Ushering in a New Year



It’s taken me a couple of weeks to ease into the new year. I wanted to give myself the time and space to reflect on 2017 before getting into the 2018 mindset. Over the last couple of years, I’ve started to do a few various end of year/new year activities that have become my traditions.

Reflect & Take Inventory

I like to reflect on the year that is coming to a close and take inventory of:

  • What did I accomplish?
  • How did I grow?
  • What do I wish I would have done differently?
  • What did I let fall to the wayside that I should refocus on in the new year?
  • My appreciations for the year that is ending.

Gratitude Jar

The gratitude is the fun part. Thanks to Pinterest, I’ve started to do a yearly gratitude jar. Throughout the year, I will make notes on things, experiences, quotes, or anything really that I want to remember at the end of the year. On New Year’s Eve, I will empty my gratitude jar and read everything I collected over the past year. Then I’ll update my jar for the upcoming year.

Write & Release

If I feel like there’s something negative that I need to release before going into the new year, I’ll usually write a letter about it (or to the person who is causing the meh feels) and then read it out loud and then burn it. The burning part can be kind of scary since I live in a smaller apartment, but I use a dutch oven to keep it contained 🙂

Intentions for the New Year

My favorite tradition is reflecting on the intentions I’d like to use to guide my year and mindset. I’m not really into New Year resolutions, because they bring out my all-or-nothing perfectionist monster, which is no bueno.

I take into consideration everything I want to do, accomplish, and feel in the upcoming year, and then play around with words until I find the ones that feel good. Those are my intentions.

My 2018 Intentions

So, for 2018, I decided on the following for my intentions:

Create:  Creating is what lights me up. My intention to create in 2018 encompasses a bunch of things: screenplays, novels, blog posts, content for my side hustle that I adore, and I’ve been getting more and more into doodling and artsy fartsy writing in my soul journal, so I want to keep incorporating those forms of self-expression because they are fun and make me feel good.

Manifest: 2017 was a year of self-discovery and reflection for me. I want 2018 to be all about manifestation. I’m ready to start a new phase in my life and really invite in all of my wildest dreams, desires, hopes, and wishes. I’m ready to see change and results, and super excited at the prospect of bringing them to life.

Purpose: As I mentioned, last year was really about self-discovery for me, and it helped me get a clear vision on my calling and what I find fulfilling in life. I know my purpose, and I’m ready to activate it 🙂 I mean, that’s why I’m here, right? We’re all here for a reason, so once you realize what it is, you need to worrrrrk it.

I am really excited for 2018. I just have a feeling it’s going to be such a magical year with a lot of big changes and accomplishments. There are so many things that have been on the horizon for a long time, and now I feel like I’m finally closing in on them.

To a vibrant, creative, and magical 2018 <3

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