Every year during the last part of December I take time to think about what I want the next year to look and feel like. I mentioned a few of the up-leveling decisions I’ve already made last week on Instagram.

In case you're feeling the urge to be a bit more deliberate about what this next year is going to look and feel like too, here are 10 ideas that may help you to up your game in the new year.

1. Choose a theme

Instead of setting a new years resolution or two, try choosing a theme for the new year, i.e. one word or phrase that describes the takeaway you want to end the following year with. In 2015 mine was Knowing. In 2016, my theme is twofold, “Turned On” and “Ease+Prosperity”.

2. Prioritize self-care

Whether your thing is deep tissue massages, pedicures, facials, bubble baths, shopping, window shopping, long walks, hikes, lunch in the park, naps… make time for it. Schedule it like any other VIP appointment. You deserve it, girl.

3. Forgive and release

Whatever that thing is that you are picking up and carrying with you each day, dragging around, telling the story of, feeling angry or resentful about… it’s time to close your eyes, take a deep breath, and release it with love.

Forgive… him, her, YOU… whoever, whatever has wronged you… I know it may feel impossible to do, but in order to free yourself to step into the life of your dreams, you have to clear space and let go. Even if you give yourself permission to release a little each day, work on that. Release the baggage and make room for you to receive all the good that is on its way to you.

4. Make plans with girlfriends

Girlfriend time fills us up. It makes us feel normal and okay to be the emotional beings that we are. Making time for your girlfriends is like food for your soul. It’s healing. And important to your mental wellbeing.

5. Make someone’s day, daily

That look on people’s faces when you surprise them with unexpected kindness is… priceless.

And you know what? Even if they never express their gratitude, it just feels so good to do something special for someone else. It creates a ripple effect throughout the rest of your day. It gets the positive energy flowing. It works out the kinks and opens you up and puts you into the receiving mode, again, for all kinds of good juju.

6. Love unconditionally

To love without expectation of receiving anything in return actually, in my opinion, feels even better than loving and immediately having that love reciprocated.

You know why? Because you’re not in “needy” mode. You’re just loving because it feels good to love. You’re allowing love to flow, out, around, and through you. You don’t need anything because in that moment, you have all that you need within you.

7. Dance

Dancing is like feminine medicine, especially for those of us that tend to run around in masculine mode, doing, doing, doing, all the time.

To relax into our feminine, nurturing mode is to lean back and get into our flow. Moving our hips, feeling good music in our bones, closing our eyes and being present IN our body is one of the easiest, fastest ways to connect with that crucially important to our well being part of ourselves.

8. Tune inward

Tuning inward, aka tapping into our intuition, Higher Self, Source, Spirit, inner knowing, or whatever you like to call it, is like the secret to true success and health.

Everything that we ever need to know… the answers to all of our questions (or at least the answer to where to find the answer to our questions) is within us. We can fill our own cup, we can soothe ourselves, we can guide ourselves, we can change any bad situation to good by finding the silver lining, by first making the decision to get quiet and tune into the wisdom that comes from within.

9. Acknowledge your power

We forget how powerful we truly we. We forget the power that comes from getting into alignment with our true self, feeling and hearing that voice from inside, and then allowing it to shine through.

We think everyone else has it so much more "together" than we do. Quit thinking that way! You are enough. You are perfect, just as you are, and you are in the perfect place to achieve everything that YOU want and more.

Give yourself permission to travel the path and learn what you need to learn to become the woman that can handle the life that you envision for yourself.

10. Hire a coach

Something that I’ve learned from the most successful, happy, aware, and connected people I know is that up-leveling requires support.

The path toward expansion, up-leveling, and growth is often the road less traveled. Sometimes it’s a bit scary or feels uncertain. Having that coach by your side during those moments is crucial.

One of the things I shared on Instagram last week was that I’ve just hired another coach for 2016. If you're keeping count, that now means I have two (each for different areas I am focusing on up-leveling). 

I know this next year isn’t going to always be super comfortable, but I do know that it will be worth it. Because it will be all about me being more ME. Tuning into my intuition and finally giving myself permission to have and be those things that I’ve been saying I’ve wanted for so long.

I’m not embarrassed to say I know that I am and forever will be a work in progress. Because I know that this is who I am… someone that wants to continue to become more. And to have more JOY, ease, love, compassion, bliss, and freedom requires a willingness to admit you’re not perfect (and never will be).

2016 is going to be my best year yet. And I am willing to do what it takes to learn what I need to learn to become the woman that can handle that vision that I see for myself.

Who’s with me?

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