Happy New Year. Can I take a nap now?
I'm gonna say it...it's only the second day of 2019 and I'm exhausted.
This new year has me feeling way behind. We hosted family and friends for almost 2 weeks straight, finishing with our New Year's Day brunch yesterday.
It's been a whirlwind and I am wondering where all the year end reflection and planning that I imagined for myself went.
I have no resolutions in place.
No word of the year selected.
No quarterly charts for my business outlined.
No goals solidified.
The only thing I know is that I'm taking Friday off and definitely going to yoga to work out this kink in my neck that I've been carrying around since mid-December.
There's all this pressure to begin the new year with resolve, intention, vision. When really what many of us need is a quiet moment for a hot cup of tea and a nap.
Sip the tea. Take the nap.
And if you're missing the feeling of knowing what the year ahead has in store for you, here's fun little exercise I love to do every year. It offers a back door to the resolve, intention, vision - without all the fuss.
Take a piece of paper or a blank document and write at the top of the page:
December 31, 2019....
And write a journal entry or reflection on 2019 from the perspective of looking back on all that has happened this year.
To get you going, here are some questions you can consider:
What did you experience?
What did you love? What are you most proud of? What did you overcome? What did you learn?
What is different from where you are today on the second day of January 2019?
What are you looking forward to in 2020?
This is a fun exercise. It's meant to be easy, no pressure, and an exploration of what you really want to see happen in 2019, not what you think you should make happen.
When you finish it, put it away in a safe place, and make a note on your calendar to revisit it on December 31, 2019.
You may be surprised by what comes up. And what you can make happen with just a little nudge from your subconscious.
Here's to a creative, prosperous and joy-filled year.