Oh, how I love the new year! It’s a chance to start fresh, a clean slate. I’ve treated myself to a new planner (haven’t bought one of those in years) and a new notebook. I get such a thrill out of the fact that I get 365 days to spend the way I choose. Of course there are a million things that I do just because they need to get done – cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. – but how I spend the rest of my time is up to me. What a gift!
One of the first things I like to do is envision what 2015 will look like for me when I look back on it at the end of the year. Because I’m a big believer in manifesting whatever we want, I write down a description of my year that is very specific. I don’t write down simply that I want to lose weight, I note exactly what I want to weigh. I don’t say I want to earn more money, I use an exact dollar amount. I’ve used this method before and my biggest dreams have come true. Am I getting too woo woo for you? Well, I really am a big believer in “As you think, so shall it be.” As Esther Hicks says, whatever we think about, we get more of. So, I prefer to shoot for the moon!
Another thing I like to do at the beginning of the year is to get myself (somewhat) organized. It’s the perfect time to tidy up drawers and closets and get rid of whatever I no longer need. My daughter told me about Fly Lady years ago and how she suggested setting a timer to help get things done. It’s a great idea and I’ve been using it for big jobs and small ever since. On days when I don’t feel like devoting hours and hours to a particular task, I set the timer. For example, when my closet looks like it could use a bit of tidying, I set the timer for 15 minutes. I feel like I’m in a race with the clock so I stay focused and get the job done. There are times when the timer goes off and I keep going – it’s getting started that’s the hardest part. It works for me and it keeps me from getting distracted. And I really love the feeling of freedom that comes with de-cluttering.
Oh, and my favorite – a new composition notebook. I love to keep it handy to make running lists of ideas for projects in the house, different things I’d like to try, recipes, and whatever else comes to mind. I find if I don’t write things down, thoughts just drift away, never to return. With my notebook I can jot down a great quote or the name of a book I’d like to read and have it handy when I want to use the information.
So, I’m all set to jump into 2015 with plans and projects and great expectations! How about you? Have you made resolutions or set goals or like me, envisioned the way you want your year to look? However you’ve chosen to begin your year, I hope it fills you with great joy.