As always, I hope this letter finds you happy, healthy, ...and feeling excited about the NEW YEAR!
PHEW! I don't know about you guys but closing out 2018 sort of felt like I just finished a really long marathon....a marathon that I had not adequately trained for. I'm pooped. But I'm also so grateful for all of the incredible experiences and lessons learned and for stretching all of the muscles I didn't even know I had. Reflecting back, I am reminded of all of the challenges, the growth, the accomplishments, and the incredible moments for which I am truly grateful.
But boy am I glad it's over. I am SO ready to start fresh and excited about the possibilities for 2019!!
What is it about that last tick of the second hand each year that seems to get our engines running again, ready to start fresh and make positive changes? I supposed it doesn't just apply to our yearly anniversary but also to new months, new weeks, new days....especially Mondays. Seriously, if I had a dime for every time I said, "I'll start my (insert diet, exercise program, meditations, random lifestyle changes, book, whatever....here) on MONDAY", I'd have a few pennies in my pocket. What is it about these first days that gets our goal setting juices flowing? I don't know. Maybe it's how the moons and stars are aligned. Or maybe it's just a tradition or mind game that we've adopted over time. Whatever the reason, I know that I'm not alone. And like many of you, I do like to take the opportunity each year to give some thought about changes that I would like to make in my life. Each year I try making ....resolutions. And this year was no different.
So what was on my list, you ask? Probably some of the same things that you have on your list.
I resolved to reduce my sugar and carb intake significantly, exercise more, and talk nicely to the image I see in the mirror. I vowed to be my body's greatest cheerleader instead of it's worst critic. I resolved to give myself more rest and relaxation and to make a point to take time off to spend with Paul and to see my family more. I resolved to Skype with family and friends who live far away at least once a week. And I resolved to up my meditation game to at least once a day. Sounds pretty good, right? This was me on January 1st:
And this is me now:
Today is January 7th and I have yet to do any of those things.
So now what? I mean I'm still excited about the prospects for this new year. I have some things that I'm working on and I have a really good feeling about 2019. Not just for me but for everyone. But what about those blasted resolutions??? How is it that I am able to accomplish amazing things in my life and yet I feel like a big, fat failure at my health commitments to myself and keeping better contact with those that I love? I'm sure we could dig up some self love issues that need to be healed, as well as some Psych 101 reasons that would explain my resistance to these changes. But I think there's more to it. After all, I am perfectly capable of achieving other goals that I set for myself. And I'm certainly not afraid of hard work. So why do my new year's resolutions feel so out of reach?
I started thinking about the differences between my successes and my failures and it dawned on me.
My successes begin with a strong desire or 'pull' towards something. When I feel this 'pull', I've learned that my Soul is speaking to me and that I simply need to begin taking steps towards achieving that goal. I don't wait for January 1st...or Monday. I just start moving in the direction I need to move in. I don't worry about whether or not it will happen, nor do I need to know exactly how it play out. I just trust that I will be guided and led and supported, provided that I take action and put in the elbow grease. I make sure that my thoughts, my actions, and my words are in alignment with my goal. And I enlist the help of my Spirit 'team' of angels and guides, releasing all creative control to them. Time and again, the Law of Attraction proves to be more than just the 'power of positive thinking' and my team proves to be super reliable.
So in thinking about my new year's resolutions, I have to ask....what's the difference here??
Well, first of all...some of my resolution goals are contradictory to my thoughts. Even though I dressed it up in a positive way, at the end of the day my goal says "NO cookies" and "exercise more". But my thoughts and actions say "MORE cookies" and "I don't want to exercise". Hmmmm. Could I be sending mixed signals out to the Universe? My thoughts and actions and words are clearly not in alignment. And what about enlisting my Spirit 'team' to help? If I'm to be honest.....I'm not sure I want them getting in the way of my guilty pleasures! And I'm certainly not visualizing myself healthy and happy and bendy and dancing around in the body that I dream of. My thoughts are absolutely hyper focused on how lousy I feel in my skin. The Law of Attraction clearly states that we attract what we are focused on. It makes perfect sense now that I am attracting LOTS of sugar and LOTS of weight gain and LOTS of negativity surrounding healthy changes in my life. OMG. No wonder!
