Sometimes we break down,
and always we heal.
Sometimes we break down,
and always we heal.
I’m on a New Years kick this January! To close out the month I want to share the most impactful practices to inspire and create the powerful shifts many of us desire with this New Year. 2016 has been dubbed ‘the year we won’t talk about’ and I think many of us have collectively agreed and have been feeling that 2017 will be the year we all kick ass.
So, if you’re ready to get growing and creating the life and you that you want, these 5 practices are for you!
The first practice I have for you is Forgiveness. Yes, I’m coming right out of the gate with the biggest and (only when you make it) hardest work. This practice has the power to unlock your potential and free you from so many blocks. A few ways to begin your forgiveness journey are – journaling exercises, guided meditations, and allowing yourself to work through the experience that you need to forgive.
Practicing Gratitude is one of my personal favorite and most powerful practices I work with consistently. I believe that holding gratitude for your darknesses/trials is equally as important as forgiving them. I’ve written a more in depth piece about how Gratitude can change your life here. And Tony Robbins has a beautiful perspective on the topic, that intertwines into forgiveness, in this video here.
Holding Gratitude within your life will help you ignite more happiness, joy, and beauty within your life, purely by acknowledging and taking mental note of the beauty that is already present.
Clarity might not sound like a practice, but it is quite the powerful one. When you can shift your focus from chaos or drama to clarity and insight your life will shift with you. We often get wrapped up in dramatic and stressed storylines, it happens. Moving your focus from those storylines to seeking clarity and direction will open up the space of your life.
This can bring new people, opportunities, and alignment to your world like you have never seen. It opens up new channels for the Universe to provide for you through and that is an incredibly magical thing.
In order to keep those resolutions or enliven and attract the manifestation of your goals, you need fierce dedication. When your dreams are backed by your drive and action, nothing is impossible. I personally fell out of my meditation practice in a big way over the end of 2016. I picked it back up with the rest of my goals in 2017 with fierce dedication, and everything so far has been peachy within my life and practices.
Sometimes it is hard to keep inspired and motivated with your dedication, so long as you remember to work with that fire in your belly and let it drive you rather than overwhelm you you will be golden. There is no doubt that you can make the dream work when you are supported by action and inspiration.
Things change throughout life all the time, holding a practice and awareness of openness makes the impact and stress of these changes a whole lot softer and less powerful over your energy and thoughts. Carrying an open energy will also make you more inviting to new opportunities, people, and life paths.
If you can be open with yourself, your life, and the flow of all of those things together everything will flow with much more ease, grace, and alignment. Resistance will never allow you anything like that, so let it go, and open up.
I am excited to hear about how these practices have helped you within your life before, and how you plan to use them this year for maximum growth and magic in the comments below!
May these 5 practices guide you to exactly where you need to be throughout 2017.
It’s resolution season! A personal favorite season of mine is the New Year’s season, and I am here to help this year if one of your goals/resolutions is to begin a Mindfulness practice. I’ve created a bulletproof reference guide for starting your practice with exploration and keeping your practice strong in the long run with a few powerful (and personal favorite) tools! With helpful knowledge packed books that aren’t overwhelming in the slightest, easy to use apps to explore what you want your practice to consist of and feel like, and a simple list of important principles to remember when testing the waters and beginning to grow your practice.
“Let’s be real for a sec. Most of us don’t have time for an hour of yoga or 30 minutes of meditation every day. We’re overwhelmed as it is. Our spiritual practice shouldn’t add to that.
That’s why I’ve handpicked 108 simple techniques to combat our most common problems—stress, burnout, frustration, jealousy, resentment. The stuff we have to deal with on a daily basis. This book is designed so that you can achieve peace and experience miracles now.
Inspired by some of the greatest spiritual teachings, these practical, moment-to-moment tools will help you eliminate blocks and live with more ease. They’re powerful, life-changing meditations and principles, modernized and broken down into easy-to-digest techniques to fit your lifestyle.
Throughout the book, I share principles from both A Course in Miracles and Kundalini yoga and meditation. These tools can help you find your connection to your inner strength. When you practice these techniques, fear will melt away, inspiration will spring up, and a sense of peace will set in.” Author Gabrielle Bernstein on what Miracles Now is for.
This is a personal favorite book of mine to use when I don’t know what to use. I flip to a page (usually get a good reality check of an ass kicking) and use the tool provided on the random page I turned to. This one is so filled with knowledge and powerful tools that work! I would recommend it to anyone looking to learn more about mindfulness as well as personal growth.
“Your bucket list. Quarterly objectives. Strategic plans. Big dreams. Goals. Lots of goals and plans to achieve those goals—no matter what. Except …
You’re not chasing the goal itself, you’re actually chasing the feeling that you hope achieving that goal will give you.
Which means we have the procedures of achievement upside down. We go after the stuff we want to have, get, or accomplish, and we hope that we’ll be fulfilled when we get there. It’s backwards. And it’s burning us out.
So what if you first got clear on how you actually wanted to feel in your life, and then created some “Goals with Soul”?”” -An excerpt from Amazon.com of what The Desire Map is about.
