Writing first thing in the morning is a practice that I have developed over the past year - most days. If there is ever a time when I don't write or journal, something feels off.
So today is no exception. I woke early and have spent the first hour looking back over my year.
My word for 2013 was Alignment. I chose it this time last year and everything I have been working towards this year has been about aligning all the things I do.
This time last December, I sat down with the printed copy of Susannah Conway's 'Unravelling the year ahead 2013'.
I wrote, scribbled and brain bloomed about all things life and business, splitting up my goals into different areas.
I let go of many things, of doing everything all at once, all at the same time. I reflected on the people in my life who had helped me, I celebrated the new studio space, honoured new friendships and letting go of others. I wrote down my wishes for 2013 and how I wanted to move through it.
I remembered actual occasions that made my heart sing, as well as things that didn't.
I savoured and I let go.
All this happened, just me, my pen and pad, what worked well and what didn't, I wrote it out.
Through this writing time, I declared that I wouldn't do anything that would make me feel 'off' and I would continue to use my gut instinct and intuition.
Choosing 'Alignment' for 2013 focused me in the direction I wanted to go.
There were so many things that I wrote down about what I saw in my December 2013, I let my heart write and write.
Then, around May time, I watched a video by Danielle La Porte who talked through 'goals with souls' and The Desire Map.
Danielle guides you through a process to discover your core desired feelings (these are feelings you want to feel in your life in all you do) and after I discovered them everything you then do reflects those feelings.
It took me a while but I discovered my CDF's:-
I then focused on things in my life that would make me feel these feelings.
Even just writing this today I can really see how I have guided my last year and how I create and live my life according to these fundamental feelings.
I truly feel that I have been guided by Alignment.
For those of you who have never done a yearly review or plan, I hand on heart recommend that you just stop and get off the roundabout and take a look at what's working well for you and what you need to let go of.
When you carry on and don't reflect, you are carrying round practices and behaviours that don't make you feel great. You find another year has passed and you still feel stuck and you don't know why.
This is serious stuff. It works.
This isn't about having tonnes of money to buy the life you want, this is about knowing what it is you are working towards and what it is you really really want to feel.
Remember happiness is a journey not a destination.
So do this for yourself, grab a couple of hours and find your favourite pen and just begin.
I promise you that this time next December 2014, you will be looking back at what you have written and you will realise that you are a little closer to happiness.
Wishing you much Joy.
Have a happy Christmas Day.
Here are the links:
Susannah Conway's Unravelling the Year Ahead 2014 (free to download)
Leonie Dawson's 2014 Create your amazing year Life and Biz Edition Workbook
Danielle La Porte The Desire Map