New Year, Awesome You
I’m a highly reflective person by nature. Although this serves me well overall, it can sometimes drive me bonkers. Also those near me. Perhaps you yourself have also received comments like these from people you love and who dearly love you:
- “Don’t think so much. Just roll with it.”
- “Don’t feel so much. Not everything really means something.”
- “What are you talking about?!?”
Then again, maybe it’s only me…
Either way, it’s all good. Because we are in connection with the Divine when we are truly being ourselves. No matter if others understand. Or not.
It’s not necessary to be understood, in order to be loved and supported. (Click to Tweet this!)
The close of an old year and the beginning of a new one nurtures reflection in just about everyone. Here is an approach that is hugely helpful in its direct simplicity, and it comes from Marie Forleo:
Think about your past year, then ask yourself:
- What’s something I did that I’m proud of?
- What’s a mistake I made, and what did I learn?
- What story am I willing to let go of before the New Year?
At the risk of not being understood, here are examples from my own life:
- I am proud of myself for creating and sharing a free, online, self-paced training program for folks that use a specific library manager system.
- I goofed on a free day I had, when I tagged along with my husband on his errands instead of puttering at home with my interests. But I learned to begin to identify and prioritize my wants and needs. And to make that more important than my desire to make others happy.
- I’m willing to let go of my story of being the Keeper of the Extended Family. I believe I can let go of orchestrating ideal gatherings, and instead allow them in whatever form they arrive. Perhaps not every situation needs solving…Ooo! I can let go of my story of being the Solver. (A story I didn’t even know I carried, until just now.)
What insights do you have when you look through this annual mirror?
As we move together into a New Year, keep being you.
You are loved and supported.
I’d love to see your reflections in the comments below. You are more inspiring than you know. Go, you!
Thank you Gina. I love coming back to your words and thoughts. With this one you have not only reminded me that wonderful people are making positive changes in this world everywhere, every day in our world, but also that we should always put ourselves first: pur ourselves first by allowing ourselves to feel loved and supported. Too often giving is misunderstood for disregarding ourselves. I think giving ourselves permission to be awesome and say it can make everything we do all the more powerful and effective. Love to you in 2017, Alex 🙂
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Alex, your words flow gently over me as I read them, and I am eased. You remind me that I am currently exploring Receiving (I forget, and am grateful for the reminder!).
As you beautifully put it, I am allowing myself to feel loved and supported. I receive.
Thank you. ❤
Thank you for your kind comment, Debbie. I am learning to identify and prioritize myself, and I’m discovering that it’s not at all at the expense of others like I feared it would be. Still, I practice practice practice–we are all a work in progress! ❤
I love your writing Gina. It’s made me stop and think about of a lot of great ideas and other ways to look at things and solutions. I always put me last and am a “people pleaser” so reading this has given me insight on how to put myself more of a priority and not worry about what others will think. Work in progress though….
Isn’t it profound how three little questions can be?!? Thank you for sharing here, Wendy. Love and support for your amazing Self and your amazing process. You are limitless! ❤
1. I have been working hard to redesign my blog, renaming and claiming my work and my space as an authentic extension of myself 🤗 Hi World! This is me ❤️
2. This is a tough one….it has been such a year of learning and personal growth–leaps and bounds, but if I had to choose something that stands out it would be letting go of my personal spiritual practice, not hitting the yoga mat regularly in the summer when physical demands are high on the homestead, and allowing myself to become ungrounded by not settling into the meditation cushion as often as I should. Awareness is the solution, I have recommitted to filling, and keeping the well.
3. Letting go of the story of limiting beliefs. Opening to miracles, and limitless-ness. I am ready to rise. 💖
Thank you Gina for the opportunity to explore these questions, it has been very purposeful and profound! Blessings to your soul dear one & continue to share and be a beautiful light for all! ✨