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 2013, I like to think about what will make 2014 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. Upgrade you before you upgrade your wardrobe. 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. Last year, 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. I think stress is the one thing we all need less of right now. My friend Sandra is hosting a 21 day Living with Ease course that I highly recommend.
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. I’ll be telling you more about my Desire Mapping in the new year.
5. Be inspired. My friends Joshua and Ryan are embarking on a 100 city tour next month. If they are coming to your town, sign up and be inspired by their stories. Grab a free hug while you are there. I’ll be joining them in Salt Lake City, UT & Boise, ID.
6. Eat to live. Instead of failing at another lose weight 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. I’ll following Joel Fuhrman’s Eat to Live recommendations for 6 weeks beginning on January 8th. Inspired by my friend, Matt at The No Meat Athlete, I think it’s time to take my vegetarian diet to the next level and really benefit from the nutrients that whole vegan foods offer.
I’m sharing this with you for extra accountability. It it gets tough to stay away from sugar and salt, I’ll remember that I’m looking forward to telling you about how I conquered my sugar-free fears.
7. Move. I am convinced that the 2 most powerful indicators for a long healthy life are what you eat and how you move. I don’t always act accordingly, but knowing that, I have no excuses when I don’t feel well. Yoga and walking are my exercise staples, but I really want to run.
I’ve wanted to be a runner forever, but it doesn’t feel good on my body. So, I’m taking a different approach. Instead of getting outside and running on the pavement and then suffering from a sore back and knees, I’m going to run a 5K on the elliptical. We have a gym in our apartment building, so with the help of Couch to 5K, I’m going to build strength and endurance over the next 30 days and run a 5K.
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, turn sparks into fire and let me know how I can help with this 5 question survey.
These are only recommendations. Try one, try them all or create your own. Identify what is most important to you in 2014 and start saying yes to things that support that and no to anything that doesn’t. That commitment alone will make 2014 your most meaningful year ever.