Earlier in the week I said I’m giving myself permission to chill but there’s one thing I always do at the end of the year (and probably always will): an end of year/beginning of year planning/soul searching/reflection session
It’s so important to dwell in moments as they happen and appreciate them in full force, but there’s something particularly magical about seeing a year of your life packaged in front of you. Kind of like stepping back from a dot painting and getting the full picture, all the intricacies coming together to tell a bigger story.
It’s the ultimate reminder that no experience is wasted. That everything has meaning. And the meaning is that it added to your journey in some way – nothing more and nothing less.
It’s something that I’ve done since I was a kid, as if I’ve always felt the need to let go of one year as I move into the next and, this year, I’ve come across some great resources if you want to take it up a notch (or if you have no idea where to start).
3 kick ass tools for 2014
This stuff is literally what dreams are made of and I would feel mean not sharing them with you!
I can’t possibly explain the exquisite beauty that is Spirited and Spirited 2.0 by Rachel McDonald and Tara Bliss. This yin and yang of soul searching workbooks reaches deep inside you to get to the heart and soul of your deepest desires and your darkest fears. The gorgeous design of the books is merely a visual marker for the thought-provoking insights and swift nudges into taking soul-centred action.
I’ve already immersed myself in the spirt of Spirited and I can’t wait to get into the 2014 Companion to really kick start the year!
I discovered Leonie Dawson’s Create Your Amazing Year workbooks last year and became the catalyst for so much action taken throughout this year. Leonie’s bright and colourful workbooks inject the fun and life into farewelling one year and welcoming another. Using similar prompts that I’ve been using for years, the workbooks guide you through pages and pages of brilliant exercises to really sort your thoughts out on a page and inspire you to make it happen.
I printed these out last year and have various sheets stuck on my inspiration wall as a reminder of my plans. Also, they’re SO affordable, you almost can’t do without them!
The Desire Map is for dream chasers on a SERIOUS mission. This is taking new year’s resolutions to a whole new level of epic and mind blowingly awesome. When I first came across Danielle LaPorte and her one-of-a-kind Desire Map, I was left completely stunned. After years of pre-new year planning, Danielle realised a whole new way to work out your yearly goals.
As a goal setting extraordinaire, this concept opened my eyes up to a way of being that I still haven’t fully grasped. The idea of discovering your desires and formulating your goals around them. Centring your actions around those desires, in fact, your life plans.
I delved into The Desire Map earlier this year, and I can’t wait to get right into it as 2013 comes to a close.
A great year is all about you and how you choose to get into it, but there’s no harm in getting a little help, a few prompts, and the encouragement to get it out of your head and onto paper so that you have something real in front of you to work towards.
Do you agree? What are you really looking forward to in 2014? Leave a comment below and set it free in the world!
* In the interest of full and totally out there and honest disclosure, this post contains affiliate links but I have paid for, actively use, and love all of these resources.