January: new month; New Year – a time of new beginnings. Yet, on the heels of a rough 2016 and coming off of Mercury Retrograde, many of my clients are wondering: when is it going to get better? When will I be free of all of that baggage I thought I left behind in 2016?
2017 is the year of big dreams. It’s time to plant those seeds for everything you want to manifest in your life – even if you’re not quite sure what that is yet. But, it’s not going to happen overnight – you’ve got 11.5 more months left in 2017 after all.
Instead of trying to rush things and manifest everything you want right now, what if you could just open to the possibilities? What if you could just hold space for what is to come? Easier said than done for those of us who have a tendency to want to control everything, but stop for a moment and consider this: What if January, this time of new beginnings, is really a time to open up to what is to come? To make time for yourself to ensure you are ready for whatever 2017 may hold for you?
As many of you know, I rang in my New Year in Belize. It was with mixed feelings that I got on that plane home on January 2nd. On the one hand, I didn’t want to leave Belize – the easy-going way of life, the soothing sound of the ocean, the 80 degree weather. On the other hand, I was excited to begin my 2017 and creating my dreams for the year. I knew I needed to leave Belize and come home for that to happen.
As I was on the plane home (actually 4 planes and a boat ride!), I spent time reflecting on the lessons I learned in Belize. From the gorgeous waterfalls to zip lining over a rainforest to visiting the Mayan ruins Xanantunich to getting stuck in the middle of the ocean on a boat in the pitch black of night and praying I would make it back to the little island we were staying on, I kept getting the same message: Balance.
But what is Balance and, when it sometimes seems so elusive, how do you find it? While I sometimes wish I could just click my heels together, say “Serenity now!” and have that work, I know that finding balance amidst the chaos of life is completely up to me and my choices. Yes, life happens. Appointments get scheduled for the wrong time, miscommunications occur with family and friends, you get a flat tire on the way to work, [insert stressor], but you can still find your way back to balance.
For me, it all comes down to self-care. Regardless of what’s going on in life, I know I feel a lot healthier and find it easier to handle life’s many challenges when I am taking good care of myself. So my challenge for January is to find out what self-care works best for me. What makes me feel more balanced? I am playing with this and trying new things. I still have my morning power hour (with the addition of the morning yoga I added in Belize), but I am playing with my evening routine and daily “Goddess sanity breaks.” Some evenings I go to the gym, sometimes I journal, some days I even go rock climbing (indoors for now until the two feet of snow melts!). I am taking January to find my center, my balance point.
Each Sunday I reflect on how it went – what I want to keep, what I want to toss – not with any air of self-criticism, but more an air of self-inquiry.
If this is something you’d like to explore with me, I invite you to join my 7-Day Love Your Body, Nourish Your Temple Challenge. We start January 23rd, but you can join at any time. 7 days of audios and workbooks to help you find your balance. Join us!