As 2017 draws to a close and we look towards the year ahead, New Year’s Resolutions are a hot topic of conversation these days. What are your thoughts? Do you love them, make them, and stick to them? Or, do you fall into the category of wildly abandoning resolutions by mid-February. I am definitely in the second category – Resolutions? What resolutions????
Instead, I have turned towards goal setting, journalling, visualizing, and quiet reflection of the year that has passed. To me, this practice just seems so much more sustainable and feels much gentler.
As I review 2017, so many huge learning moments come up for me. Some learning moments that I never want to learn again (ugh) and a few that I would learn again in a heartbeat. 2017 was a huge year for me – both personally and professionally. For starters, I am so grateful to all of my float ‘family’ – you, my dear customers. As much as (I hope) floating has made a positive difference in your lives, I can honestly say that your stories, comments, hugs, and messages have definitely made a wonderful difference to my life. Thank you all for joining me on this wild ride of entrepreneurship! So, as I visualize and plan for 2018, I am definitely including the highlights from 2017, with the intention to magnify all the salty goodness.
As far as the lessons I never wish to learn again (and there are some huge ones) I give thanks for the lessons, and then purposefully and firmly let them go.
I find that my float practice changes a little bit this time of year. I always use floating to simply unplug so that I don’t become a crazy person, but my last few floats have been much more ‘processing’ floats. The quiet gives me the space to sift and sort. I can be much more mindful when choosing the experiences from 2017 that I wish to repeat. It is so much easier for me to visualize, feel, and yes – almost touch and taste my goals and desires. As far as letting go, in the quiet it is so much easier to vacuum out all the dark corners of thoughts that I no longer need – it actually felt like I did some serious house cleaning during my last float, as I felt so much lighter afterwards. I am fairly new to journalling, but the words come so easy to me after floating. So clear. Intentional. Raw. I intend to re-read my notes later in the year when I feel that I am getting off-track.
So, if you are tired of resolutions that fade quickly, consider trying a different approach. Feel free to bring your own journal to your next float, or please feel free to borrow pen and paper from us – we have lots exactly for this purpose! Sit, enjoy some tea and make plans to make 2018 the best it can be.
Happy New Year!