Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Gift for You: 2015

It’s been awhile since my last post, and I am grateful to all of you who have asked when you can expect to see more from ETS – I am overjoyed to know that this place has been meaningful, even if to only one. My life has been turned upside-down in the last several months – in all really good ways. But sometimes it feels like parts of me have been on hold after relocating from New York to North Carolina.

The fact that I am finally beginning to feel really settled in at this time of the year feels like a blessing. It is the time of year that we reflect on the past year, and think about what we want the coming year to be. I do not want to enter the New Year hoping and wishing, or feeling disorganized and lacking focus – I want to enter 2015 in a way that is focused, deliberate, intentional. But I am mindful – as the saying goes, “Man plans, and God laughs.” The key is to be strategic, but hold it lightly.
The following was a powerful experience last year for so many of us, so I wanted to bring it around again. Think of this as a gift to yourself - an incredibly effective tool to bring intention into your life. Set aside a few uninterrupted moments of quiet and reflection to complete this exercise.

Step One:
Reflecting on 2014, consider the following areas of your life: personal life/spiritual development; romance/intimacy; wellness/self-care; finances; career/business; physical environment; social life/fun;

list your wins, successes and breakthroughs;

list your "losses", disappointments and breakdowns. Now - set these aside. They are part of your past.

Step Two:
Choose 5 lessons you have learned this year that you would like to take with you into 2015. When you decide which lessons to include, remember that these are lessons that you will use consciously in the New Year.

Step Three:
Now imagine that it is December of 2015. Make a list of your wins, successes and breakthroughs. Be specific, and write them as though they have already happened. Make the list as long as you like.

Which wins, successes or breakthrough resonate for you?

Which ones create good anticipation? Excitement?

Which ones SURPRISE YOU?


“You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try.” ~ Dolly Parton


Halona Patrick Shaw, LCSW, JD
Board Certified Life Coach
Eyes Turned Skyward, Inc.
ph/text (917) 846-7784