of setting one big intention for the whole year, I will focus on an intention for each month. It may be a mantra, a phrase, or even just one word.

My January, 2015 Mantra is: To stay grounded, stay strong.

I am learning the ropes right now as a new business owner. There were a lot of things I said Yes to in 2014 even though I didn't feel passionate or connected to whatever it was at the moment. I often fall into the "People Pleaser" mode. And although I always want to leave a positive impression, that doesn't mean that I should forego what I believe in. In January, I will stay grounded, and stay strong in what I believe in. I will only agree to projects and ventures that I feel good about, rather than just saying Yes to be a people pleaser.

For January, I am also introducing the word 'Playful' into my life. Again, this comes hand in hand with me being a new business owner. Why does everything have to be so strict? I am setting an intention for myself in January to be more playful with my business and life. Playful, yet smart. I will seek out new ventures outside of my comfort zone. I want to experience something different. Something outside of the business norm!

If you wish to lose a few pounds, I find the word health, or self love more gratifying then telling yourself that you need to lose weight. Health and/or self love will nurture your soul. Everything starts on how we feel on the inside <3

If you wish to save more money in 2015, perhaps starting a gratitude journal may be a lovely way to begin. We seem to take for granted how rich we really are. A supportive family, great friends, a roof over our heads, etc. This exercise may put things in perspective for you, and may encourage your to deal with your money more mindfully.

What intentions, mantras, words, etc. will you be incorporating in your life in 2015? Be open hearted, take your arms out wide and welcome 2015 with open arms. Be curious, playful. Let go, stay grounded. Adjust your sails. Do things that will make you happy and that will contribute to you being your very best self!

I am wishing you all a Happy Holiday and a happy, healthy New Year!

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