Hellooooo 2016! – Setting The Tone For A Great Year


I did some celebrating for the new year this past week, but I also spent several chunks of time over the last two weeks doing exercises via a couple of guides for creating the life you really want and reflecting on 2015. It ended up feeling really great to do and helped to set the tone for 2016, so I wanted to share a simplified version of the steps I went through for you to use as well, if it sounds like something that would help you too.

I started off  by doing a brief meditation to get calm and clear before moving into the next steps. After that I:

1- Made a huge list for about 15-20 minutes of everything that my mind was thinking that I need to do, want to do, agreed to do, have an obligation to do, etc. Mine ended up being 131 items long. Then I reviewed the list and divided in into the items that could be completed in two minutes or less (to be done right away), and separated the rest of the list into what can be done prior to the end of the year (which was not far off when I did these exercises), and what can be done later. (This could be done even thought it is slightly past the New Year by dividing the list differently, like what could be done in the next 1-4 weeks and the rest to be planned sometime throughout the year.)

2- Made a list of 5 positive experiences from 2015, noting what I did to help make those happen, what other people did to help make those happen and what I learned from those experiences.

3- Made a list of 3-5 challenging experiences from 2015 and contemplated how I would like something like this to go in the future and reflected on what I learned from those experiences. (Everything in life is a learning experience. Sometimes really amazing things come out of the most painful or challenging times.)

4- Made a list of 10 people who touched my life in 2015 in a positive way and wrote them a thank you message (you do not have to send these if you do not want to; you gain something simply from doing the exercise, however, if you feel comfortable send them the thank you as people usually really enjoy receiving appreciation!) Be sure to include yourself in this one!

5- Made a list of any people I felt I had some unresolved emotional issue with. After making this list, close your eyes and visualize them one by one, making eye contact, if possible. Breathe and relax until you feel more neutral then silently say to them “What is done is done. What is done is done. You and I are here together.” Continue to breathe and relax into this experience. You may even choose to feel forgiveness towards them, even if it is just for this moment. Also, make a list of things you need to forgive yourself for. Repeat the above steps for each item, speaking to yourself this time.

6- After this, I reflected back on each of the above items by printing them all out on paper (I did this on the computer). Then I cut all but my long list of to do items into small pieces and threw them in the recycling bin and said out loud three times “The past is the past. Bring on the new right now!!” (You can also burn these, flush them down the toilet or bury them in the ground, whatever feels right to you.)

This is all inspired by and simplified from the Completion-Attainment Ritual done by Alan Steinborn at realmoneylife.com (his site is here), I mentioned in my post “A Year In The Life – Reflecting Back While Looking Forward” which you can re-visit here.

If you haven’t yet jumped on the wave of energy to rev your life up and help steer it in the direction you are really hoping for in 2016, but want to, try the above exercises. You can also check out the Scott Dinsmore tools I mentioned in the same post listed above for another option.

I am sure you will hear about how all this is going for me throughout the year, but feel free to update us on how your early year planning turned out as the year rolls on.

My best wishes to you in tuning in to your own passions, desires and needs and putting them into a plan to bring them into being in 2016.

Blessings to you and thank you for all the loving parenting you do; it makes a better world, one Sweetie at a time.

Hug attached,

Koolma  : )


Have you already done some kind of end of year or new year planning ritual or exercise for 2015-16 – how was it?    What have you done in the past and how has it worked for you?

We’d love to hear from you, so please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section so we can help each other; remember, we are all in this together!

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