I love the transition from one year to the next and linger in that transition twice a year. From December to January and again in June when I celebrate my own brand new year.
Instead of holding onto expectations of ourselves or others and keeping a firm grip on goals, it’s good to have a few times a year to check in, assess, edit, and move forward. As we move into the final days of one year, I like to think about what will make the next most meaningful.
When my actions are infused with meaning and my thoughts with gratitude, life seems sweeter and my connections and commitments are deeper.
8 Ways to Encourage a Meaningful New Year
1. Dress with Less. Turn your attention away from clearance sales, special email offers and trendy fashion. The next official season of minimalist fashion challenge Project 333 begins on January 1st. Men and women of all ages, from all over the world are participating. Let me know how I can help.
2. Choose 2 ways to give. Identify one local and one national/international organization that you would like to support. Look for ways during the year to give your time, talent and treasure and to inspire others to give too. This awesome Be More with Less community donated more than $5000 to charity: water to support a project in Rwanda. When we join forces, we have even more to give.
3. Dump stress. A stressful, chaotic life is not your cross to bear. Even if you think you created it or invited the stress in your life, you don’t deserve it. Stress is the one thing we all need less of right now.
4. Desire map. Decide how you really want to feel and give yourself permission to want what you want, feel how you want and do what you want. Desire Mapping will help.
5. Be inspired. Let other people’s stories and actions inspire yours. Be inspired and then be inspiring.
6. Eat to live. Instead of failing at another weight loss resolution, start thinking about how food fuels your body. Think about how powerful it can be in preventing and curing disease. Think about how eating great food can actually make you feel great.
7. Move. I am convinced that 2 of the most powerful indicators for a long healthy life are what you eat and how you move. Go to a yoga class, take a walk, or join a sports team for extra accountability.
8. Get your microbusiness off the ground. Is 2014 the year that you quit your job? Develop a side biz? Grow a blog? Or start being more creative? If you’ve been thinking about getting started, try one of these microcourses: Zero to 100, a microcourse for beginning bloggers or How to Create a Microbusiness that Matters.
These are only recommendations. Try one, try them all or create your own. Identify what is most important to you and start saying yes to things that support that and no to anything that doesn’t. That commitment alone will make next year your most meaningful year ever.