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MAKE 2014 Your Best Year Ever!
(Thursday, January 2nd, 2014)

Make 2014 Your Best Year Ever!

This coming week is the perfect time to exhale, relax and reflect on the past year. Take the time to be grateful for all your blessings, review lessons you have learned and ask yourself what your intentions for the coming year will be? Who are you and where are you going? What habits can you develop in 2014 to help you experience more love, happiness and a greater sense of well-being all year round?

Your sole purpose is to evolve, to grow and to become enlightened.

One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is the gift of self-reflection. I am a huge believer in journaling.  The act of writing forces you to slow down and get to know yourself on a deeper level. Journaling forces you to be still and it focuses your attention inward. When you allow your mind the gift of slowing down, contemplating and reflecting you are able to gain great clarity over your life and this opens doors outward.

Allow yourself the time to become still and shut out the distractions, interruptions and noise of every day life. When you are always running and checking off tasks on your to-do list, the constant speed at which many of us operate separates us from our true selves. Our minds become so cluttered with endless lists of things to do, events to attend and places to go that we become disconnected from the person we are meant to be at a soul level.

“Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.” – Christina Baldwin

Journaling is a process in which you express your thoughts, feelings and ideas on paper.  There is no wrong way to journal.  Your journal is for your eyes only and you can use it however you’d like.  Spelling and grammar don’t count in a journal.  The simple act of writing your thoughts down will help you focus, and help you articulate things that may be challenging you and goals you wish to accomplish. It is impossible to journal for an extended period of time without experiencing a break-through, finding clarity or having an “aha” moment.  I journal all year long, but I specifically use my journal to help set my goals and the course for the New Year.

Here are my suggested guidelines for journaling:

  1. Buy a nice journal that feels good in your hands.
  2. Set aside a specific amount of time each day to journal.
  3. It is best to be in a relaxing environment- your favorite chair or looking out your window.  The energy and the feeling you get from your writing space is important, so don’t overlook this suggestion.
  4. Write at a time and in a place where you will have few distractions. (I love to write in the morning before I start my day.)
  5. Use Stream of Consciousness writing.  This is writing that has no set form.  You simply write whatever comes to your mind and there is no wrong way to do this.  It is unstructured and unedited writing that reflects whatever you are thinking at the time.
  6. Make it a habit to journal on as many days as possible, but don’t beat yourself up for missing a day.  Sometimes I miss an entire month.  The important thing is that when you make journaling a habit and part of your life you will gain a clear window into yourself and your needs.

Topics for your journal are endless.

  • Journal about a new habit you would like to adopt in 2014.
  • Journal your thoughts without editing them.
  • Write about any challenges you are facing.
  • Write down what you are grateful for, big and small.
  • Take notes on a book or an article that moved you.
  • Write about your goals for the coming year.

Here are some good questions to start this year off in the right direction:

  • What do you want to achieve in 2014?
  • What would make this the best year ever?
  • What habits will you adopt for your health, relationships, career, and spiritual growth?
  • What is one small daily habit that you can start right now?

The act of journaling forces you to take the thoughts that are randomly bouncing around in your head and put them into an articulate context.  This is so powerful that you need to try it on for yourself and then you be the judge. This is how I am setting the course for my year in 2014.  Join me and MAKE this your BEST year ever!

Happy New Year!

Love & Light,

Michele

To learn more about how to adopt happy habits for yourself, check out Michele’s book, “Happiness is a Habit: Simple Daily Rituals That Increase Energy, Improve Well-Being and Add Joy to Every Day.”