Take the 2017 pressure off yourself…

So I haven’t written a post in 11 days, and it has been STRESSING me OUT! I had this idea that I needed to write some crazy epic ‘welcome to 2017’ blog post, heck I even started one on December 30th, but for some reason I just wasn’t feeling it this year. I’ve realized I want to roll into the New Year with the same quiet confidence that I intend to soar through the rest of 2017 with, and that means laying out my intentions for the year in the broadest, biggest way and not creating resolutions for myself.

There are so many ways to ring in the New Year…intentions, resolutions, choosing a word of the year, rebelling and doing nothing new at all – take your pick!  I chose setting intentions this year, because I appreciate the fluidity of the word, which is defined as “a thing intended, an aim or plan”. I’ve read in so many amazing books lately that we cannot attach to the outcome of a specific dream or goal – we need to set broad goals for happiness, health, love, career and release and surrender to the path we’re guided down. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t follow our dreams and shoot for the stars, it just means that we need to have faith that if our big, huge, crazy goals are meant to be accomplished, the Universe will make it happen, and if something even bigger and better is out there waiting, it’ll find its way to us too 🙂

A resolution on the other hand, is much more concrete and unmalleable. A resolution is “a firm decision to do or not to do something” – this feels so confining to me right now, so pressure-filled and heavy. Of course New Years resolutions have worked for millions (okay, maybe not THAT many lol) people over the course of time, but I say there’s always room for improvement, and always room to try something new. Don’t pigeon-hole yourself into a resolution that doesn’t feel right, create an intention around it and take some pressure off yourself! It’s a New Year, a great time for a fresh start, fresh ideas and dreams that completely take your breath away, but it can also be a challenging time of transition and change, so don’t beat yourself up too much if you’re off to a bit of a rocky start (like me!).

So as the band Trooper states (in one of my fave Canadian songs of all time), we’re here for a good time, not a long time, so give yourself a break and reboot your 2017 with some amazing intentions if you already feel like you’ve fallen behind, because you haven’t, I promise!! XO

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Old timey advice…

I always find it so interesting how relevant works from hundreds of years ago can still be today.  Whether it’s Shakespeare, Twain, or Wallace Wattles, there are treasures inked on paper that are as timeless as the people who wrote them. As you know, I’m currently taking a course with the incomparable Jen Sincero, and she provided us with a list of ‘Life-Changing Resources’ a few weeks back.  This list is a veritable pot of gold containing countless books and websites, so I decided to buy 15 of them (yes, crazy I know!) so that I can dive into higher learning.  A few of the books are real old-timey numbers, including the one that I started today called “The Game of Life and How to Play It” by Florence Scovel Shinn.

This little book was written in 1925, but it has seriously knocked me off my feet.  Or maybe the more appropriate way to describe its impact, is to say that it opened my eyes even further to a concept that has really been resonating with me over the past year.  That concept is how the power of our spoken word and inner belief system can truly create the life we desire (or consequently manifest all our worst fears). I remember the first time I heard the concept of manifesting dreams cross my consciousness, I thought it was insane.  Like who could actually believe they had the power to create their own destiny?! Not this girl!! Wellllll, I guess that attitude was really the whole problem, wasn’t it lol?!

As I’ve delved into self-help literature over the past year and a half or so, the one recurring theme has been the power of our mind to bring our greatest dreams to fruition. It’s a practice that takes daily work, and brings more regression than anything else I’ve ever done. It is HARD to change the way you think, y’all!! We are a real programmed bunch of people here on earth, and sometimes it’s really scary to think about BIG, GOOD things because we’re always so busy preparing for the worst. The greatest lesson to be learned from this very brief look at the power of our minds is that we need to be positive, happy, big hairy audacious goal dreaming humans, as much as we possibly can 🙂

So I guess the key takeaway here is that you NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! It’s heavily laden with scripture and references to God, but once you get past that (if that’s something you need to get past), there are so many amazing nuggets of wisdom and beautiful mantras inside these pages, that it’s a piece I know I’ll read over and over again XO