Happy new year! How’s your year going so far?
I’m seeing more clients these past couple of weeks wanting to reset and refocus—letting go of the past year and thinking about how they want to open up to the new year.
While of course I absolutely love seeing clients transform throughout the year, there’s something special about the energy at the beginning and ending of the year, and these are some of my favorite times to work with clients.
For Reflection & Planning
Some of you have told me you started filling out Leonie’s fabulous Create Your Shining Year workbooks and/or using the 5-Minute Journal to change negative thinking.
I recently finished Susannah Conway’s free 5-day e-course: Find Your Word of the Year (my word is SPACE and I had fun creating a Pinterest board for my word to inspire me and help me embody this energy throughout the year.
And I’m in the process of filling out Susannah’s Unraveling the Year Ahead e-book (this is shorter and less detailed than Leonie’s workbooks, but it’s free.
One of the questions in the e-book is:
What are you looking forward to in 2018?
Close your eyes and take a deep breath to settle into yourself and then spend a few minutes answering this question.
Here’s a glimpse of what I’m looking forward to:
Working and learning with clients and Reiki students; hanging out and laughing with my husband; exploring the Hudson Valley (hello Pam!); finding a new place to live; celebrating my parents’ 50th anniversary; traveling (maybe to the outer Hebrides—hello Nicola! or Iceland); going to Jacob’s Pillow and seeing dance with my in-laws; starting new creative projects—learning to paint, taking photos; reading The Artist’s Way; writing poems and sending them to journals; learning more from the immensely lovable Master Sha; deepening my meditation practice; getting together with friends more often; going to Block Island (hello Katie!) and trying janzu aqua therapy again; continuing to study and get sessions with Frans Stiene, Gary Strauss, and my beloved Pingo; reading novels; sitting on the deck; cooking more; seeing how my practice evolves; taking yoga and bar classes; AND having more fun
Any goals or projects included in what you’re looking forward to in 2018? Perhaps you think about making progress in your daily Reiki or meditation practice?
Here’s an inspiring quote:
After you have practiced for a while, you will realize that it is not possible to make rapid, extraordinary progress.
Even though you try very hard, the progress you make is always little by little. It is not like going out in a shower in which you know when you get wet. In a fog, you do not know you are getting wet. But as you keep walking, you get wet little by little.
If your mind has ideas of progress, you may say, “Oh, this pace is terrible!” But actually, it is not. When you get wet in a fog, it is very difficult to dry yourself. So there is no need to worry about progress. It is like studying a foreign language. You cannot do it all of a sudden, but by repeating it over and over, you will master it.
It’s such a good reminder for our daily Reiki or meditation practice, though it also applies to other goals or projects. Reiki teacher Frans Stiene shared this quote and it puts the idea of “progress” in perspective, doesn’t it?
Sometimes I see clients or students and they want to make dramatic, immediate changes all at once in their life (believe me, I can relate to this desire!). But often, this isn’t sustainable. Practice and repetition are essential to sustaining a shift over time.
And this is where the importance of daily Reiki self care/meditation comes in. Three minutes of practice every day will be so much more powerful over the course of a year than an intensive hour once every six months.
How can you apply this to your life? What’s the next smallest step you can take to make a sustainable change in the new year?
Here’s to connecting with you in 2018—whether it’s through a class, a session, or online. Can’t wait to hear what you’re looking forward to in the year ahead and I’m honored to support you through the process.
As the warmer weather approaches and we shed our winter layers, it’s time to get excited about Spring Cleaning! Spring signifies the rebirth and renewal of nature, as well as an end to those slush puddles. While Spring Cleaning is often thought of as dusting your living space and scrubbing your fridge, we can reframe our expectations of this wonderful time of year.
Read below to discover simple spring cleaning tips for true health & balance.
Declutter, Organize, & Donate
Not only will getting rid of clutter in your closet and pantry renew your energy, it’s a great way to give back. Take a look at your closet – anything (gently used, of course) that you haven’t worn in the past year is fair game to donate. In your pantry, restock your shelves with kitchen staples, and stop by your local soup kitchen to donate any unexpired goods.
Reevaluate Your Goals
How have you been doing on your New Years Resolutions? Spring is a great time to revisit the commitments you made on January 1st. Grab a buddy and take that class, start that job hunt, or plan that trip you’ve been wanting to take. Make a mental note of the things that may have gotten in the way these past few months and get started!
