The best possible place for you to be today
You’re not late to the party!
You might think you’re the only one without a plan for the new year, all shiny and completely realized. You’re not. In fact, you’re in very good company.
As per my usual my creative, optimistic flights of fancy, I imagined doing a TON of stuff while I took some time off over the holidays – plan my year with collages and calendars, scrub the whole house clean, paint the bathroom, make all my Christmas presents by hand, and change the world. You know, the usual over-the-top but well intentioned optimism.
In my 12 days off, I didn’t do nearly that much. I journaled. I got the house cleaner than it’s been in months. With Inspired Spouse’s help, we made truffles to give away as gifts. But did I makeover my whole home, plan the whole year, and save the world? Not on your life.
It’s too soon to have a plan (for all kinds of good reasons)
If you had kids at home over the break or family visits/staying with you or a case of the winter blues, you might feel pretty tapped out right now. After the merry-but-exhausting holidays, January can greet you feeling depleted, feeling bewildered, and feeling downright behind.
I just want you to know, even the experts don’t have the year all figured out. And neither should you.
So here’s a gentle, welcome to 2013 message from my heart to yours:
You’re not behind on your new year planning
You’re not behind
and you’re not going to get left behind.
You’re exactly where you need to be on January 1, 2013.
You don’t have to have a plan today.
You don’t need to know where you’re going.
If you do have a glimmer or some ideas – fabulous.
If you know you just need some downtime to recover – that’s a blessed insight.
take a deep breath
and entertain the idea that this month is for resting
refilling, nourishing, and contemplating.
January: the best month of the whole year to reflect on the past, on the year coming
If you dare, take long naps,
doodle in your journal
and witness who you are right now, today.
Consider what led you here
and where you might want to go.
Be curious and just let the ideas percolate.
The best possible place for you to be today is right where you are.
And if you just can’t sit still?
If you read all this and still feel antsy and want to put your focus somewhere, here’s a practical step: clear out stuff. If there’s anything in your space (bedroom, office, bathroom, etc.) that feels dusty or sticky or dead, start clearing it out.
Whether you use a dust rag, a broom, or a huge recycle bin, clearing your stuff gives you energy. You feel physically lighter and unburdened. Maybe that’s how you’d like to feel right now.
The other thing is that clearing stuff makes room for clarity. Clarity is a tremendous gift to yourself at the beginning of the year. It makes space for what you do want to come in and lets the Divine know that you’re open for its subtle movement in your life.
So, if you can’t sit still, then clear stuff. And then stand back and notice the space you’ve created.
Above all, remember that you’re just in the right place in your life right now. There’s just nowhere else for you to be, so don’t fight it. You will have insights about the coming year, but there’s no need to force them. Take your time this month. Fill yourself back up again. Find peace.
Happy new year!