we have crossed the threshold of the new calendar year.
This is a time when resolutions are made.
Gyms are full.
Many people are vowing to be better.
Create new habits.
New year, new me.
But wait up.
Hold the phone.
I like you.
I don’t want you to be someone different.
What if you are amazing just the way you are?
Here’s the thing about being human. There is ALWAYS growth. We are always changing and shifting. In fact the only thing we are guaranteed (besides death and taxes) is change.
When I was running this morning (and let’s be real, my running is more like a walk and a jog combined. We might call it wogging), I was thinking about all the ways I sabotage myself.
The way I set goals that feel like they should be realistic, but aren’t
Because they require massive change.
And massive change is hard to maintain.
I’ve set goals in the past and done hard things, sure.
I imagine you have too.
Those goals were either achieved and then ditched because the goal was complete, or they were reached through small steps (often with some accountability) and the habits that formed and had staying power stuck around because not only did they become habits, but I liked the results and they were often fun.
So I started thinking about the tools I have already. The foundations I have created for myself over the years and the way these have supported smaller changes that have built on each other over time.
The last few years I have been choosing a word each year.
A touchstone of sorts.
Instead of a resolution or a goal I let this word be the thing that helps guide me.
A guide that helps me make small choices that build that foundation to the bigger and more sustainable things.
When faced with a crossroads I ask myself which choices outcome is most connected to my word.
This year I invite you to do the same.
Add a word to your toolbox.
And let it guide you.
Ask yourselves what tools and habits you already have that you might add onto, or use to build toward your goals with.
Don’t be a new you, be an evolving you.
Is one of the things you want to cultivate more of this year magic?
I have a really simple (and sustainable) way to bring more magic into your everyday life.
I’m offering a Moon Magic Class Friday January 26th at 4 pm PT.
It’s totally free and you can sign up here.
The Winter Circle begins on Friday!!!!
There is still room if you’d like to join us.
Come nourish and tend to your sacred self through the Winter months in community.
We gather for 6 circles exploring the themes of Winter, Deep Rest, and Self Love, using the magic of embodiment practices, expressive arts, spell work and community.
Learn more and register here
Emily Morrison MA, MFT