Setting Yourself Up For Success in the New Year

It is almost the end of 2018 and I don't know about you but I am ready to kick last year to the curb!

Last year seemed to be the most BLAH year I have experienced thus far. Now, it may be due to the political BS that has been going on ALL YEAR LONG. It could be my struggles with depression. It could be any number of things.

Whatever the cause, I know that I am ready to close it out and bring in a bright new shiny year.

I don't know about you, but I personally have routines and rituals that I go through every New Year's Eve. Not the party till I pass out kind of rituals but the kind that help me prepare myself for success in the coming year.

Now some of these may be a little too woo-woo for you, and that's ok. BUT I highly recommend that you also close out your year in a way that helps you make 2019 an amazing year!

Here is my list of rituals and routines for closing out the year:

1. Set my goals for 2019.

I don't make resolutions for myself. I actually hate the term "New Year's Resolutions" because when I think of the term resolutions I automatically think about breaking them. 

Also, I feel that when we set resolutions for ourselves, the second we break them we just give up. 'Crap, I broke my resolution to work out 5 days this week. Oh well, maybe next year.'

It's like we set ourselves up to fail.

So instead I set goals for myself. I sit down and map out my great big audacious goals and the steps I would need to take to meet them. I also set smaller goals that can be broken down and easily managed. 

This helps me stick to a plan and if I don't quite meet a goal I set, it doesn't mean I didn't make progress towards it!

2. Close out the previous year

I sit down and think about (and even write down) the things that really went well for me the past year. The successes and accomplishments. Things that made me happy and great experiences - no matter how small they may have seemed. 

This helps me really see how much GOOD happened over the year instead of only seeing the bad.

Then I write down the things that weren't so great. Things that I wasn't too happy about. Or things I want to change. Bad habits I would like to break or situations I should not have allowed. Negative self talk that I allowed to bring me down.

This helps me realize where I would like to improve and also helps me identify people and situations that are toxic for me. 

3. A burning ritual

This is where things start to get a little woo-woo. 

After writing down the negative self talk and situations that I allowed in the previous year, I burn them. One by one in my fireplace. 

When I burn them I replace the negative statement with a positive one in my mind. I repeat it over and over, making sure that negative statement no longer rings true to me. 

I do the same with negative people or situations, writing them down on paper and burning the paper in the fire place. Making sure that they no longer hold space in my mind in the coming year. Releasing whatever negative hold or influence they had over me. 

** Of course it MUST be said, be CAREFUL when doing this. Don't set yourself or your home on fire. Don't ACTUALLY burn things or people - that's just creepy and wrong. Crazy that I actually have to put that disclaimer in BUT it is a crazy world we live in.

4. Smudging 

If you are unfamiliar with what smudging is, it is the practice of burning sage to help clear out low or negative vibrations or stuck energies. Yep, full on woo-woo at this point. 

BUT I have been doing this for years and I really feel a difference in my home and my energy once I am done. 

I light the end of my white sage bundle and I walk through each room waving the bundle so the smoke reaches each corner of the area. While I do this I set my intention of cleansing my home to prepare for an abundant and blessed new year. 

I do this through my whole home and when I am done I thank the universe for all my blessings.

It may sound strange to you BUT I highly recommend it if you have never tried it.

TIP: Be sure to be aware of where your smoke detectors are and avoid those when smudging. The noise totally throws off your groove.

Hopefully these rituals and routines will help you have a wonderful 2019. I know I plan on this coming year being my best ever!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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