If you’re having trouble overcoming a bad habit, letting go of a fear, or making a big life change, hypnosis can help.
Take Care of Your Body
Winter is the time for big sweaters, sweatpants, and blankets. Not only is fresh produce harder to come by in the winter, but the weather makes it harder for us to want to get up and out. Renew your energy by stocking your fridge with fresh, whole foods and getting outside to enjoy the warmer weather. Take the dog for a walk, do yoga in the park, or just read a book under a shady tree. (Here are some of my favorite books for transformation.)
Open the Windows
There’s nothing worse than a stuffy, dry living space. Open your windows and let the fresh spring air reinvigorate your senses. Grab some fresh flowers from outside and bring the season in.
Get a Reiki Session (or hypnosis or reflexology)
Spring is a great time to get centered. Schedule a session to invigorate your mental energy, stimulate your body’s natural ability to heal, and transition into this new season.
Learn Something New
If you’re looking for an empowering, easy way to take care of yourself, the next Reiki I class starts Tuesday, May 3rd. Read more about what you’ll discover in this Beginner’s Guide to Reiki Training.
Take Your Time
Finally, be gentle with yourself and allow yourself the space to enjoy this transformative time of year. Surround yourself with positive people, experiences, and goals to boost your creative energy.
I’ve been busy making plans for the year ahead and getting organized. This is my third year using the Create Your Shining Year Workbook & Calendar: it’s a powerful and inspiring tool to help you focus on accomplishing your dreams and goals in a heart-centered way.
This is my #1 planning tool; I don’t know what I did without it.
It’s a workbook. One for you to write in and fill out. (hard copy or e-book, whichever you prefer)
There’s two versions: the LIFE + BUSINESS versions. (I use both.)
Above is a photo of my lovely friend Pam–we met last week to finish filling them out. It’s great to meet with a friend to help you stay accountable; we meet quarterly to check in on our progress and brainstorm future plans.
Need help transforming 2016 into an incredible year for your life or biz?
These workbooks/calendars can help you set goals (and have fun) for the year in all areas of your life:
If you’re an entrepreneur it will help you create an easy, awesome business plan for 2016 including:
- income goals
- income streams (i.e. products and services)
- your business mission statement
- marketing goals
- staffing goals
- customer service goals
- social media goals
- and a lot more
Only buy the workbooks (for under $10–you can’t beat that) and use them if you want to be:
- more abundant
- creatively fulfilled
- totally on purpose
Here’s to a fabulous 2016!
P.S. Did you miss the post: 5 easy tools to help you start the new year right?
I hope you had a wonderful holiday and new year. I had a great time visiting my in-laws, as well as hibernating and reading on the couch.
Here are 5 easy tools to start the new year:
1. Try Hypnosis:
World Hypnosis Day was January 4th; it’s an ideal time of year as we think about changes we want to make in 2016. So often we think we need more willpower or discipline to overcome a bad habit, let go of a fear, or make a big life change.
Find out why that’s not true in this article I wrote for MindBodyGreen.com on how hypnosis can help you keep your New Year’s Resolutions. (I see clients for sessions, and I also recommend these great hypnosis recordings.)
2. Use the 2016 Create Your Shining Year Workbook & Calendar:
This is my third year of using this fun and focused planning tool, and I’ve found it quite transformative in my life and my business. I have a date with my friend Pam later this week to finish filling it out. I’ve received so much positive feedback from people who are using it. Check it out.
3. Take a Reiki I Class:
If you’re looking for an empowering, easy way to take care of yourself, the next Reiki I class starts Tuesday, January 19 (there are 4 spots left). Read more about what you’ll discover.
4. Create a Gratitude Jar:
This has become an annual tradition. I love reading and remembering all the highlights from throughout the year.
5. Use the 5-Minute Journal:
Feeling grateful once a day has been proven to raise your happiness set point, lower stress and boost immune function. The 5-Minute Journal is an easy way to let go of negative thinking in under 5 minutes, and has become one of my favorite ways to start and end the day. (I love it so much I even bought this for my Mom and sis for Christmas.)
Here’s to a fabulous 2016!
P.S. Want more tools? Here are 3 books to help you find true health and balance.