Posts tagged ‘New Year’

January 1, 2017

Leap into 2017

Happy New Year everyone!

I offer the following quote in honour of my brother, who is making a major career change in 2017. Thirty-something and newly married, my bro is leaving the world salaried work to strike out on his own. It’s a path that he’s been talking about for years, and in 2017 he’s finally going for it — obstacles and unknowns be damned. My brother says that the following words from American naturalist John Burroughs helped ease his anxieties as he made his decision:

Leap, and the net will appear.

That is: Only when you take that first step off solid ground and launch yourself in the direction of your dreams will the ideas, solutions and options that you need — but could never see from the comfort and safety of your old position — reveal themselves. Plan you leap as much as you can, then go for it. The answers will appear over the course of your journey.

This year, I encourage you to take some leaps of your own. Do something that scares you but has been calling to you for a long time. Listen to your heart and act on it, even if you don’t know what the end result will be. Trust — trust yourself and your abilities enough to simply go for it.

Your net is out there, but it can’t catch you unless you leap.

Happy 2017!

January 1, 2016

A new year’s wish: make mistakes

Happy New Year! Let’s set a path for the new year with this perfect quote from British author Neil Gaiman:

I hope that this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.

So . . . make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

Best wishes for 2016. ❤


December 31, 2014

A wish for a well-lit new year

As the new year approaches, many of us will take stock of where we’ve been and where we’re going. This is a time to allow old, outdated parts of ourselves ebb away, and to create space for new parts to gather strength and issue forth.

I like the description of this process written by Laura Resau in her story “Bees Born of Tears” (published in the anthology Mexico, A Love Story, edited by Camille Cusumano):

I imagine each of us with our own cave of candles, parts of ourselves burning down to wax ponds, dying, other parts of us just beginning, the candles freshly lit.

Which freshly lit flames will illuminate your journey this coming year? And which barely flickering fires will you honour as they burn out?

Each fresh or fading flame is cause for celebration, linked as it is to the larger cycle of life, death and rebirth within both ourselves and the world around us.

This new year, honour all the candles in your life — the new and the old, the strong and the weak, those lit by your hand and those lit by circumstance, those long burned out and those still to come.

Best wishes for a bright 2015.

January 1, 2013

January challenge: Recognize the present

The new year is traditionally associated with making resolutions for the future, but this January I challenge you to make a list of the things you are grateful for right now, in this very moment.  Write down at least seven to ten things — more if you want to!  Then hang your list in a place where you will regularly see it throughout the day, as a reminder of all the good, the wonderful, the exciting, the fabulous things in your life right now.

Life is about so much more than the future.  Life is where you are right now.  Today, take the time to acknowledge and honour that special place.  It’s yours alone, and it deserves to be celebrated!

Happy New Year! 🙂