A Fresh New Way to keep your New Year's Resolutions

A Fresh New Way to keep your New Year's Resolutions

Yep, it’s true; I am a rebel. My defiant nature has nothing to do with politics or the law (for the most part); but if you said I was an nontraditional girl, you would be right on the money, honey. I am honestly bored by doing things the way they have always been done and most importantly, they don’t seem to work for most people…especially moi. But please don’t misunderstand and assume that I am pessimistic priss or against the concept of tradition. I believe wholeheartedly in the basic human need for ritual, hope and goals.

So, when the New Year’s roll around and the internet is flooded with all the tired ideas of how to kickstart your rezzies, its not that I am in opposition to the notion of people setting goals, I just think those tired thoughts should be, well, (re)tired.

Being an nontraditional Goddess, I have a New Year’s custom that I have been practicing for years to not only achieve my dreams, but also focus my heart, soul and intentions on what I consider to be important that year. I kind of like it and I certainly like the GoddessLife community oodles…so I’m gonna share it with you.

Each year, I give a “name” to the entire year to help remind me of all the resolutions I made and motivate me to keep them going all year long. Each holiday – secular and/or spiritual become wonderful opportunities to revaluate this intention of what I have achieved, what obstacles (or opportunities:) have appeared and a chance to re-dedicate myself to the path of my heart & soul’s intention. As Joseph Campbell says, “Where you stumble, is where your treasure is”.

It’s kind of like the Steve Jobs of resolutions. I begin by writing down ALL my goals and aspirations for the year. I think of what I want to achieve both personally and professionally. I usually do a little ritual in advance of reviewing my previous year’s goals and how they ended up looking (they always appear different than imagined!) I do my very best to try not censor myself. I jot down both large and small dreams and ideas. Sometimes, I cut out pictures from magazines (or use pinterest) that represent my desires. Seeing all my wishes for the New Year visually will help me see the bigger picture.

Once I begin to see the idea that unites and sums up all my individual personal and professional goals, I select one word that succinctly articulates them. Condensing my aspirations into a simple word truly helps me to achieve them. This word will help motivate me when I’m ready to throw in the towel. I also rededicate myself throughout the year to this intention and marvel at the end of the year just how different it looks than first anticipated.

I then post the word every where I need the most inspiration to help me stay focused on my goals such as my refrigerator, alarm clock, my car’s dash board and my desk at work.

You cannot go wrong with this exercise. There are no incorrect words…and you can change your word at any time, if you discover something better!

Just to give you some insight into my personal process in selecting my word of the year; I chose the word ‘expansion’ a few years ago when I opened my dance studio. Another year I selected ‘breathe’ to help me slow down the pace of my hectic lifestyle. The year I chose the word ‘explore’, I traveled to teach belly dance in Kuwait, Alaska, New Orleans, New York, Greece and swam with dolphins in Hawaii!

This year has been unique; 2011 was a 1st rate ass-kicker! For 2012, I decided to as Rumi says, “Unfold my Own Myth.” Normally, I prefer to focus on my strengths, but this upcoming year I have decided to celebrate my weaknesses and use them to my advantage. My word this year is “Alchemy”.

I would love to hear what is your word for 2012?

11 comments (Add your own)

1. Andria wrote:
I think this is a great idea. Last year I started doing something similar, but rather than picking just one word, I pick a theme for the year that encapsulates my goals. This year my theme is "Fortune Favors the Bold". I have some big changes I'm hoping to make in my life this year, and this theme reminds me to keep pursuing them, even if the road becomes tough or doubt nags at the back of my mind. I wish you all much success and happiness in the new year!

Mon, December 26, 2011 @ 6:52 PM

2. Christine Elizabeth wrote:
Gorgeous!!!!! ♥

Mon, December 26, 2011 @ 7:59 PM

3. Misty Poitras wrote:
love it!!! Sparkle on,,,,,♥

Mon, December 26, 2011 @ 8:34 PM

4. Bernadette Gardner wrote:
hi i am a big fan of yours and spread the word of your dvd's and just wanted to say that you are a big inspiration. i love your dvd's and how you inspire confidence in everyone. thank you so much.

Mon, December 26, 2011 @ 8:37 PM

5. Erin McGee wrote:
My word for 2012 is "re-purpose". For me, it's a double meaning. The first intent is for me to re-use as much as I possibly can, reduce unnecessary purchases, and recycle what I can. I want to re-purpose more than anything. I have so much here to use and for which to be thankful, but I am not effectively utilizing. If I have no need for whatever it is, I will see if anyone else could use it, even if I donate it.

The other way I am re-purposing is to find new purpose for myself. After being unemployed for way too long, I am taking a job I would have never before considered: I am going to be a substitute teacher. I love kids, and I have a great time volunteering. Subbing will give me a paycheck, time with children, and a flexible schedule. I am also considering re-taking the GRE so I can get into grad school. I am finding purpose to my life as a woman, a mom, and as a friend. I don't want to know the meaning of life. I want to know the meaning of MY life.

Tue, December 27, 2011 @ 12:37 AM

6. Gina Cacioppo wrote:
I hope coming to new Orleans this year is in your cards. We would love to have you at Swan River Yoga Mid-City Mandir. Please email me at Gina@swanriveryoga.com if you are at all interested. We have openings in summer and fall 2012.

Tue, December 27, 2011 @ 11:55 AM

7. Ronnette Ramirez wrote:
Beautiful message!!!

Tue, December 27, 2011 @ 4:47 PM

8. Jerome Fortin wrote:
Very inspiring words of wisdom!!!!!!:)
Thank you for sharing.:)

Tue, December 27, 2011 @ 4:48 PM

9. Amie Nogrady wrote:
ohhhhh how lovely !!!!!

Tue, December 27, 2011 @ 4:49 PM

10. Patricia Janney wrote:
sooooo true~~~~what makes me come alive, getting my knee surgery so I can start belly dancing again! Referral has been processed.
10 minutes ago · Like

Tue, December 27, 2011 @ 5:20 PM

11. Susanne Staal wrote:
The universe is working overtime sending messages.

Tue, December 27, 2011 @ 9:56 PM

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