I personally own this book as well. Who doesn’t want mindful and intentional goals? This one is perfect to accompany and amplify your New Year’s intentions.
“Dr Patrizia Collard is a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, stress management consultant and lecturer in psychotherapy at the University of East London. Her books include Journey into Mindfulness, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Dummies and Awakening the Compassionate Mind (2014).
Dr Collard’s wide range of approaches and methodologies includes mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, core energy management, existential therapy, drama therapy, yoga and meditation, relaxation, and self-hypnosis.” – From Amazon.com about the author.
If you just don’t know where to start, and want to start small and explore what mindfulness consists of and what a mindfulness practice may look like for you. This book is the perfect taste of what mindfulness is.
Headspace is an incredibly simple meditation app that guides you through how to meditate, different modes of meditation, and how meditation affects the brain. Perfect for the beginner or the expert — and it’s FREE to start!
“Looking for a sign from the universe, a little oracle backup? Use the random pop up feature to see if a #Truthbomb has the answer you need. It’s all divine. Comes with a library of over 300 #Truthbombs, and you’ll get a new #Truthbomb every weekday on your phone. And, sharing is easy breezy. You can text, Pin and post t’bombs everywhere.” – About the app from daniellelaporte.com
I love this app. It gives the most divinely perfect timed truthbombs just when I need them and it keeps me aware of how I am feeling and being, and how I can be better at it all. This one is also free!
“Daily mindfulness moments to help you to pause, reflect, and refocus on the present moment. Beautiful imagery and personally curated content. Downloaded over 100k times with a lifetime 4.6 star rating. Helping people live more mindfully since 2010!” – Description of the app from apple.com
I’ve been playing around with this app for the last few months and I’ve got to say I am obsessed! It is impeccably simple and clean and beautifully orchestrated. I highly recommend turning on the notifications to get unexpected breaths of fresh air to pull you back into the present moment each day throughout the day. This app is also free!
I wish you the most luck and success on your journey and I hope the information provided here today can carry you along your journey as smoothly as possible!
Happy growing & learning!
Mood Boards are one of my FAVORITE ways to set intentions and get inspired for a project or even a day. These things can be as curated or slapped together as you’d like, and they can last as long as you make them. One really powerful and helpful way to use a mood board, or get motivated to create a mood board, is to make a themed one.
I have an energy and inspiration mood board that is my go-to pick me up for whenever I am feeling low. And going through it made me think — How perfectly helpful would a new year mood board be? In this post I will answer 1) why a 2017 mood board can benefit and shift your life this year, and 2) how to get started on your mood board right away!
As I mentioned before, I adore a good mood board. I’ve found that Pinterest is a great great way to create a mood board quickly, effortlessly, and in a really beautiful way. Not only does this method create less physical stuff in your life, like a physical mood or vision board might, but it also will be available at your fingertips anytime. Thank you technology! And you can change, delete, move around, etc. things incredibly freely. No printing or gluing or mess. What a beautiful thing that is!
Now into the nitty gritty — How can having and keeping a mood board impact your life?
Listen, I love vision boards too, but not everyone’s lifestyle is willing to fit that practice into their routine. I understand, I do! Keeping a mood board for 2017 will act as your vision board.
The law of attraction is a real and greatly powerful thing and if you are not working with it you are missing out! Keeping a mood board with goals, intentions, photography that inspires you and brings a certain vibration into your aura, etc. will not only keep you inspired and motivated, but it can keep you hopeful! Because let’s be real, we lost alot of our hope there near the end of 2016.
Happy pinning & Intention Setting!
I am very excited about you, I must say. I don’t mean to come on too strong, 2017… I do mean to come on strong, though. Things are always sparkly in the beginning, aren’t they. Well, here is my intention for this year — I can either kick your ass (and you are destined to lose that fight, 2017, I promise you that), or we can make sweet, bright, success filled, creative love the whole year long.
I think we both know which we’d rather do. So it’s time to get to work! If we’re going to co-create, you and me, we’d better get started.
I’m so elated to create with you 2017, because this is the year that I will not hold back. Not that I hold back much anyway. I’ve been guided this year to put out more projects than ever, though and I wholeheartedly intend to.
You see, 2016 was about growing. A whole lot of learning and transforming was experienced, which usually is perceived as foggy chaos. Big shifts happened within that year, and all of them were equally purposeful no matter the perceptions or opinions of others. And you, 2017, I get the feeling that you are going to be about finding that ‘lost’ clarity.
Then we’ll apply those lessons, teachings, and insights. Informed and guided action is what I feel you will consist of. So if there is any time for us to manifest and make big strides I’ve got a magical feeling that it’s with you. I am already so inspired by the feeling of opportunity you bring.
There is a lot of work to be done this year. I can’t wait to see what becomes of it all.
We will be busy together. And while much of what we do will be intentional and powerful work, I can see just how shiny and proud it will be when we look back as we walk into 2018.
I’ve got your back, 2017. I’m ready for you. I’ll be here with you. I need you to have my back too, and I trust that we can show up together. For each other. Compassionately.