SO now what?
Well, I've decided to reconstruct my 2019 goals. I asked myself, "What do you really want?". I answered, "To be healthy and happy and physically able to do the things I enjoy doing". And I feel like that's what my Soul wants, too. I just need to get my brain on board and begin re-training my thoughts. Instead of focusing on what I don't want or what I can't have or the areas where I'm falling short of my own expectations, I need to really focus on where I would like to be...without judging myself for where I am today. This means I need to set positive goals, keep my thoughts focused on where I want to be, and to ask my team to help me get there....without trying to dictate how they do it. I also need to take things one day at a time.
So, now I'm ready to try again. New year, new goals, new approach...new day. I asked myself the question again..."What do you really want?" This is what I've decided to shoot for this year and it feels a lot better. This year, I would like to:
1) (Again) Be healthy and happy and physically able to do the things I enjoy doing
2) Work on becoming a better version of myself - be open to learning, healing, and growing
3) Find a healthy and comfortable balance between work, family, friends, and "me" time
4) Focus on work, people, and activities that make my heart sing (including meditation!)
5) Seek out the beauty and love in all things, including myself
6) Share God's (the Universe, Source, Creator) love and healing with others
7) Be open to receiving abundance
(Sending a huge THANK YOU to my angels and guides in advance)
I think that'll do it. And I feel like I can truly commit to these. Does it mean I'm going to stop craving sweets or that I will be bikini ready by August? Maybe. Or not. But wherever this year leads me, and no matter how I get there, if I have achieved everything on my new list...I know that I will be totally fine.
Wishing you and yours an amazing 2019...and a kick ass day today. I hope that you achieve all that you set out to co-create in your life this year.
Sending love out to all those who need/want it and prayers to those who may be hurting today. May you find peace in your heart and a smile on your face no matter what is happening in your world And if you need a place to go to lift your spirits, I hope you'll stop by sometime :)
Here's what's happening at Light Works this month...
We're kicking things off with a bang! Come join us for a day of manifesting at Manifestation Day - Co-Creating Your 2019 on Sunday, the 13th! Learn how to bring positive changes into your life by co-creating with your Spirit team and the Universe. It's a day filled with love, creativity, law of attraction, and good vibes that you won't want to miss. We'll enjoy a guided meditation, watch an inspiring film, create mini vision boards, and more! Meet new friends, have a laugh, and take an afternoon to focus on you and your next chapter. Your hopes and dreams ARE attainable when you set your intention, have faith, stay positive, and take the steps towards making them happen.
Join us on the 19th for a Sound Bath Meditation with Biansa! Allow Ansa to guide you through a world of sound vibration for a deep cellular experience of alignment that will leave you feeling rested and connected! Enjoy the sounds of singing bowls, chimes, gongs, and much more. A Sound Bath can be an unforgettable sound experience for those who seek deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and an acceleration of their inward journey.
Next, I'll be delivering messages in a gallery style event at "Love & Hugs from Heaven" Mediumship Demonstration with Juli! on January 23rd. Come out and receive loving messages from Angels, guides, and loved ones on the other side! This is a great opportunity to witness how Spirit works with me to share messages of healing, guidance, and love. Those in the Spirit world are always around and want to help us to heal, to feel loved & supported as we navigate our way through life in the physical world. A mediumship gallery is a wonderful way to experience this beautiful connection.
And lastly, I'll be teaching Meditation with Intention...to Connect with Spirit! on January 27th. Want to learn how to connect with Spirit? In this class, you'll learn my method of connecting with the angels, spirit guides, and loved ones...and, yes, anyone can do it :)
So, these are just a few of the things happening this month at Light Works.
As always, new things are popping up on the Light Works Meetup page . Be sure to join the group to receive announcements. Stay tuned, stay connected, and stay in touch!
Sending lots of healing energy and LOVE to you all...hope to see you soon!
In love & light,
Certified Reiki Master Teacher, Psychic Medium, & Animal Communicator