I’ve been spending time over the holidays reflecting, unravelling and looking ahead to 2015. I love this time of transition. Moving from one chapter to another. It feels like a time of pause. Where time is suspended.
During the rest of the year, I find it hard to take the necessary time to properly reflect. If you’re anything like me you plough through from one project, accomplishment or milestone to the next. Never really connecting the dots or taking time to decipher what it all means and what you’ve learned along the way.
And so I look forward to the holidays to push pause. To reflect. To take stock. To gather up the learnings and insights from the year and ponder on how I’ve grown, changed and what the year has taught me.
As part of this process, I love writing these thoughts and reflections down. There is something magical that happens when you journal, put pen to paper and set your intentions. It takes those random thoughts in your head to the next level. Gives them some weight. Some meaning.
This year I’ve been using some powerful online tools, resources and programs. One source of great inspiration is Susannah Conway a photographer and author, who leads creative courses online. I kicked things off with her Find Your Word class, and now I’m working through her Unravelling the Year Ahead workbook.
I’m also enrolled in on online program called the 90 Day Year hosted by Todd Herman and Melanie Duncan. The 90 Day Year is a goal achievement and transformation program for entrepreneurs.
Whether it’s from a business perspective or life in general, each of these programs encourages participants to look back, dig into the last 12 months as a first step. It’s hard to move forward into a new year if you haven’t adequately identified and analyzed the gifts and gems of the previous one. Only then can you plot out your roadmap for 2015.
I take this reflective and intention setting practice into my health and wellness work with my own clients. And so in this post, I’m adapting some of the contemplations, queries, and observations I’ve been working with, into the health and wellness realm. I offer these inquiries to help you manifest and get closer to your health and wellness goals in 2015. Even though we’re already into the new year, it’s never too late to unravel and set your intentions.
I invite you to treat yourself to a lovely new journal, carve out an hour or two, brew up a mug of your favourite hot beverage and sink into this contemplative exercise:
Thinking about your health and wellness in 2014, journal about the following inquiries:
- What did you embrace?
- What did you let go of?
- What changed?
- What were you most grateful for?
- What are you most proud of?
- Who supported you?
- What have you learned about your body, and your beliefs about health and wellness?
- What was your biggest health and wellness challenge?
- How did you deal with the challenge?
- What didn’t get done?
Setting intentions for 2015
Thinking about what you’d like to manifest in 2015 around your health and wellness, contemplate the following:
- Choose a word for 2015, something to guide your health and wellness journey over the next 12 months.
- It’s December 2015, you’re sitting in a cafe mulling over the last year. Describe the state of your health and wellness. What have you achieved?
- What are your biggest health and wellness opportunities in 2015?
- What are you most excited about?
- 2015 is the year that I ….
- What do you need to learn or ask for support around?
- What are you ready to let go of in 2015?
- List three things you will commit to doing for your health and wellness in 2015.
- How do you want to feel at the end of 2015?
- What are the top three activities, changes, or steps that would have the biggest impact on your health and wellness?
If you find this type of process and practice useful, I invite you to join me for my annual 14 day Resolution Reboot detox from Jan. 26 to Feb. 9. Uncover what your true vision for your health is and through a cleanse process, clear out not only the physical toxins, but also de-clutter the emotional gunk that might be holding you back from realizing your dreams, desires and your true radiant vitality. Getting clean and clear, physically and emotionally, will offer new perspectives and a new foundation to soar from.
* This post was originally published in the Herald Community on January 5, 2015.