The New Year is a gateway.
Will you walk through it?
Around here, year-end and new year are ritualistic. I always shut down my practice as much as possible, say no to work more often, and black out my calendar so I don’t ignore my intentions. It’s not easy, but it is truly a must for me.
The back end of December and front end of January are a time I catch up, declutter, reflect, dream, meditate, let go, burn candles, sage my house, renew, and make a plan for the next year. I find my inspiration, get creative, and learn. For me, this time is action both internally and externally and my experience has shown me that if I don’t do this, I will spiral into a bad habit of letting go of what’s most important to do what’s not at all important. I will let fear take over, excuses pave the way, exhaustion to take hold and while I will continue to take action – it’s not clear or productive. I cannot show up well for my clients or myself.
It’s early January, and I’m feeling invigorated, inspired, and am laying out plans.
My new year will be focused on combining healthy and healing creative practices and techniques into my health coaching practice. This will do many things for me and my clients such as making space for fun and play as well as offering helpful tools for the mass of Moms coping with lack of clarity, overwhelm, depression, and anxiety. This will first be released in my new MomPositive Creativity Program that is scheduled to launch at the end of January. MomPositive Creativity is a form of Art Therapy and will cover six creative practices that support healing and help you to design and live your happiest life.The program will be broken down into modules that will cover techniques and practices such as vision boards, art journaling, scrapbooking, meditative coloring, Zendoodles, and more. These practices have all been shown to provide stress reduction, mind clearing, meditation like benefits as well as laying a foundation for setting goals and intentions for self-improvement. The best part? It’s going to be only $59.00!
If you would like more information on this program, or to notified when the program launches, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are other ideas I have mapped out for this year, both personally and professionally. For my new company Mirrored Expressions, we are launching a series of new designs, setting up a marketing plan, and creating better systems and routines so it feels more manageable as we continue to work to get our product into homes across America!
In my personal life, we have travel ahead with my son competing in his first U. S. Open and Nationals, maybe a visit to Maryland to spend time with my daughter before she finishes her service with the U. S. Navy, and if all our cards land right we might even squeeze in a real family vacation.
My health goals are bold and include balancing my hormones, eating my leafy greens every day, drinking 64 ounces of water daily, and moving intentionally for at least an hour every day.
Despite my greater business plans, I plan to spend less time in front of the computer and more time in nature, barefoot when possible. This means I’ll have to plan and execute well, stay focused and allow less lollygagging. I read somewhere last year a meme or quote that said, “work only as much as necessary.” This caused me to pause and think…am I calling it work? By this I mean, the time I float around on Facebook doing absolutely nothing productive, or drifting on the internet….do I call that work?
The answer is…yes. Sometimes I do. When I’m focused and not allowing myself to be distracted by silly things, I get a lot done in a very short time. With that in mind, I know I can succeed when I say, I’ll “work” less and play more. The gift is more time with my son and hubby. That’s going to be worth it! Don’t you think? Joshua Rosenthal, the founder of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition teaches us, “single pointed focus”, and this is what I need to practice this coming year.
The New Year is truly a gateway to a fresh start, a new outlook, and renewed action toward your vision. What projects will you begin? What goals are you reaching for? What do you hope to accomplish in this New Year?
Remember that if you would like more information about my art therapy focus through MomPositive Creativity, email me directly at email@example.com.
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