Well, I promised you some exciting new developments this week, and I’ve delivered: my new website launched TODAY.
It took a mountain of effort to effect this change– over eight months of work, with a team of five people working on design, programming, copy and photos. It has been no small feat to get the site up and running, particularly in the last 72 hours. I’m so thrilled with the results, and so grateful to all those with whom I worked, especially Zsofi Koller Design and D’Arcy Benincosa Photography and Film.
All this work has had me thinking a lot about change in the last few weeks, and the necessity to really be ready to welcome in what’s new. Many of us are uncomfortable with change– because we’re not prepared when it comes, we prefer the devil we know, or we simply don’t know how to get headed down the right path.
And so today, I’m sharing with you my best exercise for welcoming in change. I give this one to my clients as a New Year’s ritual every year, though it’s a favorite to mark birthdays as well.
Here’s how it works:
On New Year’s Eve: write up a list of all the things you want to release from your life and leave behind as a part of saying goodbye to 2013. This can include mindsets, limiting beliefs, objects, events that are holding you back, and even relationships that you’d like to cast to the side. Be thorough. Then, when you’re done, burn the list. (nb: this is tough in NYC apartments, but I use a vase and it works just fine). Once your list is burned, you have two options: commit the ashes to the wind (i.e., open your window and let those ashes loose), or bury them in the earth. Either way, complete the cycle of what has come and gone by offering what you are releasing back to nature.
Next, on New Year’s Day: make a list of all that you’d like to welcome into your life for 2014. Think about what you want most for yourself, body mind and soul, and what you want to experience in your world in the new year. Again, be thorough. Think positively, and use positive language (e.g., “I want a new job in a healthy work environment,” NOT “I want to stop working with crazy people.”). Then, when you’re done, commit the list to water. What does this look like? Here, in NYC, this means that together with a bouquet of flowers, I have committed my list to the Hudson River (use biodegradable paper!). This is a means of putting your intentions “into the flow” of the universe.
And then: sit back and enjoy the ride.
As always, if you think this exercise would benefit someone you know, I’d be honored if you’d share this post! And I’d love to hear from you in the comments below about what you’re welcoming in for 2014.
Wishing you a wonderful week filled with positive change!
All the best,
PS. One of the things I’m welcoming in for 2014 are two NEW group coaching programs– one four week program on setting intentions for 2014 called Get What You Desire that will start in January, and a six week program on How to Find Your Next Job, a program for job seekers that you can start at any time, beginning in March. Interested in getting further information about these programs? Just fill out the Client Interest Form here, and I’ll be in touch soon!