As I say goodbye to 2015 and welcome 2016, I recognize the need to let go of what no longer serves in order to make sacred space for two things– the cherished and the new. But, instead of dwelling on what no longer serves, I’ll try to let go with gratitude for the lessons I’ve learned and focus my energy on the wonderful gifts in my life that I want to carry into the new year.
The Cherished are all the experiences, people, and things that I treasure and want to bring forward with me. I want more time in nature, time with friends, and quiet time at home with Jim and our dogs. I crave more time for spiritual pursuits and creative expression…. lots and LOTS of time for creative expression!!!
This page of words reflects what I hold dear and want to nurture in 2016. It’s a quick little piece that I created in permanent marker, pastel, and yes– GLITTER (glitter is fun and keeps me from taking myself too seriously). I invite you to take the time to do this for yourself. Get a sheet of white paper and whatever art supplies you have handy (a box of crayons or just a pen will do). Quickly brainstorm all the wonderful things in your life that you would like to carry into 2016. Embellish the page with glitter, stickers, ribbon, or anything else that makes you smile. Then, hang it up as a symbol of what you want to have more of in the new year.
I’m also making space for the New- all those wonderful yet unknowns. Most of us are familiar with the saying that “only change is constant”. So for 2016, I’m embracing all the new things I’ve yet to learn, the fun adventures I’ve yet to have, the wisdom to gain, and the new friends yet to meet. This second piece, from my art journal, represents transformation with a brave and confident woman welcoming the opportunities ahead, secure in the knowledge that she is divine and will continue to grow in strength, wisdom, and love no matter what the new year brings.
Thanks to Effy Wild, who in her LifeBook 2015 video, spoke of her preference to focus on bringing things forward rather than dwelling on what she needs to let go of. She reminded me of something I’ve known practically forever…if I focus on the positive with gratitude and appreciation, I will attract more of it to me.
Happy New Year Everyone! May 2016 be a year of abundance in all things positive.