My afternoon was spent working my way through ‘Unravelling the Year Ahead’, a free printable workbook by Susannah Conway. (Here’s the link if you’re interested: http://www.susannahconway.com/2014/12/lets-make-some-magic-in-2015/)
The workbook first has you take a look back at 2014. I opened up my Google calendar and did a review of what happened last year. It was nice to write about the previous year; the good and the bad, the planned and the unexpected. There’s a page to list the the gifts of 2014 and also an area for forgiveness of others and/or yourself for not so great things that may have occurred during the year.
The second part of the workbook focuses on the year ahead. The workbook has several pages of questions to help you develop intentions, ideas and inspirations for 2015. I really liked filling out the ‘Threes’ pages. The 2015 First Aid Kit has you list things to make you feel better when you’re having an off day – a handy thing to have!
I enjoyed answering the questions and recommend this workbook, especially for creative people. It feels much more inspiring than a simple goal list. (side note: there is a page that suggests using oracle cards, if that’s not your thing just skip it. It’s a very minor part of a long workbook.)
I’m also working my way through The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soulby Danielle Laport. It’s a little more involved but similar in concept. I’m reading it on my kindle app and I think it would be easier to follow in traditional book form. It’s divided into two sections, with the second section being a workbook that helps you define your Desire Map by identifying your core desired feelings.
In previous years, I’ve set goals and made all sorts of resolutions in January. Sometimes they stick but mostly they don’t. One thing I’ve come to realize is that mostly I want to enjoy life. And when I feel good (aka joy, lightheartedness, enthusiastic, happy, creative, energized, etc) I am more productive, which in turn helps me feel even better. Yep I see a pattern. This is why I’m trying something new for 2015. As Danielle Laport suggests,
“What if, first, we got clear on how we actually wanted to feel in our life, and then we laid out our intentions? What if your most desired feelings consciously informed how you plan your day, your year, your career, your holidays — your life?”
That is a big what if!
I still have more time to put in on this process but as it stands right now, my one word to help guide me through the year is ‘present’, as in being in the moment. The word vibrant is in close second. Good stuff to think about on these long winter evenings. What about you…are you a goal setter or a resolution maker? What are your intentions for the new year?