I know – it’s not December yet, and I’m already thinking about the one thing I intend to do in 2016. I feel a pull around mid-November to look ahead and think about what I want out of the next calendar year. The last two weeks of December are a combination of dinners, movies, get-togethers and late nights wrapping last-minute gifts. There’s magic in that, yes. But the quiet reflection of what was and the hopeful anticipation of what’s to come is a beautiful space. And I like to sit here, in that space, and set my intention. It’s an interesting concept – to claim something that has so many variables. In reality, we don’t actually know what a year holds. But we can go forth with a mindset that will allow us to ride the ups and downs; settling into that mindset is part of setting intentions for the new year.
The one thing I intend to do in 2016 is shine.
Over the last few years, I have been an archaeologist, digging into my core, recovering evidence of who I truly am. I’ve unearthed bits and pieces: a writer, a musician, a teacher, a Nature-lover and a participant in the circle of giving. With each recovery, each remembrance of who I am and what truly fulfills me, I’ve added to my life more joy and purpose. Launching this blog 4 years ago was instrumental in my quest for an authentic life; as I have been writing content and creating workbooks to help you on your journey, I’ve made enormous strides in letting ME out.
So, now on the cusp of a new year, I hold in my hand these shiny bits of my soul. These sparkly things that light me up and that I hope light up those around me. I am a writer with messages that get people thinking and feeling, and I teach others to use writing as a healing tool. I am a pianist who fills her home with soulful sounds. My kids know I love mossy trees. In fact, I am certain trees will be a part of my legacy. And I try in whatever way I can to give – not because I have more or am more, but because I know that the shiny bits inside me also exist in every single person out there. And everyone deserves the chance to shine.
I wrote here about how fully stepping into who I am will result in a domino of change, and that change can feel scary. But I think what is even more scary to me is being 90-something years old, on my deathbed, and wishing I had done what I had come here to do. And what is even more motivating, is knowing that I am not guaranteed those 90-something years. On the brink of a new year, when I am reminded of the passage of time, that is the thought that propels me forward.
In 2016, I intend to write more, play music more, get out and experience more, and serve, serve, serve.
In 2016, I intend to shine.
Is it too early for you to start thinking about your guiding word for the new year? I’d love to hear your intention in the comments!