I can hear you complaining already?
Let me guess your internal dialogue is going something like this:
I am trying to survive Christmas!
December just started!
I have barely survived the election!
I am not sure I am even ready for 2017 yet?
I promise you I understand! I could and sometimes do feel the exact same way. 2016, has been a whopper of surprises and shake ups, both good and bad. I also believe in the power of our words and how they create the world we live in. All you have to do is head over and read my blog from last year and find out the word I picked for 2016 as my Mantra was on point.
If you didn’t head over to that link I figured I would upload some pictures of 2016 and see if maybe you could guess what my word was?
My first trip was to California
Next, I tried an almost silent retreat where I met amazing people, a new friend who just happened to be in pig form, my body wasn’t healed but I learned a lot.
For our 25th Anniversary my husband took me to Florida, where I rested, flew above Orlando in a VERY small helicopter, and then he surprised me with a trip to the Bahamas.
The Bahama’s didn’t heal my body but they did usher me into healing on a whole new level. I learned more about myself, my body, mind, and spirit on this trip than I had during any of my other travels this year.
Have you guessed what my word for 2016 was?
When 2016 started I was on a roll, my health was on the way up, I was regularly working out, my business was starting to take off, I was only homeschooling one kid, everything was smooth sailing. I had no idea that in 2016, my body would become the sickest it had ever been and that it would lead me on a journey to both ends of the United States, a silent retreat, countless specialist, energy healers, and to the Bahamas. I also could never have expected that in the midst of so much pain, so much love, kindness, gratitude, and transformation would emerge. That is why it is so important for me to start NOW in December planning out what I want 2017 to look like.
To get started I ask what I want to Feel in 2017? From there I pick a Mantra, a word, that will carry me through. That is when it starts to get fun, I start listening to music where that “word” is the theme and I pick an song, this will be my anthem for the year. As the year progresses I will usually add a song or two, as my spirit grows and my lesson’s deepen. It helps keep me excited yet grounded on what I set out to do at the beginning of the year.
When I chose Adventure as my Mantra for 2016, getting sick was not at the top, middle, or bottom of what I had planned, to be honest it wasn’t even on the list, if I had my choice it would not even have had a place in the notepad. Here is the amazing part though, when I started getting sick, I already had this word stuck in my head. So, when it happened, I knew that it was part of the Adventure package. Did I love every single second? NO! Did I have moments, sometimes even days where I couldn’t see through the midst to the other side? YES! But there was ALWAYS the other side! Adventure, was always waiting to take me to some new treatment, some new place, some new way of being. Before getting sick, I remember reading about Byron Katie saying, upon hearing that she might lose her eye sight, “it might be my new favorite thing.” and thinking she was bat shit crazy. Until I got sick, then as the months went on I began to understand. This became my guiding light, this sickness was part of my Adventure and with enough time, compassion, and love it might become, “my new favorite thing”. Is it my favorite thing 24 hours a day 7 days a week? Not yet, but I am getting there and more hours and days than not I am grateful for everything it has taught me and every Adventure it has taken me on.
What did you let go of, laugh about, and learn in 2016? Did 2016 just happen to you or did you create it? What do you want to Feel in 2017? Start First in your Heart; then move into your head. Your Heart will lead you to your Mantra, your Word, for 2017, it will be Magical!
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