This coming year seems so magical to everyone with the new decade starting and all! However, as the old adage goes - "Most powerful things happen in 3's"
The first and most obvious one - this is a new DECADE!! A brand new 10 year span to work on your dreams and love the life you have! How FUN!
Secondly, 2020 is the year of the rat. This is important as the rat begins the brand new term in the 12 year Chinese astrology cycle. The last one was in 2008, and the 2 beginnings rarely line up. How darn cool!!
The rat represents survival and community. Rats often travel in packs and are very swift at living in small places and surviving on the minimum. The rat is a symbol of strength and family. What a great energetic direction to start the year with!
And if that doesn't get you tickled with excitement for the new year, on top of these two, 2020 is a leap year! That's right! We will have a whole extra calendar day to celebrate each other on Saturday February 29th!
This year is going to be fantastic and the holidays will be super easy to plan for as many of the highly celebrated ones conveniently fall on weekend days! With Valentine's Day and Christmas falling on a Friday, and 4th Of July and (my fave!) Halloween are on Saturdays!
How absolutely exciting! I don't know about you, but I am pumped about this new coming time!
Setting intentions for the coming year.
I recently went out to dinner with my partner and best friend, and we began to digest the year passed. The question was posed - what was the most fun thing you did this year? At first it seemed like not much was done, but as we began to digest and really think about ALL the stuff we did this year, it turned out, we did A WHOLE LOT!
For example - I traveled to Florida and saw my first Safari zoo! Took a trip to Denver with my daughter! Attended the last mastery class of Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts and really made the most of it! Attended a yoga festival with my dear friend Melinda. Took a summer stand up comedy class with Jocelyn Chia and rocked my first ever performance!! Got to dance on a farm by the campfire during a full moon. Finally visited Salem during Halloween season! My dear friend Nadia got married! My former sister in law added a new baby to our growing family! I hosted a great Christmas party and saved a whole lot more money than I expected! And this is just naming a few!
This year has been so abundant in all sorts of experiences - good ones, challenging ones, painful ones that offered a ton of growth and perspective! It really feels like life was lived to the fullest with such an array of emotions experienced!
This “year in review” exercise was so powerful and really had me quickly come out of the winter funk I was feeling. I got instantly focused on all the good in my life that I was neglecting.
And so, this year, I am turning over a new leaf and setting a completely different intention. Usually, I have a long list of goals, and desires I set out to focus on. And while I do tend to achieve most of them (because I am a perfectionist), I also tend to get stressed, overwhelmed and worn out. This leads to bouts of anger, crying, and pain stored in my body.
This year I’m trying something different. This year, I have only one intention on my list for the new year: to live in gratitude.
THAT. IS. IT!
Everyday, I intend to find at least one thing I am grateful for and either write it down, or simply think and put focus on it. I do not want to once again wait until the end of the year to focus on the good and abundant in my life. I desire to do so every single day! There is only one thing on my New Year’s Resolution list and that is to find gratitude in my everyday life.
Today, I am grateful for everyone reading this email and for all the support I receive on a regular basis! Thank you all so much for being on this wild journey with me and I wish you all an unbelievably amazing decade to come!
Before you go, I would love to know, what are you grateful for today?
Loving you so much!
Happy New Year!