New Year’s resolutions have never been much of my thing. The idea of doing something dramatically different in my life, probably losing a habit I’ve had for years, feels way too highly anticipated and like way too much pressure on myself. I get stressed out even with the mere thought of starting a resolution and inevitably not following through on it (because I know myself well enough to know that new goals must be done in a slow and steady pace versus a “HERE WE GO!!!” pace.)
What resonates a little better for me is the idea of creating a conscious movement in my life. I like the thought of looking into my world and deciding specifically what I would like to see happen in the year to come, something I can create simply by choosing to speak out and live through it.
Last year my word was freedom. And freedom didn’t look like a wild, crazy, spontaneous, live by the seat of my pants kind of year. It looked like a hard, grueling, growth process that brought me out of the dark spots in my life and gave me freedom to exist without them. I spoke freedom over my life on January 1st 2015 and I watched that freedom grow everyday of that year.
What is your word? If you had to choose it specifically for what you are hoping to see in the New Year, what word would that be?
This year’s word in my life is Manifest.
Instead of separating myself out from those who have a life I could only dream of, I am choosing to consciously begin manifesting those dreams into my own life.
I have a bad habit of looking at others- let’s use Oprah as an example- who are living this great big dream life that feels completely unattainable to me. So unattainable that I actually don’t even allow myself to dream that big, because it’s as if Oprah lives on an entirely different planet than me.
I could never be as wise as her. I could never have the platform to speak out that she has. I could never find love the way others find love, or have a business idea as brilliant as others. My life will never allow me to just be crazy rich, because that only happens to superstars, or to travel the world, because that only happens to the kind of people who travel the world.
These are the limitations I have put on myself for so many years.
This year I choose to manifest my dreams.
I choose my life to be the life I want, not the life I’m “supposed” to have. I don’t want to be ordinary. I don’t want to live an ordinary life. So, instead I’m going to be bold. I will pronounce the things I want in my life. I will be brave and attack the challenges that I had never thought were mine to tackle. And I will most certainly be the best version of myself I have yet to be. I will continue growing and learning and becoming a woman who builds her life and helps it unfold.
This month you will see the stories of women all over the country who are taking a stand for their lives. They will share with you their intention for the year, and how powerful it can be to be conscious in your life.
But, we want to hear your stories as well. If you have chosen to choose your life this year and would like to share your intentions, please share it in the comments below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s to a New Year full of great big changes!