You’ve set your bendy intentions and you’re feelin’ spicy about 2015. Hurray! But before you go off and run into the new year guns blazing, there are 3 simple steps that should be taken to get you ready to bring it on.
Clear the clutter
Yes, this one might be cliché, but some clichés exist for a reason. It’s tough to make room for more abundance when you’re holding on to so much stuff. Seriously. You are not a Pharaoh hoarding your gold for the afterlife, let go of some shit.
We often keep things from a place of fear. Even financial experts, like Suze Orman, have noted that many people hold onto things because they’re scared there won’t be more to come in its place. Let go of your clutter! Ladies, I’m talking to you and your closets. You know. If you have not worn it in years, please don’t make an excuse (even the “what if it comes back into style” one). If it still has a tag, do I even need to say it? Like our Suze said, recognize the things that have “paid themselves off” and pat yourself on the back for that purchase. Donate it and let it live on in someone else’s self expression. If you bought it and never used it, take a serious assessment of how much hard-earned dough you may have spent on a thing you never used. Let it go just the same. Make room for the new by letting go of the old.
Once you have ransacked your place and gotten rid of all the things that do not serve you anymore, it’s time to do the same with your mind. Write this down (Yes, I can hear the grumbles. Journaling and writing things gives people the heebeegeebees. As if we are asking you to reinvent the wheel. It’s just some writing people, and writing things down is powerful so don’t make a big deal and just do it): Your wins, breakthroughs and a-ha moments. Go ahead and brag. Think back, you definitely had a few.
Then, list your losses, breakdowns and low points. The icky stuff you only call your mom about or text your best friend with all the appropriate emojees to follow.
Create the new
Now, let that ish go! Yes, reflect on this, take a good read, retell some stories and then let it go. The disappointments, the embarrassing stuff, even the light bulb moments. The point of this exercise is to analyze your year and let go of both the bad and the good. It’s not about harping on our failures or boasting about our kick-assery. Letting go of all of it is the only way to truly create space to fill it up with more goodness, lessons and opportunities.