Dear One,

Happy New Year! This time of year has us all thinking about habits (aka New Year’s Resolutions). How do we create them – and then how do we stick with them?

First things first: let’s talk about Visioning.

The truth is, you have to know what you want and how you want to feel, if you want your habits to succeed.

Enter Visioning (Dreaming, Scheming, Planning, Wishing… take your pick, it’s all about getting clear on what your best life looks and feels like).

You may have created some resolutions already, and that’s awesome. I hope they’re going really well. Even so, it’s important to take a moment and find the reason – the why – behind what you’re doing. That way if things get tough, you’ll know why you’re working so hard to create your best life.

Writing is one way to help you find some answers. Brew yourself a cup of tea, and take about 30 minutes to free-write about how you want your life to feel. If you need to clear your head before getting started, check out this guided meditation.

  • How do you want to feel mentally and physically on a daily basis?
  • What areas of your life do you really enjoy (professional, family, spiritual, exercise, etc.)? Why?
  • What would an ideal day look like for you?
  • What do you want your relationships to be like?
  • What projects or ideas do you have that would be fun and exciting to work on in the next year?

Now, go back and underline 4-5 sentences or thoughts that feel the most true or exciting to you. You can tell because there’s usually a physical reaction to it. You might feel a quickening of your breath or an opening in your chest. Look for these signs to tell you you’re on the right track.

This is your big Vision – your dream for your best life.

Once you’ve defined the aspects of your life that are the most important and exciting to you, you can use your Vision to keep you on track for any resolutions and habits you want to go for this year.

Keep your Vision strongly in the forefront of your attention. Write it down and read it daily. Make your to-do lists and plans around it.

In this new year, let your Vision guide your decisions about which habits you keep, and which goals you incorporate (or let go of) as you go along.

Here’s my own Vision:

::I listen and ask questions to connect with my family, friends, and students.
::I honor my energy (and create more!) by eating lots of veggies, teas, and delicious nutritious food.
::I connect deeply with myself through movement and meditation.
::I have time to do the important things, and I rarely feel rushed.
::I use my time to do good things in the world.

I’d love to know what your Vision for 2017 is. I’m here to support you. Please comment below or email me and let me know what you’re excited about. Can’t wait to hear from you.

May your Vision guide you home to your sweetest connections and experiences.

Love,

Valerie

 

P.S. If you’re ready to commit to a simple yoga habit that will keep your body and mind happy, stay tuned. I have an exciting (and free!) yoga challenge launching soon and you’ll definitely want in on it.

P.P.S. If you live in Maryland, join me for a 3-month yoga class series at the UMD Art + Learning Center! You don’t need to be a student or staff to take part. I’m super excited to be partnering with the ALC on this. Please join us!
Check out my schedule for Tuesday and Thursday options at UMD.

photo: 30k feet in the air on our holiday trip to colorado