This is one of my favourite things to do and I’m not just talking about New Year resolutions. What I love most about visioning my year ahead is that I’m consciously creating space for myself. The space to check in with where I’m at, to reflect on the year that’s been and to dream about where I’d like to go. I love this process so much I do it a few times a year.
Sometimes we can get so caught up with the busyness of life and work that we forget to do this. We forget to take time out and check if we’re actually living the life we want to live, having the experiences we want to experience. Are you happy at work? Do you love where you live? Are you showing up as your authentic self? Is there a hobby or project you want to pursue? Do you want to travel? Do you want to call in more soulful friendships? Do you want to start your own business? Do you want to study again? Are you sharing your voice? Do you want to feel more confident, sensual, vibrant, calm or organised? That’s a big one - how do you want to feel?
I am so proud of who I’ve become and what I’ve achieved - but I’m not afraid to say I’m ready for more. I’m ready to step more fully into my power, to share my voice, to get outside my comfort zone. I’m ready to challenge myself.
Once we get clear on on how we want to feel and what we want to do, we’re able to take inspired, positive action in the right direction. Visioning your year ahead doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have your whole year planned out OR that all your visions will come true. It’s not meant to be so structured you can’t invite change or take a little detour. Sometimes life has other plans and we’re led to something even more wonderful and amazing, something we couldn’t have even imagined a few weeks earlier! It’s all about listening to the nudges, and following the breadcrumbs.
With all that said (or written!) here are some of my favourite visioning exercises:
I recommend allocating an hour or two to this process. You may like to take a picnic blanket to your local park or find a quiet spot in your house. Light a candle, play some good tunes, get comfortable and let’s get started!
What important lessons did I learn?
What challenges did I overcome?
What am I ready to let go?
What magic showed up?
What am I most proud of?
What do I want in 2019? Like really want? (Think about your career, relationships, personal development, self love, travel, money, creativity, health, spirituality, hobbies etc)
How can I be, express and share more of who I truly am?
Choose a word for 2019
Did you notice any themes in your journalling? Is there a word that best represents how you want to feel in 2019? If so, that’s your word. Yay!
Last year my word was Rise. And this year it’s Connection & Courage. Connection to my authentic self, to new friendships and to Mama Earth. Courage, because I know 2019 is going to require me to really step up, show up and share my voice!
Now that you’ve got your word you can print it and keep it on your vision board, save it as your desktop paper or place it somewhere you’ll see it everyday.
Create a vision board
This is so much fun! Again, using your journalling as inspiration, create a board on Pinterest. Find images that feel inspiring, vibrant and fun and that represent your word /s for 2019.
If you’re like me and love getting your craft on, you might like to print out the images you saved, cut them out and stick them on a pin board. I’ve got mine right in front of my desk. It’s important to have it in a visible spot you’ll look at regularly. Because out of sight, out of mind.
Curate or update an altar space.
My altar space is a collection of meaningful items that further ground and amplify all that I’m calling in for the year ahead.
For example, on my current altar I’ve got:
Blue lace agate crystal = Sharing my voice
Tiger’s Eye crystal = Courage & Leadership
Carnelian stone = Invoke passion, sensuality & vibrancy
Plant = Connection to Mama Earth
Paintbrush & small watercolour set = Creativity
Rose quartz heart crystal = My relationship with myself & my husband
Feathers = Freedom, trust & surrender
Serpentine stone = Also known as ‘New Jade’ to represent the new me
Quartz crystal, my word for the year & amethyst candle holder = To amplify my intentions
In the past I’ve also used oracle cards, art and fresh flowers. The beauty of your altar is that you can add or change it whenever you like. It’s a fun creative process. Mine is set up in my study on a small wooden drawer, with a beautiful cloth I purchased in Peru draped over the top. You can create yours on a table, bench or bookcase and it can be as big or small as you’d like.
A little love note to end this blog post...
Sometimes your dreams might feel too big or too crazy and you’ll start to doubt yourself and tell yourself why they won’t work and why it can’t happen. But the thing is you wouldn’t have those dreams if you couldn’t achieve them and those qualities you love and admire in someone else - they are within you too! So dream! Believe in yourself and stay open to what unfolds!
Happy New Year xx