New Year (Almost), New Look

2015 is almost over. The year is winding down, and a new year is about to begin. It’s a time of reflection – looking backwards, and also looking forwards.

2016 Walks WithinI’ve been reflecting on my year as well, and dreaming for the new year.

This past year has definitely had it’s ups and downs. Holding the role of Demeter at the 30th anniversary Spring Mysteries Festival was definitely a high point! The last few months have definitely thrown their share of challenges and curve balls.

Looking back at the goals I set at the beginning of last year, I didn’t actually hit most of them. It’s hard to admit that. Some of them, I can take my own advice about unrealistic timelines and adjust them. For others, I have to reevaluate how much I want them. And still others, I must admit that I didn’t put much effort into achieving them.

I allowed life to distract me – to take my eyes off my goals. I let the days slide into weeks, and then into months, falling into routine drudgery. I’ve lost my belief in myself, and that is the most difficult thing to face.

So I need a different strategy this year. I’m spending some time getting clear on what I want to achieve this year. I’ve ordered a new day planner on the recommendation of a friend (I’m still waiting to receive it). I haven’t used a day planner in years. I relied on the calendar in my phone to keep me apprised of appointments, however, it doesn’t keep my goals in front of me.

Clearly things have to change. I can’t keep doing the same things and expect to get different results. I’ve already started making small changes – like the colors on the site here. What do you think?

I have the tools and the skills to make the changes that I need to, and now I have the awareness and the desire. I am walking my talk, back on the path. What changes are you willing to make in the new year?

Wishing you a very successful and prosperous 2016!



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2 Responses

  1. Oh Mary! If I worried over what I didn’t accomplish .. well .. I dare say I’d never try again. I had only one major goal last year. One. And I’m still starting down at its half completed shards. Relax!

    I once saw an apt message while walking through a forest monastery. Some monk had put up the sign (twice actually. once in Thai and once in English).

    ” Cut yourself some slack. Next hundred years, all new people. “

  2. Thank you for that reminder, Danielle!