I wasn’t sure I was going to be ready to hit the ground running, ready to embrace the official working start of 2016. I expected to be a bit reluctant to let go of the holiday energies, particularly since I’ve managed to be unplugged and quite enjoying it. I woke up one morning to a “no bootable devices” message on my computer, and after the initial panic and then the existential wondering of where exactly did ALL my stuff disappear to – I took a deep breath and accepted this was going to be an interesting start to the year. With the first Mercury retrograde arriving tomorrow, I’m open to allowing that there’s still a bit more clarity I need to have, and a bit more listening I need to do before rushing off in 2016.
But I do SO love the energy of a new calendar year. I find it delightful when other folks are getting jazzed about what they want to create and how they want to set forth with intention as they step into a fresh cycle of days. And while it’s true we always have the opportunity to begin anew, and there are many cycles to work with, there is something very powerful about this particular cycle because it’s held collectively by so many.
I have so much I want to do and share this year, and I’m excited to see how it all unfolds. One of the things I’ve been clear about for a while now is that I’m really wanting to focus on refining things. I have lots of practices that delight and serve me, but I’m wanting to tweak and shake things up, switch things up and see if I can create even more delight and magic. And I’m also aware that I need to to refine my focus a bit as well. In a way those things sound a bit at odds with each other – experimenting tends to be expansive and focusing tends to be more contracting, and yet that’s what is calling me this year. I can tell there’s going to be lots for me to learn, and I imagine there will be stories to tell as I navigate this.
But one of the things I remain committed to is sharing the wonderfulness I witness in the world and sharing how others are exploring the magic of their lives. And in that vein there are a few things I’m paying attention to and invite you to check out as well.
I’m pinch-myself grateful to have Terry Lee Getz as a friend – she’s one of the most amusing, wildly creative, simpatico thinkers spinning in my universe. She’s starting out this year with some initiatives, one of them being Make Do. I love the clarity of that – a big mission that can be explored and expressed in such a myriad of ways, and a whole year committed to the adventure. I’m really looking forward to hearing how this goes for her, and it has me wondering what sort of initiative I might initiate. You can find her blogging about this here.
For a different perspective on how to embrace the possibilities of a new year to dance with, Rachel over at Gentle Wanderings is committing to one small change each month. I love that idea and doesn’t it feel expansive thinking about what twelve changes in your life might look like by the end of the year? You can read her post here.
And finally, Havi Brooks of Fluent Self is certainly someone I’ve mentioned before. She is a master pattern observer and works at unraveling stuckness. She blogs twice a week, once with wishes of what she’s inviting into her life and once with a check in on how things are going.
She uses an expression frequently and it’s an incredibly powerful invocation that I really love:
“May all misunderstandings and distortions, internal and external, dissolve in love if not in laughter. May peacefulness prevail.”
Isn’t that the perfect intention for all of us to carry forward into our New Year? I certainly think so.
As a bit of an aside, it’s come to my attention that today is Trivia Day. My contribution to that is to offer this fact: I’m working off a mobile device and will be until my new computer arrives in a little over a week. Mobile devices may make our lives easier in many ways, but they aren’t actually on my favorite-things-of-all-time list. It’s a bit of a challenge for me to manage a biz, blog, and do a lot of things with ease on a mobile, and I find it particularly annoying to have to be alert for ridiculous autocorrect spelling atrocities that my device is prone to. So just a bit of a hedz up that I’ll likely be a bit slow for the next week or so. And if I miss some crazy spelling “fixes” just smile along with me. I’ll also add that I expect to have a lot to say about Rabbit this year. How’s that for trivia?
Now your turn. What bit of trivia do you have to share? How are you feeling about stepping into a new year? Do tell – you know I love to hear.