(it's never too late to plan a great year!)
I know, I know: we're already in March and I'm talking about the "new" year. But it can often feel like time flies by without giving you a chance to get yourself together, to get organized and focused on doing what you really want. Or you do and lose your way days later.
Have you ever felt that way? Are you feeling it right now?
I've been scattered, tired, and overwhelmed these last few weeks, and it took me getting sick to put the focus back on what I set out to do this year. Singing more, writing more, publishing my book, connecting with people, traveling... these are the things I want. (Getting so sick that I can barely speak? Definitely not on the list.)
I don't think I'm alone, so I wanted to share tips and resources in case you're in the same boat.
1) Set an intention/mission/goal/whatever. I don't care what you call it, but you need to know where you're headed in order to know if you're on the right track. And I'm not talking some impossible resolution you know you'll never keep, or that thing you think you "should" do. I'm talking about one thing that feels real, doable, lovely.
2) Set yourself up for success. Create some plan around your intention, one with monthly, weekly, and daily action steps. I committed to at least one act of self-love each day. Confession: This doesn't always happen. But by making a list of acts I deem self-loving, putting reminders around my apartment, and scheduling "me time" in my calendar, it's much easier to make it happen. This morning, I bought myself flowers.
3) Get support. Whether you join a writing group, make your best friend an accountability partner, or take one workshop or class each month, do something that makes you feel like you're not in it alone.
You have what it takes to make 2014 the awesomest year yet, so go make magic happen!
Sally A. Mercedes is a sacred artist, teacher, and healer. She helps you express yourself fully and authentically, reconnect with your voice, live your truth, and share your story. Her writing covers feminism, politics, news, entertainment, and more, and her singing has an even bigger range.