Since December 31st I’ve been working on a little project to ring in my new year, one which I hope will help this year go more smoothly than years past.
What is it?
Well, for now, I’m calling it my 2010 Guidebook. I’ve gotten some really great tools for setting intentions from several beautiful blogging sources, and put them all together in one place, along with a little idea of my own.
Here’s the cover of my 2010 Guidebook, proudly displaying my Word of the Year, “bloom,” a photo from Google Images of a blooming lotus, and the quote that inspired its choice…
The first thing I see when I open it is a printout of this:
The next thing in the binder is the tool I used to crystallize the intentions behind my Word of the Year:
I finished that on New Year’s Eve.
Right now, I am working through the next item in my 2010 Guidebook:
I am still working through 2010: Creating My Goddess Year, getting ever clearer on what I want out of this year spreading out before me and having fun with my wild imaginings! (Not all of them are wild, of course. Some are rudimentary.) If I make resolutions or intentions, at least ones to release publicly, I’ll make them when I finish.
I’ve also placed a few empty, clear sleeves in the back so I can collect little bits of inspiration fitting with my theme, like the tags off of some of my teabags that have inspiring quotes on them, movie ticket stubs from movies that inspired me, pictures, and so forth.
Another thing I’m working on is something a dear friend of mine and I talked about on New Year’s Eve. (Go, read her, leave her a welcome-to-the-wider-blogosphere comment!) I told her about my Word of the Year, and she told me she was doing an overall concept for 2010, with another concept for each month to focus on that will move her toward bringing her ultimate concept to fruition by year’s end. I really do love this idea! I intend to write out a concept or theme to focus on for each month of 2010 that will lead me toward reaching full bloom by year’s end. I’ve already chosen January’s: Holistic Wellness — Mind, Body, & Spirit. Once I figure them all out, I’m going to type them up in a fun font, print them out, and put that list in my Guidebook.
I’ve never done this before, but I got the idea as I was printing out 2010: Creating My Goddess Year and the Word of the Year Discovery Tool, and ran across Goddess Leonie’s videos on making a To-Do List Book and Scrap Journal. (I can’t take full credit for coming up with this. This combines the two concepts a bit, though I do plan on making a separate To-Do List Book.) When I finish filling everything out, I’m going to keep it in plain sight up on my bookshelf so I don’t forget about it, and will look at it often. I think having everything–all the hopes and wishes and intentions for the year–all together will help me get the most out of this year. After, say, February, I almost never look back at my resolutions or intentions lists until the end of the year, either the electronic ones or the ones I’ve written in my paper journal. They’re out of sight, out of mind, and scattered out, and, therefore, I suspect, mostly don’t get done.
I so desperately want this year to be different. I want to bloom into my full potential, to flourish. Forgetting and being unclear this year just isn’t going to cut it! Hence the guidebook. I decided to share this with those who read or stumble across this blog in case anyone else was in my situation, but maybe didn’t have an idea what to do about it.
I’m so grateful to all the originators of the things in my guidebook for putting them out into the world.
Have a bright and blessed 2010, everyone! 🙂